| || Puck of Pook’s Hill |
by Rudyard Kipling
First time travel: The Strand Magazine (U.K.), Feb 1906 (“Young Men at the Manor”)
Puck is an elf who magicks people from the past to tell their stories to two children in England.
These first ten Puck stories were published in British version of The Strand Magazine from January through October of this year. In the states, the first four stories appeared simultaneously in The Ladies’ Home Journal. All ten stories along with sixteen poems were published together in the 1906 collection, Puck of Pook’s Hill. A second series appeared in 1909–1910.
Some of these stories were told by Puck himself rather than by historical figures. Puck told me that the first time-traveling storyteller was Sir Richard Dalyngridge in the second Puck story in the February Strand.
- “Weland’s Sword” The Strand, Jan 1906
- “Young Men at the Manor” The Strand, Feb 1906
- “The Knights of the Joyous Venture” The Strand, Mar 1906
- “Old Men at Pevensey” The Strand, Apr 1906
- “A Centurion of the Thirtieth” The Strand, May 1906
- “On the Great Wall” The Strand, Jun 1906
- “The Winged Hats” The Strand, Jul 1906
- “Hal o’ the Draft” The Strand, Aug 1906
- “Dimchurch Flit” The Strand, Sep 1906
- “The Treasure and the Law” The Strand, Oct 1906
‘But you said that all the fair—People of the Hills had left England.’
‘So they have; but I told you that you should come and go and look and know, didn’t I? The knight isn’t a fairy. He’s Sir Richard Dalyngridge, a very old friend of mine. He came over with William the Conqueror, and he wants to see you particularly.’
—“Young Men at the Manor”
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 chronotypical adventures of Captains Courageous and Mowgli than for Puck or for his earlier “Wireless” story.