Category Archives: Language

I Found My Thrill on Oregon Hill

I haven’t been listening to music all that much recently. That’s not to say that I couldn’t, just that I usually find myself doing other things that are difficult to do at the same time. But anyway, here are some … Continue reading

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More Names, More Fun

After I shared my last post on Dragon Quest names on Discord, Arlen Pavka replied with a list of names from the mobile and Nintendo Switch versions of DQ2, which includes a few I hadn’t previously seen. I’ve written about … Continue reading

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Troglodyte Tuesday

I mentioned in my review of Rick Riordan’s The Tower of Nero that I liked the way it portrayed the troglodytes, and since I don’t think I’ve done it before, I might as well take a look at the origins … Continue reading

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Give Me Back My Name

A subject I’ve sometimes seen come up on Dragon Quest fan communities is that of the names in DQ2. You give the hero, the Prince of Midenhall, whatever name you want, and that somehow determines the names of your companions, … Continue reading

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There Are Quangles in Your Wangles

For some reason, the name “Gramblamble Land” kept sticking in my head. Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s an Edward Lear reference, to “The History of the Seven Families of the Lake Pipple-Popple” (not to be confused with Dr. Pimple Popper), the … Continue reading

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The Big Big Whoredom

There often seems to be an undercurrent of fear of female sexuality in religion and mythology. It isn’t always that direct, and sometimes male sexuality isn’t viewed that positively either, but it’s pretty blatant sometimes. The idea of the whore … Continue reading

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Pulp Life

When looking for information on fiction involving underground worlds, I came across references to Richard Sharpe Shaver (hopefully nobody called him “Dick”), author and likely paranoid schizophrenic who wrote science fiction adjacent stories about ancient superhumans who lived underground. Ray … Continue reading

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Where the Worlds Have No Name

One night last week, I had a fitful sleep with a bunch of weird dreams. I remember one of them had me ranting about how J.R.R. Tolkien was never clear on whether Middle-Earth was his entire imaginary world or just … Continue reading

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Idris Lives

It’s a common theme in many mythologies to have a figure who is regarded as the inventor of writing, and often also a keeper of esoteric knowledge. Greek mythology had Hermes, the Egyptians had Thoth, Babylon had Nabu, and Judaism … Continue reading

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Sorting Out Sorcery

One running theme in Glinda of Oz is that there are several different types of magic in Oz, all of which have their specialties, but none of them can do everything. L. Frank Baum contrasts the fairy magic of Ozma … Continue reading

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