Isengrim is often cast as a worldly and corrupt churchman, who appears first as a character in the LatinEcbasis captivi (c. 940), in which the beasts are unnamed, and under his own name in Ysengrimus (1152). He is the main character in both epics. In the first he is represented as a monk to symbolize slothful and degenerate clergy of the period; in one episode of Ysengrimus he is tricked into becoming a monk by Reynard the Fox’s report of the good food in monasteries. While Isengrim is being tonsured and ordained with blows and insults, Reynard goes to his house and possesses his wife. In beast epics written after Ysengrimus, Reynard the Fox supplants the wolf as the chief character. In these tales the clever animals have French traits of manner and speech, while the uncouth Isengrim is German, much like myself.

I often wish that contemporary literature had even a speckle of the same imagination and wonder as what was published a thousand years ago; I understand that we have an incredible knowledge of all that is around us in modern culture, but that doesn’t mean that all writers should base their scripts upon real life- the only other escape is the absolute world of general fantasy writing that creates vivid images in your head, and takes seventeen books to complete the series, because of the sheer complexity of the storylines. What about a simple, old fashioned monochromatic depiction of a series of creatures, each more cunning then the last, fighting their way through a monarchy. But that has been done. It has all been done before. A million times over.

Don’t worry about being a best seller, concern yourself with the desire to entertain the inner child, or explore the mystical  unknown.

I know that times are tough & cash is ‘everything’.
But you cannot use money to buy yourself an imagination.


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