The Hoard of the Gibbelins

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Sidney H. Sime

1867-1941

English Symbolist, Golden Age Illustrator, painter and illustrator

The Hoard of the Gibbelins


Illustration

From Dunsany's The Hoard of the Gibbelins:

"The Gibbelins eat, as is well known, nothing less good than man. Their evil tower is joined to Terra Cognita, to the lands we know, by a bridge. Their hoard is beyond reason; avarice has no use for it; they have a separate cellar for emeralds and a separate cellar for sapphires; they have filled a hole with gold and dig it up when they need it. And the only use that is known for their ridiculous wealth is to attract to their larder a continual supply of food. In times of famine they have even been known to scatter rubies abroad, a little trail of them to some city of Man, and sure enough their larders would soon be full again."