Old words for old worlds

On the use of the past to explain the present

Tag: The Lord of the Rings

The Ways of Castles (Part Two of a Medieval Warfare Reader)

This second installment of my Medieval Warfare Reader has long been in the making; more so than the first part, in fact, for I wanted to increase my understanding of castles, and from that my ability to imagine and describe them, before learning about armies and soldiering in ages past. I find few fortresses in Fantasy as interestingly unique as the Hornburg at Helm’s Deep in The Lord of the Rings. Given that my project of Fantasy has an overt inclination toward martial matters, I try to hold myself to a similar standard. I mean that only as a reference, of course. I’ll be damned if I ever quit looking up to the master of Fantasy.

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My plea for philological Fantasy

I have to admit that in recent weeks, thanks in part to a discussion with a fellow Fantasy enthusiast, aspiring author and blogger, my view of my view of Fantasy has somewhat evolved. I have always been careful not to needlessly disregard the various incarnations of the genre that I dislike. However, after starting to understand better what I want, need and wish for, I find it increasingly difficult not to criticize. There is this criterion by which I judge the genre that I cannot let go. It is part of what I am. It was what moves me. It represents everything I believe Fantasy should stand for. Its very soul, I say. I cannot ignore its neglect in any form any longer, for better or worse. I would say the worse, as nobody is making friends by being judgmental.

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