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 ...
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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 ...
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The Fairy Flag of Dunvegan Castle, an alternate origin

The Fairy Flag of Dunvegen Castle is such a well-known artifact that it transcends the fairy community. Scottish history buffs and historical novel fans alike recognize it. And it is not just a ...
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Western Press Gets North Korean “Unicorn” Completely Wrong

Qing Dynasty Qilin North Korea found itself in the news last week for nothing that had to do with politics. Following a press release from KNCA... ...
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“Now bring me the Luck of Edenhall!”

So ends the first stanza of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's translation of the Johan Ludwig Uhland "The Luck of Edenhall." In literature and legend, the ancient drinking glass known as the Luck ...
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The Wife of Bath’s Fairy

Chaucer's Wife of Bath, Alisoun (Alyson, Alys) is one of the most well-known characters in The Canterbury Tales, and her tale, one of the most studied. One of the themes of ...
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Medieval Fairies: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

"Gwenhyfar" © Brian Froud The origin of fairies is amongst the most discussed questions of folklore. They have been variously traced to nature spirits, the dead, elementals, pagan deities... ...
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