The Magazine

April, 1894, Page: 3

Page Dimensions: 31.8 x 25.6 cms


Title: The Dark Tower, Chapter 1

Date: 1894

Inscription: 1 page of text. Part of 7 pages of text with one full–page illustration

Keywords: fairy tales

Material: Pen and ink

Commentary: This story of the triumph of virtuous courage over adversity is drawn from several sources. 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. This is chapter 1 of a three part story. Only this and chapter 3, however, appear in the Magazine [see also November part 1894: pp. 13–16]