Old words for old worlds

On the use of the past to explain the present

Tag: Beowulf

Tolkien’s own translation of Beowulf to come out in May 2014

One link to rule them all: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/19/jrr-tolkien-beowulf-translation-published

I am so beside myself with joy and excitement that I can barely type. Yes, my hunger for more Tolkien, Beowulf and Old English literature is so boundless, so infinite and OH MY GOD I WANT THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW.

The fantasy of history in the history of fantasy

Everything I have written so far on this blog adds up to the suggestion that Fantasy is not really defined by elves, dragons or magic, but rather by the use of the ancient past as a vehicle for stories. At this point, however, it should be quite obvious that a further qualification is needed: if the past matters so much, then what is the difference between Fantasy and History? Are they any different? Of course they are. But in my view, a simple scale opposing fact to myth is a gross and insufficient measure of their demarcation.

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