Glowing swords, gems or jewelry that bestow powers upon the bearer, magical or powerful books, wands, lamps, or other objects that capture our attention all help create a story we love. The audience ends up wishing for these things, or purchasing copies and models of them in real life. I seriously considered buying an exact replica of a sword from my favorite adventure story. Why? What do these neat objects do for us? They let us, for a single instant, touch fantasy. Fantasy is fleeting and draws us away from the troubles of the lives we're in. For a single instant, when you hold a model or a replica of the thing, you are, in your own mind, living within that fantasy. Fantasy, fancy, flight, imagination, story--for an instant it becomes real to us. The thing we hold in real life is a memento from our journey, the keepsake of our excursion, a souvenir that declares where we've been. When someone displays a similar souvenir from the same or a similar journey, they become our brother, sister, fellow traveler in the hidden worlds between the worlds.
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