The scope of Tolkien’s world-building has always amazed me. Particularly the Silmarillion. After reading through thousands of years of made-up history of various races, including mythos and origins, I was in complete awe. My mind was literally blown at the depth of detail that he went into. I loved the back story of the elves, and how all the races were created. I loved the tragic tales of the heroes of old. I loved the origins of the One Ring and Sauron. I even loved Gollum’s tale.
I knew that when I started writing my current wip, I wanted the world to be that vast, that all encompassing. I wanted to create my own mythos. I wanted to create countries with their own laws, histories, customs, and superstitions. I wanted to create heroes that my heroes could aspire to be. I wanted it all.
I don’t go into every book I write intending to have that much back story, but with TLF, since I was already creating a whole new set of gods and mythos, I though well why not? It’s a daunting and exciting process and I love doing it, even if sometimes trying to connect all the dots drives me nuts. Losing my sanity is worth it.