Tough Travelling hosted by Fantasy Review Barn.

Each Thursday, inspired by ‘The Tough Guide to Fantasyland’ we have in hand, we shall tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy.

This week’s topic is PORTALS TO ANOTHER LAND

Fantasyland often has some unique entry points; not every traveler is born within its boundaries. It is a regular event for someone from a non-magical place to suddenly find themselves in this world of dragons, magic, and danger.
I haven’t read much portal fantasy and I associate it with children’s books.

Narnia: the first one which comes to mind is the wardrobe in “the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” which led to the world of eternal winter and talking animals where humans were just a legend.

Wonderland: Alice fell down the rabbit hole and ended up in a very strange world indeed.

Oz: Dorothy flew with a tornado into in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and found quite a magical world.

But a few books meant for adults also use an entry point to fantasy land:

The London Below: in “Neverwhere” Richard Mayhew is drawn into a side of London which is invisible for the ordinary people.

The Woerld: in “Miserere” teenagers are sometimes drawn into a rather harsh magical world through portal.

Fionavar: five ordinary students are drawn into a magical world. I’ve only the haziest of memories of this story because it’s been a very long time since I read “the Fionavar Tapestry”.

A case could be made for:

Barsoom: while Mars isn’t literally a magical place, in “A Princess of Mars” John Carter was the only Earthman to be able to fly through space to get there.

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