Category Archives: German

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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The Wonderful World of Wolpertingers

One mythical creature of which I just recently became aware is the wolpertinger, said to inhabit the forests of Bavaria. It doesn’t appear that anyone actually believes in the wolpertinger, but it’s spawned plenty of legends nonetheless. Basically, it’s a … Continue reading

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Notes from Middle-Earth

There can be no doubt that Middle-Earth is a very European fantasy land. It’s based primarily on European mythology, particularly Norse and Teutonic as viewed through the lens of old England. The name “Middle-Earth” comes from Midgard, the world of … Continue reading

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