Steadfast Tin Soldier | Modern Interpretations

The story of Steadfast Tin Soldier and its themes have appeared in literature and other forms of art. This page provides a small discussion of some of the better known treatments by authors and other artists.

Modern Interpretations

Steadfast by Mercedes Lackey

Lackey, Mercedes. Steadfast. New York: DAW, 2013. Buy the book in ebook or hardcover, or paperback.

NOVEL: Lionel Hawkins is a magician whose act is only partially sleight of hand. The rest is real magic. He’s an Elemental Magician with the power to persuade the Elementals of Air to help him create amazing illusions. It doesn’t take long before his assistant, acrobat Katie Langford, notices that he’s no ordinary magician—and for Lionel to discover that she’s no ordinary acrobat, but rather an untrained and unawakened Fire Magician. She’s also on the run from her murderous and vengeful brute of a husband. But can she harness her magic in time to stop her husband from achieving his deadly goal?


Baltimore,: Or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden

Mignola, Mike and Christopher Golden. Baltimore,: Or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire. New York: Spectra, 2007. Buy the book in hardcover.

NOVEL: From the publisher: "From celebrated comic artist Mike Mignola and award-winning novelist Christopher Golden comes a work of gothic storytelling like no other. Reminiscent of the illustrated tales of old, here is a lyrical, atmospheric novel of the paranormal—and a chilling allegory for the nature of war. “Why do dead men rise up to torment the living?” Captain Henry Baltimore asks the malevolent winged creature. The vampire shakes its head. “It was you called us. All of you, with your war. The roar of your cannons shook us from our quiet graves…. You killers. You berserkers…. You will never be rid of us now.” When Lord Henry Baltimore awakens the wrath of a vampire on the hellish battlefields of World War I, the world is forever changed. For a virulent plague has been unleashed—a plague that even death cannot end. Now the lone soldier in an eternal struggle against darkness, Baltimore summons three old friends to a lonely inn—men whose travels and fantastical experiences incline them to fully believe in the evil that is devouring the soul of mankind. As the men await their old friend, they share their tales of terror and misadventure, and contemplate what part they will play in Baltimore’s timeless battle. Before the night is through, they will learn what is required to banish the plague—and the creature who named Baltimore his nemesis—once and for all."


Twice Upon A Time edited by Denise Little

Braunbeck, Gary A. "A Leg Up or The Constant Tin Soldier." Twice Upon A Time. Denise Little, ed. New York: DAW Books, 1999. Buy the book in paperback.



Black Swan, White Raven edited by Datlow and Windling

Kress, Nancy. "Steadfast." Black Swan, White Raven. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, eds. New York: Avon, 1997. Buy the book in hardcover or paperback.



Goldilocks on Management: 27 Revisionist Fairy Tales for Serious Managers

Mayer, Gloria Gilbert and Thomas Mayer. "The Steadfast Tin Soldier." Goldilocks on Management: 27 Revisionist Fairy Tales for Serious Managers. New York: American Management Association, 1999. Buy the book in hardcover.


Once upon a Galaxy by Wil McCarthy, Martin H. Greenberg, John Helfers

Patton, Fiona. "The Control Device." Once Upon a Galaxy.Will McCarthy, Martin H. Greenberg, and John Helfers, eds. New York: DAW, 2002. Buy the book in paperback.



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I have listed primarily classical compositions of music using the themes of this fairy tale in either ballet, opera or some other musical style. I have also provided links to popular recordings of the music when available at The advantage to these links is that you can listen to samples of the music at no charge.

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