The Reality of the Fantasy: How Swords and Armor Really Work

Dreams of the Shining Horizon

I’ve been a fan of fantasy fiction since I was a kid.  Starting at about twelve, I collected everything Tolkien-related I could afford.  I read my copies of the primary trilogy and The Silmarillion to tatters, then I sought out The Lost Tales, The Tolkien Illustrated Encyclopedia…if it had been thirteen years later, I would have had Fellowship action figures all over the place.

From there, I went on to Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Lloyd Alexander, David Eddings, R.A. Salvatore, Richard A. Knaak, Terry Brooks…I even went as far back as Ivanhoe.  The feeding frenzy only ended when I realized that the dark lords and scary monsters were my favorite part, and I sought out a genre that specialized in them.

Still, even today, when my primary focus is on Koontz, King and Lovecraft, I still appreciate a good fantasy.  Every movie made from Tolkien’s…

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October 2013
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