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Raina’s Fantastic Ramblings: The Fundamental Despair of the Silmarillion and the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein

I think The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion – not so much The Hobbit – are pretty close to grimdark, or maybe dark. The way people use those two words sometimes gets me a bit confused. I don't think they're exceptionally gory or violent. But I do think they are definitely not about …

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Raina’s Fantastic Ramblings: A Different Kind of Magic (Or Against Sanderson’s First Law of Magic)

Yep. I'm going up against Sanderson. Or at least contesting his model. And why shouldn't I? Why should I have more respect for his opinions and what he likes in a book and magic than my own opinions and tastes? And, no, I'm not going to give you three laws of writing magic, or one, …

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Raina’s Fantastic Ramblings: What does Time mean?

Time. I said I'd write about time. And what does that even mean? What does Time mean? Well, I was talking about Goodness being final and happiness being real, no matter the “ending,” and that I couldn't see a real distinction between that and the ultimate/final/primal I-NEED-A-WORD-THAT-DOES-NOT-HAVE-CONNOTATIONS-ABOUT-TIME-OR-BEGINNINGS-OR-ENDINGS, and I know that ETERNITY won't do at …

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