Stories with giants and dragons have existed for ages. One of the oldest, preserved manuscripts is Beowulf, a story that tells the epic battle between the hero Beowulf and the giant Grendel. However, fantasy as a literary genre defined itself in the Victorian period in the works of George McDonald and William Morris. Since then, slowly, but surely, this literary genre became more and more popular. Here we present five of the most amazing fantasy series ever written.
1. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English poet, writer, philologist and university professor. Nowadays he is known as “the father of modern fantasy.” The popularity of his 1937 novel “The Hobbit”and its sequel “The Lord of the Rings” caused the fantasy genre to be revived. The story of one hobbit and thirteen dwarfs that undertake a quest to kill a dragon and retrieve a treasure is considered a classic in children’s literature. Moreover, “The Lord of the Rings”is the second best-selling novel ever written. It is considered one of the greatest fantasy novels and enjoys outstanding success even nowadays.
2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Clive Staples Lewis, best known as C. S. Lewis was a novelist, poet, academic, essayist and lay theologian. He is well known for his sci-fi and fantasy series such as The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy. In “The Chronicles of Narnia”, the author creates a wonderful and harmonious place. This series shows that in the end good and kindness will prevail, no matter how dark things seem. It is a series loved by both children and adults.
3. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin
George Martin is an American author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He is best known for his “Song of Ice and Fire” saga, a thrilling and complex fantasy series that will keep you hooked from the first page to the last. The numerous twists and turns of the plot and the complex characters have gripped readers from the moment the first volume was published.
4. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
In June 1997, a mysterious little book written by J. K. Rowling was printed by Bloomsbury in 1.000 copies. Its name was “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.” The story of the young, orphaned wizard who goes to a wizards’ school, learns magic and makes friends, caught the attention of children and adults alike. The “Harry Potter” series soon became a bestseller and the seven volumes sold millions of copies worldwide. Now, “Harry Potter” is one of the most loved fantasy series in the world. It is said that every 60 seconds someone on Earth starts reading a “Harry Potter” book.
5. American Gods and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Although not part of a fantasy series, both “American Gods” and “Anansi Boys” by English author Neil Gaiman made it on our list. A best-selling and multiple award-winning novel, “American Gods” is a gripping crossover fantasy book that tells the story of several homeless gods and is based on the idea that divine creatures exist as long as people believe in them. In “Anansi Boys” you will rediscover one of the characters from “American Gods” and find out the story of Mr. Nancy’s two sons.
Have you read any of these fantasy series? Did you enjoy?
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