Tough Travels- Gnomic Utterances


Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.

This week’s topic is GNOMIC UTTERANCES

These are traditional and are set at the head of each section.  Culled from a mighty collection of wise sayings compiled by a sage some centuries before the Tour begins.  The Rule is that no Utterance has anything whatsoever to do with the section it precedes.

In other words… Those quotes that always start the chapter but rarely are connected to the plot.

I will just leave you with my favorite line from a gnomic utterance of all time.  I even used it as a forum signature in several fantasy forums around the land.  From R. Scott Bakker’s The Warrior Prophet.

I ask, Why should innocence answer to the world? Perhaps the world should answer to innocence…

I fully expect this to be a tough week around here.  A tough…tough traveling topic. As in tough.  There is a pun there, albeit not a very funny one.

Hopefully next week is easier, and in two weeks we have Magic Systems which will no doubt be the most popular Tough Travels of all time.

Join us next week as we look at LABORERS

Not everyone can be a Prince.  There is only room for one Queen.  A few spoiled nobles can sit around and play cards.  But fantasyland can’t build its own castles and roads, nor can it plow its own fields, nor cook its meals.  Someone has to do the hard work.  And often, as a reward of course, these laborers get pulled from their hard but simple life into a bigger plan.

If you have a topic you want to see us cover, or if you have an entry for next week’s post but don’t have your own blog to put it on, please head over to the main Tough Traveling page and fill out the form at the bottom.  For a list of upcoming topics just keep heading back to this post.

As always thanks for joining, feel free to join along at any time, and please check out my fellow travelers!

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