“O Elbereth! Gilthoniel!
We still remember, we who dwell
In this far land beneath the trees,
Thy starlight on the Western Seas.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
When I’ve read and reread The Lord of the Rings I’ve been searching for that feeling of awe, being amazed by a world of deep history and wondrous places. But the book starts slow, in that sense. It takes the reader a while to find the fantastic. Perhaps the terror of the Black Riders is an early foretaste of the magic of Middle Earth. But, as far as I can recall, the first moment that captured my imagination with the wondrous and sublime is when we meet the elves and find out about Sam Gamgee’s enchantment with them. I can say about meeting the elves the very thing Frodo said to Gildor: ‘Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo, a star shines on the hour of our meeting.’
I'm a fantasy fan and I'll bet you are too. I also am in the early stages of building a fantasy world and writing stories and novels. It will be a world like Mesopotamia and my goal is to create something immersive like the best fantasy worlds out there.