a better poet than swordsman
- May 17, 2019
I was thinking of the concept of "thin place" -- a place where one reality comes very close to another, say the mundane world and the faerie realm. Not necessarily portals, but places where one can feel the presence of another world impinging upon one's own, and at least promising the possibility of a crossover or communication. I thought this was a pretty common concept in fantasy, but a google search mainly pulls up results having to do with religion/spirituality, especially Celtic Catholicism. (So a thin place is a place where one feels the presence of the divinity, the numinous, etc, but in a theological, not genre-fiction kind of sense.) I couldn't find an entry for it in John Clute's Encyclopedia of Fantasy either. (His notion of "thinning" relates to something else altogether.) Am I misremembering? Is this a notion in common usage in fantasy or not?