Monthly Archives: February 2011

George MacDonald

‘A “fairy-story” is one which touches on or uses Faerie, whatever its own main purpose may be: satire, adventure, morality, fantasy.’ (J. R. R. Tolkien, ‘On Fairy Stories’) Tolkien here takes what we might think of as genre classifications and … Continue reading

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Medieval romance and fantasy

“For in writing romance, Chaucer writes the story of the self – himself, ourselves – the journey of the individual not necessarily to encounter elf-queens, dragons, or giants, but to experience the heights of human passion, both love and despair, … Continue reading

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Medievalist fantasy

There are many concerns to deal with when considering so-called ‘medievalist fantasy’, especially when it is related to The Lord of the Rings. Anne Melano, in her article on ‘Utopias of Violence: Pierce’s Knights of Tortal and the Contemporary Heroic’ … Continue reading

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