George MacDonald was a minister and a theologian, a wordsmith and a dreamer. LIke the Scottish culture he grew up in, MacDonald combined within himself the powers of the magical and the rational, the fantastic and the practical. Though MacDonald spent a good part of his adult life outside of Scotland, his writing and intellectual powers were birthed by the magic and rigor of Scottish culture and lore. He penned poems, fairy tales, and works of theology. Without these works, writers like C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien would not have been the same spiritually or artistically and, by extension, neither would so many after them.