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A category of fiction in which supernatural, magical, or other wondrous impossibilities are accepted as normal within an imagined world clearly separated from our own reality. The category includes fairy tales, many romances, and most science fiction, along with various other kinds of fantasy with ‘other‐worldly’ settings, like J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (1954–5). Modern theorists have distinguished marvellous tales from those of the uncanny in terms of the explanations offered for strange events: in the marvellous, these are explained as magic, while in the uncanny they are given psychological causes.

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