Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany,
published 'Gods of Pegana' in 1905, to immediate success and
acclaim. In the years that have followed, it has been a shaping
power of the fantasy genre, influencing Lovecraft, Tolkien, Lewis,
Le Guin, Pratchett and many others.
The Gods of Pegana is a marvellous invented pantheon and
mythology, attributed to the inhabitants of an undiscovered,
idyllic island, giving the history of the world from creation to the
end, when the ship of Yoharneth-Lahai departs along the river of
It is not the tales alone which give the book its lasting charm and
force: The illustrations by Sidney Sime are beautiful and
haunting in the extreme.
Discover for yourself the effect that this wonderful book has had
on generations of readers and writers of fantasy.