The Weirdstone of Brisingamen


  • Title: The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
  • Author: Alan Garner
  • Year: 1960
  • Type: Novel
  • Series: Alderley
  • Number in series: 1


Susan and Colin have been sent to their mother’s nurse for 6 months. The two children rapidly adjust to life in the country Around Alderly Edge, but find an unusual interest in Susan’s ’Tear’, a stone hanging form a bracelet passed to their monther by Bess Mossack, the nurse. They find that this stone has been the object of a prolonged search by both light and dark forces. Myths awake, and the children and their mentors, human, dwarf and elf, set out on a quest to return the stone before the twilight of the gods can descend.


The first of Mr. Garner’s books introduces the Alderly Edge as the center of great mythic doings.



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