Category Archives: Norse

All in How You Spell ‘Em

I saw something recently about the difference between the words “fairy” and “faerie.” Really, there’s no difference; the latter is just an archaic spelling. The word comes from the French for “fate,” and therefore “enchantment”; and was applied to many different … Continue reading

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The Ecosystem of Yggdrasil

A comment on my post about video game squirrels mentioned Ratatosk (or Ratatoskr, probably a more accurate transliteration, but not how I originally knew it), the squirrel from Norse mythology. He’s a red squirrel who runs up and down the … Continue reading

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Fiefdoms of the Fay

I wrote years ago about how, largely due to Shakespeare’s influence, Oberon and Titania are often regarded as the rulers of the fairies, appearing in a lot of different media. I mentioned a few other fairy queens in the post, … Continue reading

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Angling for the Saxons

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s idea for an America First Caucus based on Anglo-Saxon values sounds kind of bizarre to those of us who don’t run in white supremacist circles. Like, why Anglo-Saxon in particular, and why would a group focusing on … 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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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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Theft of the Magi

I purchased the SaGa: Final Fantasy Legend Collection for the Switch, and I’ve mostly concentrated on Final Fantasy Legend II. I tried out the first one, but died pretty much immediately. I actually did in FFL2 as well, but that one … Continue reading

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King Solomon’s Mines, Exit 75, I’m Still Alive

A Witch in Time, by Constance Sayers – This is another book I found at a discount from some promotion I don’t remember. It’s the story of Helen Lambert, a recently divorced woman who goes on a date with a … Continue reading

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Brownie Power

Mickey Mouse: The Ice Sword Saga, by Massimo De Vita – The ninth in the Disney Masters series highlights this Italian artist, in a tale where Mickey and Goofy are transported to an alternate world based on Norse mythology. The … 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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