Episode #49: Fairytale Storytime Reading of “Childe Roland”


This week, we are reading a narrative form of the old English fairytale, “Childe Roland” as he quests after the Elf King in the Dark Tower from this illustrated book:


Click on the picture above to be taken to an Amazon link (book now out of print, unfortunately).

Illustrations by Moira Kemp that accompany the text:


Childe Roland encounters Merlin.


Childe Roland getting schooled by Merlin.


Childe Roland on his quest.


Childe Roland tempted by food as his sister, Burd Ellen, is unable to keep from giving it to him.


The King of Elfland.


Next week, we’ll read the poem by Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came.”

This story provided inspiration for Stephen Kin’s epic fantasy, the Dark Tower series.  More on this in the future.  Here are some illustrations by Michael Whelan of Stephen King’s version of Childe Roland, Roland of Gilead, the Gunslinger:

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Roland and a young Jake Chambers, the real “childe” version of the adult Roland.

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Roland looking into a pond, probably contemplating all the sacrifices he’s gone through on his quest for the Dark Tower.

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