Category: fantasy and imagination

Ringers: Lord of the Fans

Ringers: Lord of the Fans – Insight from Fans into Tolkien’s LOTR

Fantasy is like an exercise bike, said Terry Pratchett, British fantasy author, interviewed in the 2005 fan-documentary, Ringers: Lord of the Fans. It doesn’t actually take you anywhere, he said, but it develops the muscles [of belief] that will.

Image from Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland – Sane Child, Demented Adults

Why is Alice in Wonderland so popular? There are several good reasons. First, the main character, Alice, is an ordinary girl who falls down a rabbit hole, or passes through a mirror, into peculiar places filled with odd characters. Alice represents “Everyman” (Everykid?), the sane child amongst crazy adults. It is Alice’s ordinary nature that causes us to identify with her.

The Elemental Spirits, or How Tall is a Fairy?

In a foreshadowing of Tolkien’s impressive elves (and C.S. Lewis’s terms for humans as sons of Adam and daughters of Eve), G.K. Chesterton described fairies as beings that…