Kacy Granitsas


that have been around for thousands of years, but if you would consider, they are not creating new worlds, they are merely taking fantastical elements and implementing these things into the world that makes sense to them. In other words, they are taking faeries, goblins, sprites, and Gods and putting them into our world. They are mere tools, and not as fascinating as building a world that has its own languages, its own alien political structure and its own people that which we can try but find it difficult to relate to for our experiences and theirs do not overlap with one another. Reading a book seeped into world building is so fascinating and daunting that it is like listening to an orchestra that has multiple different parts working to make something beautiful that which we may want to experience it again with a better understanding than the first. One should also know, that world building is a science just as much as it is an art, it takes time and patience, a carefully trained eye with just enough of an artistic expression that which the author can feel accomplished having created something entirely new, to a certain degree. Creating a society in the world is one thing, and though daunting enough, nothing is more precise, specific, daunting and needs more attention than anything else is the foreign languages within the world one builds. That being said, one might argue perhaps, Tolkien started The Lord of the Rings well before the publication date, and not just one or two years, but closer to decades when he learned linguistics. One such mistake that comes to mind in a Q and A I was reading by Christopher Paolini, author of the Inheritance Cycle, was that he discovered that his language was faulty, or rather, the knowledge of his fictitious language was faulty enough so that even he didn’t know it fluidly. For example, when Eragon, the protagonist, wished to bless someone, he, unintentionally

so, cursed the same person he meant to bless. Reading all of these things, fantasy, world building, language creation, it all amounts to, how smart and creative the author is, and is rooted in inspiration from other texts; in which The Lord of the Rings inspired so much that we have a pool of fiction we wouldn’t otherwise have. For without texts such as these, an author wouldn’t be smart enough to pull off world building without a formula that which Tolkien has so graciously provided for us: the language building, of which the inspiration also comes from The Lord of the Rings; and most things fantasy, of which we have faeries and goblins that which we can ultimately thank the mysterious authors who authored them from thousands of years ago; whether begotten from insanity, or genius imagination.


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