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Gnomic Utterances

I recently read Ruth Berman’s Dunkiton Pamphlet on Gnome Matters, including a history of gnomes, touching on their use in the Oz books. I’ve written about this topic before, like how the name might well have originated with Paracelsus, who … 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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