The Magazine

November, 1894, Page: 14

Page Dimensions: 32 x 25.5 cms


Title: The Dark Tower, chapter III

Date: 1894

Inscription: 1 page of text. Part of 4 pages of text with headpiece illustration by Katherine Cameron, pen, ink and wash on paper, 7 x 11.7 cm, signed bottom left “K.C”

Keywords: fairy tales

Material: Pen and ink

Commentary: This is the third part of the tale on pp. 3 — 9 of the Spring number. Unfortunately the second part does not appear in any of the known numbers of The Magazine. There are several sources for the story. The main one is the folk tale Childe Rowland which is referred to in Shakespeare’s King Lear and Browning’s poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came”. The occupation of the hero may have been taken from Hans Christian Anderson’s story “The Swineherd” and his name from that of the Danish mythical hero Svend Faelling. As chapter 2 is missing Svend’s role as the hero of Wilson’s quest is not entirely clear, but the story points to a triumph of virtue over wealth and valour.