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Story about Gargoyles and Ethics

This was about 20 years ago. The story concerned a rogue who had been cursed with a gargoyles arm (obsidian glass appearance). The aim was that in order to remove the curse he had to behave ...
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What novels or movies are set in these fantasy lands?

I recognize a few, but some I've definitely never heard of. And if they're on this map with the likes of Middle Earth and Westeros, I'm assuming they're pretty prominent in the fantasy world. Can ...
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looking for fantasy novel series: orphaned boy living as a commoner regains his inheritance

Having just finished the Mageborn series by Michael G. Manning, I was reminded by the events in the first book, The Blacksmith's Son, of another fantasy novel series. Here are the similarities that I ...
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Looking for the name of the book where a character enters another world in where he is part of a prophecy

I read this book in elementary school but don't remember the title, author or anything aside from a few vivid points. The story starts in the real world (I believe it's around WW2) where a boy ...
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Looking for fantasy book series from last 10-15 years

I'm looking for a book series that I read at least 10-15 years ago. It was definitely a series as I finished one book but lost track of it whilst waiting for the next book to come out. I'm sorry, I ...
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Where does the accepted image of fantasy clothing come from?

When I picture characters in a "medieval" fantasy setting like Lord of the Rings or D&D, I tend to think of them looking kind of badass - lots of hooded cloaks, leather armour, and improbable ...
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A fantasy book series about a boy leaving his farm and becoming a scout for an army

I read a couple of these years ago and I am trying to remember the name of the series. The first half of the series is about the boy and the second half is about his daughter I believe. The kid had ...
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What the earliest instance of an average human being magically summoned to another world, while being ignorant about the actual summons?

What the earliest instance of an average human being magically summoned to another world, while being ignorant about the actual summons? Basically, it's Summon Everyman Hero trope, but restricted ...
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90s/00s Trilogy. Young girl travels to other world that becomes Atlantis

In the first book, the protagonist is a young girl who travels between our world and a different one (possibly through a wooden gate in the barn next door that she finds the key to in an old coat?). ...
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Help identify Animated Fantasy TV Series

Back in 1992-1993 when I was a kid I saw an animated Fantasy TV series about some magical kingdom fighting some dark kingdom from another universe or something like that. I don't remember anything ...
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Where did the idea that trolls can regenerate come from?

It's pretty common, when you encounter a troll in a fantasy video game or fantasy table-top RPG the troll is able to regenerate from damage. Typically trolls only have 1 weakness; fire, which somehow ...
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Story where a reluctant hero goes on a quest

I'm going crazy trying to remember this book. It was definitely published before 1991. The only thing I'm fairly certain of is there was a scene where the hero falls asleep and there's a metaphysical ...
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Story where a young butcher's son was the long lost heir to an empire

Looking for a story (book) my father read when he was a young man in the 1980's about a young butcher's son who was the long lost heir to an empire. He was hidden on an island and grew up with some ...
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Help finding a book trilogy about magic monks/wizards and an evil empire/kingdom

When I was a kid, around 2008, I read a trilogy of fantasy novels that I've forgotten the name of. It's about a boy who lives on an island. His father, while doesn't hate him, is disappointed in the ...
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Spanish language fantasy movie: world seen from the movie projection room of the three Fates

Once back when TV went by radio waves I was watching late at night and saw the very end of a Spanish-language fantasy film where a man was (apparently) watching what was going on in the world while ...
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Young adult novel with a forest in it

A young adult book with a green cover where a young girl is in a futuristic world (touch screens in the school she attended) and feels different and some how she runs away to a forest. I remember ...
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What is the earliest instance of an “Adventurers' Guild” in fiction?

What is the earliest instance of an "Adventurers' Guild" in fiction? It doesn't have to be called an 'Adventurers' Guild', but the basic requirements are: It's a organization that expands and has ...
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Book Identification: a man and two women on a journey to fulfill some sort of prophecy about the end of the world

This is an older fantasy book I read 10-15 years ago-ish. My recollections of it are vague, but I recall it had a medieval-ish setting, and was told from the point of view of a man who is joined on a ...
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What is the first instance where Familiars are called Familiars?

What is the oldest instance of magical familiars being used by witches in fiction, and also called familiars, or a cognate? For example, an English novel having familiars and calling them 'familiars', ...
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Are there any classic fantasy type comic series? (with dwarves, magic, etc) [closed]

I'm starting to get into comics and am reading some of the big ones, marvel, dc and I've seen the fantasy world in Grimm Fairy Tales. But I was expecting to be able to find something like a classic ...
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Are there any sample of elvish-like civilization being in their prime time [closed]

In a lot of SF and Fantasy work, there is a civilization being elven archetype. I mean, civilization being in their fall, once powerful and full of magic or technology or sometimes both, now dying ...
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Which fantasy novel contains the “order of the foot”?

I'm looking for a book that I once read where wizards were divided into different factions. One of those faction had a foot as a banner and they provide the source (e.g. the magic) that the other ...
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Looking for title of a series of books about a wizard who travels to the future

I'm looking for the title of a particular book in a series. What I remember is that it was a series of books. The first book in the series had a powerful wizard who travels to the future and finds ...
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Fantasy book where a young prince becomes a mage

I've been looking for this book for ages now. When I was younger (11-12 years old, so the early 2000s) I once read a story where a young boy, who may have been either a young prince or a squire of ...
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Fantasy book where main protagonists are brothers. One a warrior, the other a mage.

It has been quite a while, but I remember being enthralled. I do remember one other thing about the book--the mage brother was physically weak and had to be helped around by the warrior brother. I ...
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Is there a place I can go to see the most science fiction and/or fantasy books sold of all time?

From the wikipedia article on Stephen R. Donaldson and his "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever": The Chronicles were originally published as two trilogies of novels between 1977 ...
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Looking for a fantasy novel featuring a war, two distinct sides, and possibly the colour green/jade?

This was a book I read when I was about 13, around the year 2002. I borrowed it from the school library at the time and really enjoyed the story (at least, I think I remember enjoying it). I've marked ...
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Looking for a YA book about a girl pulled through a mirror by her soulmate

My daughter is looking for a YA or maybe kids book that she read about a normal girl who one day notices a boy looking back at her through a mirror and then he pulls her through into another world ...
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What was the origin of the idea that dragons can take human form?

Everything I knew of dragons as a child involves them being huge lizard-like beings, usually with wings. Most fairy tales and popular fantasy works (such as the Hobbit) follow that pattern. I've ...
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Name of book- Girl fights Evil Sorceror Uncle who killed her father the king?

Read a book review over 10 years ago. Maybe 2003 -2004. Found it interesting. Wanted to read book but could not remember name. Story was about a princess whose Uncle killed her father to usurp the ...
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What was Bolas trying to do with the mana absorbed from the Conflux?

In the Magic: The Gathering book "Alara Unbroken attempts absorb the Conflux--a massive amount of mama created from a planar catastrophe--in an attempt to regain his former power levels. He succeeds ...
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Magic leaves “smudges” and a sorceress becomes a book

I could use some help identifying a book I read some time in the last year or so. The book goes between two different stories: 1) A student of magic finds a book in a cave that turns out to be a ...
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“Must fantasy be stupid?” by Pereslegin [closed]

In his essay “The Back Story to the Last Ring-bearer” Kirill Eskov refers to a work by Pereslegin about errors in fantasy worlds. It sounded interesting, so I followed the link to “Must fantasy be ...
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Can Sources become Witchers?

Theoretically, could a Source go through the process that creates Witchers, survive, and retain their full magical potential? If so, could it actually increase their magical potential? Are their any ...
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What is earliest version of a “horcrux”? [duplicate]

I just realized a few days ago that Sauron's One Ring is kind-of like a horcrux, in that Sauron can't ever be totally destroyed as long as the One Ring exists. That set me to wondering: did Tolkien ...
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Film ID: 70s, basement, female, frozen man… or something

This is either a movie or television production, can't remember which. The likely production date is sometime in the 1970s. My memory is very brief. Time has probably distorted it. In a suspense ...
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Bringing spare horses when you have to “ride hard?” [closed]

How does this trope make any sense? I've been re-reading the Sword of Truth series, and numerous times they mention that they need "6 horses. We're going to ride hard and need the spares." How does ...
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Fantasy novel series with paraplegic protagonist

I am looking for a fantasy book where the main character travels back and forth between Earth and his world and they watch him like he is on TV. He gets stabbed in the stomach and in the second book ...
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Young adult fantasy series from 80s about a girl transported to a different reality?

Looking for a series I read when I was in middle school 20-25 years ago. All I remember is a girl visiting an older man on her way home from school is accidentally transported to a different reality. ...
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What is the origin of steampunk theme usually seen in movies and video games? [duplicate]

I have seen few movies and played few video games with steam punk theme. Usually these movies or games have modern day gadgets but with different looks. Most of time with steam engines, gears and ...
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Book identification - towns separated by energy storm [duplicate]

Towns/cities are surrounded by a kind of swirling & confusing energy storm or field. In my mind's eye it was blue/purple in color. The towns/inhabited regions are in bubbles of normal ...
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Did Tolkien popularize the generic description of a wizard?

Nowadays when we think of a wizard, the most common image we conjure up is: A wise old man with a long white beard Dressed in a long cloak and pointy hat (usually same colour as even old men have ...
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What are the origins of “Dwarf Tossing” in fantasy fiction?

Where did the idea of 'Dwarf Tossing' come from in fantasy? I am pretty sure I first came across it in Blood Bowl and it famously happened to Gimli in the Two Towers film adaptation. But it feels ...
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What's the Original example of the common fantastical trope of Dwarf vs Elf?

Related this another recent question What's the original fictional (including) mythological example of Elves and Dwarves being set up as rival races? Is this a trope that first made it's appearance ...
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Technology decreases in fiction [closed]

I find that a very common concept in fantasy fiction is the fact that human (I am using the word to also include humanoids) acchievements are decreasing over time. Usually, some sort of glorious ...
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What was the first SFF work where magic (spells) had to be primarily channeled through wands?

Magic Wand is a fairly common SFF trope, made ever-so-more popular by Harry Potter. What was the earliest published SFF work where the trope was used? Criteria: Wands are listed as a ...
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Is there any particular aspect differentiating feminist and non-feminist work in sci-fi/fantasy? [closed]

How does a work in sci-fi and fantasy qualify as a feminist or otherwise? Should gender based questions be part of the work and having only strong female character isn't sufficient? Case in point ...
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In Lone Wolf, why does 7 and 13 signify everlasting death in life, and evil power respectively?

According to Lone Wolf wiki: Vashna, also known as Darklord Vashna, was the leader of the Darklords and their most powerful member. ... ... The number ninety one was that of Vashna which he ...
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Real-World Origin of Avrupa(n) and Hijer(o) in Patricia C. Wrede's 'Frontier Magic' Series?

In this alternate history/reality fantasy series, set in a Frontier North America with magic, there are 3 main magical theory systems mentioned - Aphrikan, Avrupan and Hijero-Cathayan. Aphrican magic ...
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“The Enchanted” 1984 - confused by the plot

I watched the film The Enchanted last night randomly and unless I misunderstood something in the film, how and more importantly why did the strange family that lives in the woods turn into humans? It ...