Fragments of ancient empires. How fictional worlds tell about our past

"The Lord of the Rings", "Game of Thrones", "The Witcher" - these are just the brightest examples of how fantasy captures the space of mass culture. But if we look closely at their literary sources, we see that each of these cycles grew out of a love and knowledge of history and culture. Modern life requires a person at a crazy pace, instant reactions, a simplified perception of reality. Everything "superfluous" remains behind the brackets - and among this superfluous we more and more often see important, present, real things. At a time when the fact is replaced by a simplified interpretation, it is fantasy that gives us the opportunity to take a fresh look at the phenomena of culture and history known to us, it is it that revives ancient mythological plots.