Eric Rücker Eddison

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Eric Rücker Eddison

Eric Rücker Eddison (born November 24, 1882 in Adel, Yorkshire , today a suburb of Leeds , † August 18, 1945 ) was a British writer .


Eddison attended the private school of Eton and studied at Trinity College of Cambridge . He joined the British Department of Commerce in 1906 as a civil servant. In 1938 he submitted his resignation in order to concentrate fully on his writing work.

In 1922 Eddison made his debut with The Worm Ouroboros . Because of its baroque language, this work was long considered untranslatable and was only translated into German in 1981 ( The Ouroboros Worm ). In 1926, the partially historical Viking novel Styrbiorn The Strong followed , which only appeared in German for the first time in 1996 as Styrbjörn the Strong .

In 1935 Eddison returned to the world of the worm with his novel Mistress of Mistresses (German: Die Herrin Zimiamvias ) . The novel was 1941 A Fish Dinner in Memison ( A fish food in Memison continued). When Eddison died unexpectedly in 1945, the third volume was not yet completed. His wife put together a version from the estate that appeared in 1958 as The Mezentian Gate (German: The Gate of Mezentia ).

The first translations of his works into German were hardly successful. Only the new edition of the worm in a translation by Helmut W. Pesch showed that Eddison can still cast a spell over his readers with his powerful and intense language. The worm Ouroboros is now considered a fantasy classic and a pioneer of JRR Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings .


Cimiamvian trilogy
  • Mistress of Mistresses (1935)
  • A Fish Dinner in Memison (1941)
  • The Mezentian Gate (1958)
  • Styrbiorn the Strong (1926)
    • German: Styrbjörn the Strong . Bastei-Verlag, Bergisch Gladbach, 1996, ISBN 3-404-20291-0 .
  • Egil's Saga (1930)
  • Poems, Letters, and Memories of Philip Sidney Nairn (1916)


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