Tag Archives: world tree

The Ecosystem of Yggdrasil

A comment on my post about video game squirrels mentioned Ratatosk (or Ratatoskr, probably a more accurate transliteration, but not how I originally knew it), the squirrel from Norse mythology. He’s a red squirrel who runs up and down the … Continue reading

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Das Lied von der Erdrea

Dragon Quest XI – SPOILERS for the Nintendo Switch version – I’ve finally finished this, or at least defeated Calasmos; I know there’s technically more to do in the post-game. When I first discussed this game, I talked about some … Continue reading

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Where the Worlds Have No Name

One night last week, I had a fitful sleep with a bunch of weird dreams. I remember one of them had me ranting about how J.R.R. Tolkien was never clear on whether Middle-Earth was his entire imaginary world or just … Continue reading

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Counting Kallikantzaroi

I found the subject of this post a few months ago while looking for information on fairy lore from the Caucasus (I’m hoping to use it in a story I’m writing, but that could be a long way down the … Continue reading

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A Russian Religious Rip-Off

Slavic mythology is not as well attested as the beliefs of other contemporary societies, with records being sparse. Still, it appears that at least one of the main gods, if not THE main god, was a storm deity named Perun. … Continue reading

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God Hates Fyggs

I was rather hoping to have completed Dragon Quest IX before writing this post, but Corvus has been kicking my ass, and I don’t know what’s beyond him. I can still talk about the main part of the story, however, … Continue reading

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Mimir Time

Picture by Emil Doepler We know that Odin drank from the Well of Mimir, but who was this Mimir? Well, in some versions of the story he’s a giant, and in others he’s one of the Aesir. There seems to … Continue reading

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The Beanstalker

We all know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, in which a poor boy is scammed into trading his cow for a few beans. Except it isn’t really a scam, because the beans automatically grow into a beanstalk, which … Continue reading

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