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Questions tagged [mythology]

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

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How integral is legend to the Tolkien Legendarium itself?

Is an essential aspect of Tolkien's creation about legends having their own legends? I ask because for me one of the things that makes Arda so compelling and believable as fantasy is that it is a ...
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What was the epic poem referenced in An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire?

Near the end of An Artificial Night, book three in the October Daye series starring October "Toby" Daye, towards the end of the book, she is a prisoner of Blind Michael and the Wild Hunt. The way ...
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Why did the author choose 3 min 4 sec to be stolen by the Sídhe?

In Peadar Ó Guilín's the Call series, why did the author choose for the Sídhe to steal teenagers away to the Grey Land for exactly 3 minutes and 4 seconds? Was this length of time, or proportion of a ...
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Japanese Wedding Chant from Ghost in the Shell

What more is known about the Japanese mythical and folk origins of the Wedding Chant in Making of Cyborg and Reincarnation, the main theme songs of Ghost in the Shell? Making of Cyborg is the amazing ...
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What does the Statue of Extra Liberty represent?

In this interview with show runner Patrick Somerville, we have: In one standout absurdist moment in this wonky New York, a tour guide points out a winged "Statue of Extra Liberty" across the water (...
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Why do Marvel prefer Norse Gods and DC the Greek pantheon?

I haven't read a lot of comics but Marvel seems to use only the Norse gods (Thor, Odin, Hel, Loki...) and DC seem to use the Greek gods (Zeus, Hercule, Ares...) I might be wrong in thinking that ...
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Literary fantasy epic about a faun who spent quite a long stretch of time as an inanimate statue, the “Stone Faun”?

I'm trying to recall the name of a book I read in the mid-90s. It was probably new at that time. It was a lengthy, literary, philosophical minded fantasy about a faun who spent quite a long stretch ...
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French folklore: giants trying to raise a ladder into Heaven to overthrow God

In Frédéric Mistral's epic poem, Mirèio, is the following short passage (Canto VIII, "La Crau", stanzas 25-28, English translation by Harriet Waters Preston): Then was revealed La Crau, the bare, ...
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Trying to find name of fantasy book with characters possibly called Max and Daniel [duplicate]

This is my first time asking a question here so sorry if I mess up anything. I've been trying to find the title of a fantasy book that I heard on Audio CD 5-10 years ago, so my memories of it may be ...
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What is the first use of “glamour” to describe magic? [closed]

There are a number of stories about magical beings, typically the Fae, that are said to possess "glamour" which gives them a variety of powers. Typically these abilities are somehow illusory but can ...
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What are Gog and Magog?

In the Season 13 episode, Good Intentions, Dean and Castiel face off against Gog and Magog. Unlike other biblical figures (Nephilim, Cain etc), the origin of this pair is questionable. They are ...
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What would you call the child of a god and a demigod?

So if the child of a god and mortal is a demigod, and the children of demigods are called legacies (or demigods), then what would the child of a god and demigod be called? They would be three quarter ...
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What's the difference between Shamballa and Agartha? [closed]

What's the difference between Shamballa and Agartha? I read some articles on the internet about fantasy worlds and I came across these two worlds. I really can't tell the difference between them as ...
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Did wizards of the coast invent aasimars?

I am am having problems finding aasimars mentioned in any other way outside of dungeons and dragons. Did Wizards of the Coast (or TSR whatever) invent them, or are they based on any mythological ...
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Mythological/Fantasy Fiction Young Adult Novel

Read this book about 15 years ago or so but all I can remember about it that it was on a fictional planet. Had a map in the book that was triangular or diamond shape with the top part of the diamond ...
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Is the monster Godzilla based on an old myth/legend?

In the 1998 Roland Emmerich-directed film Godzilla,* a Japanese sailor who survived an attack by the monster early in the film identifies the creature as "Gojira." Later in the film, news reporter ...
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Where in history do Dryads come from?

I believe it's Norse, but can't seem to find a definite answer on the web. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! P.S: I heard once they are a sister-spirit of Banshees, is there ...
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What we we know about the source of the light in the Two Trees of Valinor?

The sun and the moon were created from the light of the trees of light, Laurelin and Telperion, after they had been destroyed; some parts of them survived the destruction and could thus be used for ...
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where in history does the significance to silver come into play as a defense against werewolves and vampires\\ [duplicate]

All myths come from somewhere, so where did the notion that silver affects werewolves come from? Of wolf-based lore coming from France was there anything during that time that could have contributed ...
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Are these mythological references in Dire: Time?

In Dire: Time, the eponymous Doctor Dire winds up transported through time and, among her adventures, frees the Norse god Loge (or, given he's the father of Fenris, possible this Loge) from ...
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Does Emmet's name imply that he is a golem?

The protagonist of The Lego Movie (2014) is named Emmet Brickowski. Like most of the other characters in the film, Emmet is a Lego figure but seems to be able to move independently, or so we are led ...
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Why don't Thor's goats appear in the MCU?

If I remember correctly, Thor in Nordic mythology has his hammer and his two flying goats, which can recreate themselves from just a single bone. Why don't he have the goats in the Marvel movies? Is ...
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In the Dresden Files, why does Nicodemus Archleone find Mouse so startling/threatening?

The Setup Nicodemus is a fearless sociopath with millenia of accumulated knowledge, a nearly flawless dueling record, and the support of Anduriel, who can suppress magic at will, gain situational ...
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Effect of Angels amputating wings? [closed]

In several movies, series and books, Angels living on earth have amputated their wings - or had them amputated: The Hush book-series by Becca Fitzpatrick Lucifer comic-series Lucifer TV-series (...
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Mako Mermaids/H2O Just Add Water: Why do mermaids fear cats?

I've been watching "Mako Mermaids" - a Netflix Original series... a sort-of sequel to "H2O - Just Add Water" (which I believe Disney-channel aired). Anyway, a sort of running joke in the series, is ...
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What is the first known work of fantasy or legend to feature a magic sword?

Where in known fiction entailing magic—including written and oral forms predating the novel—did the concept of a magical sword first appear? Answers should clearly distinguish between any magic of the ...
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Book series, Reincarnation, Different Gods and Goddess?

I remember reading this novel in high school (around 2010-2014). Chosen kids are transported through time into a post-apocalypse world where humans cannot have babies anymore. Each kid represents a ...
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Olympian Gods in Modern Times

I'm trying to find the title of a book that I read many years ago. It's set in the 1920s (IIRC) and deals with the Olympian gods coming to live in New York. There are also leprechauns. The story is ...
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Was the ending of The Return of the King inspired by some other story?

At the end of Lloyd Alexander's "The Chronicles of Prydain" series, all of the people with magic left Prydain for some other place, leaving the world to be ruled by men. I thought this was ...
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Does Peter Pan have the fountain of youth?

We all know that Peter Pan makes his home in the land where you'll never grow up. However, he probably didn't start there, and he likely won't end there. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, ...
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Does eating a monk really make you immortal?

In Journey to the West demons and evil doers frequently capture the monk Xuanzang with the intent of eating him. They are said to believe that it will grant immortality and/or cleanse you of your most ...
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Who is Oberon in the Dresden-verse?

The names Titania and Mab both come to us from Shakespeare, through A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet, respectively. Both are described as queen of the faeries and the consort of Oberon, ...
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What are the differences between different Bulfinch versions?

I've noticed there are multiple versions of Bulfinch "the age of fable". The one in project Gutenberg (standalone version, equal to the Amazon free version) contains a chapter on the "aryan family" ...
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Book where a boy with tattoos is destined to defeat an evil demon

The book cover has a man with a yin yang tattoo on his shoulder and a dragon tattoo on his arm. His back is facing the front and in the background I believe there is a mountain or valley. The story ...
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Inspiration for the Dementors

Are there any classical analogues to the dementors in the Harry Potter franchise? Many of the creatures that inhabit J.K. Rowling's world of Harry Potter and hogwarts are taken directly from ...
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Was the Great Pattern concept borrowed?

I already know that the Wheel of Time idea originates in real-world concept, Kalachakra (the author admitted it). But what about the Pattern - as a textile metaphor for fate, space, time and universe ...
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80s animation, strange creature eating a human, green bird-face creature

I remember an animation on VHS, it should be one of the 80s animations or maybe early 90s. A strange creature eating humans' body parts and then change to a woman, some other guy told her that she ...
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What is the meaning of Tolkien regarding the legend of King Arthur?

In the letter J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to Milton Waldan, he wrote: Also – and here I hope I shall not sound absurd – I was from early days grieved by the poverty of my own beloved country: it had no ...
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Spider demon in Japanese folklore that feeds on human beings [closed]

Details: I am positive it does appear in Japanese folklore, it is some type of spider demon that feeds on human beings, and it could either be a centaur type creature with a woman's torso or straight ...
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SGA: Are the Wraith vampires?

The connection is rather obvious. The Wraith are nearly immortal and suck the life out of humans. Of course there are also differences from classical vampire lore. The following two articles ...
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Young Adult novel - Brother and Sister go back in time and meet Cuchulain [duplicate]

This is probably an easy one, but I can't think of the right combination of keywords. I read it as a hardback around the late 1980s to the early 1990s. It involved a brother and sister who somehow ...
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Why is the ancient land so much more dangerous than America?

In the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, the ancient lands (Rome and Greece) are a lot more dangerous than America. I would think that the monsters from the ancient lands would have moved ...
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1970s Greek Mythology schoolbooks with kids who “discover” mythology

I am trying to recall the name of some educational workbooks and characters that would have been in circulation when I was in 3rd grade (United States around 1974). These texts were part of the ...
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Did Lewis Carroll make up these creatures?

Are the unfamiliar creatures in Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" as transcribed in Alice through the Looking Glass (p. 15-16, chapter I, looking-glass house) of his own creation, or are they preexisting ...
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Did Gaiman make up “Loki Skywalker”, or does he have a source for it?

In Neil Gaiman's works, Loki has a tendency to refer to himself as "Skywalker" or "Sky Walker". Some examples: I am the mother to Odin's stallion, Sleipnir. I am the father of Fenrir sun-eater ...
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What kind of creature is a “Foliot”?

In the high fantasy novel The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison one of the many kingdoms are the Foliot Islands. The leader of these people is the Red Foliot. What kind of creature is a foliot? From ...
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Why are Tolkien’s Elves tall?

As we all know Tolkien’s Elves are a noble tall and dexterous race. this is adressed in Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men? of which this question is not a duplicate I was wondering where ...
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Is the “Pale Man” from Pan's Labyrinth based on any mythological character?

I'm talking about this guy: Easily the creepiest part of an already very visually creepy movie. What I'm wondering is if there's anything like this guy in pre-existing mythology, or if he sprung ...
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His Dark Materials - Mythology and Symbolism Behind Dæmon Forms

Has Philip Pullman or any canon source with respect to the series provided any background information on how a character's personality "maps" (ie: in a computing/logical sense) to a particular animal? ...
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Is the teacher reading from an actual mythology story?

In the Next Generation episode Hero Worship there is a scene where a school teacher is reading mythology to the students. There is only one line of the story read in the episode: TEACHER: Dara ...