Valentine’s Day is a time for love and romance, but what about fantasy? Can the two coexist?
The answer is a resounding yes.
In fact, fantasy literature is filled with stories of love and devotion, from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings to George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. In this blog post, we’ll explore how fantasy literature can add depth and meaning to Valentine’s Day.
One of the most iconic examples of love in fantasy literature is the romance between Aragorn and Arwen in The Lord of the Rings. The two characters come from vastly different worlds, with Aragorn being a mortal man and Arwen an immortal elf. Despite their differences, the two fall deeply in love and their romance serves as a powerful reminder of the strength of love and the sacrifices made for it.
Fantasy literature also explores the darker side of love, such as the destructive passion of Melisandre and Stannis in A Song of Ice and Fire. Their love for each other ultimately leads to the downfall of their kingdom, serving as a cautionary tale of the dangers of blindly following one’s emotions.
Besides its exploration of love, fantasy literature also offers a unique take on Valentine’s Day. In many fantasy worlds, love is
not just a feeling between two people, but a force that shapes the world. In J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, for example, love is a powerful magic that can protect and heal. Similarly, in The Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta’s love story serves as a symbol of hope in a dystopian society.
Valentine’s Day is also a time for gifts and tokens of love. Fantasy literature offers a wealth of inspiration for unique and creative gifts. For example, a plushie dragon, a bracelet made of lava stones, or a reprint of a page from an English text circa 1255 - 1260 titled “The Dragon Giving the Sceptor of Power to the Beast from the Sea” could all make for unique and meaningful gifts. 💐💝🎁
It’s hard to deny that fantasy literature offers a unique perspective on Valentine’s Day. From epic romances to cautionary tales of love’s dangers, fantasy literature has much to offer in terms of exploring the complexities and nuances of love. And with its rich and imaginative worlds, fantasy literature can also provide inspiration for unique and meaningful Valentine’s Day gifts. ❤️
So, this Valentine’s day, why not pick up a fantasy novel 📕 and discover the magic of love in a whole new way?
Why not start by grabbing book one in the Anchoress series, Shock of Fate? For you or for someone you love.