Cover of The Fundamentals

A Glossary for The Fundamentals

Including a glossary for a fantasy or science fiction epic is standard practice. Tucked away at the end of a book, they are useful references if you have set a book aside for a while and need to re-familiarize yourself with the language and culture of a story.

The first time I read the Lord of the Rings, it was a massive hard-bound copy I checked out from the Public Library. It included all three books, a biography of Tolkien and a glossary that rivaled the Silmarillion. I had a special bookmark for the glossary, and often lost myself tracing entries while assembling Middle Earth in my head.

Another epic that included a glossary at end of each book was The Wheel of Time. Here, though, the glossary tried to contain itself to the book at hand. Occasionally there was a term I was unfamiliar with, if it was not in the current book’s glossary, I would have to dig out an older book to find it, or read on, hoping the story would remind of the term's meaning.

I wrestled with including a glossary with The Fundamentals, and decided against it. The world is a different place since Jordan and Tolkien published their novels, on paper. As I write this, I am reading The Handmaid’s Tail in paperback and am surprised how different the dynamics are from reading on my Kindle.

My earliest outlines of The Walking Circle included a glossary section for Martial Art terms, and I have carried that forward with my fictional writing. This gives me a lot more flexibility over including the terms in a book. I can add graphics to the entries, and indicate the volume where the term was first introduced.

Without further ado, here is the initial pass at my fictional glossary.

 

 

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