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Trent Mitchell is a Senior at The University of Tennessee Chattanooga. He is a Communications Major with a Minor in Education and hopes to teach at high schools and colleges in the future. He began his interest in Communications through photography and photojournalism, winning multiple awards in photo contests at his hometown of Lebanon, Tennessee. He still enjoys photography, but focuses more on working with film and hopes to work behind the camera for film and broadcasting soon.

Elves and Dwarves: Diversity in Fantasy Worlds – by Trent Mitchell

I am a huge fan of many different fantasy worlds and the stories told inside those worlds. From Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings to Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, fantasy storytelling is a very important aspect of my life. And as a fan, I’m also very active in the communities and partake in many of the hobbies that go along with these interests. The most involved hobby and most important to this article is that of tabletop roleplaying games. Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, all these fantasy games happening in the theater of the mind have been a massive part of my life for the last 5 years. But being so involved in this culture has brought up a massive consideration to my life that I never put any thought into before; what should be considered “normal” diversity in reference to a fantasy world?

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