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The Peace Weaver

Wealhtheow in Beowulf

By Jennifer Michelle Gardner

Abstract: This historical novella charts the events as they unfold within Beowulf through the eyes of the minor character Wealhtheow, Hrothgar’s Helming Queen. The novella tries to remain as historically accurate to the culture of fifth and sixth century Scandinavia, for this is when most scholars agree the . . . → Read More: The Peace Weaver

The Oldest Oak

By Mark Ludwig Stinson

The ground in the forest was covered with young acorns. Many had landed on wide stretches of black earth, but several acorns found themselves on the edge of a rocky bluff. The acorns that were laying in easy places to grow laughed at the acorns near the bluff, because the ground . . . → Read More: The Oldest Oak

The Story of Dog

By Juniper

Once upon a time …

Long ago, when the Human race was still young and new to this world Humanity lived in caves and in tents made of wood and animal hides. Humanity had learned to harness the power of fire and to control it. Humanity had learned to kill the other creatures . . . → Read More: The Story of Dog

The Children of Vulture

By Emma-Jayne Saanen

In the early days, before physical forms became static, the People cast off their old forms in exchange for new ones far more often. Sometimes a physical form was abandoned because there were no more lessons to learn from it. Sometimes a physical form was left behind because it was too old . . . → Read More: The Children of Vulture

How Wolf Fed the Scavengers

By Lupa

Once, when this place was still new, a great famine struck the land. The sun broiled the earth, and the plants were so thirsty in the drought that they could barely keep their stems and trunks straight, never mind grow enough fruits and leaves for everyone to eat. The plant-eaters were always hungry . . . → Read More: How Wolf Fed the Scavengers

Tomten: A Yule Tale

In which we learn of many strange and familiar things on the longest night of the year

By Steven T. Abell

Gudrun knew that the tomten lived in the rock, under the tree, out in the corner of the garden. She could even see that rock from her bedroom window. Gudrun asked her mother and . . . → Read More: Tomten: A Yule Tale

A Yule Story for Children–The Tiniest Fairy

By Lady Abigail

In a time before time had been named, when life danced as a dazzling rainbow upon the mystical Earth, magick lived inside each earthen creature. Some, the big ones, were having a harder time seeing the magick now, than in the past. They were starting to forget that magick is all around . . . → Read More: A Yule Story for Children–The Tiniest Fairy

The Transformative Power of the Wind

By Michael Berman

Have you noticed how the one thing people are always doing about the wind is complaining? They complain about the wind blowing rain into their faces, blowing their umbrellas inside out, spoiling their new hairdos, chilling their bones, causing a draft, blowing their newspapers away or their candles out etc., etc. The . . . → Read More: The Transformative Power of the Wind

A Knight’s Tale: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Synopsis by Danielle Rosvalley

Most notable within the poem is a tension between Paganism and Christianity, as presented by the title tension between Sir Gawain (a Christian Knight) and the unnamed-until-the-end Green Knight. The story is actually a Christmas story; the Green Knight appears in Arthur’s Court while the Court is celebrating Christmas and . . . → Read More: A Knight’s Tale: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Why Fairy Tales are Immortal

By Jack Zipes

About 50 years ago, critics were predicting the death of the fairy tale. They declared it would fizzle away in the domain of kiddie literature, while publishers sanitized its “harmful” effects. Academics, journalists and educators neglected it or considered it frivolous. Only the Austrian psychologist, Bruno Bettelheim tried to rescue the fairy . . . → Read More: Why Fairy Tales are Immortal