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REC.GAMES.FRP.DND FAQ Part 7 Resources 2: Non-Internet =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= * designates topics which have been updated. + designated topics which have been added. Non-Internet I1: What magazine resources are there for *D&D? I2: What are some good books to read to get good ideas? I3: Where should I start looking in a library for more information? I4: What are some good fantasy movies to watch to get good ideas? I5: What is some good background or inspirational music for *D&D games? =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Non-Internet I1: What non-electronic resources are there for *D&D ? A: There are two (aptly named) official *D&D magazines, Dungeon and Dragon, both commonly available at most stores where role-playing games are sold. Dragon concentrates more the role-playing industry, with news, reviews, and new rules and additions to various games, but especially *D&D. Dungeon includes new adventures and modules, usually for use with *D&D, but adventures for other games are often included as well. A third magazine, Polyhedron, is published as part of Dungeon; it contains RPGA-related articles chiefly written by other RPGA members. Here is a short list of subscription addresses for a few fantasy role-playing magazines (prices are subject to change): Alarums and Excursions Attn: Lee Gold 3965 Alla Road Los Angeles, CA 90066 Monthly, Postage + $2.50 per issue http://thestarport.org/xeno/aande.html Dragon Subscriptions Paizo Publishing, LLC 3245 146th Place, Suite 110 Bellevue, WA 98007 Monthly, $37.95/yr http://www.paizo.com/dragon.shtml Dungeon Subscriptions Paizo Publishing, LLC 3245 146th Place, Suite 110 Bellevue, WA 98007 Bi-monthly, $45.00/yr http://paizo.com/dungeon.shtml Pyramid E-journal Updated weekly, $20.00/yr http://www.sjgames.com/pyramid/ I2: What are some good books to read to get good ideas? A: An attempt to list every fantasy book would be suicide, plain and simple. However, what follows is a list of some of the books which D&D was based upon*, as well as some others which are regarded as classics or particularly indicative of the genre. In general, if you find that a certain book or series listed here strikes your fancy, chances are that the author has written many, many more fantasy novels, as many of these authors are prolific in the extreme, and listing even the highlights of each would be a task in and of itself. Basis for D&D:*,** Anderson, Poul. _Three Hearts and Three Lions_; _The High Crusade_; _The Broken Sword_ Bellairs, John. _The Face in the Frost_ Burroughs, Edgar Rice. "Pellucidar" series; Mars series; Venus series Carter, Lin. "World's End" series de Camp, L. Sprague. _Lest Darkness Fall_; _Fallible Fiend_ de Camp, L. Sprague, and Fletcher Pratt. "Harold Shea" series; _Carnelian Cube_ Farmer, Philip Jose. "The World of the Tiers" series Fox, Gardner. "Kothar" series; "Kyrik" series Howard, Robert E. "Conan" series Lanier, Sterling. _Hiero's Journey_ Lieber, Fritz. "Fafhrd & Gray Mouser" series [a.k.a. "Lankhmar" series] Lovecraft, H.P. "Cthulhu" series Merritt, A. _Creep, Shadow, Creep_; Moon Pool_; Dwellers in the Mirage_ Moorcock, Michael. _Stormbringer, Stealer of Souls_; "Hawkmoon" series Offutt, Andrew J., ed. _Swords Against Darkness III_ Pratt, Fletcher. _Blue Star_ Saberhagen, Fred. _Changeling Earth_ St. Clair, Margaret. _The Shadow People_; _Sign of the Labrys_ Tolkien, J.R.R. _The Hobbit_; "Ring" trilogy Vance, Jack. _The Eyes of the Overworld_; _The Dying Earth_ Zelazny, Roger. _Jack of Shadows_; "Amber" series * This list is selected from a list found on p. 224 of the 1st ed. DMG ** According to the authors of the 1st ed. DMG, de Camp & Pratt, Robert E. Howard, Fritz Lieber, Jack Vance, H.P. Lovecraft, and A. Merritt had some of the most direct influences on the direction of the game, and the others had a lesser influence. Other reading: [Anonymous.] _Arabian Nights_ [Anonymous.] _Beowulf_ [Anonymous.] _The Song of Roland_ Alexander, Lloyd. _The Book of Three_ and the resultant series Anthony, Piers. "Xanth" series Anthony, Piers & Robert Kornwise. _Through the Ice_ Asprin, Robert. "Myth" series Asprin, Robert & Lynn Abbey, ed. "Thieves' World" series Babbitt, Lucy Lullyford. _The Oval Amulet_ Barber, Antonia. _Catkin_ Baum, L. Frank. "Oz" books Bradley, Marion Zimmer. _The Mists of Avalon_, "Darkover" books Bradley, Marion Zimmer, ed. _Swords & Sorceress_ series Brooks, Terry. "Shannara" series; "Magic Kingdom of Landover" series Brothers Grimm. _Grimm's Fairy Tales_ [unabridged preferred] Brust, Steven. "Jhereg" series Burkert, Nancy Ekholm. _Valentine and Orson_ Cherryh, C.J. "Sword of Knowledge" series; "Morgam" books Claremont, Chris & John Bolton. _The Black Dragon_ Cole, Allan & Chris Bunch. _The Far Kingdoms_ Constantine, Storm. _Sign for the Sacred_ Cook, Glen. "The Black Company" series, "Glittering Stone" trilogy Cook, Hugh. "Chronicles of an Age of Darkness" series Cook, Rick. _Wizard's Bane_, _Wizardry Compiled_, _Wizardry Cursed_ Cooper, Louise. "Time Master" trilogy, _Star Ascendant_ Crawford, Dan. _Rouse a Sleeping Cat_ Datlow, Ellen, et al., ed. _Year's Best Fantasy and Horror_ series De Angeli, Marguerite. _The Door in the Wall_ DeChancie, John & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. _Castle Fantastic_ DeLint, Charles. _Into the Green_, _Brian Froud's Faerielands: The Wild Wood_ Devers, Joe. "Lone Wolf" series ("Determine Your Destiny" books) Dickinson, Peter. _The Flight of Dragons_ Dickson, Gordon. _The Dragon & The George_ Donaldson, Stephen R. _Daughter of Regals & Other Tales_, "1st & 2nd Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever" trilogies Duncan, Dave. _The Hunters' Haunt_, "Man of His Word" series Eckert, Allan W. _The Dark Green Tunnel_, _The Wand_ Eddings, David. "Belgariad" series; "Mallorean" series; "Elenium" series Eddison, E.R. _The Worm Ouroboros_ Ende, Michael. _Die Unendliche Geschichte_ [Neverending Story] Estes, Rose. _The Children of the Dragon_ Evans, Linda. _Sleipnir_ Feist, Raymond. "The Riftwar Saga" series Feist, Raymond & Janny Wurst. "The Empire Trilogy" Foster, Alan Dean. "Spellsinger" series Foster, Hal. _Prince Valiant_ Forward, Eve. _Villians By Necessity_ Friedman, C.S. "Coldfire" trilogy Gemmell, David. "Drenai" tales; "Sipstrassi" tales Gilliam, Richard, et al., ed. _Grails_ series Goodkind, Terry. _Wizard's First Rule_ Grahame, Kenneth. _The Reluctant Dragon_ Gray, Elizabeth. _Adam of the Road_ Gygax, E. Gary. "Gord the Rogue" series Hambly, Barbara. "Darwath" trilogy Harrison, Harry. _Warriors of the Way_ Henderson, Jason. _The Iron Thane_ Hildick, E.W. _The Case of the Dragon in Distress_ Hobb, Robin. _Assassin's Apprentice_ Hodgell, P.C. "Godstalk" series Jacques, Brian. _Redwall_ series Jones, Diana Wynne, ed. _Fantasy Stories_ Jones, J.V. _The Baker's Boy_ Jones, Terry. (of Monty Python fame) _Nicobobinus_ Jordan, Robert. "Wheel of Time" series Kay, Guy Gavriel. _The Lions of Al-Rassan_ Kelly, Eric P. _Trumpeter of Krakow_ Kerr, Katharine. "Devery" series Knaak, Richard. "Dragon Realm" series Knight, Max E., ed. _Christian Morgenstern's Galgenlieder_ [Gallows Songs] Koller, Jackie French. _The Dragonling_, _A Dragonling in the Family_ Kurtz, Katherine. "Deryni" series Lackey, Mercedes. "Magic's Dream" series ________ & Josephine Sherman _Castle of Deception_ ("Bard's Tale") ________ & Ru Emerson. _Fortress of Frost & Fire_ ("Bard's Tale") ________ & Mark Shepherd. _Prison of Souls_ ("Bard's Tale") Lawhead, Stephen R. "Merlin"; "Taliesin"; "Arthur" Lewis, C.S. "Narnia" series Llywelyn, Morgan & Michael Scott. "The Arcana" (trilogy) McCaffrey, Anne. "Pern" series Modesitt, L.E., Jr. _The Magic of Recluse_ Moon, Elizabeth. _The Deed of Paksenarrion_ Morgenstern, S. (pseud. for William Goldman). _The Princess Bride_ Morris, William. _Well at the World's End_ Newman, Sharan. _Death Comes as Epiphany_, _The Devil's Door_, _The Wandering Arm_ Newton, Joe. (David C. Cook, publisher). _Tullus and the Vandals of the North_, _Tullus and the Ransom Gold_; (Chariot Books, publisher). _Tullus and the Dark City_, _Tullus and the Monsters of the Deep_ Niles, Douglas. "The Watershed" trilogy Niven, Larry. _The Magic Goes Away_ Norman, John. "Gor" series Paxson, Diana L. & Adrienne Martine-Barnes. "Chronicles of Fionn Mac Cumhal" series Peters, Ellis. "Brother Cadfael" series Pierce, Tamora. _"Song of the Lioness" series, "Immortals" series Piper, H. Beam. _Lord Kalvern of Otherwhen_ Prachett, Terry. "Discworld" series; _The Color of Magic_ Priess, Bryon, et al., eds. _The Ultimate Dragon_ Pyle, Howard. _Otto of the Silver Hand_ Rawn, Melanie. "Dragon Prince" trilogy, "Exiles" trilogy Reichert, Mickey Zucker. "The Last of the Renshai" trilogy; "Bifrost Guardians" series; "The Renshai Chronicles" series Roberson, Jennifer. "Chronicles of the Cheysuli" series Roberts, John Maddox. "StormLands" series, "Cingulum" series Rosenberg, Joel. "Guardians of the Flame" series Saberhagen, Fred. "Swords" series; "Lost Swords" series Shea, Michael. _Nifft the Lean_, _In Yana, the Touch of the Undying_ Sherman, Josepha, ed. _Orphans of the Night_ Sim, Dave. _Cerebus_ (1st collection) Skurzynski, Gloria. _The Minstrel in the Tower_ Smith, Clark Ashton. _The Boiling Point_, _Hyperborea_, _The Abominations of Yondo_, _Xiccarph_, _Tales of Science and Sorcery_, _Zothique_ Smith, Sherwood, _Wren to the Rescue_, _Wren's Quest_ Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. _The Changing Maze_ Stirling, S.M. & Holly Lisle, _The Rose Sea_ Swanwick, Michael. _The Iron Dragon's Daughter_ Turtledove, Harry. "Arhel" series Watt-Evans, Lawrence. "Lords of Dus" series, "Legends of Esthar" series Weber, David. _Oath of Swords_ Wein, Elizabeth E. _The Winter Prince_ Weis, Margaret, & Tracy Hickman. "Darksword" series; "Deathgate" series Wells, Martha. _Element of Fire_, _City of Bones_ Westall, Robert. _The Cats of Seroster_ White, T.H. _The Once and Future King_ Willey, Elizabeth. _A Sorcerer and a Gentleman_ Williams, Tad. "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn" trilogy Wrede, Patricia C. _Dealing with Dragons_, _Calling on Dragons_ Yolen, Jane. _Here There Be Dragons_ Zelazny, Roger & Thomas T. Thomas. _The Mask of Loki_ [Various.] (Any novel published by TSR) There is an excellent reference book available at (or accessible by) most libraries, with the self explanatory title _What Fantastic Fiction Do I Read Next?: A Reader's Guide To Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction_. It is quite sizable and, though not exhaustive nor error-free, it can be a great help by providing lists of novels similar to those you may be already familiar with, as well as brief summaries of many books with "fantastic" features. You may also want to look into the Recommended Fantasy Authors List, located at <http://www.sff.net/people/Amy.Sheldon/listcont.htm> as well as the Speculative Fiction Authors Bibliography and the Authors list, located at <http://www.steampunk.com/newsfch/Bibliographies/Authors/> and <http://www.steampunk.com/newsfch/Authors/>. To find out more about current and forthcoming books in the fantasy genre, here are a couple of publishers' web pages to look into: http://www.tor.com The official page for TOR Books, the SF/Fantasy imprint of Tom Doherty Associates. http://www.baen.com The official page for Baen Books, a SF/Fantasy publisher. http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/ The official page for Del Rey Books, the SF/Fantasy imprint of Ballantine Books. http://www.bdd.com/backyard/div.html#bantam Bantam Spectra, the SF/Fantasy imprint of Bantam Books. http://www.avonbooks.com/eos/ The official page for Eos, the SF/Fantasy imprint of Avon Books. There are many other, non-fiction books out there which tell the history of daily life in the Middle Ages; see the next question or ask your local librarian for more information. However, the following series pretty much sums up everything you ever wanted to know about medieval weapons, armor, and life. Oakeshott, R. Ewart. _The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armor From Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry._ Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK; Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 1994. ________. _A Knight and His Castle._ Chester Springs, PA: Dufour Editions, 1993; London, Beaver Books, 1976. ________. _The Sword in the Age of Chivalry._ Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK; Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 1994. ________. _A Knight and His Armor._ Philadelphia: Dufour Editions, 1961; London, Lutterworth Press, 1961. ________. _A Knight and His Horse._ London: Lutterworth Press, 1962; Philadelphia, PA: Dufour Editions, 1964. ________. _A Knight in Battle._ London: Lutterworth Press, 1971. ________. _A Knight and His Weapons._ Philadelphia, PA: Dufour Editions, 1964; London: Lutterworth Press, 1966. If you are looking for information on mythological beasts, a decent series called _Monsters of Mythology_ was put out by Chelsea House Publishers in the mid-80's; each book detailed one monster. I3: Where should I start looking in a library for more information? A. What sections of your average library to look in to find reference material for a medieval setting: Dewey Library of Decimal Congress Subject 016.2* Z7721-7865 Religious bibliographies Z6876-6880 " 133.* BF1001-1999 Occult 181 B121-163 Ancient (Medieval) Eastern philosophy 189 B720-765 Medieval Western philosophy 291.13 BL300-325 Mythology 321.14 JC101-126 Medieval government 340.55 K140-165 (Medieval) History of law 355.009 U29-42 History of military science 398.2 GR72-79 Folk tales, legends, fairy tales, tall tales PN683-687 " PN1341-1347 " 398.204* PJ*, PL*, " PQ*, PT* " 398.208* PN905-1008 Folk tales of a specific ethnic group 398.209* PA3285 Folk tales of a geographic area PN905-1008 " PT6200-6230 " PT9509-9542 " 398.4* GR81, GR500-615 Literature of folk tales, horror stories GR700-860 " 615.0902 RM44 Medieval medicine 615.50902 " 623.1 UG400-442 Fortifications 623.441 U800-897 History of arms & armor (pre-firearms) 709.02 N5940-6311 Medieval art 723 NA 350-489 Medieval architecture 734 NB170-180 Medieval sculpture 725.18 NA490-497 Military use of walls, gates, etc. 728.81-2 NA 7710-7786 Castles, palaces 759.02 ND140-146 Medieval painting 780.0902 ML170-190 Medieval music 909.07* D111-203 Medieval history CB351-355 " 940.1 CB351-355 Medieval history I4: What are some good fantasy movies to watch to get good ideas? A: As above, it would be suicidal to attempt to list every single fantasy movie ever made. However, what follows is a fairly good listing of the movies most indicative of the genre, as well as a number of turkeys which are fun to watch and get ideas from. Warning: Some of these movies are intended for children, some are definitely not intended for children, and a couple are almost guaranteed to rot your brain. I take no responsibility for any damage done to your sanity by watching some of these films. All of these should be available on video. A: Animated The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989) The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Aladdin (1986, 1992A) Aladdin and His Magic Lamp (1968A, 1976) Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1982) A Alakazam the Great (1961) A Alexander Nevsky (1938) Ali Baba and the Forth Thieves (1944) Amazons (1986) Archer: The Fugitive From the Empire (1981) Arkenstone Fantasy (1974) Army of Darkness (1993) Arslan Senki (pt. 1-4) (a.k.a. Heroic Legend of Arislan) (1991-93) A Ator the Fighting Eagle (1983) Barbarian Queen (1985) Barbarian Queen II (1992) Barbarians (1987) Baron Munchausen (1943) The Beastmaster (1982) Beauty and the Beast (1946, 1983, 1991A) Black Adder (1983) Black Adder II (1985) Black Arrow (1948, 1984) The Blade Master (a.k.a. Ator the Invincible) (1984) Bladestorm (1986) Braveheart (1995) Brothers Lionheart (1977) Cadfael (vol. 1-4) (1994-1996) Camelot (1967) Captain Sinbad (1963) Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1988) Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (1988) Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989) Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair (1990) Clash of the Titans (1981) Conan the Barbarian (1982) Conan the Destroyer (1984) A Connecticut Yankee (1931) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949, 1970A) The Court Jester (1956) Curse of the Undead: Yoma (1989) A The Dark Crystal (1983) Deathstalker (1984) Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titans (1987) Deathstalker III: The Warriors from Hell (1988) Deathstalker 4: Clash of the Titans (1991) Doctor Faustus (1968) Donkey Skin (1970) Dragon Half (pt. 1-2) (1993) A The Dragon Who Wasn't (Or Was He?) (1983) A Dragonheart (1996) Dragonheart: A New Beginning (2000) Dragonslayer (1981) The Dungeonmaster (1985) Dungeons & Dragons (2000) El Cid (1961) Erik the Viking (1989) Excalibur (1981) Faerie Tale Theatre: Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1984) Fantastic Planet (1973) A Faust (1926) Fire and Ice (1983) A First Knight (1995) The Flame and the Arrow (1950) Flesh + Blood (a.k.a. The Rose and the Sword) (1985) Flesh and Blood (1951) Flight of Dragons (1982) A Fury of Hercules (1962) Gate of Hell (1954) The Giants of Thessaly (1960) Gnomes (1980) A Gnomes Great Adventure (1987) A The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) Goliath Against the Giants (1961) Gor (1988) The Greenstone (1985) Grendel, Grendel, Grendel (1982) A Hamlet (1948, 1990) Hawk and Castile (19??) Hawk of Castile (1964) Hawk the Slayer (1980) Hearts and Armor (1983) Heaven and Earth (1990) Henry V (1944, 1989) The Hidden Fortress (1958) Highlander (1986) The Hobbit (1978) A Hong Xiguan (a.k.a. The New Legend of Shaolin) (1994) The Iron Crown (1941) The Iron Mask (1929) Iron Warrior (1987) Ironmaster (1983) Ivanhoe (1952, 1982) Jabberwocky (1977) Jack the Giant Killer (1962) Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Kagemusha (1980) King Arthur, the Young Warlord (1975) King Lear (1971) Knights of the Round Table (1953) Kriemhilde's Revenge (1924) Krull (1983) Kull the Conqueror (1997) Labyrinth (1986) Ladyhawke (1985) Lancelot of the Lake (1974) The Land of Faraway (1987) The Last Unicorn (1982) A Legend (1986) Legend of Lyon: Flare, pt. 1-2 (199?) A The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985) The Lion in Winter (1968) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1979) A Lord of the Rings (1978) A The Magic Flute (1973) The Magic Fountain (1961) The Magic Sword (1962) The Magic Voyage of Sinbad (1952, 1962) The Man In The Iron Mask (1939, 1977) Masters of the Universe (1987) Mazes and Monsters (1982) Men of Sherwood Forest (1957) Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974) The Name of the Rose (1986) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (a.k.a. Warriors of the Wind) (1985) A The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1989) Neverending Story (1984) Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter (1991) Neverending Story III (1994) Ninja Scroll (a.k.a. Jubei's Ninja Chronicles) (1993) A 1001 Arabian Nights (1959) A Outlaw of Gor (1987) Petronella (1985, 1990) The Phantom Toolbooth (1969) A Pippin (1981) Prince Valiant (1954) The Princess Bride (1987) Princess Mononoke/Mononoke Hime (1997/1999) Quest for the Mighty Sword (a.k.a. Ator, l'Invincible) (1990) Quest of the Delta Knights (1993) Ran (1985) Rashomon (1951) Record of the Lodoss War, pt. 1-13 (199?) A Red Sonja (1985) The Return of Jafar (1994) A The Return of Martin Guerre (1983) The Return of the King (1980) A Return to Oz (1985) RG Veda, pt. 1-10 (1991-96) A Robin and Marian (1976) Robin Hood (1922, 1973A, 1991) Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) Roland the Mighty (1958) Rumik World: Fire Tripper (199?) A Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1955) Samurai II: Duel at Ichioji Temple (1955) Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956) Scaramouche (1952) Seven Magnificent Gladiators (1984) Seven Samurai (1954) The Seventh Seal (1956) Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958) Shogun Assassin (1980) Shogun's Ninja (1983) Siegfried (1924) Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) A Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989) Sinbad the Sailor (1947) Sleeping Beauty (1959A, 1983, 1989) Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937A, 1983) Son of Ali Baba (1952) Son of Sinbad (1955) Sorceress (1983, 1988) The Sword and the Dragon (1956) The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) The Sword in the Stone (1963) A Sword of Doom (1967) Sword of Heaven (1981) Sword of Lancelot (1963) Sword of the Valiant (1983) The Thief of Baghdad (1920, 1924, 1940, 1961, 1978) A Thousand and One Nights (1945) The Three Musketeers (1933, 1948, 1974, 1994) Throne of Blood (1957) Time Bandits (1981) Viking Massacre (1965) The Vikings (1958) The Virgin Spring (1959) The War Lord (1965) Warlock (1991) The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984) Warriors (1955) Weathering Continent (1992) A Willow (1988) Windaria (1986/1992) A The Wind and the Lion (1975) The Wizard of Oz (1939) Wizards (1977) A Wizards and Warriors (1983) Wizards of the Demon Sword (1991) Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (1985) Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II (1989) Xiao Ao Jiang Hu (a.k.a. Swordsman) (1990) Xiao Ao Jiang Hu Zhi Dong Fang Bu Bai (a.k.a. Swordsman II) (1991) Yojimbo (1961) Yotoden (pt. 1-3) (19??) A Zardoz (1973) You can use the Internet Movie Database at <http://us.imdb.com/Movies/search.html> or the AllMovie Guide at <http://ALLMOVIE.com/amg/movie_Root.html?90,16> if you wish to search for information on any of these movies, or for any movies not already listed here. I5: What is some good background or inspirational music for *D&D games? A: As with books and music, the total list of possible musical selections is vastly larger than will fit in this document. What follows is a selection of the most commonly-suggested answers to this question, as well as some other possibilities, included to round out the list. Note that, while fantasy movies or classical music would seem to be the "most appropriate" areas to look in, music can often cross "genre" boundaries in ways books or movies cannot; thus, while the following selections do include a significant number of suggestions culled from fantasy movies and classical composers, there are also a number of rock musicians, science fiction movies, and so forth represented. For the music purists among us, please note that I use "classical" here not as a technical musical term, but rather in the music-store sense of a catch-all term for medieval, renaissance, baroque, rococco, classical, romantic, modern classical, etc. music. For those albums which have not generally been recorded so frequently that endorsing one version over another would be difficult at best, and are not single-movie soundtracks, the publisher has been given (where known), to hopefully make it easier to find the album and know when one has found the right album. SOUNDTRACKS (From movies & TV; "instrumental" indicates an orchestral/ instrumental score, as opposed to the "rock songs featured in or inspired by" soundtrack for the same movie) 1492: Conquest of Paradise 2001: A Space Odyssey Alien Alien Resurrection Alien3 Aliens Army of Darkness Batman: Original Motion Picture Score (instrumental) Beastmaster Ben Hur Big Trouble in Little China The Bitter Suite: A Musical Odyssey (from Xena: Warrior Princess) Blade Runner Das Boot Bram Stoker's Dracula Braveheart Conan the Barbarian Conan the Destroyer The Crow Dances with Wolves Dark City The Dark Crystal Doctor Zhivago Dragonheart Due South Dune Edward Scissorhands Empire of the Sun The Empire Strikes Back Excalibur Fantasia Far and Away The Fifth Element First Knight The Four Musketeers The Fugitive Halloween Halloween 2 Halloween 3 Halloween 4 Halloween: The Revenge of Michael Myers Hamlet Heavy Metal Heavy Metal: The Score (instrumental) Henry V Heroic Legend of Arislan Highlander Highlander 2 Highlander 3 Hook Hunt for Red October Independence Day Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Interview with the Vampire Jacob's Ladder John Carpenter's The Thing Jurassic Park Krull Kull the Conqueror Labyrinth Ladyhawke Last of the Mohicans Lawrence of Arabia Legend Legends of the Fall Lord of the Rings The Man in the Iron Mask Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Merlin More Music from Braveheart Mortal Kombat: Original Motion Picture Score (instrumental) The Name of the Rose Omen Out of Africa Patriot Games Raiders of the Lost Ark Record of the Lodoss War, vol. 1 Record of the Lodoss War, vol. 2 Record of the Lodoss War, vol. 3 Return of the Jedi Rising Sun Rob Roy Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves The Rock Rocketeer Schindler's List The Shadow Silent Moebius, vol. 1 Silent Moebius, vol. 2 Somewhere in Time Speed: Original Motion Picture Score (instrumental) Star Trek: The Motion Picture Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds Star Wars Stargate Superman The Ten Commandments Terminator 2 The Three Musketeers Titanic The Usual Suspects Vampire Hunter D Vampire Princess Miyu Waterworld Willow Xena: Warrior Princess Xena: Warrior Princess, vol. 2 Young Sherlock Holmes SOUNDTRACK COMPILATIONS _The Big Picture_, by the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc) _Chiller_, by the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc) _Fantastic Journey_, by the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc) _Fright Night_, by the Orlando Pops (Excelsior) _Great Fantasy Adventure Album_, by the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc) _Halloween: The Best of John Carpenter_ (Silva Screen Records America) _Music for a Darkened Theatre, vol 1_, by Danny Elfman (MCA) _Music for a Darkened Theatre, vol 2_, by Danny Elfman (MCA) _Summon the Heroes_, by the Boston Pops (Sony) CLASSICAL COMPOSERS (Composers for whom one can generally pick up almost anything they have written for this use; some specific suggestions will follow) Johann Sebastian Bach Ludwig van Beethoven Hector Berlioz Anton Bruckner Claude Debussy Franz Liszt Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Carl Orff Nicolo Paganini Arvo Part Camille Saint-Saens Peter Tchaikovsky Richard Wagner Vangelis John Williams CLASSICAL--SHORTER (single, shorter pieces--not likely found by themselves as an album) J.S. Bach, "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" (BWV565) Ludwig van Beethoven, "Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 36", "Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, op. 67", "Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92", "Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, op. 125" Aleksandr Borodin, "Polovetsian Dances", from Prince Igor Antonin Dvorak, "Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70", "Symphony No. 8 in G Major, op. 88", "Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, op. 95" (New World Symphony) Charles Gounod "Funeral March of a Marionette" Edvard Grieg, "In the Hall of the Mountain King", from _Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, op. 46_ Bernard Herrmann "Sleigh Ride", from _The Devil and Daniel Webster_ (movie) Gustav Holst, "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity", from _The Planets_; "Mars, the Bringer of War", from _The Planets_; "Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age", from _The Planets_ Aram Khachaturian, "Sabre Dance", from _Gayne_; "Symphony No. 2" (The Bell) Franz Liszt, "Les Preludes", "Totentanz" Gustav Mahler, "Symphony No. 2 in C Minor" (The Resurrection) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, "Symphony No. 4 in A major, op. 90" (Italian Symphony) Modest Mussorgsky, "Night on Bald Mountain", "Pictures at an Exhibition" Carl Orff, "O, Fortuna", from _Carmina Burana_ Gioacchino Rossini, "Overture to William Tell", "Overture to La Gazza Ladra" Camille Saint-Saens, "Danse Macabre, op. 40", "Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, op. 78", "Carnival of the Animals", "Bacchanale", from _Samson and Delilah_ Franz Schubert, "Symphony in B Minor, D.759" (Unfinished Symphony) Jean Sibelius, "Finlandia" Richard Strauss, "Also Sprach Zarathustra" Igor Stravinsky, "Rite of Spring", "Firebird Suite" Franz von Supp'e, "Light Cavalry Overture" Peter Tchaikovsky, "1812 Overture", "Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, op. 74" (Pathetique Symphony), "Marche Slav" Richard Wagner, "Ride of the Valkyries", from _Der Ring Des Nibelungen_; "Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla", from _Der Ring Des Nibelungen_; "Siegfried's Funeral Music", from _Der Ring Des Nibelungen_; "Chorus of the Damned Sailors", from _Der Fliegende Hollander_ Ralph Vaughan Williams, "English Folk Song Suite" CLASSICAL--LONGER (Collections or long pieces--likely found by themselves as an album) Hector Berlioz, _Symphonie Fantastique, op. 14_ Diamanda Galas, _Masque of the Red Death_ (Mute Records) Edvard Grieg, _Peer Gynt_ Josef Haydn, _The London Symphonies_ (Philips; Sony) Gustav Holst, _The Planets_ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, _Requiem in D Minor, K. 656_, _The Magic Flute_, _The Marriage of Figaro_ Carl Orff, _Carmina Burana_ Sergei Rachmaninoff, "Isle of the Dead, op. 29" Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, _Scheherazade, op. 35_ Peter Tchaikovsky, _Nutcracker Suite_ Richard Wagner, _Der Ring Des Nibelungen_ (pt. 1: _Rheingold_, pt. 2: _Siegfried_, pt. 3 _Die Walk"urie_, pt. 4: _G"otterdammerung_), _Tristan und Isolde_, _Lohengrin_, _Parsifal_, _Tannh"auser_ Antonio Vivaldi, _The Four Seasons_ CLASSICAL COMPILATIONS Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, _Chant I_ (Angel) Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, _Chant II_ (Angel) Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, _Chant III_ (Angel) _Best of the Boston Pops, vol. 1_ (Deutsche Grammophon) _Classical Thunder I-II_ (Time-Life) _Classics Go to the Movies, vol 1-5_ (LaserLight) _Classics from the Crypt_ (RCA Victor) _Extreme Classics_ (RCA Victor) _Fright Night: Music That Goes Bump in the Night_ (CBS) Led Zeppelin & London Philharmonic, _Kashmir: Symphonic Led Zeppelin_ (Point Music) _Masters of the Royal Chapel, Lisbon_, by A Capella Portuguesa (Hyperion) David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London, _Music of the Gothic Era_ (Archiv Produktion); _Music of the Crusades_ (London) _Orchestral Spectaculars_, by the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc) Pink Floyd & London Philharmonic, _Us and Them: Symphonic Pink Floyd_ (Point Music) _Power Classics_ (RCA Victor) Thomas Tallis, _Choral and Organ Works_ (Chandos) Thomas Tallis, _The Complete Works, vol. 1-3_ (Signum) _Troubadour Songs and Medieval Lyrics_ (Hyperion) Vangelis, _Themes_ (Deutsche Grammophon) _Very Best of the Boston Pops_ (PolyGram) ROCK/POP/NEW AGE/FOLK/ETC. David Arkenstone, _Quest of the Dream Warrior: Kyla's Journey_ (Narada) Baltimore Consort, _The Art of the Bawdy Song_ (Dorian Recordings) Bel Canto, _Shimmering, Warm and Bright_ (Dali Records) Capercaillie, _Delirium_ The Chieftans, _The Celtic Harp_ (BMG) Clannad, _Legend_ (RCA Victor) Glenn Danzig, _Black Aria_ (Plan 9/Caroline) Deep Forest, _Deep Forest I-III_ (Epic) Enigma, _MCMXC a.D._ (Virgin) Brian Eno, _Ambient 4 On Land_ (Editions EG), _Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks_ Enya, _Shepherd Moons_ (Reprise), _Watermark_ (Geffen) Matt Fink, _Music of the Vampires_ (K-Tel) Robert Fripp, _1999 Soundscapes_ (3 vols.) (Discipline), _Bridge Between_ (Discipline) Robert Fripp and Brian Eno, _The Essential Fripp and Eno_ (Plan 9/Caroline) Peter Gabriel, _Passion: Music For The Last Temptation of Christ_ (Geffen), _Passion Sources_ Hawkwind, _The Chronicle of the Black Sword_ (Gopaco) Kodo, _The Best of Kodo_ (Tristar) Jean-Michel Jarre, _Waiting for Cousteau_, _Rendez-vous_ (Polydor) Jethro Tull, "Sonds from the Wood" Ray Lynch, _Deep Breakfast_ (Music West) Manowar, _Kings of Metal_ (Atlantic), _Secrets of Steel_ (Geffen?) Loreena McKennitt, _To Drive the Cold Winter Away_ (Quinlan Road) Metallica, _Master of Puppets_ (Elektra) Nine Inch Nails, _The Downward Spiral_ (Interscope), _Broken_ (Interscope) Pink Floyd, _Animals_ (Columbia), _Meddle_ (Capitol), _Relics_ (Capitol) Satyricon, _Nemesis Divina_ (Century Media) _The Sounds of Demons & Dementia_ (Bainbridge Records) Tangerine Dream, _Canyon Dreams_ (Miramar), _Tyranny of Beauty_ (Miramar) Bill Whelan _Riverdance: Music from the Show_ (Celtic Heartbeat/Atlantic) Yes, _The Yes Album_ (Atlantic), _Fragile_ (Atlantic), _Symphonic Music of Yes_ (BMG), _Tales From Topographic Oceans_ (Atlantic) ROCK/POP/NEW AGE/FOLK/ETC. SPECIFIC SONGS Black Sabbath, "The Mob Rules", "Fairies Wear Boots" Blue Oyster Cult, "Black Blade", "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" Depeche Mode, "Pimpf", "Fpmip" Enya, "Orinoco Flow", "Cursum Perficio", "Pax Deorum" Robert Fripp, "Threnody for Souls in Torment" Metallica, "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" Pink Floyd, "One of These Days", "Dogs", "Careful With That Axe, Eugene", "Signs of Life", "Run Like Hell" Queen, "Who Wants to Live Forever" Michael W. Smith, "Ashton" GAME SOUNDTRACKS Alien Logic (SSI) Betrayal at Krondor Castlevania IV (Konami) Cutthroat Island (Acclaim) Dungeon Keeper Final Fantasy 2 (SquareSoft) Final Fantasy 3 (SquareSoft) Final Fantasy 4 (SquareSoft) Final Fantasy 5 (SquareSoft) Final Fantasy 6 (SquareSoft) Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SquareSoft) Neverhood Chronicles (Dreamworks Interactive) Red Steel (TSR) Quake (id Software) Savage Baronies (TSR) Sword Coast (TSR) WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness (Blizzard) ***End Part 7*** -- Aardy R. 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