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”Blue skies, green grass”: is the Redemption of Althalus a reliable biological record?

Raye, Lee 2016. ”Blue skies, green grass”: is the Redemption of Althalus a reliable biological record? Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research 3 (2) , pp. 25-38.

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This paper investigates whether high fantasy worlds can be naturalistic. After a brief introductory analysis of the Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit, discussion turns to The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings. References were collected to flora and fauna from the secondary world of the novel. These references were tested as a collection in terms of: (i) whether they have internal coherence (i.e. verisimilitude) and (ii) whether the observations are likely to be based on primary world experience. The study found that, in general, the species actually observed by characters in the text passed both these tests. Species used only for figurative reference (i.e. not actually observed by any character) failed these tests. The biology of Althalus’ secondary world is predominantly based on the primary world western forested mountain ecoregion of the United States, where Eddings & Eddings lived.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
P Language and Literature > PZ Childrens literature
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ecocriticism, digital humanities, naturalistic, Eddings, Althalus
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Publisher: The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research
ISSN: 2342-2009
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 July 2016
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2021 01:24

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