Fantasy Fun Pack
Fantasy comes to us fully developed in the very first written work, the ancient Sumerian Gilgamesh Epic, which includes a battle against a fire-breathing dragon. We know that old story and others like it were based on even older stories, most traded along orally and amended as years passed. Myths and legends featuring fantastic creatures, both benevolent and malevolent, have been told ever since, from the well-known Greek myths to less widely read mythologies created by other cultures. These stories follow a line that leads to more modern authors like George MacDonald, Edgar Allan Poe, and Lewis Carroll. But something changed dramatically in the Fantasy genre with the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit in 1937, followed by The Lord of the Rings Trilogy in the 1950s. With those books, Fantasy entered the mainstream, and the standards were raised. Interestingly enough, Tolkien’s stories center on a character who travels to a distant land with a companion to defeat a powerful enemy. Of course, this is the plot of the millennia-old Gilgamesh epic as well, showing how important the idea of a quest is in Fantasy stories.