What are your thoughts on prophecies in fantasy? You know, like in the stories where it's prophecized that the lost prince will return some day, or the 'chosen one' will rise. Or the more specific, riddle-types (like Lord of the Rings "renewed will be blade that was broken/the crownless again shall be king"). Or, if you've read the Percy Jackson books (and the follow-up series), they can't even go on a quest until there is a prophecy, and it's usually a rhyming, specific one. What are your opinions on this? You see, I'm toying with using one in my novel, but trying to be a little more subtle about it. My idea is that only the bad guys have heard the prophecy, and therefore act against the good guys in an attempt to stop it coming true. But the good guys only know a snippet of the prophecy and don't even realize it IS a prophecy until after the big battle (in which it comes true) and that gives them the "Oooh, so THAT'S why they attacked us" realization. I can give more explanation if you need it, but trying not to present you with a wall of text, lol. Mostly I'm just looking for opinions on the use of prophecy in fantasy. Good or bad or eh and why?