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Hyrule on the Hog

Years ago, I wrote a post on how common people turning into pigs is in mythology and fantasy. More recently, this post on Power of Babel also addressed the theme of pig-people, specifically that of orcs with the heads of … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Earth Get in Your Eyes

Here are my thoughts on some albums I’ve heard recently, some old, some new, some borrowed, and…okay, I don’t think any of them are blue, but I’m not going to double-check the discs to find out. Robyn Hitchcock, A Star … Continue reading

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Death by Common Household Item

I’ve looked before at the Wicked Witch of the West’s vulnerability to water, and mentioned how Ruth Plumly Thompson extended this weakness to dragons and ogres. It’s also the weakness of the aliens from Signs, prompting the frequently asked question … Continue reading

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Know Your Gnomes

I’ve been looking into the portrayal of various mythical peoples in works of fiction, and it seems to me that some are much better defined than others. I asked earlier today on Twitter and Facebook what people thought of when … Continue reading

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Creatures of Hobbit

I just finished re-reading The Hobbit in preparation for the upcoming movie. For anyone curious, it was the annotated edition with notes by Douglas Anderson. Honestly, I think the annotations are a bit sparse. It took me a while to … Continue reading

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Princess Makes Perfect

Pretty much, right? I mean, the story only worked out because the princess not only couldn’t get to sleep because there was a pea under twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds, but complained about it the next morning. Isn’t that rather … Continue reading

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Bored in Hyperborea

In Greek mythology, it was said that the land of Hyperborea lay far to the north of the lands the myth-makers knew. The name means “beyond the north wind,” and it was regarded as being to the north of the … Continue reading

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