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Is It Time To Retire The Word "Epic"?

You'll see lots of rants on the internet claiming the word "epic" is overused. It's become a blanket synonym for "fun," and people say "I had an epic bath" with zero irony. But maybe this is just a symptom of a larger problem. Maybe the word "epic" in general has lost all meaning, including when we talk about fantasy. » 7/03/14 12:37pm 7/03/14 12:37pm

JRR Tolkien Explains Lord Of The Rings In Legendary Recording

In 1958, J.R.R. Tolkien attended a "Hobbit Dinner" in the Netherlands, an event set up by Tolkien's Dutch publisher, where 200 fans could hear their favorite author speak. And speak he did, explaining the meaning of his most famous work, reciting a poem in Elvish, and more. And for the first time, you'll be able to… » 5/25/14 9:30am 5/25/14 9:30am

Major Landmarks In The History Of Dark Fantasy

Dark fantasy is more popular than ever. Game of Thrones is rocking our TV sets. Tons of authors have moved to the genre. We're obsessed with bloody tales of morally gray people and supernatural forces. But where does dark fantasy come from? And how did it become so huge? Here's a brief history of dark fantasy's… » 4/25/14 1:05pm 4/25/14 1:05pm

The Bitchin Fantasy Artist You Didn't Know You Already Admired

You may not know Ian Miller's name, but you've definitely marveled at his ornate, harrowing art before. His work has adorned everything from H.P. Lovecraft book covers to Warhammer 40K concept art. And at last, 300 of his best pieces are being collected in a book, The Art of Ian Miller. We've got an exclusive peek,… » 4/10/14 12:51pm 4/10/14 12:51pm

Dresden Codak creator illustrates each chapter of The Silmarillion

While Peter Jackson's vision of Middle Earth may be the dominant one right now, artists have long put their own spin on J.R.R. Tolkien's world. Dresden Codak cartoonist Aaron Diaz shares his own visual interpretation of Tolkien by illustrating each character of The Silmarillion, as well the book's characters and… » 1/07/14 12:00pm 1/07/14 12:00pm

Why good bests evil in Middle Earth: Evil has a Vitamin D deficiency

Why is it that the plucky Hobbit Bilbo Baggins triumph again and again over the likes of Gollum, the goblins, spiders, and Smaug? A cheeky medical paper suggests that good characters have an advantage over evil ones in Tolkien's world because good characters spend more time in the sun and absorb more Vitamin D. » 12/22/13 2:00pm 12/22/13 2:00pm

Own the Lord of the Rings art Tolkien hated (and everyone else loved)

Right now, on eBay, you can buy Barbara Remington's original artworks that inspired the covers of the 1965 editions of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Tolkien loathed this artwork, with its surreal touches and loose connection to his story — but over at BoingBoing, Mark Dery explains why fans loved it. » 12/06/13 1:28pm 12/06/13 1:28pm

Gift Ideas for the 10 Major Species of Science Fiction Fan

Buying presents for the science fiction and fantasy fan in your life can be a major challenge — because no two fans are the same. It's just not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Some people love Star Trek, others love Superman. So here's our gift guide for the 10 major species of fans! » 11/20/13 2:43pm 11/20/13 2:43pm

10 Key Terms That Will Help You Appreciate Fantasy Literature

Fantasy novels and stories cast a spell on readers, with their vivid worlds and complex characters. But just like any other kind of spell, there are different types, and rules. You need a magical lexicon. So here are 10 commonly used terms you'll need to know, that describe the different sorts of fantasy worlds and… » 11/13/13 11:00am 11/13/13 11:00am