Free Fantasy Wallpapers and Images

Fantasy images and wallpapers featuring brave heroes fighting huge dragons, dastardly vampires stalking their prey, chivalrous knights attacking scary monsters and many other things. The genre of fantasy in books, films, tv and other media derives its name from fantastic and fantasy is indeed fantastical. It deals with amazing worlds, people and creatures where amazing things can happen. It bears some similarities with the science fiction genre in its presentation of strange worlds and ideas, but whereas sci-fi needs a basis a in science and needs to be theoretically possible, the fantasy genre has no such restrictions and imaginations can run wild.

Comparing fantasy and science fiction we can look at Star Wars and Star Trek as examples. Star Wars is often classified as a sci-fi film but in reality it belongs in the fantasy genre. The film features futuristic technology but is actually set in the past, many characters use strange mystical force powers that are never explained and the protagonists battle with laser swords which are scientifically impossible in the form represented in the film. Star Trek on the other hand, while having fantastical elements, features technology that has a basis in today’s science and is (mostly) theoretically possible. Star Trek shows us a potential future for humanity so needs to have some connection to a future reality that we think is feasible so it can comfortably be classed in the science fiction genre. Star wars is set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” so has no need to cling to human ideas of what is possible or feasible.

All the fantasy images, backgrounds and wallpapers in this collection are completely free to download and use for your personal pleasure on your computing devices. These may include your phone, tablet, laptop, computer or all of the above. They are not to be used for business or promotional purposes.

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