A Synopsis of Fantasy

Owen Kreuger, Reporter

Since the beginning of our time, human beings have created stories to explain certain natural occurrences, or happenings in their world. Tales of beasts and beast hunters and tales of deities and gods who formed the land and seas surrounding them. Over time these tales evolved into something more than just tales to explain the things happening around humans. It expanded past our reality. People told stories to entertain the idea of different fanciful realms that were filled with unbelievable and magical things. This is fantasy

Fantasy is a genre of story filled with majestic mythical creatures, locations, and people. Much of what can’t exist in our reality can be, and probably has been, thought of in a fantasy story. Tales of beasts like dragons  being slain by a noble knight with the strength of twenty men. Stories of humanoid creatures living their existence underground. Legends of terrible creatures stalking villages in the night. These are all possible with fantasy.

Though the idea of fantasy goes back to nearly the beginning of mankind, the start of modern fantasy began with the Scottish author, George MacDonald. His novels were typically labeled as children’ s fairy tales but he disagreed with this. He said “I write, not for children, but for the child-like, whether they be of five, or fifty, or seventy-five.” His novel “The Princess and the Goblin” follows a young princess who lives in isolation in her castle. They cannot go outside due to the goblins who live in the caves around the area. The princess ventures outside on a journey filled with all sorts of twists and turns.

MacDonald’s works inspired one of the most notorious fantasy writers of all time, J.R.R. Tolkien, author of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord Of The Rings.” His stories are some of the most influential pieces of fantasy literature to have ever been published. They went on to inspire the likes of Gary Gygax, creator of the table-top game Dungeons & Dragons which inspired even more people to create their own fantasy stories based of their own adventures in the expansive  role playing game. The authors and writers are only becoming more inspired as time goes on, giving the fantasy genre tons of room to grow as a genre.