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Fantasy Resources / Mythopoeia
« on: October 04, 2018, 02:08:51 PM »

I was wondering if anyone was familiar with the notion of mythopoeia? For those who don't know what the word means but have actually done it, here is a quick definition from Wikipedia, which I thought was good enough to be quoted here: "Mythopoeia (also mythopoesis) is a narrative genre in modern literature and film where a fictional or artificial mythology is created by the writer of prose or other fiction".

So in more simple terms, mythopoeia is the art of myth-making. Tolkien was the one who created the word, I believe, when he wrote his poem Mythopoeia. So, has anyone made a complete mythology in their secondary world, just like he did when he wrote The Silmarillion? With a proper fictional pantheon and all?

I would like to end this message with a few verses from Tolkien's Mythopoeia:

The heart of man is not compound of lies,
but draws some wisdom from the only Wise,
and still recalls him. Though now long estranged,
man is not wholly lost nor wholly changed.
Dis-graced he may be, yet is not dethroned,
and keeps his rags of lordship once he owned,
his world-dominion by creative Artefact,
man, sub-creator, the refracted light
through whom is splintered from a single White
to many hues, and endlessly combined
in living shapes that move from mind to mind.
Though all the crannies of the world we filled
with elves and goblins, though we dared to build
gods and their houses out of dark and light,
and sow the seed of dragons, ‘twas our right
(used or misused). The right has not decayed.
We make still by the law in which we're made.

(And great pain I have got
For from a phone I wrote)

Introductions / Anhaga's introduction
« on: September 30, 2018, 08:10:24 PM »
Greetings everyone,

I very recently joined your forum because I found myself much interested in your website (and the forum as well obviously). I find the articles very interesting and much enjoy the general layout of the site. The way people talk to one another here made me want to join as well, so here I am!

Now, a little bit more about me. I am 22, very passionate about literature and linguistics, and I deeply enjoy music (any genre, really, although I have to admit that I'm more particularly fond of folkish songs, especially those based on the Middle Ages). I also enjoy reading philosophy books, with a particular attraction towards Nietzsche and Seneca.
My favourite books would have to be the Silmarillion and the Lays of Beleriand by J.R.R Tolkien. I also very much like Lovecraft, Poe and Lord Dusany.

I think that will be all for this little introduction of mine. If you have any questions I will gladly answer them, so feel free to ask!

PS: please let me apologize for my English. I'm not a native speaker, though I do try to be understandable as much as possible. If anything is unclear for whatever reason, please point it out!

Good evening to you all!

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