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Fantasy is the faculty of inventing images especially extravagant or visionary ones Fantasy is a genre of imaginative fiction involving fantastic stories often in a magical pseudo-historical setting as seen is J R R Tolkiens The Hobbit Websters Millennium 2001 International Encyclopedia Fantasy is usually employed to designate a conscious breaking free from reality The term is applied to a work that takes place in a non-existent and fictitious world Flint Thrall William The Handbook to Literature such as fairyland or concerns incredible and imaginary characters such as dwarves giants and other non-realistic phenomena Tolkien p12 They are or were a little people about half our height and smaller than the bearded dwarves Hobbits have no beards There is no little magic about them except the ordinary everyday sort which helps them to disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along making a noise like elephants which the can hear a mile off They are inclined to be fat in the stomach the y dress in bright colours chiefly green and yellow wear no shoe because their feet grow natural leathery soles and thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads which is curly have long clever brown fingers good-natured faces and laugh especially after dinner which they have twice a day when they can get it A fantasy world may be entirely consistent parallel with the ordinary world and of many Nordic myths it is also employs for the whimsical delight of the author or reader creating utopian worlds Tolkien p22 As they sang the hobbit felt the love of beautiful things made by hands and by cunning and by magic moving through him a fierce and a jealous love the desire of the hearts of dwarves Then something Tookish woke up inside him and wished to go and see the great mountains and hear the pine-trees
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