Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

Contracts appear fairly frequently in fantasy. At the most mundane level are the contracts, either written or tacit, between groups of travellers in Fantasyland (who seek protection) and local mercenaries, Wizards, etc. More interesting from our point of view are Pacts with the Devil, which epitomize the rule that, in fantasy, anyone signing a contract should Read the Small Print. [JG]

see also: Pacts; Plot Devices; Quibbles.

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.