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Nibbles of Nibelungs

Although I’ve been interested in classical mythology for most of my life, it was really Final Fantasy VI that made me want to check out the Teutonic hero Siegfried, a mysterious character in the game possibly intended to be the … Continue reading

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Sidhe Bop

I’ve been reading a lot recently, but a bit sporadically. There are some library books I want to finish before starting on anything I own. I’m pretty anxious to read more of The Lost Tales of Oz, but I kind … Continue reading

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Say My Name, Say My Name

Names have a lot of power. Just try saying someone’s name when they’re across the room, and see how quickly they turn to look at you. The idea that names are somehow magical is something I first came across in … Continue reading

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That’s My Spot

As you may well know, the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit had a completely armored body except for one spot. Bilbo Baggins found out about this weak spot, and a thrush brought the news to a man named Bard, who … Continue reading

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The Ragnar Rag

One of the characters you play in Dragon Quest IV is a knight named Ragnar, and this is also one of the default names for a soldier in Dragon Quest III. And in HeroQuest, one of the quests in the … Continue reading

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Don’t Sleep in the Ring of Fire

Brunhilda is a figure from Norse myths and legends who has somehow come into popular culture as a really fat woman. In fact, thanks to Wagner, she IS the singing fat lady of the saying. And while I certainly don’t … Continue reading

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Oh, Baby, Baby, It’s a Wild Hunt

I was thinking of addressing some Germanic mythology today, and looked at the introduction that the Brothers Grimm wrote for their fairy tale collection for possible inspiration. It turns out that I already discussed several of the mythological figures mentioned … Continue reading

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