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Fantasy writers, including creators of Tolkien-based fanworks, have long struggled to depict the "otherness" of realms like Aman. In the past, the Tolkien fan fiction community showed a preference for an idealistic portrayal of Aman that left little room for imperfection. My work has long taken the opposite approach, and in this essay, I argue for the artistic need and canonical basis for grounding stories set in Aman in a more recognizable reality of human experience. This essay was written for Back to Middle-earth Month 2017 for the orange/nonfiction path with the prompt "Worldbuilding."
Characters: Fëanor, Melkor, Ungoliant, Valar
Challenges: B2MeM 2017
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Word count: 2841 Read: 37
Published: March 03, 2017 Updated: March 03, 2017
1. On Writing Aman, or the Balance between the Mythic and the Real by Dawn Felagund [Reviews - 2] (2841 words)