halialkers: (Ioseb Jugashvili)
posted by [personal profile] halialkers at 04:39pm on 17/01/2012
I've sometimes wondered what would happen in the average Fantasy world if someone like Genghis Khan came along and started monkeying with the place. It would seem to me that the average kinds of magic seen in fantasy worlds could lead to things like in Harry Turtledove's world of Magic producing its own equivalents of an industrial revolution and modern technology in all spheres, including military ones.

In Tolkien's works it actually made some amount of sense given that Sauron was busy collapsing Gondor for decades before the actual war started and given the general theme of degeneration and decay that pervades the actual work. In the rip-offs it tends to make less sense.

Admittedly I think a scenario with fantasy armies clashing with magical equivalents of modern warfare would be *awesome.*
mmoa_writes: (Default)
posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 07:23pm on 18/01/2012
I'm no Tolkienite but I do find it ironic how he seems to get bashed a lot by a certain type of 'gritty' fantasy writer/fan when in ways he doesn't deserve. You're right, from what I recall in terms of worldbuilding, he did pretty good(!). Just because he wrote high fantasy in the style of heroic epics, people seem to dismiss him as childish or less realistic when I found his world more realistic with it's impossible ideals than an Abercrombie novel where no one has any (and everyone swears a lot. And occasionally rapes someone else). How is that any more realistic, or thought provoking? It's rather childish.

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