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 ...
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The Green Fairy of Steampunk

There are many reasons why you would expect depictions of the green fairy to be popular among the steampunk crowd. For one, the Victorian era, from which steampunk takes a lot ...
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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 ...
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Oscar Wilde on the Green Fairy

A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world, what difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset. ~ Oscar Wilde on the Green Fairy ...
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Ariel’s Song: Come unto these yellow sands

Ariel’s song, with its dreamy allusions to water, flight, music, and affection, was taken as an open invitation to artists to depict this magical scene visually, especially among the pre-Raphaelites. Come ...
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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 ...
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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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Oberon and Titania as Artist Muses

The King and Queen of Fairyland in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oberon and Titania are two of the most prominent fairies in literary history. In Shakespeare’s play, the two fairies have ...
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Mischief Managed!

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” A prankster’s boast for sure, but in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, it’s much more. When Fred and George ...
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The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Spiderwick Chronicles (Nickelodeon Movies/Paramount Pictures 2008) tells the story of Jared, Simon, and Mallory after Jared finds his great-great-uncle’s journal, which details the hidden world of the Fantastic. The Spiderwick ...
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