There’s a certain pleasure in the soft glow of oil lamps or candles or in the thought of strolling down a cobbled street lined by flickering lamp posts. The gentle luminescence of these devices provides such a different experience from the brilliant electric lights we use today. And somewhere in the translation from oil and wicks to electricity, we’ve lost a bit of the charm and craftsmanship that marked many of the lamps of old.
A quick aside–credit goes to Mirriam for mentioning the appeal of the old-fashioned lamp post and so birthing this blog entry.
Not only is light a necessity for any realm–real or fantastic–but light-giving objects can serve on a symbolic level as well, bespeaking hope, guidance, or even warning. Perhaps a hanging lamp marks the last sign of civilization before the road gives way to wilderness. Or the illumination orb in the window gives hope of home and family. And who can forget the most iconic lamp post of all–the one planted in Narnia on the day of its creation?
A simple wick in a bowl of oil reveals something different about a world or a character than an ornately carved or bejeweled lamp. So use the details to enrich your world-building…and enjoy a glimpse at these lovely lights:
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So, if you’re a writer of fantasy, do you have any unique light sources in your world(s)?