High fantasy or epic fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy, defined either by the epic nature of its setting or by the epic stature of its characters, themes, or plot. The term "high fantasy" was coined by Lloyd Alexander in a 1971 essay, "High Fantasy and Heroic Romance" (originally given at the New England Round Table of Children's Librarians in October 1969). Heroic fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy in which events occur in a world where magic is prevalent and modern technology is non-existent. The setting may be entirely fictitious in nature or based upon earth with some additions. Unlike dark fiction, it provides a setting in which all men are strong, all women beautiful, all life adventurous, and all problems simple. This means that adventures based in heroic fantasy are unlikely to mention any wider problems that cannot be fixed by a quest. Characters within heroic fantasy are likely to be underdogs of humble origin who are placed in situations forcing them to act in a heroic manner, past what is expected of them.

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The Hobbit [Collins Modern Classics]

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The Hobbit : Illustrated Edition

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The Hobbit

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The Hobbit

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The Hobbit Graphic Novel

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Return of the King #3 Lord of the Rings [used book]

By: J. R. R. Tolkien

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The Baker's Boy #1 Book of Words [used book]

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The Ships of Merior #2 Wars of Light and Shadow [used book]

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