a body or system of myths, legends, stories, etc., concerning or relating to a particular fictional world; a work or body of work containing this
Originally and chiefly in or with reference to the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien.
[after the earlier sense ‘a collection of saints’ lives’ (OED: 1848), < post-classical Latin]
This legendarium [sc. the Silmarillion] ends with a vision of the end of the world, its breaking and remaking, and the recovery of the Silmarilli.
Letter in H. Carpenter Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (1981) 149
My legendarium…, which lies immediately behind The Lord of the Rings, is based on my view: that Men are essentially mortal and must not try to become ‘immortal’ in the flesh.
Letter Sept. in H. Carpenter Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (1981) 189
1984 Amon Hen (Tolkien Society) (#83) 12
The….subsequent stages…through which Tolkien’s legendarium evolved throughout his life permits us to watch him labouring at the sub-creation of his Middle-earth.
He’s [sc. Dr. Doom] appeared countless times in our Marvel comicbooks, menacing virtually every hero we’ve ever featured, including the Incredible Hulk, Dr. Strange, Daredevil, The Avengers, Iron Man, Silver Surfer, and so on ad legendarium.
Best of Spider-Man i. 10
Tolkien’s imagination seems to have been without bounds…. It was also a well-spring of tales to entertain his children…. The stories he told them were simpler than his legendarium (though by no means simple).
J. R. R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator 69
Iltyd can be associated with the image of the altar; and in Machen’s own legendarium, Ilar can be associated with any of the three symbols—altar, bell, or cup.
‘An Age-Old Memory’: Arthur Machen’s Celtic Redaction of the Welsh Revival in A. L. Becker & K. Noone Welsh Mythology & Folklore in Popular Culture 78
His legendarium is full of annals and chronologies, marked by dates and the passage of precisely-marked Ages.
Practical Geography of Always Coming Home in Mythlore (vol. 39, no. 138) (Spring/Summer) 125
It’s true that Tolkien’s legendarium is a self-conscious attempt to invent a mythology for his beloved England.
‘House of the Dragon’ and ‘The Rings of Power’ Both Use Diverse Casting in N.Y. Times 28 Oct. (electronic ed.)
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