"Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." -G.K. Chesterton
Yup. This is why I've read the Silmarillion more times over than LOTR
The delicate art of historical fiction breathes life into history and shows its relevance to the present. In his newest novel Victus: The Fall of Barcelona, Catalan author Albert Sanchez Pinol keeps the fires of the past burning by narrating the end of the nation of Catalonia. His engrossing story is a unique backdrop for the present-day independence movement in Catalonia and its crux: the War of Spanish Secession.