Uncharted Territory: Things I Rarely See in Fantasy

I find this is a great idea to explore, I am looking forward to learning more.

Thoughts on Fantasy

Because I write and think about fantasy fiction quite a bit (as the title of this blog might suggest), I occasionally notice interesting spots of “uncharted territory” in the stories I read and watch – i.e. concepts, ideas or character types I rarely come across. I don’t mean obvious things that no one would expect in the genre anyway, but small, specific things that I try to find examples of and am intrigued when I come up with close to nothing. So I thought these might provide good inspiration for a series of posts.

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Celtic Mythology by Philip Freeman

This is a very good source for knowing Celtic Mythology

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In a 1937 letter to Stanley Unwin, J R R Tolkien said he felt a certain distaste for Celtic myths ‘largely for their fundamental unreason. They have bright colour, but are like a broken stained glass window reassembled without design’.

Having read Philip Freeman’s engaging Celtic Mythology,  I can’t disagree with Tolkien’s stained glass window analogy – in fact I think it’s a particularly apt one – but I certainly don’t share his antipathy towards these ancient tales from the Celtic West – of Cú Chulainn,  Briccriu Poison Tongue and Taliesin. Yes, they’re wildly improbable and often downright bonkers, but that’s part of the attraction. They’re tales which were passed down through the generations by word of mouth – and grew in the telling – in the days when ordinary people could neither read nor write.

They’re vivid and rambunctious stories from the Celtic fringe – of…

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