"Then something came into the chamber - I felt it through the door, and the orcs themselves were afraid and fell silent. It laid hold of the iron ring, and then it perceived me and my spell."- Lord of the Rings, Bridge of Khazad-dum
The flight through Moria has always been one of my favorite passages in fantasy literature. There's just something I love about ancient evil rising from the depths, monsters waking from a thousand lifetimes of slumber.
Maybe it's because I can relate -- especially after a late night and a blaring alarm clock.
|Don't tell me you've never felt like this on a Monday morning.|
Maybe it's a cliché plot devise, maybe not, but it never fails to capture my imagination. And the proof is in the pudding; my current WIP is largely about ancient powers coming back to life.
What's your favorite example of the awakening ancient evil? Or your least favorite? There are a lot of potential pitfalls for the plot device, and I know we've all seen it done poorly.
P.S. Do you like how I made my first blog post in over a year about an awakening ancient evil? Rising from the black depths of university, maybe?