Thalaba the Destroyer (1801)
Date: May 27th, 2012 10:20:22 am - Subscribe
Here's some public domain fantasy for the weekend.
Thalaba the Destroyer is an 1801 epic poem composed by Robert Southey.
The poem is divided into twelve "books" with irregular stanza structures and unrhymed lines of poetry. The story describes how a group of sorcerers work to destroy the Hodeirah family in an attempt to prevent a prophecy of their future doom from coming true. However, a young child named Thalaba is able to escape from the slaughter. After one of the sorcerers hunts down Thalaba in order to kill him, the sorcerer is defeated by a great storm and his powerful magical ring comes into Thalaba's possession. With the ring, Thalaba travels across the Middle East in order to find a way to defeat the evil sorcerers. In the end, Thalaba is able to stay true to Allah and is guided by the prophet Mohammad in destroying the sorcerers.
Though the main character is portrayed as a Muslim, the story actually takes place thousands of years before Islam, in ancient Babylon.
(summary via Wikipedia)
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