Diving into what the origin of fairy stories is, we realize–once again–that Tolkien doesn’t give us an encyclopedic answer, but instead lays out some boundaries that help us better understand where fairy story comes from–and what it needs to have.

It’s a thought-provoking episode this week as we continue to dissect this incredibly important essay Tolkien wrote!

In our members-only episode (https://theonering.com/members) we:

  • How the Rings of Power fails with incantational adjectives
  • Why time and distance in fairy stories matters
  • Why Peter Jackson had a better understanding of fairy story, and adhered better to the “soup” of fairy story than any other sub-created version of Middle-earth

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