The Insistence of the Elders

Whether writing fact or fiction, the author’s words are impacted by his or her own life experiences. Subjectively we look through our unique optical lens in the hope that what we have experienced in our lives will translate into those ‘little truths’ which resonate universally with our readers.

“The beginning and end of all literary activity is the reproduction of the world that surrounds me by means of the world that is in me, all things being grasped, related, recreated, molded and reconstructed in a personal form and an original manner.”“The beginning and end of all literary activity is the reproduction of the world that surrounds me by means of the world that is in me, all things being grasped, related, recreated, molded and reconstructed in a personal form and an original manner.Goethe

The beginning and end of all literary activity is the reproduction of the world that surrounds me by means of the world that is in me, all things being grasped, related, recreated, molded and reconstructed in a personal form and an original manner.Goethe

The world of Faltofar is peopled with elders, children, monsters and mighty, tiny creatures. Thom and Lilianna begin their summer prepared for adventures based upon their memories of past summers in the forest. But when they encounter Torr, a creature they have only ever seen in a book, the children realize they must shift how they view their world. Torr becomes the lightning rod of new experience. He is a mythical creature who opens the proverbial door to a whole new perception of Faltofar and the childrens’ role in their world and relationship to its future.

Thom and Lilianna have a gift. It is the gift of youth. One can argue that their lack of life experience makes them seem incapable of and, unprepared for, confronting the atrocities of Morauth and her army of destruction but, in fact, it is their greatest tool. However, the children must either convince their elders of their innate ability to step into their undefined roles or break the shackles of the pre-determined assumptions of the older generations.

Tabula rasa (Latin ‘scraped tablet’ – ie., ‘clean slate’), is a supposed condition that empiricists have attributed to the human mind before ideas have been imprinted on it by the reaction of the senses to the external world of objects. -Britannica.com

Ultimately the success of the children will only happen with the help of those who believe in them. Faltofar and our world are not so different.

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