Tag Archives: Tolkien

Smoke and Mirrors

In his Guest of Honour speech at Mythcon 35 (2004), Neil Gaiman revealed his childhood response to Lord of the Rings like this: “I came to the conclusion that Lord of the Rings was, most probably, the best book that … Continue reading

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On Fairy Stories

Some people have asked me if they can read Tolkien’s essay online, and I promised to post a link. So here it is: On Fairy Stories. This is a .pdf file so it’s easy enough to work with. It is … Continue reading

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George MacDonald

Born in 1824, George MacDonald was tremendously influential in relation to the development of fantasy writing. He wrote a wide range of fairy tales and work primarily aimed at children, but also produced novels for adults – most importantly Phantastes … Continue reading

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Middle Earth is all around you

We’ve already mentioned Burne-Jones’s connections with Birmingham, and that Tolkien grew up here. In fact, it appears that Birmingham and its surroundings contributed enormously to the landscapes of Middle Earth. For a summary of the key areas, go here. For … Continue reading

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Other times, other worlds

Since fantasy writing comes in many different shapes and sizes – novel, short story, poem – and is thus not defined by form, we need other ways of thinking about it. When it comes to thinking about the content, it … Continue reading

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