The Subcreation Theory of J.R.R. Tolkien

A "subcreator" is Tolkien’s term for the true artist of Faërie, the one who constructs an alluring secondary world which we believe in so long as we are in it. It is not merely a case, as Coleridge argued, of the reader’s suspending disbelief, but of the artist’s sustaining enchantment.

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