| || Puck’s Stories |
by Rudyard Kipling
First time travel: Strand Magazine, Feb 1906
Puck is an elf who magicks people from the past to tell their stories to two children in England. The stories were gathered in two collections, Puck of Pook’s Hill (1906) and Rewards and Fairies (1910). Some of the stories were told by Puck himself rather than by historical figures. Puck told me that the first time-travelling storyteller was Sir Richard Dalyngridge in the second Puck story in Strand Magazine, Feb 1906. Abraham Lincoln was on the cover of that issue, but he was not a time traveler (at least not then and there).
Unluckily the Hills are empty now, and all the People of the Hills are gone. I’m the only one left. I’m Puck, the oldest Old Thing in England, very much at your service—if you care to have anything to do with me. If you don’t, of course you’ve only to say so, and I’ll go.
Rudyard Kipling, Master Traveller
Admitedly, Rudyard Kipling is not known as a time traveling pioneer, yet early on, my Grandpa awarded him a Master Traveller Citation, most likely more for the travels of Captains Courageous and Mowgli than for Puck or for his earlier “Wireless” story.