Tag Archives: brownies

The New Ugu

I guess it’s time for Oziana 1984. The cover by Melody Grandy shows a typical inhabitant of the Pink and Blue Countries of Sky Island, which is relevant to the first story. The introduction explains that, since L. Frank Baum’s … Continue reading

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The Hammer and the Hood

I started playing Dragon Quest Builders recently, and there’s a place you visit early on that’s full of Hammerhoods, and even called Hammerhood Heights. These are a type of monster originally introduced in DQ5, small impish creatures who, well, wear … 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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The Ascent of Men

The Greek Myths, by Robert Graves – The library system only had one copy of this, so it took me a few checkouts to finish it, but I finally did. It’s an interesting and pretty thorough retelling of Greek mythology, … Continue reading

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Sweets from the Sprites

This Pop Culture Shock Therapy comic appeared on Eric Gjovaag’s Wizard of Oz Comics Facebook group, and it inevitably led to a mention of the Keebler Elves, then I brought up Snap, Crackle, and Pop. So why ARE diminutive fantasy … Continue reading

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Heck of a Job, Brownie

As I’ve written before, the idea that Santa Claus’s helpers are elves was not universal until relatively recently. In fact, Ruth Plumly Thompson’s The Curious Cruise of Captain Santa refers to them as brownies, which in a way makes more … Continue reading

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A Bitty Bit of Information

In The Wishing Horse of Oz, we meet Bitty Bit, the Seer of Some Summit. I said a little bit (or should that be “a BITTY bit”?) about him here, but I think he deserves a little more attention. Physically, … Continue reading

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What Were They When They Were at Home?

While Roman religion adopted many gods from the surrounding nations, especially Greek ones, they had some of their own religious traditions as well. One of these was the concept of household gods, who would protect the home and family. The … Continue reading

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