Rachel Neumeier

Fantasy and Young Adult Fantasy Author


The World is in a Fantasy Novel

I don’t really have time to write a real post OR look around the internet . . . MUST FINISH “MOUNTAIN” . . . but I’ve collected quite a few nice pictures over the past few months. Here’s a sample, illustrating once again that the world really is definitely in a fantasy world:

Huilo Huilo Chile

This is supposed to be a real hotel in Chile. Hah. It is definitely the home of . . . what? It looks like a half-elf / half-hobbit should live here. Or, wait! Tom Bombadil? I never was much of a Bombadil fan, but this looks like the sort of place he’d live.

River House Serbia

And would live here? Besides a serious, serious misanthrope? This is the home of someone who ought to have otters for pets instead of dogs — I’ve always liked otters, I mean, who doesn’t like otters? — and maybe a fish eagle.

Broadway Tower

A wizard’s tower, obviously. But is this a dark wizard with wraiths and wyverns at his command, or the kind of wizard who putters around with books, every now and then interrupting his studies to chat with a dragon?

Church in Norway

How about this one? A shapeshifter, perhaps. Who shifts into a bear to explore the forests of Norway. Or a family of shapeshifters — it looks like a pretty big building. I could see a Goldilocks retelling set here, only, of course, a more complex story. The bears are the guardians of this forest, and Goldilocks is under a curse cast by the evil witch who is their enemy. Together, she and the youngest bear must find a way to break the curse and free the forest from the looming threat of the witch . . .

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5 Comments The World is in a Fantasy Novel

  1. Hanneke

    The last one is a church, though I like your story idea about it. The original medieval stave church IIRC is in Norway, but there’s a copy in the USA somewhere. I saw it on my road trip after finishing college, in one of the more heavily forested states I came through – I think it was Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, but it might have been in Oregon.

    Ah no, wikipedia tells me it must have been in Wiskonsin, or maybe North Dakota (they list 5 or 6 stave churches built in the USA, and several original medieval ones remaining in Norway) – it was a few decades ago and the details are getting a bit blurred ;)

  2. Hanneke

    Yeah, me too, but I find the reality fascinating too. A wooden building from the middle ages, maybe more than a thousand years old, still surviving. Such a large and fancyful building, made by people with a lot of trees for resources but not stone, who still wanted to build a cathedral to celebrate their faith – and were ingenious enough to find a way to build one in wood, with limited tools. They built it well enough *and* looked after it well enough continuously over all those centuries, that it’s still there for us to enjoy.
    I find that fascinating, in a very different way than I enjoy the fascinating ideas of fantasy, but just as mind-boggling sometimes.

  3. Rachel

    I didn’t know it was so old! Wow.

    One of the things I admire is that they went to the trouble to make it so beautiful. I need to actually go read about this building, because you’re making me wonder what tools they did have available to build it and how big it is — scale is not clear from the picture — and what they’ve done to maintain it for all this time.

  4. Hanneke

    I don’t know the exact dates, but it is Medieval. The earliest remaining is from circa 1115, the youngest remaining original from circa 1500, according to wikipedia.
    Though it may well be a sort of “the axe of my grandfather”, which has had a new handle fitted a few times, and its head replaced once… it’s still the heirloom cared for and handed down through the generations, even if some bits have been replaced. Anyway, well cared for wood in the right sort of circumstances can last a long time so probably a lot will still be original.

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