Month: October 2020

Herald of the Nine (Demon Hunters, #3)

My review of Herald of the Nine (Demon Hunters, #3) by Tiger Hebert

This story concludes a tension filled fantasy series. Contains unexpected action which keeps the reader engaged. The series has a wonderfully developed world that feels mysterious and lived in. This book had it all, fighting, romance, and evil warlocks. The story is easy to read with some spiritual and religious under tones. I recommend it to fans of fantasy.


Basing Your High-Fantasy Towns and Cities in the Real World

Basing Your High-Fantasy Towns and Cities in the Real World

Nicholas C. Rossis

map of Beleriand | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book

I wisely started the map and made the story fit.

The above words, spoken by none other than J.R.R Tolkien, have been taken as sage advice by many an accomplished – or budding – fantasy writer who felt inspired to create their own world. While Tolkien, like many others, has been lauded for his incredible imagination in bringing places like Middle-Earth to life, it’s worth noting that the creation of these worlds is not something done from scratch. At least, not exactly.

What I mean by this is that there is a – let’s call it a tethering – of the fantasy world to the real world. For instance, if you have a look at some of Tolkien’s hand-annotated maps of Middle-Earth, you will see he has made reference to things like The Shire being on the same latitude as Oxford. You can see the logic of doing this, as…

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Tattúínárdǿla saga: If Star Wars Were an Icelandic Saga

Tattúínárdǿla saga

A long time ago, in a North Atlantic far far away…


Earlier this week I was drawn into an enlightening discussion with my colleague Ben Frey about the complicated textual tradition that lies behind George Lucas’s “Star Wars,” which few outside the scholarly community realize is a modern rendition of an old Germanic legend of a fatal conflict between a father and his treacherous son. Below I present some remarks on the Old Icelandic version of the legend, with some spare comparative notes on the cognate traditions in other old Germanic languages.

The story as presented in George Lucas’s films represents only one manuscript tradition, and a rather late and corrupt one at that – the Middle High German epic called Himelgengærelied (Song of the Skywalkers). There is also an Old High German palimpsest known to scholars, later overwritten by a Latin choral and only partly legible to us…

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