Fairy Story

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Fantasy: Just Another World

A fairy story. although it seems straightforward in definition, it is not as simple as it sounds. It is a sophisticated tale of unreal fairies living in a fantasy world, of which the creation requires several important ingredients. In ¡§On Fairy-Stories,¡¨ J. R. R. Tolkien assumes the role of a cook and makes the ¡§Soup¡¨ ¡V a fairy story. To achieve the concept of fantasy, the author creates the Secondary World for readers to enter. The Secondary World is an alternate reality created in the mind that corresponds with the laws made by the creator. Nevertheless, Tolkien underscores the point of following ¡§the desires of body and heart¡¨ in fantastic creation (113). This conveys that the author¡¦s free-will to create a separate world requires him to become a follower under his own world. In The Silmarillion, Tolkien creates a fantasy world called ¡§Arda¡¨ and lets the readers to enter it. Through this fantasy world, Tolkien frees the reader from domination of the Primary World, which represents reality; however, he produces inner consistency of reality that serves as a bridge between the reader and the Secondary World. Tolkien explains that inner consistency of reality is an image or a rearrangement of images that originated from and is parallel to the actual arrangement of images in the Primary World. In The Silmarillion, Tolkien creates a fantasy world that contains elements of both good and evil, and shows that Secondary Belief is needed to accept this world.

With the utilization of Valar, Tolkien creates a fantasy that departs from the Primary World; however, there still lies a concept of dualism ¡V the existence of conflicting forces of good and evil. In ¡§On Fairy Stories,¡¨ Tolkien states that ¡§fantasy, of course, starts with an advantage: arresting strangeness¡¨ (139). Following this notion, The Silmarillion begins with themes of music sung in unison and harmony by the Valar, also known as the gods (3). This signifies the peace and good of the fantasy world created by Tolkien; this element of good in the Secondary World is derived from the real world. However, it is apparent that peace and good are not omnipresent in reality. Tolkien immediately introduces an element of evil that clashes with harmonious sounds of peace. For example, Melkor, a Vala with the greatest gifts of power and knowledge, exploits his power wrongfully.
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