Category Archives: Celtic

I Left My Soul in San Francisco

Weird Al: The Book, by Nathan Rabin with Al Yankovic – Weird Al has been highly influential on my tastes in both music and humor, so it’s a shame there hadn’t been a book about him. Well, actually, there was … Continue reading

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Dagda Nabbit!

Marvel Comics’ Thor series has incorporated gods from pantheons other than the Norse, although the degree to which they adhere to the original mythology varies quite a bit. The writers have added some of their own deities to the mix, … Continue reading

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All the Girls Love Annis

Sometimes I feel like I should save posts on wicked witches until October, but I’ll probably forget before then. So here’s Black Annis, the local witch of the Dane Hills in Leicestershire, England. While descriptions vary somewhat, she’s often described … Continue reading

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The Other Leading Bran

Today I’d like to take a look at one of the mythical Kings of Britain, the giant Bran Fendigaid, or Bran the Blessed. His name can mean “raven” or “crow,” and he was large enough to wade through seas. Exactly … Continue reading

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With a Little Help from the Hempstocks

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman – I’ve had mixed feelings on other books of Gaiman’s that I’ve read before, but I have to say this one really clicked for me. The protagonist is a … Continue reading

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Changing the Baby

Changelings were once a fairly common part of European folklore, and are still pretty widely known, even if not that many people actually believe in them anymore.  Basically, a changeling was a child that a fairy or troll would leave … Continue reading

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The Drinking Fairy’s Diet

Leprechauns are omnipresent at this time of year, despite the fact that they don’t really have anything to do with St. Patrick per se. I think it’s mostly just that they’re of Irish origin and look good on decorations and … Continue reading

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Hell Hath No Fury Like a Fairy Scorned

Picture by Sara McMurray-Day How about some Irish mythology on this Saturday night? This time, our main subject is Etain, a fairy woman whose main trait seems to have been sex appeal. She was physically described as blonde-haired, blue-eyed, fair-skinned, … Continue reading

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Drow Something

As I said in my last post, it’s difficult to determine exactly how Dark Elves fit into Norse mythology, as information about them is scant. Snorri Sturluson mentions the Ljosalfar (Light Elves) and Dokkalfar (Dark Elves), claiming that the former … Continue reading

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I Am Become Death

I like to do a post around Halloween about horror or horror-adjacent movies I’ve watched, but since we still have out two Netflix we haven’t watched, you might have to wait until November for that. In the meantime, here are … Continue reading

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