Thursday, August 20, 2015

"History Behind the Myth"

The backstory of a story is incredibly important. Sure, you can delve straight into a fictional world or the life of a character without knowing how the world came to be or the past of the character. However, there wouldn't be such a world or character without their beginning. Most stories, have a beginning, either outlined or implied. The Bible begins with Genesis, the story of creation. Greek mythology begins with Chaos and the beginnings of life birthed from it. The Silmarillion is Tolkien's creation story for the world he created. These are the tales of how worlds began, giving the audience of the story the background they need to better understand and know the world they are beginning to relate to and even love. In the same way, the Bible outlines the lineage of Jesus and the prophecies proceeding his life. Greek mythology defines the birth of Kronos from Gaia and Uranus. The Silmarillion gives the backstory and further defines the character of Gandalf, a Maiar sent to Middle-Earth by the Valar.
These are the tales of how worlds began and characters came to be, giving the audience of the story the background they need to better understand and know the world and characters they are beginning to relate to and even love.
I would venture to say that a "creation" or a beginning is an essential element of mythology.

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