This book is phenomenal. The immagery and the allusions are fantastic. The message it contains is superb as well. Furthermore, the plot is stunning. As C.S. Lewis said, "To read Spencer is to grow in mental health." Anyone who enjoys Tolkien will love Spencer. One final thing. For all non-philologists, it is written is Shakesperean English, and is indeed old. It has funny spellings, and even uses letters different than we do. However, Old English, has a specific linguistic meaning, and was the language that King Alfred the Great in the 900's AD spoke. To a modern Anglophone, Old English can be understood about as easily as German, or Danish.