Fantasy is one of the oldest and most prominent forms of fiction - it has been thrilling our ancestors for thousands of years and has spawned a major industry in roleplay games, computer games and has resulted in some of Hollywood's best-loved movies, from The Wizard Of Oz and Legend to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The field of fantasy itself is every bit bit as extensive and fascinating as any of the fictional universes it contains. Containing a huge breadth of information covering every aspect of the genre Fantasy provides an invaluable glimpse into other realms. Written by a team of experts this book looks at the characters, worlds and people that make up the field, through books, films, television and games. Lavishly illustrated and packed with a wealth of fascinating background information this is essential guide for both the layman and well-informed fan to everything in the world of Fantasy, from Tolkien to Magic the Gathering.