This gets me angry.
Why did the creators of fantasy (I mean J.R.R. Tolkien, and other early authors of fantasy including C.S. Lewis), have to make things in a fantasy realm non realistically. I mean, J.R.R. Tolkien was a professor at Oxford University. So he should have been able to create his fantasy world (Middle Earth, or really, Arda, which included the continent of Middle Earth), realistically, shouldn't he have?
No. He should not have.
First of all, lets look at what one of the things Tolkien loved to do the most, making up languages.
Now, because he made up new languages for his own world (although it is not really a world, you know what I mean), it got incorporated in almost every fantasy book after that, same with Elves, Dwarves, and Humans (Halflings sometimes got left out). This information is going to help later in this Weekly Thought.
Face it, languages in D&D and most other fantasy worlds are primitive. They have Common, Elvish, Dwarvish, Halfling, Draconic/Dragon, etc. One language for each Race. But shouldn't there be more than one language for the Elves? More than one language for the Dwarves? More than one language for each Race for each country.
Now lets look back to Tolkien again. He liked to write all the languages he made for his world (at least most of the languages he made for his world) down. And so, he could not make ten to twenty different languages for each Race in Arda. So he only made one for the Elves, one for the Dwarves, etc.
And because all fantasy after The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, The Unfinished Tales, and more. D&D and the rest of fantasy RPG's took after that.
That is one of the reasons fantasy gaming is not realistic.
Continued nest Weekly Thought/Post.