Tag Archive: Fantasy

Apr 25

Worldbuilding Wednesday 4/26/18: Pern

BRREEeeeeeee! I’m never wearing clothes — or seatbelts — again!   Anne McCaffrey wrote a long-running series of books about the backward planet of Pern and its giant, telepathic dragons used to combat “thread” – an invasive space spore that filtered down from an adjacent orbiting body — by burning from the air with their …

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Apr 11

Worldbuilding Wednesday 4/11/18: Cursed Magic Items

The mimic, an insidious Dungeons and Dragons monster that disguises itself as a treasure chest.   Sometimes a dungeon master, or an author or game writer, wants to toy with their characters. Not in a life-ending way, but just to vex them a little. The following items do just that. Cursed Magic Items Spoon of …

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Apr 05

A Medieval Feast

  Next were borne round dishes of carp, pilchards, and lobsters, and there after store enew of meats: a fat kid roasted whole and garnished peas on a spacious silver charger, kid pasties, plates of meat’s tongues and sweetbreads, sucking rabbits in jellies, hedgehogs baked in their skins, hogs’ haslets, carbonadoes, chitterlings, and dormouse pies. …

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Apr 04

Worldbuilding Wednesday 4/4/18: Zimiamvia

The hippogriff emblem of Demonland, based on the line drawings in early editions of the book   In The Worm Ouroboros E.R. Eddison dazzles the reader with innumerable exotic and fantastically named people, places, and things. Unfortunately, they don’t all adhere to a consistent linguistic base, and no less a luminary like J.R.R. Tolkien criticized …

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Mar 31

Tolkien March, Concluded

J.R.R. Tolkien caricature by Diego Parpaglion   Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the End of our fellowship in Middle-Earth. Go in Peace! I will not say: Do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.   It’s been fun a fun month here in Cobaltland, delving …

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Mar 28

Worldbuilding Wednesday 3/28/18: The Lord of the Things, Part IV

A stylized yet effective illustration of a Nazgul, by K. Mendon   The great shadow descended like a falling cloud. And behold! It was a winged creature: if bird, then greater than all other birds, and it was naked, and neither quill nor feather did it bear, and its vast pinions were as webs of …

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Mar 26

Tolkien in Bengali

  A Bengali edition of The Fellowship of the Ring, published in the Indian subcontinent. (Hindi and English are the official languages government-wise, but there are many, many others including Tamil, Urdu, and Punjabi.) The artwork looks to be a crib from the 2001 movie, done in the style of Bollywood cinema posters. Look closely …

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Mar 25

The Worm Ouroboros [Reading Challenge 2018]

The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison Ballantine Books, New York, 1967   [Challenge # 48: A high fantasy] The Worm Ouroboros is one of the great granddaddies of fantasy, sandwiched between Lord Dunsany, who was an influence, and J.R.R. Tolkien, who received its influence. As such, it’s a kind of a bridge, but one …

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Mar 21

Worldbuilding Wednesday 3/21/18: The Lord of the Things, Part III

Swedish book cover, “The Saga of the Ring” in Celtic illuminated manuscript style   One of the important differences between Lord of the Rings and earlier fantasies is in Tolkien’s protagonists. Frodo, Merry, Pippin, and Sam are not high-powered warriors like those in Germanic and Norse legend, exemplified by Lord Juss and Brandoch Daha in …

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Mar 20

In Praise of Oliphaunts

  Grey as a mouse, Big as a house, Nose like a snake, I make the earth shake, As I tramp through the grass; Trees crack as I pass.  J.R.R. Tolkien, “Oliphaunt” (Artwork: Oliphaunt am I, by wynahiros)     Oliphaunts, or mumakil as Tolkien also called them, are one of the mythical creatures most …

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