Monthly Archives: December 2011

Which Fairy Tale Is Your Favorite?

Most of us grew up exposed to fairy tales, at least to some degree. My childhood experience with these fanciful stories came less from Disney, and more from lovely volumes filled with a variety of fairy stories. Of course, I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Upcoming Hobbit Film

Over the holidays, I watched The Hobbit trailer, and it sparked a host of miscellaneous thoughts, foremost that I hope they use the time gained by splitting the book into two films to more fully explore the tale Tolkien told, … Continue reading

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The Celebration of Emmanuel

As Christmas has approached this year, not only have I been mindful of the coming of Emmanuel, but why He chose to come and dwell with us. We celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas, and the Resurrection at Easter, … Continue reading

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On the Invention of Fantasy Holidays

As I discussed Monday, most likely your story will dictate the degree to which you develop holidays for your world. Yet once you reach the point where you must create some festivities for your fantasy lands, it’s worth considering the … Continue reading

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Holiday Traditions and Festivities
in Fantastic Literature

Although every culture observes and celebrates various holiday events, at times fantasy writers neglect this area of cultural development. Yet when developed well, fantastic holidays can communicate much about the values and belief systems of the worlds in which they … Continue reading

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Tolkien Reads Elvish Poetry
(and Giveaway Results)

As perhaps fitting for the holidays, I’ve run two giveaways this month, which have just closed. Jenni Noordhoek won Letters from Father Christmas (my random number generation seems to love you, Jenni), and Elizabeth Baxter won Burning Dawn. Congratulations to … Continue reading

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Fact and Fiction

Echoes of speculative fiction often find their way into the realm of fact, as scientists discover more about the world in which we live and new technologies make possible what would have been wondrously improbable in earlier eras. The discovery … Continue reading

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Longing for Home

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men, so Scripture says. We ache for eternity with a restless longing, a desire for that which exists beyond the perception of … Continue reading

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Fantasy Fiction and Our Fantastic Reality (Guest Post by Rachel Starr Thomson)

Throughout this blog tour I’ve been writing about the ways life and art intersect, and especially how that relates to reading and writing. I’m a firm believer that the true value of art, including fiction and other types of writing, … Continue reading

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Corus the Champion Day 3:
The Lore of Arthur

Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour, December 2011

Corus the Champion falls into the category of epic fantasy, as Becky Miller explored in depth, and it borrows from various folk traditions, including Welsh mythology, and Norse lore. Yet perhaps the most popular source of legend Briggs borrowed from … Continue reading

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