Category Archives: Norse

Daughter of Disease, Maker of Snakes

Picture by Tero Porthan In my ongoing search for topics from mythology and folklore, and specifically in terms of ogres and witches, I saw a mention of the Syojatar (properly spelled with marks above the letters, but that’s a hassle) … Continue reading

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A Whale of an Island

There are many tales of gigantic sea monsters, perhaps because what’s under the sea is pretty mysterious, and some of what people see really IS pretty monstrous. Northern Europe has many such legends, and this is where people really did encounter … Continue reading

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Yikes, Spikes!

I thought it might be worth looking at the Mario enemies known as Spikes, since they seem to be rather prominent nowadays. I’ve even seen them as stuffed animals at the Nintendo store in Manhattan, although I don’t have one … Continue reading

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Orc My World

This past weekend, Orcs were trending on Twitter, based on a tweet about how a description of them in Dungeons & Dragons was pretty racist. (Full disclosure: I haven’t played D&D, although I’ve come across it quite a bit in … Continue reading

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You Should Have Put a Ring on It

The Wizard of Oz has been said to be the ultimate chick flick, as it’s about two women fighting over shoes. But then, J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium is one where a lot of world conflicts arise from jewelry, so maybe that’s … Continue reading

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Clash of Cultures

Immortal Longings of Oz, by Paul Dana – The adventures of Button-Bright and Ojo, who have obtained magic powers and use them to help people, continue with this trip to the Land of Ev. As this neighboring fairyland doesn’t share … Continue reading

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In the Garden of Sweden

Midsommar – SPOILERS! Ari Aster’s second film is a folk horror piece that ties in with a fictionalized version of Swedish paganism, and also comments on breaking up and mental illness. The outdoors parts take place entirely in the light, … Continue reading

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The Gang’s All Here

Picture by Mark Spears I noticed on Joe Bongiorno’s Royal Timeline of Oz that he’s added several fictional works not directly related to Oz or L. Frank Baum, crediting some of them to Win Scott Eckert’s Wold Newton Universe chronology. … Continue reading

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Dragons Is the Craziest Peoples

It seems like dragons becoming human or humans becoming dragons is a pretty common theme. I guess it makes sense for a person who turns into animals to become a dragon, as they’re big, powerful, and often intelligent as well. … Continue reading

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Hello to Bygone Ages

Looking at Robert E. Howard’s essay on his imaginary Hyborian Age got me to thinking about a few different issues in fantasy fiction that deals with lost civilizations. The essay tells of a succession of great empires contrasted with barbarians, … Continue reading

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