The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest

The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest

Ellen Datlow
Terri Windling

Synopsis of The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest

One of our most enduring, universal myths is that of the Green Man-the spirit who stands for Nature in its most wild and untamed form, a man with leaves for hair who dwells deep within the mythic forest. Through the ages and around the world, the Green Man and other nature spirits have appeared in stories, songs, and artwork, as well as many beloved fantasy novels, including Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

Now Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, the acclaimed editors of over twenty anthologies, have gathered some of today's finest writers of magical fiction to interpret the spirits of nature in short stories and poetry. Charles Vess (Stardust) brings his stellar eye and brush to the decorations, and Windling provides an introduction exploring Green Man symbolism and forest myth.

The Green Man will become required reading for teenagers and adults alike-not only for fans of fantasy fiction, but for anyone interested in mythology and the mysteries of the wilderness.

Reviews of The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest


Most of the fiction is temperate, tasteful, sips chardonnay, eats brie and listens to the Brandenberg Concertos. -- Cynthia Ward,

Although Bookstores will most likely shelve The Green Man in the children's or young adult section, it is a Book which could, and perhaps should, be found in the folklore or the general fiction section. -- Steven H Silver, SF Site