The Troll’s Toll: Dark Fantasy and the Age of Cynicism

Reading while the theme song played was epic….epic….epic….epic

by Grant Smuts

“The night is dark and full of terrors.”
-George RR Martin, describing Dark Fantasy in a nutshell.

“We were king’s men, knights, and heroes . . . but some knights are dark and full of terror, my lady. War makes monsters of us all.”
“Are you saying you are monsters?”
“I am saying we are human. You are not the only one with wounds, Lady Brienne”
– George RR Martin, again, on the mindset on the sort of person who might survive in a Dark Fantasy.

..And when you gaze for long into an Abyss, the Abyss also gazes into you.
Friedrich Nietzsche, whose quotes have inspired many a dark fantasy villain.

Long ago, in a far-off land, over the hills, and beyond the bonfires of the distant horizon…

The words evoke something, don’t they? The mystical introduction, with each successive word driving us farther and further…

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