Hobbit's critics forget how fairytales feed our humanity Sydney Morning Herald None of this means that Tolkien's work is simply a cipher for his Catholic convictions - he made his hostility towards such allegorising clear.
Following up on an ancient Russian way of keeping milk from going sour — by putting a frog in the bucket of milk — scientists have identified a wealth of new antibiotic substances in the skin of the Russian Brown frog.
Danish historian finds early HC Andersen fairy tale. Copenhagen - A previously unknown story by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen has surfaced in the Scandinavian country, daily Politiken reported...
Pamela D Lloyd's insight:
What wonderful news for anyone interested in fairy tales or children's literature.
You can be forgiven for thinking that unicorns only existed in medieval fables and modern-day cartoons. North Korean scientists say you are wrong. (@tan_puente Convinced unicorns only exist in fairy tales?
Will-o'-the-Wisp - English Fairy Tale. All Our English Fairy Tales. Once upon a time there came to a blacksmith name Will's shop late one night a traveller whose horse had cast a shoe, and he wanted the blacksmith to put it on ...
"The Facebook page for the WAG Screen film of The Lady of Shalott has an irresistible proposal...if they can get their fan list of "likes" up above 1500, they will release the film for free internet viewing."
Marina Warner, known for her scholarship on the topic of fairy tales, reviews the fairy tale work of Angela Carter. An excellent read. Thanks go also to Theodora Goss for sharing the link to this article on her Facebook page.
Vampires get a bad rap in modern Western media for being too pretty. And while there are tons of folkloric vampires who are stunningly beautiful and seductive, there are plenty of bloodsucking beasts are pretty darn gross.
Practicing Folklore The theme of practice suggests an underlying impulse within our sometimes disparate folklore and ethnographic projects. The theme acknowledges culture as enacted and admits the idea of rehearsal as a ...
"This book drove Don Quixote mad. What will it do to you?
"Amadis of Gaul. Published in Spain in 1508, this novel is a masterpiece of medieval fantasy. It inspired a century of best-selling sequels in seven languages and changed the way we think about knights, chivalry, damsels in distress, and courtly life in castles. These books made Don Quixote go mad and believe he was a heroic knight-errant like Amadis.
"Read a newly translated chapter every other Tuesday and occasional commentaries on Thursdays."
This book is a remarkable and in-depth academic study of early modern English cunning-folk and witches involvement with Familiar Spirits such as Tewhit, Greedigut, Vinegar Tom, Jack Robin and Wag At The Wa, with boggles and puckles, hob gobblins, hell waines and firedrakes. Wilby proposes that early-modern witches and cunning-folk had relationships with spiritual beings similar to those of shaman in other traditional societies, such as finding stolen items, curing illnesses or causing it and providing all sorts of advice as needed.
"Halloween is considered by most in the United States as a fun holiday, mostly for children, but it has roots in ancient religions and folklore, including paganism, ancient Roman religions, early Catholic Christianity, Irish folklore, and even British politics! Children and adults alike enjoy this holiday today, with funny costumes, candy, and parties, while some countries observe this time as a remembrance of departed loved ones and religious saints."
Share on Tumblr A short while ago, I was having a discussion with a close friend about stepmothers. Fictional Stepmothers, you see, the Villainesses (or at least Obstructions) to the goals/life/happiness of their adopted children.
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