Sources of Wisdom in Fairy Tales

Fairy tales have traditionally featured beings (fairy or otherwise) who were characterized by their wisdom and knowledge: old men with long white beards, old women, talking plants and animals, or the fairies themselves. The main character would encounter a being like this, and his future would be entirely determined on how he responded to the … Continue reading Sources of Wisdom in Fairy Tales

Works that Last: The Importance of Originality

In the recently released George R. R. Martin interview with Rolling Stone writer Mikal Gilmore, Martin said that “Both as a writer and as a reader I like stories that surprise me” adding that “The moment the reader begins to believe that a character is protected by the magical cloak of authorial immunity, tension goes … Continue reading Works that Last: The Importance of Originality

Tolkien on Fantasy: His Own Words

I thought it fitting to begin our series on Fantasy and a Christian Aesthetic with J. R. R. Tolkien’s own thoughts on the subject as found in his article “On Fairy-Stories” (a version of which can be found here; I am quoting from the article as it appeared in print, in which he references his … Continue reading Tolkien on Fantasy: His Own Words