Ring Around the Rose: Fantasy Worlds

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Ring around the Rose

This week’s topic is fantasy realms. You may have already seen Kaycee’s and Savannah’s posts earlier this week.

If you could live in any fantasy world, which one would you choose (and why)?

This is a tough one. I love fantasy, many of you know it’s my favorite genre. However, a lot of the fantasy worlds are very dangerous, and I’m not sure I’d want to live anywhere too perilous. My first thoughts were Narnia and Middle-Earth. Who wouldn’t want to live in the Shire where they eat multiple breakfasts and enjoy gardening? And Narnia would definitely be in the running. To meet Aslan face-to-face! That would be spectacular! However, I don’t know that I’d like to live in either of those worlds. Partially because they’re dangerous, but partially because in a lot of fantasy worlds, it seems that you need to be born into a certain kind of family, or have friends in high places, or have some sort of tragic backstory in order to go on an adventure. And I’m far too ordinary to be picked for the kinds of adventure that Frodo, the Pevensies, or Harry Potter end up on.

But if I had to choose a fantasy realm of residence, I think I’d have to choose the Enchanted Forest from Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles. You see, I would definitely want to live somewhere with dragons… good dragons. I love dragons, and while Smaug is quintessentially THE dragon of fantasy, he’s evil. I wouldn’t want to live somewhere where the only dragon was an evil one. There would have to at least be the possibility of friendly dragons, and a ride on one of their backs!

 

I just enjoy the way that world works. I love that magic is a skill anyone can learn, like baking and sword-fighting. I like that wizards can be melted with soapy water, and that fairy tales exist but don’t always follow the correct “rules.”

I like that there are villains, but that they are not terrifying evil villains – they’re just selfish and unkind, but it’s not terribly difficult to get rid of them, so it definitely passes the “not too dangerous” test.

I like that the world seems to revolve around the necessity of using common sense, and that if you can be pragmatic, you can avoid many of the dangers that exist in this realm. I’m a big fan of common sense, so I think I would get along well with a lot of the people in that world (well, some of them would drive me up the wall, but there seem to be others of like mind if you look hard enough!)

But I think my favorite thing about the realm of the Enchanted Forest is that you don’t have to be special to have an adventure. It might help to be a princess, but you don’t have to be one. Adventure awaits, and you can go out and make your own story as exciting as you choose, no matter who you are.

So, if I had to choose… I would love to VISIT Middle Earth, Narnia, Earthsea, and so many others. But I’d want to LIVE in or near the Enchanted Forest!

Of course, then Savannah mentioned the Star Wars universe, which I completely forgot about (probably because I always think of it as more sci-fi than fantasy, but it is very fantasy, too)… I would love to live in the Star Wars universe. I’ll build my summer home there. :)

Which fantasy realm would YOU choose as your primary residence?

Make sure you visit Dorian’s blog tomorrow to find out which fantasy realm she would choose to live in!

~ jenelle

11 Comments

DJ Edwardson

Hmm…I’m not sure about needing to be exceptional to go on an adventure in Narnia and Middle Earth. The Pevinses and Bagginses were about as milk-toast ordinary as they come, don’t you think? And wasn’t one of the main points of the Lord of the Rings that “even the smallest person can change the course of the future”?

But dangerous, yes, I think living in Middle Earth might be a rather harrowing experience.

Though it does not come into Tolkien’s stories as much, I might choose Valinor, home of the Valar. To live with the elves and the friends of the West in a land of resplendent glory “undimmed before the breaking of the world”, I think that would be my choice.

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jenelle

I was going off the “friends in high places” theme there. Gandalf and Professor Diggory being the instigators of the adventures (Prof. D to a lesser extent).

As far as Narnia goes, it’s the same problem as with the Harry Potter world. The percentage chance of being a normal, ordinary person and even knowing Narnia or the wizarding world exists is so small as to be almost zero. And rafflecopter hates me… so I’m pretty sure I’d just be living in the ordinary world, with no clue the extraordinary was all around me. hahaha

Thankfully, as Kaycee pointed out on Monday – “I would be like a Muggleborn student- constantly awed by the magic inside and surrounding me, even though it seems commonplace to many other students. Although, when I think about it, isn’t that how we ought to experience our own world?” Yes! And especially as Christians!

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Hayden

I’ve never read these books, but you’re making me want to. This world sounds really interesting! :)

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Savannah

It sounds like an exciting but safe choice! I love dragons too. Donita K Paul has a dragon series with some of the most memorable dragons. I almost chose that world, but Ewoks are so fuzzy…sigh. FUZZY.

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Abbey

This world definitely makes me intrigued about the books! I’ll be making a trip to Goodreads…
Maybe I would want to live in Florin? Or Bookania? Those are two relatively safe-ish, yet fun, fantasy worlds that I could see myself living in.

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