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3/25/2005

Invented Encyclopedias

Filed under: — Posted by the Fantasist during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning.
The moon is a Full Moon

A favorite topic of mine.
Of course, you poor people who are regular readers here, besides being often frustrated at my lack of content, know that I love invented worlds. In fact, I’ve been playing a game in one called Ghyll. The game, as you might be aware, involves creating a fictitious world by way of writing a fictitious encyclopedia. It’s been loads of fun. But, we’re not the first folks to do it. I know of at least one other invented encyclopedia that describes a world other than our own: the Codex Seraphinianus.
Not only did the somewhat mysterious author invent a world as vast as his imagination, but he also invented a language and script to go with it. So, this entire book, which is now quite rare, is in an unknown language. A dead language of dreams. The entire book is like an artefact from aother world. And it’s quite beautiful.

I hope that makes up for last week’s less than spectacular Friday Fun Link!

1 Comment

  1. I have been striving to develop a novel; on again off again – for several years now – a tribute to Tolkien-esk. THE NEPHILIM AGE, is about the last Elves before Noah’s Flood, “the last Days.” I have a created lanuage, fonts, geneologies, calendar, and map. Asking for any, honest unbiased REVIEWs; all comments welcomed. Blessings! Namaste!

    Comment by David DeLane Snow — 3/28/2005 @ 1:40 pm

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