What is the Phantammeron Really About?

What is the Phantammeron Really About?

Some of you might be wondering about the “purpose” of the Phantammeron fantasy novel series beyond the mysterious pool that it claims drives the main plot. So I thought I would reveal a few more secrets about the books to you, the reader.

The original conception or origin behind the novels and their creation was based on the idea of what I call the “Origin of Faerie”; a creation myth for a future world or race of fallen beings much like the Elves or Noldor in Tolkien’s Silmarillion.

But my vision was much different than the grand old author Tolkien. I wanted to use “mythological writing” as a new medium to express their tragic tale and portray their history in the novels as a sort of translation into our language what the Fay or Faerie would have expressed as their own personal history to you, and yet have it read as both a literary tragedy but also a type of “religious book” spiritually inspired and yet emotionally charged in the telling.

I also had designed worlds and events much more expansive, entangled, and complex than Tolkien’s singular cursed gemstone story. And I had intended rings or cursed relics in my books to be but pawns to even greater events, relics, and histories than what he explored.

For I reread many of the same ancient books all Indo-European texts Tolkien had read, and found in them a much broader imaginary world than I first thought. I had not found in these faery tales joy in linguistics nor hobbits as he, but embraced instead the desire to see in Faerie an “Other World” imbibed with deeper mists if some purple mystery, feeling across the great dark sea of my imagination even vaster continents and deeper intrigue than he. And I saw some new spiritual relevance I thought was touched on by Tolkien but wholly missing in the Lord of the Rings series, for me.

And so I designed the Phantammeron story begin a much larger tale of a much larger set of worlds and events that might take myself (and a reader) on this exploration of their myth.

I then decided to start from the point of view of the Birth of the Heavens of the Faerie – the tragic birth and death of the Forests of Phantaia and the One Tree – as a sort of Creation Myth for them first, from which their own parents, the Gods, would soon come and the spring and tree of their paradise would soon grow to welcome them. For it was the making of this paradise through tragic means that was expressed in Book One, though I knew few readers would fully see that till later books.

Such was the secret joy in writing it….

But this Garden of Eden of the Gods, Abrea in Phantaia, would be my grand attempt at a Faerie Heaven. And so in Book One that is what you are seeing. Maybe Book One of the Phantammeron now starts to make more sense for you now?

This theme of the origin of Faerie and their paradise formed the basis for the meaning of the darker tale of the pool and the tree and it’s meaning that had then been driven like a stake into the heart of the books. And it would be the capstone of the force behind the Faerie later and every aspect of the many subplots.

By the way, in later books would be born the world that creates the Faerie Race and their more earthly struggles stemming from a much earlier struggle around their Heaven, the Forest of Phantaia, in the first three books.

You will note in Book One there is yet no clue to their origin yet. The Faerie or Children of Shining as they are called, have not appeared and won’t for several books. The reason is simple….Phantaia is their Promised Paradise, not their world or earth. That will come later. But Ana and Ama do form the parents of their Gods that come next. And soon after that their great mother and father that birthed them. And they will find themselves thrown from Phantaia into a new world much like Earth’s whose primal origin will begin the larger tale of the vast continent of creatures and races I had suggested earlier would appear in the books. That is all I can share for now.

But the beauty of this theme, though it seems to be so much like Tolkien’s history of elves is that it is not that at all. It is inspired by his beautiful Mythopoeia. But unlike Tolkien, I care not for wars of ancient days, kingship, linguistic plays, and elven histories.

Instead, I seek to showcase a vast mythic stage filled with vast landscapes and mysterious plots, naive explorations and adventure across vast landscapes, hidden treasure, bleak and violent wars, fairy tale magic of old, love and romance, tragic relationships, and the irrational misty places in story where only myth may travel.

Yes I will introduce colorful new characters and wild beasts, reinventing ancient myths like that of dragons and dwarfs, and filling my story with their reinvention based on a careful reading of their interpretation in many ancient texts I have read. And yes there will be giants galore as they first roamed the Primitive earth, and lonely wizards aloft casting lightning bolts from dark spires in far flung lands, and endless mountains of mist, vast catacombs spanning thousands of miles underground, and towering towers of alabaster forged by ancient and once proud Kings.

But they all will serve the strange might of the Myths I have chosen to fill with them…..thus breaking free a bit more from the rock of reality that held Tolkien’s books to place and time in his books. For Faerie to me has become a much wilder more imaginative place born of unimaginable beauty where Primitive Nature once held sway, one where the readers imagination will have more freedom to define, yet will align with the much larger Nature that once surrounded mankind on this Earth before we obliterated it.

For using myth and nature hand in hand shall allow me a my much larger landscape to fashion than used in any other book, and so with a much larger purpose in giving life to my History of Faerie. And so I’m hoping that that alone shines through for you as the reader and elevates the books to a magical level not yet seen in fantasy. That has been my chief goal in writing them all.

And so the true purpose of my Phantammeron fantasy books is revealed. As I mentioned, I will hopefully have achieved through Myth a much richer, grander fantasy world beyond anything yet written. And in doing so, I hope to fill my own mind with the missing visions I have sought in books but could never find.

For this story of Faerie is for me and was written to fill in me alone that void for my own entertainment and so capture finally the vast worlds of magic and mystery and tragic beauty I had but glimpsed from afar in so many author’s works but had never quite been fully realized for me.

– The Author



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