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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Where Do Fairy Rings Come From?

Perfect circles of mushrooms... Round, odd patches of dead lawn... Extra-bright green rings of growth in the grass... Centuries-old folklore ...
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Bad Fairy Case File #353: The Vila

It is easy to fear a witch. The green skin, the warts, the potions, the cackling... But what if your captor were breathtakingly fair, with long flowing hair that sparkled about ...
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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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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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Bad Fairy Case File #306: The Rübezahl

Offenses: vengeance, trickery, weather manipulator.  Description: giant, moody.  Alias: Number Nip, Ribicinia, Ruebezahl, Master Johannes. Provenance: German folklore from the 17th and 18th Centuries. Though frequently portrayed as friendly and helpful, ...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between a Good Fairy and a Bad Fairy?

The Green Man master of ceremonies at Faerieworlds asked the crowd this question between performances on Day Three, inviting the answers to be presented from the stage. ...
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Bad Fairy Case File #351: The Boggart

A small, pesky household fairy originally found in English folklore, the Boggart was likely invented to explain unexplainable misfortune within the home. ...
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