The image above, by the great photographer, Stuart erwlas (check his photos on Flickr) is a visual explanation of why I love the fantasy genre. This image is more fantastic, to me, than all the great paintings that would have elves, dwarves, or dragons.
In this image, I can imagine a group of adventurers, traveling on a quest to unknown lands. They would encounter wonders beyond their wildest imaginations. Golems, witches, orcs, and dragons await them.
In this fantastic world, many stories would unfold. Stories of love, betrayal, wars, alliances, and friendship. All of them set under a spell of imagination and wonder.
I’m always moved by pictures like this. I feel it calling to me, urging me to hurry up and have the adventure of my life. I have a sudden feel of loneliness, as if I’m missing out on something.
Maybe that is enough reason for me to come up with the stories of these grand adventures. To live them in my head and commit them to paper, or screen, and share them with the people of my world.