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The Princess and the Goblin

By

George MacDonald

“The Princess and the Goblin” is a classic children’s fantasy novel by George MacDonald. The story follows a young princess named Irene who discovers a secret stairway in her castle that leads her to a world inhabited by goblins. With the help of a miner boy named Curdie, Irene must protect the kingdom from the goblins’ evil plans.

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The themes in the story include bravery, friendship, and the power of imagination. However, there are also some darker elements in the story, such as the goblins’ desire to harm humans and the threat of danger that Irene and Curdie face. These themes may not be suitable for very young children, and parents may want to read the story with their children and discuss any questions or concerns that arise.

Note to parents: this is a vintage story and contains some themes that may not be suitable for younger or more sensitive children.

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The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

Author

  • George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister who lived from 1824 to 1905. He is best known for his fairy tales and fantasy novels, which were influential in the development of the genre. "The Princess and the Goblin" is one of his most famous works, and was first published in 1872. The story follows a young princess named Irene who befriends a miner boy named Curdie, and together they must protect the kingdom from a group of goblins. MacDonald's work was admired by other writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, and his legacy continues to inspire readers today.