The Princess and the Goblin

The Princess and the Goblin

C.S. Lewis showed that he regarded George MacDonald as his “master,” while G.K. Chesterton stated that The Princess and the Goblin is a book that had “made a difference to my whole existence.” J.R.R. Tolkien was, in his turn, a great admirer of MacDonald’s children’s books, and these had a strong influence especially on his novel The Hobbit.

George MacDonald transforms, through his stories, the old truths of the faith, which may seem “dusty” and even boring, into new truths, strange and beautiful, and sometimes frightening and uncomfortable. Through the fairy tale, he shows, in fact, the true nature of faith and Christianity. MacDonald manages to bring wonder and awe back to a disenchanted world that has lost its mystery. The Princess and the Goblin is, at the same time, a modern fantasy story, a fairy tale with plenty of moral lessons and deep meanings, and a captivating novel, about friendship and devotion, the light and purpose of faith, and childhood and coming of age.


  • Author: George MacDonald (1824 – 1905)
  • Original title: The Princess and the Goblin
  • Original language: English
  • Genre: Fantasy novel
  • Publication year: 1872
  • Public: Children
The Princess and the Goblin


Catalin Sturza (PhD., Literature) is a professional writer. In the last fifteen years he published many essays, articles and books - including an extensive study about fantasy literature. A committed connoisseur of G.K. Chesterton's works, he is one of the most important translators of the works of the famous English writer.

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