Where did the Realm come from?
It’s funny. Someone once asked me “Why is the portal into the Realm a computer?” The answer is that I’m only writing what I know. *smiles
When I write (on the computer) I enter my world. So though this story-portal is make-believe, there’s a little bit of truth to it.
Remember the Disney cartoon where you see a hand drawing Mickey Mouse, and then the little guy comes to life?
I write on the computer—voila-- the world comes to life on my computer.
So what exactly do we mean by world building?
Let’s look at the most famous world builder of our time. J.R.R Tolkien. The man was a philologist. He built his world first by inventing languages. After that he created legends that told the story of the people who spoke those languages. His settings were so unique and detailed that when he finally came around to telling the tale of the One Ring, everything was in place for it. He pulled from the history he had written.
He was a master at world building.
Why did he do it?
Something I find valuable in the life of both Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, whose Narnia is an inspiring world as well, was that they lived during a horrific era in a country feeling the effects of World War I. They both served in the trenches during the war, and were evidently devastated by what they experienced. There had to be hope for mankind, because the dark world of war was at their door.
They each had their worlds they could slip into.
And not just for themselves, but for the survivors of that dismal era. Their worlds swept through ours like a light in the forest. People begged for more.
I love Lewis’ take on the answer to that. He said, “"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world."
— C.S. Lewis
— C.S. Lewis
Maybe he wasn’t talking about a fantasy world when he said that. I’m certain his quote had more of a spiritual connotation to it. But the desire for a better life, a purer place to live, and a happier outcome than many of us experience has always been in the heart of man.
-Hence, the need for world building.
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