Folkish-Legend and JRR Tolkien
That which is folkish relates to stories of common people. Legends are non-historical or unverifiable stories relating to individuals and/or people groups. We’re talking common folk fiction!
JRR Tolkien’s fiction has a flavor of folkish-legend to it, from the main stories to the stories within the stories and the stories from which stories grew. The backstory for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is the Silmarillion—a bit tedious to read, but worth the effort. Many of the stories found within the folds of Tolkien’s various books (I would include the entire book of The Hobbit) have a folkish-legend flavor to them. (Link to his biography)
A number of my fantasy fiction books have that folkish-legend flavor as well, ordinary people enveloped in extraordinary stories.
Unlikely Heroes – a Quick Read Book
In Unlikely Heroes, four ordinary young people, rejected and harassed, rise above the trials of life to become the most improbable of heroes. Denaar, Alayna, Weetin, and Owlie are mocked and mistreated because they are challenged by impediments that make them different from others. In the midst of their struggles, they come to the aid of an old man, assist a reluctant dragon, and defy the people of the realm. Their adventures take them from social castoffs to being unlikely heroes. You may find this to be your tale, as I have found it to be mine.
The Princess and the Orc – a Quick Read Book
The Princess and the Orc is a tale of courage with consequences that challenge how we think about those who are different from us. Kamela is a princess, while Drawf is a common orc, a despised common orc.
Princess Kamela looks out on the Wilds of Avith and wonders what might live out there. She grimaces knowing that there is probably nothing out there but vile creatures called orcs. In the midst of her contemplations orcs from the Wilds swarm from hiding and take her captive. Imprisoned, she discovers that the orcs worship Nafash, an evil god that binds his people in fear. Drawf, a lowly but sensitive orc, is chosen to look after Kamela. And as he goes about what he must, he finds himself liking Kamela. Conflict moils within, but he must do what he must do! Kamela casts aside prejudice and reaches out to Drawf. However, since orcs hate her people and her people hate orcs, for him to respond in kind would be perilous. Death haunts both of Kamela and Drawf in this electrifying adventure in the Wilds of Aviith.
The Myth – a Fantasy Novel
Gabral, an ordinary girl, is thrust into an extraordinary story, as is Chance, her baby brother. Gabral saves her brother from death by fleeing into the arms of a feared forest with him held tight to her chest, while tears laced with fear fall from her eyes to wet his deformed hand and twisted leg. They, along with Arawk, a woodsman who takes them in, rise from common roots to heroic deeds.
Here is a scene from the story: The moon rose and the executioner climbed to the top of the altar followed by the man clad in black and two torchbearers. The man in black stopped just beyond the stairs and turned to face the throng below, while those to be sacrificed stood trembling at the foot of the altar.