Far Beyond The Fields We Know… From Lord Dunsany to Walter Simonson to Donny Cates

The King of Elfland's Daughter is a 1924 fantasy novel by Lord Dunsany and widely recognized as one of the most influential and acclaimed works in fantasy literature. It found greater fame when released in paperback in 1969. While seen as highly influential upon the genre as a whole, the novel was particularly formative in the (later-named) subgenres of fairytale fantasy and high fantasy. The repeatedly-used description of the location of the border of Elfland is "beyond the fields we know."

So when Donny Cates opened Thor #1 with this reference, I thought that was a direct reference to The King of Elfland's Daughter.

Far Beyond The Fields We Know… From Lord Dunsany to Walter Simonson to Donny Cates

What a fool I was. From Thor #337 by Walter Simonson.

Far Beyond The Fields We Know… From Lord Dunsany to Walter Simonson to Donny Cates

It was Walter's reference to the novel and Donny's reference to Walter.

Though intriguingly that line wasn't in the script. And originally there was lightning first rather than thunder…

Far Beyond The Fields We Know… From Lord Dunsany to Walter Simonson to Donny Cates

 

 

 

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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