Life Lessons Learned From Fantasy Tag

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Tag time! And Fantasy time! At the same time — which makes it doubly exciting!

February is Fantasy Month (hosted by Jenelle Schmidt — go check out the linkup and short story challenge for more fantasy fun) and since Jenelle tagged me for this neat Fantasy tag, I thought I’d jump in and do it! πŸ™‚ Thanks, Jenelle!

Rules

1. Link back to Jenelle’s blog
2. Use the image above
3. Tell us 5-10 lessons you’ve learned from reading a fantasy book (or watching a fantasy movie) – lessons can come from multiple sources, as well, of course
4. Tag 2-4 other bloggers to keep the game going

Lessons I’ve learned from reading fantasy? It might be easier to ask what lessons I’ve NOT learned from fantasy… which may be why at first I was having a difficult time with this! (Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration. But still.)

Here are just a few of the books and series that have helped show or further illustrate important things for me and are helping to shape me into a hopefully better person.

List (Because Lists)

1. Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles, and George MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin, started it all and introduced me to the wonderful world of Fantasy — at least some of my earlier memories of it — thereby widening my horizons and showing me heroism first off.

2. J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit taught me (and continues to teach me) that it’s okay to be both adventurous and a homebody, introverted and extroverted, bookish and active, Tookish and Baggins-ish — there’s a place for each of these things, I don’t have to be just one or the other; that if I switch back and forth between them, that’s all right; and the place to be is probably somewhere in the middle… which I can therefore strive toward.

3. The Lord of the Rings taught me so many things that I don’t even know where to start–including nobility, selflessness, and pressing on when things seem darkest. Such a rich well from which so many things can be drawn out.

4. C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia books showed me so much through Aslan, and continues to do so.

5. Patrick Carman’s Land of Elyon series (affectionately called “The Alexa Books”) helped show some things through allegory like about the Creator/heaven/happy endings and so on (also due to Narnia as well).

6. The Bright Empires series by Stephen R. Lawhead is teaching me a lot about life at the moment, particularly Wilhelmina Klug, “Mina”, showing me the kind of woman I would like to be (role-models exist in fiction for a reason, people). Also that nothing is a coincidence. About friendship, love, and loyalty, hospitality and kindness, and loving our enemies. The difference one person can make. That there is a bigger Plan in the universe which can make one feel so much less small and alone. And so many other things.

7. Diana Wynne Jones’ Chrestomanci series illustrates so well things about people and the choices we make, shying from wrong and choosing the right one — I’ve just been noticing the things in this series on my second read and it’s amazing.

8. Speaking of Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle showed me a way to deal with things when I’m a coward about something (i.e. procrastinating) — that I can “Howl myself into it” as I call it… trick myself into doing things I need to that daunt me. In Howl’s words: “Not likely! I’m a coward. Only way I can do something this frightening is to tell myself I’m not doing it!”

Something as seemingly small as that can change a person for the better, and there are a million little things one can, and does, and will continue to, learn from Fantasy.

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When life seems insurmountable, it’s only natural to compare it to the problems faced in beloved tales of Fantasy — if I’m daunted by an event, I say I’m feeling Baggins-ish and want to stay home, and only need to try to be more Tookish to survive. If something sounds impossible, I can’t even count the times I’ve said, “Well, if Frodo can get the Ring to Mount Doom, I can do this…”

Fantasy in general shows me life in a new light, a new angle, so that it’s fresh and can be seen clearer than through the usual dusty glass of normalcy.

Fantasy taught me that happy endings are possible, that light is stronger than darkness, that love is the greatest thing we can give. It teaches me all the time through truths which are easier to see in other worlds than in our own, and through characters who face it all and yet still stand noble and true. It’s something to look at and think, “I want to be that way.”

Fantasy is such an entwined part of my life that I don’t always think of it as such — it’s as natural as breathing and makes just as much sense. It’s a part of me and I know I would not be who I am today without it.

I Tag…

Christine @ Musings of an Elf | Sarah @ Dreams and Dragons | Claire @ The Overactive Imagination | Tracey @ Adventure Awaits | You, fellow lover of Fantasy who is reading this, if you want to!

(Obviously no pressure to do it; just if you want! ^_^)

What about you, Roadlings mine? Do you love Fantasy (please say yes)? Has it shown you things? And are you going to pop over to Jenelle’s post with a linky and join the Fantasy fun this month? Tell me all in the comments! Thanks for reading, and remember that . . .

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29 thoughts on “Life Lessons Learned From Fantasy Tag

  1. Ooh, you did this tag! Fun! πŸ˜€
    I totally agree with you on the Chronicles of Narnia! I read them a lot when I was younger, but I never really realized how chock-full of good lessons they were up until now.
    And I am absolutely LOVING the Bright Empire series!! I ADORE Mina, and yes, there is SO much to glean from that series. ❀
    These are all lovely answers! Fantasy has really and truly changed my life as well. I don't know what I'd be doing right now if I hadn't read it when I was little. Thank you for sharing this! ❀

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    • Yes! And I saw you did as well! *needs to go read that* πŸ˜€
      Yup, Narnia’s full of good stuff!! πŸ™‚
      Aaaahh, it makes me so happy that you’re reading and enjoying them! There’s just so much in that series, isn’t there? And Mina’s awesome! πŸ˜€
      Thank you! And I so agree — fantasy is amazing. ❀ Aww, you're welcome — thank you for reading and for your loverly comment! ^_^

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  2. Isn’t Fantasy Month swell? I love the quote from Lloyd Alexander. In fact, when I did this tag, I used the exact same one! Ha! Great minds as they say…

    I think it’s wonderful that MacDonald had a hand in setting you on the path to discovering invented worlds and imaginary creatures. He’s been a bright light for me along the journey as well.

    I think the Aslan quote sums up best what I love about fantasy, something to the effect of “You have known me here so that you will know me better in your own world.” (from Dawn Treader, if memory serves) So thankful for the gift of imagination.

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    • It is! πŸ˜€ And oh, how neat! I must go read your post when I have a minute! πŸ˜€ (It’s one of my top favorite quotes. <3) Yes, great minds… πŸ˜‰

      Yes indeed! George MacDonald's books are great. πŸ™‚

      YES. Love that Aslan quote. And imagination (and therefore fantasy!) is an excellent thing. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment, DJ!

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  3. THIS POST THO. I JUST LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!!

    I love, love, love, LOOOOVE what you said The Hobbit taught you. Seriously, I’ve read that paragraph 3 times now, just soaking it in. And you’re so right! Bilbo is the perfect model in that we don’t ALL have to be great adventurers to be brave. Wanting to be home and read our books is OKAY, but it’s also good to step out and have an adventure now and again. GAH. I JUST LOVE THISSS.

    And SO MUCH YES to LotR. The things that story has taught me go on for ages…

    Narnia is SO powerful. Aslan’s sacrifice gets me every. single. time. Because, well, Jesus really DID die for us and just… *collapses* SO POWERFUL.

    Oh man, I so need to read the Elyon, Bright Empires, AND Chrestomanci books so badly! I actually have the first books for every one of those series. I MUST READ THEMMM.

    And I adore how even Howl is good for teaching lessons. ^_^

    Okay, but but but…EVERYTHING YOU JUST SAID. “Fantasy in general shows me life in a new light, a new angle, so that it’s fresh and can be seen clearer than through the usual dusty glass of normalcy.” *drowns in the beauty and truth of those words* EVERYTHING YOU SAID THO. I can’t say YESSSSSS loud enough. People think fantasy is just made up nonsense, but it’s NOT. It’s a mirror to truth. Just like you said, it shows us truths in a new light, and makes it even MORE clear. It teaches us to be brave and endure, just like Frodo taking the Ring to Mont Doom. It’s so, sooo much more than “made up nonsense”. You put it perfectly. Just… *HUGS POST* I LOVE ALL OF THIS SO MUUUCH.

    Thank you for tagging me! I really should do this tag. It’s so great!

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    • THANK YOU! ❀

      I'm glad you like the Hobbit thoughts… it's only something I put into words very recently, but apparently it's been stewing in the back of my mind for awhile. Yes, yes, to everything you said about it! πŸ™‚

      LOTR! ❀

      I KNOW. Narnia… just yes. Aslan and the allegory is just so powerful, I so agree. ^_^

      Yessss, you need to read them, especially Bright Empires (I need to read the last one, myself…) and I think you'd enjoy Elyon, and of course Chrestomanci. πŸ˜‰ (:O You have the first of each? Coolness!)

      Howl is good for EVERYTHING. XD (I mean, Sophie would say he's good-for-nothing buuuut ya know. XD)

      Thank you, and I'm SO glad that you think the same things! It IS a mirror to truth (I love the way you put all of this in your comment!!! <3) and just alskjdfljlj it's so so good and not "made up nonsense" at all, yes. ^_^

      You're welcome! I hope you do it! Because I just know a post on this from you would be FANTASTIC (in more way than one. ;)).

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    • Aww, thank you, Shantelle! ^_^ And yes, it’s so wonderful! ❀

      Thanks for the tag! I shall have to do it when I find time! πŸ˜€ *adds to tag list* (I literally keep one of these. XD)

      Thanks! Happy (belated) Valentine's Day to you as well!! ❀

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  4. This post is so awesome. I’m going to have a really hard time NOT stealing some of these- like the Bagginish/Tookish side thing. And YES I’m not the only one who says “If Frodo can take the Ring to Mount Doom” and similar as motivational talk!

    Also, half of me feels like I might need to start trying to Howl myself into doing things . . . except the other part of me says that, no, that’s not really all that likely to work because I’ll end up actually not doing that, and my current method of break-the-scary-thing-into-smaller-pieces works just fine, once I actually get myself to do it. On a semi-unrelated note, do you happen to know your MBTI type?

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    • Awk, thanks, Sarah! ^_^ And actually, feel free to “steal” away if some of these have affected you too! It’s not about being “original” or anything, it’s just about stuff we’ve learned so… whatever. πŸ™‚ *shrug* (Can’t wait to see your own post!! :D)

      Bagginsish/Tookish, yes! *highfive* And oh, you say that about Frodo too? NEAT! πŸ˜€ #LOTRtwins

      Whatever works for you, whether it’s Howl-ing or not. πŸ˜€ Probably some combination would be best for both of us. XD I do like your idea of breaking things up… *nod*

      Eh… at one time I was INFP… I also got INFJ, more recently. Not sure. I should take it again. XD Which MBTI are you? πŸ™‚

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      • Danke sehr. I appreciate that. I just don’t like feeling like I’m copying people.
        *hi5s back* Absolutely.
        Quite possibly. And thanks. It helps, ’cause then you’re not doing the big thing anymore- just a bunch of small things that happen to turn into a big thing.
        Ok. Part of the reason I was asking was that I wanted to see if MBTI is related to whether or not using Howl’s method on problems works or not. (Howl, according to one site I found, is an ENFP, so it might correlate.) And I’m an ISTP/J. (50/50 split on the P and the J, basically, so I can function as either depending on what the situation calls for.)

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  7. YESSS YES I DO LOVE FANTASY!! IT IS MY FAVOURITE GENRE OF THEM AAAALL!!! *flails* And awk, I learned so much from Narnia. I mean, I feel like I learned how to write starting with Narnia. ❀ Even if I was writing horrible fanfic at 12 and claiming it was original.πŸ™ˆπŸ™Š Ah. We all start somewhere.πŸ˜‚ I also learned a lot from JRR Tolkien and, particularly, the hobbits. Like #1 be a hobbit. Eat lots. Live in a cosy house. Have plenty of snack breaks. SUCH GOOD LIFE LESSONS THERE AND I'LL HOLD ONTO THEM.

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