Children into Swans: Fairy Tales and the Pagan Imagination

Children into Swans: Fairy Tales and the Pagan Imagination


Fairy stories are alive with the supernatural - elves, dwarfs, fairies, giants, and trolls, in addition to witches with magic wands and sorcerers who solid spells and enchantments. teenagers into Swans examines those motifs in a number of old tales. relocating from the wealthy interval of nineteenth-century fairy stories again so far as the earliest folks literature of northern Europe, Jan Beveridge indicates how lengthy those supernatural beneficial properties were part of storytelling, with historical stories, many from Celtic and Norse mythology, that provide glimpses right into a distant period and a pre-Christian sensibility. The earliest tales usually express major modifications from what we would anticipate. Elves mingle with Norse gods, dwarfs belong to a proud extended family of magician-smiths, and fairies are shape-shifters rising from the hills and the ocean mist. In tale traditions with roots in a pre-Christian mind's eye, an invisible different global exists along our personal. From the misplaced cultures of one thousand years in the past, young children into Swans opens the door on probably the most notable worlds ever portrayed in literature - worlds which are either starkly attractive and whole of horrors.

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