Carl Maria von Weber

Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) was a German composer with a fascination for fantasy and folklore. Weber was part of the early Romantic age, an age defined for its appreciation of passion and human ...
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How Fairies Brought Toadstools into High Art

We don’t notice toadstools in our high-tech modern life. We hardly ever see them, except on pizza or in a quiche. However, if we go to draw a fairy in our free time, or ...
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Bad Fairy Case File #310: The Imp

OFFENSES: Tricks, pranks, foolishness DESCRIPTION: Small, ugly, sometimes be-winged and horned  ALIAS: None PROVENANCE: German folklore An imp is a small and feeble creature found in German folklore, whose temperament falls somewhere between fairy ...
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The Real-Life Damage of Changeling Lore

A lot of Changeling lore focuses on the perspective of the parent: the frightening, unspeakable thought that the child they’re caring for may not be their own, and the strange, complicated lengths that they ...
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The author, an archeologist, a god, a thief — and the One Gold Ring to bind them all…

Earlier this month, a small artifact took center stage, bringing a great deal of notoriety to The Vyne, in Hampshire, England. Whilst Her Majesty was dubbed the newest Bond Girl, a gold ring that ...
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Myths and Legends of the Glastonbury Tor

The Glastonbury Tor conspicuously rises from the middle of the wide and flat Somerset Levels in Somerset, England. The Tor (a Celtic word meaning ‘hill’) has been surrounded by myth and legend for hundreds ...
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The Faerie Folk of Cornwall

Perhaps one of the most romanticized of all the Celtic homelands is Cornwall – birthplace of such legends as Arthur, Tristan & Isolde, and Jack the Giant Killer. A natural peninsula located at the ...
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Bad Fairy Case File #304: The Xana

OFFENSES: Enchantment, theft, kidnapping DESCRIPTION: Small, beautiful, long blonde hair,  ALIAS: Inxana, Anjana PROVENANCE: Asturian Mythology  The Xana is a beautiful fairy said to dwell wherever pure bodies of water flow, combing her long ...
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Bad Fairy Case File #337: The Nixie

OFFENSES: Enchantment, Drowning, Kidnapping DESCRIPTION: Water Sprite, Half-Human Half-Fish in appearance ALIAS: Nix, Niwiht, Nihtes, Nyx, Nikwus, Nikwis, Nikke, Neck PROVENANCE: Irish and German folklore A shape-shifting water fairy from early German folklore, the ...
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The Fairy Ring: Portal to the Land of Fairies

A ring of mushrooms that makes up a fairy ring marks off a space that is inherently different than the space around it. The fact that it is enclosed makes that space special and lends it ...
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