Lud-in-the-Mist was first published in 1926, before The Hobbit and considerably before the existence of fantasy as a marketing genre. It would be recognized as one of the founding works of the genre except for the way it has rarely been noticed and seldom reprinted. It’s very clearly an influence on Susannah Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, so perhaps it has contributed to a particular strand of fantasy, a particular way of depicting Faerie.

Author Hope Mirrlees

Author Hope Mirrlees