The Harrow. The very name seems strange but reflects a process which led to the creation of the fictional world with which it is identified. While extending one of his imaginary stories, Philip Mazza penned the phrase "Harrow" on a piece of paper, setting into motion a developmental process which would ultimately help launch his trilogy.
The name "Harrow" is itself a very odd name for a place. For Mazza, the task of crafting a new world - one of his own imagination - which would coincide with our own world required that he build a coherent mythology around that new place. Mazza's new world had to make sense both to its inhabitants and to his readers.
To Mazza, a word is not simply a word. The word had to carry with it a history which revealed to someone like him - the path that word had followed to its present form. So, Mazza's new world had to have a reasonable meaning. That is, he realized he couldn't simply grab the name out of thin air and give it to his world. It had to be the name for his world for a reason. The meaning of the word itself - to break or tear, as with a harrow; to wound; to lacerate; to torment or distress - provided that reason.
As such, Mazza went about tearing his new world apart from our world, creating a self-contained world much like the many worlds of mythology in which all the worlds of men and other creatures were separated by time and space. The beauty and majesty of Mazza's creation is visualized by the artists of Omni.
The Harrow, From the Aina Dur
Tir Nan Og, The Elven Realm
First in a New Trilogy of Epic Fantasy in the Tradition of Tolkien. An epic tale of heroism and passion, of adversity and triumph – The Harrow is a remarkable creation. A new novelist with boundless imaginative gifts - Philip Mazza is a spellbinding storyteller, who, has created for us a captivating world.
The story of Molly and Elizabeth and their quest to rid a fantastical world of evil is one filled with adventure, sorcery, friendship, and a very dark evil. It is the beginning of much more, of course, the first novel in The Harrow Saga. The Special Edition of From Under a Tree provides a solid framework by which to trace the development of the early lore of the Harrow - maps and chronologies, histories, and the teachings of the Ra Cath.
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