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Story of a princess, a and an impostor

This is not a fairytale per se however has the looks of one - an etching One produced circa 1844. 🇬🇧👑🇩🇪

When I’m feeling blue, I fly 🧚‍♂️up this old 🌳 & find a comfy seat on the branches “nice” 🧚‍♂️ If it rains, the 🍄are Nature’s Umbrellas ☔️ for us 🧚‍♂️🌳🧚‍♂️

HYPNOGORIA 111 - Rituals Unlimited - The Novels of Adam Nevill Part III via Hypnogoria UKBloggers1

"Mistress Mary, quite contrary How does your garden grow? With cockle-shells and silver bells, And pretty maids all in a row." ~ Mother Goose 😊🌺🌻🌹🌷🌼🌸💐

It's a little late for , i know, but just found this: "In the 13th century Henry III signed a law decreeing the death penalty for anyone found killing, wounding or maiming fairies."

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My book on diamonds in myth, folklore and early history, Known Only to Kings is published and available to purchase at Planet Books Mount Lawley, soon to be in the Northbridge branch too.

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My 3ggfather Pappy Hart was a methodist circuit rider in TN & OK. Story goes he was crossing a railroad bridge when a train snuck up on him. He had no option but to drop and hang below the tracks, feet dangling until it passed and he could pull up

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‪Laying down some base layers on a Green Man illustration for my Welsh Myths art book 💗 #Folklorethursday #greenman #celtic #folklore ‬#fantasyart

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Today’s “Folklore Thursday” theme over on Twitter is “transportation” ~ and I was reminded of these wee tiny Baba Yaga Chicken Shack paintings I did last year for a show at @gristletattoo

“Baba Yaga in the Morning” is based on the comic/graphic novel I’m working on called Cicada Season. 

“Baba Yaga in the Evening” is an accurate picture of how I spend my evenings. 

(You don’t want to see a image of “Baba Yaga at Suppertime”. Eeek.)

Lughnasadh and Crom Dubh Sunday: A Look at the Irish First Harvest

Yesterday was the first day of August, and, in Irish tradition, the festival of Lughnasadh. So for today’s Folklore Thursday, I’m writing about Lughnasadh, its historic roots in the culture of ancient Ireland and other Celtic countries, and its possible connections to one of the most obscure and demonized figures in Irish myth. It’s a long post - I’ve sunk so many hours of research over several years into these festivals while researching Irish myth for my novels - so I’ve put the content under a read more.

Celebrated every year on the first of August, Lughnasadh is one of the four major festivals of the ancient Irish world, along with Samhain, Imbolc, and Beltane. These festivals served as important markers of seasonal changes and yearly milestones in the daily lives of the ancient Celts - in the case of Lughnasadh, a celebration of the first harvest. They’re mentioned in Irish myths, heroic texts, pseudohistorical accounts, and historic records. And festivities related to these festivals, or at least likely descended from them, continue to this day.

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#FolkloreThursday: Prince Swan

There was once a maiden all alone in the middle of a large forest. Suddenly, a swan came flying up to her. It had a ball of yarn and said: “I’m not a swan. I’m an enchanted prince, and if you unravel the yarn to which I’m attached, then I’ll be released from a spell. But take care that you don’t break it in two. Otherwise, I won’t be able to return to my kingdom and won’t be saved. If you unravel the yarn, you’ll become my bride.”

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Suggested Adaptations:

Wilderhark Tales: The Swan Prince (The Wilderhark Tales) (Volume 1)

Grimm, Jacob; Grimm, Wilhelm (2014-10-19). The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition (p. 194). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.