Elven Magic

Elven Magic

What kind of magic does your Elf use? If you are a writer in fantasy there is a good chance that your world has Elves. If your world does have Elves do they have magic? If they do wield magic, what kind do they use? I may be a little ignorant on the subject because I haven’t studied all the mythological histories of Elves, nor have I set out to mimic any other writer of Elves. What I have done is read some really great fantasy authors and understood that their world of Elves differ from the other. For instance Tolkien, the most famous, and Brooks, my favorite, use Elves in their fantasy worlds, but both are very different. Although there are Elves in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings their magic was not as prevalent as they are in Brook’s Shannara tales. I love this about writing fantasy. It doesn’t matter what any other author has done before or what mythology tells us about any specific species or creature, your fantasy world is your own and you make the rules. In Dark Moon Shadow, the Elves have magic, but their magic is almost all but forgotten and rarely used. In Shannara Elven magic is used often in the quest of the hero, and holding the common rules of magic there is pros and cons to its use. I love the way Brooks creates magic with his Elven characters. The magic is creative and exciting to read. Elven magic is very old and extremely powerful. It doesn’t appear that all Elves have the power to use Elven magic. Elven magic is different in each of the characters that have its ability. Keep in mind I am on the fourth and final tale in the Sword of Shannara series, Wishsong being the one I am reading currently. If I rewind to the beginning, The Sword of Shannara was an object of magic that an Elf used to defeat evil. Later on the Sword gave way to another object of Elven magic called the Elf Stones. These stones appeared twice in the series, each functioning differently than the time before, although they were indeed the same stones passed on from the previous generation. Lastly, we come across the Wishsong. The wishsong here is not an object of magic, but something that is innate and part of the Elf altogether. Even though the sword and stones are objects, one still must be an Elf and have the ability to use its magic, thus the Elf and object work together. I particularly love the way each of these magic’s are different and especially how finally it is born within. Wizards in Dark Moon Shadow are born with innate magic, much the same way. I’m sure magic and Elves will continue to grow and change as I read more from Terry Brooks and I totally look forward to it. So, do your Elves have magic? If they do, be creative with it and don’t worry about what other authors have created in the past, or use currently with their stories. Your magic is unique and your own. Keep it real.

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