Petunia Dursley’s Magical Motivation

When an author creates characters that provoke rampant and sometimes heated discussion over motivations and histories, I’d warrant that the author has officially hit a Senior Echelon. When there is a ...
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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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Mystic Places: The Giant’s Causeway and the Legend of Finn MacCool

The naturally occurring rock formation known as The Giant’s Causeway is so surreal to look upon that it has been named the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom. Created ...
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Led Zeppelin, Lead Belly, and the Missing Boggart from Under the Bed

As quests go, it's both dire and pretty straightforward what with a giant to outmaneuver, boggarts to defeat, an attempt to stall a hangman, a damsel in distress (largely of her ...
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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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A Headache of Fairies

The Scintillating Scotoma is a very common visual precursor to the dreaded painful migraine. But it also looks like what I would think seeing fairies could look like. ...
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Why Do We Believe in Electrons, But Not in Fairies?

No one has directly observed either electrons or fairies. Both of them are theoretical constructs, useful to explain observations that might be difficult to explain otherwise. ...
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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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Why Have You Put Steampunk in my Fairy World?

At a Faeriecon event this winter, this question came from a perplexed audience member to one of the panels of authors. Sitting in my full steampunk regalia, including a top hat, ...
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