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Hello to Bygone Ages

Looking at Robert E. Howard’s essay on his imaginary Hyborian Age got me to thinking about a few different issues in fantasy fiction that deals with lost civilizations. The essay tells of a succession of great empires contrasted with barbarians, … Continue reading

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I Still Love the Old World

One thing that interested me when reading the Conan stories was Robert Howard’s idea of the Hyborian Age, a mythical era in the distant past when the Eurasian continent was physically different but still generally recognizable, and its people ancestors … Continue reading

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On Darkest Thulcandra, in Deepest Heaven

I have a complicated relationship with C.S. Lewis. The Chronicles of Narnia were significant reading in my formative years; and even though I don’t share his Christian belief, most of what I’ve heard from him presents Christianity in a way … Continue reading

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Who Wants to Be a Silmarillionaire?

The Silmarillion – I’ve tried a few times to read this book and never managed to get all that far until recently, and I did finish it today. I can’t say I could really sum up the plot, but in … Continue reading

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Notes from Middle-Earth

There can be no doubt that Middle-Earth is a very European fantasy land. It’s based primarily on European mythology, particularly Norse and Teutonic as viewed through the lens of old England. The name “Middle-Earth” comes from Midgard, the world of … Continue reading

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