Meditation on archetypes and fantasy rather than a scholarly paper, this piece considers messages about the human longing for the fantastic embodied in Anderson’s novel, and the dangers of allowing archetypes to be taken as more than the illusions they actually are. Reproduces several lengthy passages from the novel, in particular the ballad of the ranger Arvid.
"Living with Fantasy & Illusion: Some Thoughts Inspired by Poul Anderson's The Queen of Air and Darkness,"
Mythcon Proceedings: Vol. 1
, Article 6.
Available at: https://dc.swosu.edu/mythpro/vol1/iss4/6
Mythcon 51: The Mythic, the Fantastic, and the Alien
Albuquerque, New Mexico • Postponed to: July 30 – August 2, 2021