Stories or beliefs about supernatural beings and events held to be true in some culture.

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What is the origin of the vampire's drudge?

I have recently come across the idea of a vampire's drudge: a slave to do a vampire's bidding. However, I have not been able to find the origin of it. In fact, the only references to it I am able to ...
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Are there any creatures, species, races, or objects in Middle Earth that Tolkien totally invented?

Don't get me wrong; JRRT's Middle Earth books are awesome. I was just wondering if anything in them was entirely original, or if he borrowed everything from various mythologies (mostly Northern ...
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Know any fallen angels? [closed]

Not a movie character or a novel's protagonist, but from mythology, do you know any fallen angel and why did the angel fell? The only one I know is Lucifer Note: I have went through a list provided ...
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why do people change the original vampire myth? [closed]

most people change them because they want to make it more modern. in some peoples opinion the old versions are better and others say and I quote ''the normal versions are stupid and boring so its ...
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Mythical parallels for Tolkien's stories [closed]

Edit: Since this question was too broad, I'll center it specifically in Norse mythology (Eddas and Sagas) and only in episodes or motifs in the Silmarillion. Not in the general conception but just in ...
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Ragnarok in space?

I'm trying to identify a novel that retells the story of Ragnarok as a space opera. If I recall correctly, the protagonists were a small group of extraordinary individuals named after the Norse gods, ...
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Do the leaves of Yggdrasil (the World Tree) have any special properties?

Do the leaves of the World Tree (Yggdrasil) have any special properties in Norse Mythology? How about in other fantasy works, including comics?
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Identify a story about a magic string-box?

I'm trying to identify what is either a mythological story (likely from the Greco-Roman tradition, but not necessarily; could be an Aesop thing, or similar), or a short story. The plot is as follows, ...
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Is there any basis for The Destroyer in Norse Mythology?

So I'm re-watching the film Thor, and it goes without saying that it is based on Norse mythology. After watching it the first time, I read an introductory, but fairly thorough book of Norse mythology, ...
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What is the amulet of Hesperus?

In Supernatural season 8 - What's up Tiger Mommy? the first item up for auction is the Amulet of Hesperus. I know that Hesperus is the ancient god Venus, but I find no mention of a necklace. Did one ...
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Who bid for Mjolnir?

In the latest episode of supernatural Season 8, Episode 2 - What's Up, Tiger Mommy?, who do we see bidding for Mjolnir? I strongly suspect that it was Loki, one of the few I can think of that would ...
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Are there any prerequisites to wielding Mjolnir in supernatural

I know Mjolnir has been done to death on this site, but I've just seen Sam Winchester smash in some supernatural faces with Mjolnir. Does Mjolnir have the same requirements for use in the supernatural ...
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Were there any Greek Mythology heroes born of Goddesses?

A typical Greek hero origin story was being born to a mortal woman and an Olympic god (usually, though not exclusively, Zeus the Philanderer). See Herakles, Perseus, Bellerophon, etc... Were there ...
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Who or what was Xena? What is she based on?

The story of Hercules is a well known trope: Demi-god, cast to earth, must make good to his father. Simple, effective. Xena has always puzzled me, as I assumed she had a similar back story to ...
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Leprechaun and Vampire - a Mythical link?

In Supernatural, the brothers are advised in the episode Clap Your Hands If You Believe that spilling salt in front of the Leprechaun will slow it down, as he is compelled to count the grains. I ...
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Is there a name for a vampire werewolf hybrid in mythology?

Inspired by the recently closed question.Most modern media call a vampire/werewolf cross breed 'hybrids'. Do these hybrids exist in mythology or ancient literature at all? If they do what are they ...
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Is there a mythological basis for the glass-eyed men in Gunnerkrigg Court?

Gunnerkrigg Court is a brilliant amalgam of fantasy and mythology, and many of the characters and story elements come straight out of myths. While Coyote himself is obviously the Native American ...
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Why do the Hero Twins kill Zipacna in the Popol Vuh?

I have a very hard time understanding this part of the story. The narrator of the book describes Zipacna favourably. He never does anything villainous. So why do the heroes kill him?
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In the X-Files Episode “Deadalive”, did Scully cure Mulder of the alien virus without the vaccine?

I just watched it (going through the mythology episodes). Mulder had what Scully "strongly believed" was the alien virus. Dogget failed to get the vaccine from Krycek so Skully treated him with ...
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In Marvel Comics, why did the Asgardians cut off contact with Midgard (i.e. Earth)?

In the Marvel Comics universe, the Norse gods are real. Thor, Odin, Loki and friends actually exist in that universe. The Earth in the Marvel Universe is pretty similar to the actual Earth, ...
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Are the fae unable to lie or forbidden from lying?

In the Mercy Thompson universe, the characters are always saying that the fae cannot lie (but that they twist the truth to the maximum) However, in one book (I don't quite recall which one, it may ...