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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 own making), and a rapidly approaching do-or-die deadline. ...
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Edmund Dulac: Fairies I Have Met

Edmund Dulac's brilliant fairy illustrations capture the vibrancy of Stawell’s stories, taking inspiration from textiles and Japanese prints. ...
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World-Building: Even the Smallest Detail…

One of the rich aspects of fantasy fiction is the immense world-building behind the imagined cultures. It is well known that J.R.R. Tolkien created multiple languages for Middle-Earth and mythology before he wrote any of the stories. He called this process "sub-creation", and in ...
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Fairies in Classic Games: The Legend of Zelda

September 17, 2012 in Featured Articles, Gaming
The universe of The Legend of Zelda is one of the longest-lived and most beloved fantasy video game franchises. The first game in the series was released in Japan in 1986. There have been twenty-two different Zelda games since then and, delightfully, fairies have ...
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Shakespeare’s Reinvention of Changeling Lore

The folklore of Changelings is most often bleak, dark, and horrific. They are stories of fairies kidnapping babies and young children for their own evil personal gain ...
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The Dreaming Society – Creating Better Music Through Chemistry

When you listen to the dark, haunting and mesmerizing songs of The Dreaming Society, you might be surprised to discover they hail from one of the sunniest places on Earth. ...
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Wisps in World of Warcraft: Ghosts or Fae?

Folklore surrounding will-o’-the-wisps has been deeply ingrained in modern fantasy, popping up prominently in literature, movies, and popular games like World of Warcraft. One of Disney and Pixar’s collaborations, Brave, delves deep into the Scottish highlands, complete with proud patriarchal clans … ...
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Enchanted Encounters in Post-Victorian Fairy Tale Illustration

Examples of well-crafted small-format paintings are plentiful in post-Victorian fairy art, no doubt due to how many volumes of children’s fairy tales were published during the first 50 years of Victoria’s reign, a period Michael Hearn, author of The Victorian … ...
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Leaving FairyRoom and Entering the Realm

July 30, 2012 in Events, Featured Articles
Once upon a time, the land of Faerie joined for one magical weekend with the land of humans in a meadow outside the town of Eugene, Oregon. The air was filled with the music of harps and violins, the chiming of bells, and the ...
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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 of Edenhall is at the center of an intriguing and mysterious story of ...
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Lene Lovich: A Fairy Godmother of Modern Rock

FairyRoom continues our Fairy Godmothers of Modern Rock series, celebrating fantasy’s most influential women, their muses and the spells they cast upon us. ...
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The Telephone Pole Gnomes of Oakland

In early 2012, painted gnomes started showing up at the bases of telephone poles in Oakland, California, our own town. Or maybe they were there earlier, but just hadn't yet gotten noticed. Here at FairyRoom... ...
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