Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Last Battle

Apocalypse and the End of the World are traditionally associated with a final armed struggle, like Christianity's Armageddon – often conflated with World War III, as in James Blish's Black Easter (1968) – or the battle on the thousand-league-square field of Vigrid which is the climax of Ragnarok. Michael Moorcock's Stormbringer (1965) features a spectacular LB between Gods of Law and Chaos. It is not vast scale which defines the LB, but that it marks the passing of an old world: the hopeless final defence in J R R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955) and the mere skirmish of C S Lewis's The Last Battle (1956) signal, respectively, the end of the Third Age and of Narnia. [DRL]

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