Category Archives: German

Nibbles of Nibelungs

Although I’ve been interested in classical mythology for most of my life, it was really Final Fantasy VI that made me want to check out the Teutonic hero Siegfried, a mysterious character in the game possibly intended to be the … Continue reading

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Gnomic Utterances

I recently read Ruth Berman’s Dunkiton Pamphlet on Gnome Matters, including a history of gnomes, touching on their use in the Oz books. I’ve written about this topic before, like how the name might well have originated with Paracelsus, who … Continue reading

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I Have Seen the Sleeping Knights of Jesus

As I mentioned in my review, Alan Garner’s Alderley Edge fantasies incorporate a local legend about sleeping knights. The story has it that a farmer from Mobberley set out to Macclesfield to sell a horse. An old man near the … Continue reading

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Don’t Count Your Turnips Before They’re Transformed

German and Czech folklore have a figure called Rübezahl or Krakonoš, who lives in the Krkonoše Mountains that formed the traditional border between Bohemia and Silesia. It’s not entirely clear what kind of creature he is, as he’s sometimes referred … Continue reading

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The Ring Recycled

Expecting Someone Taller, by Tom Holt – Holt has written many books of weird fantasy, science fiction, and satire; but his main thing is bringing a fictional world into the modern one. This was actually his first comic fantasy, based … Continue reading

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Mission: Imp Ossible

Growing up with various fantasy universes in books, video games, and other media, I frequently came across names of magical beings that weren’t always consistently defined. I’ve already discussed many of these, but as of yet I haven’t said a … Continue reading

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This Ain’t No Holle Day

The Red Fairy Book, collected by Andrew Lang, edited by Brian Alderson – I have already read several of these Fairy Books, collections of various fairy tales including the famous and the more obscure, but not in order. In his … Continue reading

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