Jan Beveridge's Children into Swans: Fairy Tales and the Pagan Imagination PDF

By Jan Beveridge

Fairy stories are alive with the supernatural - elves, dwarfs, fairies, giants, and trolls, in addition to witches with magic wands and sorcerers who forged spells and enchantments. childrens into Swans examines those motifs in more than a few historical tales.

Moving from the wealthy interval of nineteenth-century fairy stories again so far as the earliest people literature of northern Europe, Jan Beveridge exhibits how lengthy those supernatural good points were part of storytelling, with old stories, many from Celtic and Norse mythology, that provide glimpses right into a distant period and a pre-Christian sensibility. The earliest tales frequently exhibit major adjustments from what we'd 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 1000 years in the past, teenagers into Swans opens the door on probably the most remarkable worlds ever portrayed in literature - worlds which are either starkly appealing and whole of horrors.

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