Today marks the first of a new series of posts I’m calling the ‘A-Z of Fantasy‘. Each post (roughly each fortnight) will be inspired by a different letter… and there are no other rules!
I can think of many fantasy tropes beginning with A: apprentice, amulet, angst, armour, ale, armies…
But in my view ADVENTURE truly epitomizes the fantasy genre. It lies at the heart of so many fantasy stories, especially some of the early classics such as those from Eddings and Feist — and of course Tolkien. As a teenager immersed in these fantasy worlds, I participated in those adventures, experienced the wonder of discovering new places and people alongside the characters. Even when the going gets dark, the thrill of the adventure remains.
Adventure: An unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.
Many fantasy stories today are still founded on an adventure, but perhaps fewer than a decade or two ago, as the genre has broadened and diversified considerably. But I think there’ll always be a place for good adventure fantasy!
Archer: One who shoots with a bow and arrow
The ARCHER is one of the quintessential warriors in fantasy and, tired old trope or not, I wouldn’t be without one! Who can ever forget Legolas in the Lord of the Rings movies? And there are myriad other legendary archers scattered throughout the various tomes in every fantasy library. Even The Hunger Games’ Katniss is a renowned archer.
In addition, some of my favourite fantasy characters whose names start with ‘A’ are: Artagel, Arutha, Ammar, Althea…
What have I missed? Please let me know your favourite fantasy things/books/characters/authors beginning with ‘A’ so I can clop myself on the head for forgetting — or else be introduced to something new and wondrous.