Point Ears, Stumpy Legs & Other Fantasy Cliches

I love and adore Lord of the Rings, but Tolkien has a lot to answer for. I’m currently writing my own fantasy and like Tolkien, I’m building upon Norse mythology for my story world.  Tolkien pulled heavily from The Poetic Edda  and The Prose Edda, two books written in the thirteenth century by Snorri Sturluson.