Navy in Middle-Earth

Introduction Despite not featuring prominently, navy and naval operations play a significant role in Tolkien’s Middle Earth. In the First Age, elves of Feanor come to Middle Earth from Valinor […]

Fantasy Fortifications — Part 1: Strategy

Fantasy Fortifications — Part 1: StrategyThis article is part 1 of a series on Fantasy Fortifications by Toni Šušnjar Fortifications are one of major parts of fantasy fiction, especially high fantasy. […]

Denethoring the Lannisters

(Originally posted at Forum of Ice and Fire) In war between Gondor and Mordor we see (in the books, not so much the movies) outright Byzantine layered defense-in-depth strategy. Now, […]

War at Sea – Northern Cog

Overview After Roman hull-first construction techniques were abandoned and replaced with ribs-first construction, battering ram became useless as a weapon. As a result, naval action came to depend on missile […]

War at Sea – Galley vs Sailing Ship

In much fantasy, authors opt to use either galleys, sailing ships, or even both, without understanding how these two configurations interact. This post looks at that question.

Military organization of Gondor

There is not much detail regarding military structure and organization of Gondor in Lord of the Rings, as Tolkien set out to write an epic, not a history book. Yet […]

Problem of guns in medieval fantasy

I had spent time thinking about whether to introduce gunpowder weapons to my otherwise-technologically-Renaissance setting or not. This article is result of that thinking. End result is: better not, unless you have a very good way of preventing any further developments of gunpowder-based weaponry