A Sense of the Magical: Names in Lord Dunsany’s The King of Elfland’s Daughter


Names: A Journal of Onomastics

December 2015, vol. 63, n°4, pp.189-199

Departments: Languages & Cultures

Keywords: Lord Dunsany, The King of Elfland's Daughter, Literary onomastics, Fantasy, Magic in literature

Contributing to the enchantment of the author’s celebrated prose, the names in Lord Dunsany’s best-known novel evoke a world of fairytale, myth, and song; ring true to the characters and places they designate; and fashion themselves into a constellation of correspondences in sound, form, and sense.