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Encyclopedia > The Black Dwarf (novel)

Walter Scott's novel The Black Dwarf was part of his Tales of my Landlord, 1st series, published along with Old Mortality on 2 December 1816 by William Blackwood, Edinburgh, and John Murray, London. Sir Walter Scott, Bart. ... Old Mortality is a novel by Sir Walter Scott set in the period 1679 - 89 in south west Scotland. ... December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1816 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... William Blackwood (November 20, 1776 - September 16, 1834), Scottish publisher, founder of the firm of William Blackwood & Sons, was born of humble parents at Edinburgh. ... It has been suggested that Areas of Edinburgh be merged into this article or section. ... John Murray is a British publishing house, renowned for the roster of authors it has published in its history, including Jane Austen, Lord Byron and Charles Darwin. ... St. ...


The story is set in the early 18th century in the Liddesdale hills of the Scottish borders, familiar to Scott from his The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border ballads. The dwarf is Sir Edward Mauley, regarded by the locals as being in league with the Devil, embroiled in a complex tale of love, revenge, betrayal, Jacobite schemes and a threatened forced marriage. Scott began the novel well, "but tired of the ground I had trode so often before... I quarrelled with my story, & bungled up a conclusion". (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ...


Critics and public found it poor in comparison with its popular companion Old Mortality. One of the harshest reviews was in the Quarterly Review, written anonymously by Scott himself. Quarterly Review was a review journal started by John Murray, the celebrated London publisher, in March 1809 (though it bore a title page date of February), in rivalry with the Edinburgh Review, which had been seven years in possession of the field, and was exerting, as he judged, an evil...


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  • The Black Dwarf (Tales of My Landlord, First Series)

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Notes on the Black Dwarf (928 words)
The Black Dwarf, now almost forgotten, was once held a formidable personage by the dalesmen of the Border, where he got the blame of whatever mischief befell the sheep or cattle.
The proposal only redoubled the offence already taken by the dwarf, who alleged that he was the lord of those mountains, and the protector of the wild creatures who found a retreat in their solitary recesses ; and that all spoils derived from their death, or misery, were abhorrent to him.
But at this moment the shout of the sportsman's companion was heard calling for his friend, and the dwarf, as if unwilling that more than one person should be cognisant of his presence, disappeared as the young man emerged from the dell to join his comrade.
Chapter Dustman has arrived <i>to</i> Dwarfs of D by Brewer's Phrase & Fable (580 words)
Dwarf Alberich (in the Nibelungen Lied) is the guardian of the famous "hoard" won by Siegfried from the Nibelungs.
The dwarf is a castle spectre that advises and aids the family; but all his advice turns out evil, and all his aid productive of trouble.
One of the dwarfs of Julia, niece of Augustus.
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