It’s been a long time coming, but here finally is the next in my A-Z of FANTASY series… And it’s been rather tricky to decide which of the many ‘F’ fantasy words should get top billing.
Should it be
Forest — A large area covered chiefly with trees and undergrowth
… in which many fantasy adventures take place? After all, Middle Earth would be something quite different without Mirkwood, Fangorn or Lothlorien. Or perhaps
Fire — Combustion or burning, typically giving out bright light, heat, and smoke
… which is the cornerstone of any good overnight camp when questing in the wilderness; not to mention essential for the hearth in any self-respecting castle or FORT? And then there’s the
Friend(s) — A person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection (pal – mate – chum – buddy – comrade – fellow – companion)
… the essential complement to our esteemed hero. So many fantasy epics feature memorable and merry bands of friends — such as Garion’s lively bunch of travelling companions in David Eddings’ Belgariad and Mallorean series.
But I’ve decided to go with
Faerie — A tiny, mischievous, imaginary being
… because Faeries in their various guises hark back to the earliest FOLKLORE in many cultures. Faeries and fairies have been appearing in fantasy storytelling since the dawn of time and so on until this day…
And an honorable mention to
Fight — To take part in a violent struggle involving the exchange of physical blows or the use of weapons
… because we are talking about fantasy, which embraces swordwielding heroes and bandits, archers, bar brawls, border skirmishes and mega-scale wars.
Some of my favourite fantasy authors beginning with F include:
- Lynn Flewelling — Author of the Nightrunner series and Tamir Triad. The first three of the Nightrunner books (Luck in the Shadows, Stalking Darkness, Traitor’s Moon) are among my favourite fantasy adventure reads.
- Raymond E Feist — Author of all those books that started with Magician, which was one of the earliest fantasy novels I ever read. I haven’t read Feist in a long time, but those early novels of the 1980s (Magician, Silver Thorn, A Darkness at Sethanon) will always be close to my heart.
- Jennifer Fallon — A current Australian fantasy author, whose Second Sons trilogy I particularly enjoyed (although it has been pointed out to me recently these could actually be classified as science fiction).
Finally some notable characters:
- Frodo (enough said!)
- Fitzchivalry Farseer and the Fool from Robin Hobb’s majestic Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies
And that’s kind of where I’m at with F.
As usual, please contribute any additional fantasy F words — including authors, books and characters — you can think of! I’d love for the discussion to continue…
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