1. ionaofavalon says:

    Yes and yes, if done the right way. Faeries can be agents of chaos (See Jim Henson’s Labyrinth) or agents of renewal (See the dryads of Narnia or the elves of LOTR). The key is balancing these things against a Biblical world and life view. This world and life view is made to see things in a different light, more focused on reconciliation of man and nature to God. Faeries in particular can be used in this way, going back to the original legends and the literary fairy tale tradition. It’s all a matter of conscience and knowing where you stand.

    • Well said, Tamra. I agree that faeries might even be easier than dragons to handle as good or evil. Dragons have been recently “redeemed” by writers who have imagined them as either good or evil and not just by nature evil. The same is true about vampires. And when we’re dealing with the pretend or with myths and legends, who’s to say a dragon has to be evil? Or a vampire.If the author wants to refashion the old icon, so be it.

      Now if we were talking about refashioning what is not myth–Satan, for instance–then the story would be problematic, I believe.


      • ionaofavalon says:

        Oh, 100% agree. Making Satan “good” is just one of the ways he tries to snare people (Did God Really Say…) I’ve been liking the idea of good orcs lately.

        • Good orcs! Interesting! I don’t think that’s been done before!


          • ionaofavalon says:

            They’re rare, only two come to mind: Orrig from the “Daughter of the Lilies” Webcomic and Durotan from the Warcraft movie. I’m working with one who’s a gardener right now. Think Sam Gamgee in orc form and you’ll about have it.

      • princesselwen says:

        I think that, in some cases, the desire for ‘good’ dragons or vampires can be an inquiry into the nature of redemption. If humans, even the worst, have the chance to be redeemed, why would another created sentient being not have the same chance? (That was Tolkien’s problem with orcs, as I recall.)

  2. HG Ferguson says:

    Your question is a powerful one, Becky. What does all this have to do with fiction? Everything. I echo Tamra’s plea for a biblical worldview in our writing. Mediums, for example, are doomed (Is. 8:19-22) for what they practice. There are some things beyond redemption, and this is one of them — God’s servants do not seek the dead (Deut. 18:11), so a story about a “Christian medium” would bring no honor to the One who warns us not to do these things. It is abomination in His sight, whether we like and/or agree with it or not. And only fools do what YHWH forbids. Perhaps that’s an extreme example, but it’s one worth noting in today’s culture. God’s servants do not traffic with the dead, no matter how popular that genre might be.

    So what about dragons? Kemper Crabb’s song Tannin (one of my favorites) is a good starting point!

    Keep us thinking! Great post!

    • Thanks, HG. I appreciate you adding to the discussion. Let me play “devil’s advocate” for a sec and ask a question. Well, two. Why wouldn’t a medium be beyond redemption? I can see that that person wouldn’t still be a practicing medium, but I think of all those people in Ephesus who brought their books of magic and spiritism to be burned. Would none of them have been former mediums who repented?

      If you mean no unrepentant medium, I’m right there with you. Of course, I think stories can have unrepentant characters, too.

      But second question. What do you think about stories with ghosts? Because, you know, the whole dead thing.


      • HG Ferguson says:

        The whole dead thing, love it! I meant of course an unrepentant medium, not one who continues in their sin. I also meant the crazed notion of a story about a “Christian medium” who calls up the dead. Funny you should mention ghosts. My novel Jezebelle answers that question, so I would direct you there. She’s a ghost, and so much more. Not the kind of lady you’d want around. Ghost stories per se don’t bother me, but we need to be wary of any supposed biblical worldview tale where a dead person gets “saved.” I think that’s coming down the road, perhaps it is almost upon us in this age of universal non-judgmentalism. We also need to be careful that popular conceptions about ghosts not found in the Bible don’t color our perceptions. I’ve guest blogged on this subject at Donna Schlachter’s and Leeann Betts’ blogs back last October, of course. Thanks!

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