Tag Archives: trolls

Yule Cat Strut

Today, we look at the true meaning of Christmas, by which I mean child-eating monsters. Krampus has become mainstream, but I only just learned about some of the ones from Iceland. There, the Yule season involves trolls, and not Treasure … Continue reading

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Polytheistic Politics

Notice how pretty much every presidential candidate says they were called by God to run? When I mentioned this, Amy correctly pointed out that he didn’t necessarily want all of them to WIN, but they all seem to think he … Continue reading

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Changing the Baby

Changelings were once a fairly common part of European folklore, and are still pretty widely known, even if not that many people actually believe in them anymore.  Basically, a changeling was a child that a fairy or troll would leave … Continue reading

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A Troll in Chicago

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, by Catherynne M. Valente – This is the fourth book in the Fairyland series, and the first to focus on a new protagonist, although the old one does appear. The story involves the concept of … Continue reading

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Epic Fail

While looking at Twitter a few days ago, I noticed that Neil Gaiman linked to an anti-Tolkien article by Michael Moorcock, written in the 1970s. I haven’t read anything by Moorcock, and the article often just makes him sound like … 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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Stupid Dwarf Tricks

While the main role of the dwarves in Norse mythology is that of crafting items, they have other jobs as well. For instance, four dwarves are said to live at the each of the compass points, representing the directions and … Continue reading

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