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Magical Mountains #folklore

Mountains have always held a mystical appeal to mortals. They’ve found their way into mythology, folklore and religion. Folklore HAWAIIAN LEGENDS OF GHOSTS and GHOST-GODS collected and translated from the Hawaiian by W. D. WESTERVELT [1916] THE OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN This is not a Hawaiian legend. It was written to show the superstitions …

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Gallant Galno Lairds #AtoZChallenge #folklore

L is for Laird. laird n Scottish landowner (Collins English Dictionary) Though I usually use creatures found in folklore as-is with minor adjustments, I had this wonderful idea for a specific Faery race that incorporated a variety of Celtic races, customs and histories. Where possible, I’ll give you the original text that inspired me. Influence …

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Selkies: Mysterious Seal-Faeries #folklore

Selkies are such marvellous Fae. Not only are they able to take two forms, they are also able to grant wishes and bring luck. They’ve captured the imagination of artists, writers and folklore enthusiasts. They are another great addition to the therianthrope group: changing from seal to human form by shedding their skin. Therianthrope n …

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The Wily Will-o’-the-Wisp #folklore

One of my favourite faeries to use in my writing – sometimes just popping up in a story without forethought! – is the will-o’-the-wisp. Folklore Most faeries with fiery appearances and a tendency to lead night-time travellers astray are categorised as “will-o’-the-wisp”, which is why there are so many differing names for something that seems …

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The Dark Muse #Folklore

Everyone always talks about having a muse to help them with their artistic endeavours. Yeah, some muses are a little trickier with what they want out of the deal than others. Today we’re looking at the Leannan Sìth. Leannan Sìth in Folklore Survivals in Belief Among the Celts by George Henderson [1911] The forester was …

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The Goddess of Winter #folklore

I’m enchanted by the old lore of the world – especially the Celtic goddesses. The Cailleach is one of the most fascinating, powerful and terrifying of the Celtic goddesses. It is said that she is ancient. The Cailleach in Folklore Carmina Gadelica Hymns and Incantations Ortha Nan Gaidheal Volume II by Alexander Carmichael [1900] Cailleach, …

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