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Myth and Magic

Folklore & fantasy themes aimed at creative writers: to start writing stories and challenge your brain with exciting ideas, dip into this kitbag.

Learn how fantasy worlds draw on real world history, mythology, and folklore. And there's weekly news from the world of fantasy fiction too... plus fabulous creatures, studies on folk tales, nature fables and lots more mythical, magical fun.

Nov 13, 2019

Discover why Harry is a warlock and not, strictly speaking, a wizard. Delve into the earliest origins of Wōden Wizard mythology before examining the definition of a warlock and touch upon witch trials in early-modern Scotland. Take a look at Daemonologie. Think about the Roman roads of Britannia and how they...

Nov 7, 2019

What is the definition of a wizard? Here we examine the origin of Merlin the wizard and see how he is curiously connected with all later wizards — both imaginary and real — from Faust to Nostradamus, to Doctor John Dee and Sir Edward Kelley  and onto Gandalf, Dumbledore, The Doctor (Who) and even Obi-Wan Kenobi. ...

Oct 30, 2019

This week we look at how boundaries between our earthly world and the netherworld become blurred during the liminal period of Hallowe'en and during Diwali. we also discover the origin of Jack o' Lantern and look at Yalis. Magical plant: Neeps.

Oct 23, 2019

Take a closer look at the life of Roald Dahl to see how his lifetime experiences probably helped to shape his fictional worlds. Also study, in some detail, the historical differences between a Duchy, a County and a Shire — to learn how these administrative terms began, so you can use them confidently in your own...

Oct 16, 2019

Think about keywords for your Gothic fiction project. Go on a pilgrimage to Whitby, North Yorkshire where the very first person to write in the English language - the Anglo-Saxon poet Cædmon - once sat upon the clifftop to create his song. There's exciting news about Andrzej Sapkowski's series: The Witcher Saga. And we...