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Research Poster Project

The list of topics I want to research keeps growing (some of these topics were added after I presented the poster) and time keeps getting shorter, so I decided to narrow it down for my research poster and keep myself focused on the creation of my main character for my story. This meant only including information that was relevant to her design.

My research started with the 5 minute Presentation Project - Responding to an article about armour in video games, which can be found in a previous post.


My knowledge of elves is limited to the elves that are found in video games like The Witcher, The Elder Scrolls series and the Dragon Age series but also from books like The Lord of the Rings.

J.R.R. Tolkien is considered the Godfather of Modern Fantasy and the elves in the previously mentioned video games clearly take inspiration from Tolkien's world.

Tolkien's writing became so influential that since the 1960s elves have become staple non-human characters in high fantasy writing and RPGs (Role Playing Games) even having their own language.

Post-Tolkien fantasy elves (in games and writings) are usually portrayed as being wiser and more beautiful than humans, with sharper senses and perceptions. They are said to be gifted in magic, mentally sharp and lovers of nature, art and song.

They are often skilled archers and a hallmark of many fantasy elves is their pointed ears.

My aim for this module (where studio practice is concerned) is to develop the characters that inhabit my created world and since it is a research module, I want to take an in-depth look at the existing mythology and lore around "fantasy" beings, so I can create better histories and lore within the world.

I want to learn more about elves (as a fantasy race) within video games, but also explore the origins of the term elf and the classification of the species within mythology and folklore.

EDIT: research is no longer going on Wordpress, this was what I used for the first year of the MA, but it is the most hateful website/blog builder I have ever come across so I'm using this now.

image: Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha in History's Vikings - the creators of the show have been praised for their historical accuracy.

Eoin Macken as Gawain in BBC's Merlin, not historically accurate, but the costumes are really good.

Re-enacters wearing historically accurate padded gambesons.

Designing the Poster

I decided fairly early on in the research process that I wanted to do a hand-drawn poster, because I want it to look like it belongs in my created world. I wanted it to look like a giant page from an illuminated book.

This book from the Troy Exhibition at the British Museum gave me an idea of what I wanted my poster to look like.

I decided to teach myself calligraphy so that I could create an authentic looking poster. I didn't want it to be done in my normal handwriting.

Draft 1

This had way too much writing and looked chaotic. The orange PostIt's are notes and improvements

The final poster with drafts of the text Blu Tacked on.

The Final Poster


Jacqueline Simpson, Every day life in the Viking Age, BT Batsford Ltd London, GP Putnam’s Sons New York, First Published 1967, Reprinted 1969

Sir James Mann K.C.V.O (Master of the Armouries), An Outline of Arms and Armour in England - From the Early Middle Ages to the Civil War, Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London, 1960

Vikings - Life and Legend, The British Museum, The British Museum Press, London 2014

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