Commonplace Entry #10

“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”

― J.R.R. Tolkien

A tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities (source: New Oxford American Dictionary) is what fantasy is. This tendency is its glory. This is why we are so attracted to fantasy, to Tolkien’s, Rowling’s, Lewis’s, Carroll’s characters and universes. Because their world offers us relief from our own, we lean towards their realities.

Especially during finals.

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4 thoughts on “Commonplace Entry #10

  1. This was so beautifully put. We absolutely go to these different universes to escape. I do it all the time. I am ESPECIALLY prone to it when I’m procrastinating. Happy Finals!

  2. I was actually trying to come up with a post similar to this one because I completely agree that is the point of fantasy fiction!
    Nice topic and good analysis.

  3. I agree with this statement from Tolkien. It speaks of our imagination being the liberator of our own logic and helping us to venture into new territories that we would not have believed to be possible.

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