Austin Hoffman Jul 22, 2019

“Despair is for those who see the end beyond all doubt,” Gandalf cautions the men, elves, and dwarves (and hobbits) who have gathered to discuss Mordor’s activity and the revelation of the One Ring. While Sauron gathers orcs and evil men to himself, in a stroke of fortune they hold the Enemy’s great Weapon. The gathering is divided between two possible strategies: they will either use the Ring’s power to conquer the Dark Lord, or they will destroy it in Mount Doom’s fire.

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Kristen Rudd Jul 17, 2019

I am reading Ovid’s Metamorphoses all the way through, beginning to end, for the first time this summer. I have read bits and pieces, and I have looked up certain stories or references in order to become familiar with them, but I’ve never read the whole thing. Being the extrovert that I am, I didn’t want to read it alone, so I started a Facebook group for the sole purpose of roping friends and strangers into reading it along with me.

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Angelina Stanford Sep 10, 2012

Where did the concept of fantasy originate? For that matter where did the concept of fiction come from? Ancient man had sacred texts, but they certainly did not consider them “fantasy.”

According to Gene Veith, it was the Bible that made fantasy possible in the first place. While the Greeks emphasized imitation, the Bible emphasized creation. The universe is not an imitation but a creation out of nothing.  This concept helped to provide the conceptual basis for creating stories, fiction.

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Angelina Stanford Sep 6, 2012

Another common objection of our day is that fairy stories and fairy tales in particular are scary and violent and are therefore unfit for children. 

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Angelina Stanford Sep 4, 2012

There is no natural connection between the minds of children and fairy tales, states Tolkien.

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Angelina Stanford Aug 31, 2012

This essay was presented as an essay at the 2011 CiRCE Conference. 

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