High Fantasy


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High fantasy (also known as epic fantasy) is a subgenre of fantasy fiction, defined either by its setting in an imaginary world or by the epic stature of its characters, themes and plot. The term "high fantasy" was coined by Lloyd Alexander in a 1971 essay, "High Fantasy and Heroic Romance".

High fantasy is defined as fantasy fiction set in an alternative, fictional ("secondary") world, rather than the real, or "primary" world. The secondary world is usually internally consistent, but its rules differ from those of the primary world. Where the primary world does not exist, detailed maps, geography, and history of the fictional world are often provided.

These stories are often serious in tone and epic in scope, dealing with themes of grand struggle against supernatural, evil forces. Multi-volumed works with a complicated plot, a large cast of characters and an expansive timeframe.

The works of J.R.R. Tolkien, especially The Lord of the Rings, are regarded as the archetypal works of high fantasy.

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