What if Fantasy did not Yet Exist?

A Dream of Writing

What if Fantasy did not Yet Exist?

Fantasy seems to have existed very far back in history in minor forms, as myths and fables. People were influenced by these myths and fables; they wrote increasingly more advanced and deep stories, with more complicated characters and themes, influencing more and more writers. Fantasy has only recently become significant. In the second half of the twentieth century, fantasy began to give adults the impetus to take notice of it and to read it: J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ allured them in 1954. But what would have happened if there were no writers to influence writers with their work? Thoughts and emotions would not be expressed, and perhaps the understanding of them would not have advanced. Perhaps humanity would not have evolved to have a powerful imagination. Perhaps people would not have intellectually advanced to recognise and understand the importance of imagining. Scenes would…

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