I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I teach high school English. My sophomores are just about to start a unit on fairy tales and folklore, and so, in proper fashion, I’ve decided to kick things off with J.R.R. Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy Stories.”
It’s hands-down my favorite piece of work in the entire body of English literature. But the full text is nearly 30 pages and rather difficult, so I abridged it down (reluctantly … I felt downright dirty doing it, too) to 10 pages.
And because I believe anyone with an interest in Fantasy or Fairy-tales absolutely needs to read this essay, I’ve made it available here.
Seriously. Please read Tolkien’s thoughts. It’ll take half an hour tops, and it’ll
change the way you think about stories, about creating a world for
D&D, and (if you’re not careful) the way you look at the world.
On Fairy Stories – J.R.R. Tolkien (yes, again, because I really want you to read it :D)
Warlock Grimoire Wallpapers – Kobold Press
The Book of the Fey: A Fey Bestiary (Fantasy Grounds) – DMsGuild – $9.95
Better Familiars (5e) – DMsGuild – $3.99
Now get out there and tell a story!