it's about dreams and words, except when it's not, and sometimes it's about books and far off lands, except when it's about history, film, and pretty things.
petronius' the satyricon
haroun and the sea of stories by salman rushdie
aristophanes' the frogs and the wasps
the child thief by gerard brom
the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by mark haddon
fairy tales: Little Red Riding Hood
Once upon a time there was a sweet little girl. Everyone who saw her liked her, but most of all her grandmother, who did not know what to give the child next. Once she gave her a little cap made of red velvet. Because it suited her so well, and she wanted to wear it all the time, she came to be known as Little Red Cap.
One day her mother said to her, “Come Little Red Cap. Here is a piece of cake and a bottle of wine. Take them to your grandmother. She is sick and weak, and they will do her well. Mind your manners and give her my greetings. Behave yourself on the way, and do not leave the path, or you might fall down and break the glass, and then there will be nothing for your sick grandmother.” Little Red Cap promised to obey her mother.
The grandmother lived out in the woods, a half hour from the village. When Little Red Cap entered the woods a wolf came up to her. She did not know what a wicked animal he was, and was not afraid of him. x
3 Locations/Kingdoms - [1-2/3] Cinderella’s home and Prince’s Castle from Cinderella
MYTHOLOGY MEME [1/9] greek gods
A T H E N A is the goddess of wisdom and warfare. Though a fierce warrior, she never engaged in brutality or unjust means to defeat her enemies, she relied on strategy and skill to win. She is also the goddess of crafts, navigation, strategy, skill, and civilisation.
MYTHOLOGY MEME ~ [1/9] Greek Gods/Goddesses ~ CirceKirke, a goddess with braided hair, with human speech and with strange powers; baleful Aeetes was her brother, and both were radiant Helios the sun-god’s children; their mother was Perse, Okeanos’ daughter. (x)
FIGURES OF LORE | death, various mythologies
The concept of death as a sentient entity has existed in many societies since the beginning of history. In English, Death is often given the name Grim Reaper and, from the 15th century onwards, came to be shown as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe and clothed in a black cloak with a hood. It is also given the name of the Angel of Death (Malach HaMavet) or Devil of Death or the angel of dark and light stemming from the Bible and Talmudic lore. The Bible itself does not refer to “The Angel of Death”; there is, however, a reference to “Abaddon” (The Destroyer), an Angel who is known as the “The Angel of the Abyss”. In Talmudic lore, he is characterized as archangel Samael.
In some cases, the Grim Reaper can actually cause the victim’s death, leading to tales that he can be bribed, tricked, or outwitted in order to retain one’s life, such as in the case of Sisyphus. Other beliefs hold that the Spectre of Death is only a psychopomp, serving to sever the last ties between the soul and the body and to guide the deceased to the next world without having any control over the fact of the victim’s death. In many languages (including English), Death is personified in male form, while in others, it is perceived as a female character (for instance, in Slavic and Romance languages).
Every culture has their own depiction of Death, be it a personification or an entity — or even a god or goddess who represents as much. Such as the Keres (violent death) and Thanatos (death) in Greek lore. The Morrigan, in some texts, for Irish mythos. And so on.
9 Heroines - [7/9] The Princess (The Princess and the Pea, 1835)
And yet she said that she was a real princess.
"Well, we’ll soon find that out," thought the old queen. But she said nothing, went into the bed-room, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom; then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on the pea, and then twenty eider-down beds on top of the mattresses.
On this the princess had to lie all night. In the morning she was asked how she slept.
"Oh, very badly!" said she. "I have scarcely closed my eyes all night! Heaven only knows what was in the bed, but I was lying on something hard, so that I am black and blue all over my body. It’s horrible!"
Mythology: Valkyrie [Norse mythology]
The Valkyries carried out the will of Odin in determining the victors in battle and of course the war. As each Valkyrie performed differing tasks according to Odin’s instruction, it was their prime duty to ride into the battlefield and choose the fallen heroes of the field. To be chosen by a Valkyrie and carried off on her white steed to Valhalla was considered an honor to the dying Viking warrior, for Valkyries only chose the bravest of the slain, gathering souls found deserving of an afterlife. They traveled far-and-wide searching for the dead in battlefields, oceans and seas for mortal men worthy of the grand hall. However, if the Viking warriors are deemed unworthy by the Valkyries, the goddess Hel in a cheerless underground world received them after their death. [x]
5 Enchanted Objects - [The Evil Queen’s Mirror]
The king soon married another wife, who became queen, and was very beautiful, but so vain that she could not bear to think that anyone could be handsomer than she was. She had a fairy looking-glass, to which she used to go, and then she would gaze upon herself in it, and say:’Tell me, glass, tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land, Who is fairest, tell me, who?’