Aragorn: A Study in Character

In my time as a general fan of fantasy literature, I have come to appreciate the character development and lessons of personal experience that can be portrayed within. When searching for examples of character work done well, especially in the foundational days of the genre, it is easy to point to The Lord of the... Continue Reading →

Allegory in Fantasy: A Discussion

Chances are, you are familiar with the idea of a parable: a simple tale used to demonstrate a spiritual or moral lesson not expressly mentioned in the story. This is prominent in religion, especially in Christianity and Islam. Allegory has a similar definition, but usually applies to the greater scope of poetry and fiction. In... Continue Reading →

A brief update and a new short story!

Greetings! This is going to be a slightly unusual update to the blog, as I have multiple shorter objects to address. Firstly and most important, I released the edited draft of my newest short story, Grey Lights, to the website yesterday. It follows a brief chapter in the life of two young men, one blind,... Continue Reading →

Unfinished Stories: Grey Lights

Introduction: This short story is presented as the third of my "unfinished stories," tales which connect subtly through background threads. While these connections have not yet been made apparent, future releases will elaborate on the building conflict that fuels the events within these shorts. Feedback is always welcome. Grey LightsCathon Ajabon-Czar, heir to the throne... Continue Reading →

Tolkien and the Escapism Debate

If you’re a reader of fantasy—or an avid reader of general fiction—you’re likely familiar with the idea of “escapism.” This word, turned about by authors, readers, and critics throughout the decades, is defined by google as “the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.”  I... Continue Reading →

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