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Álfaborg, the castle of the fairies near Borgarfjörður.

Huldufólk - Iceland's Belief in Elves

Iceland possesses a mystical landscape that many of the locals believe is home to supernatural beings from Norse mythology such as elves and trolls.

Álfhóll in Kópavogur. Since the elves are believed to live here, the road narrows.

Huldufólk - Iceland's Belief in Elves

Iceland possesses a mystical landscape that many of the locals believe is home to supernatural beings from Norse mythology such as elves and trolls.

Now here comes a curious tale. Folklore told of a rock on Bodmin Moor, known as the Druid’s Chair near the village of Linkinhorne. Whenever a hunter chanced upon this lonely spot, a Druid would offer him a drink from a golden cup. This miraculous goblet could never be emptied, and it became a challenge for the local hunters to see who could down its contents. Read the rest in Pollyanna Jones' article in our October 2014 issue!

Now here comes a curious tale. Folklore told of a rock on Bodmin Moor, known as the Druid’s Chair near the village of Linkinhorne. Whenever a hunter chanced upon this lonely spot, a Druid would offer him a drink from a golden cup. This miraculous goblet could never be emptied, and it became a challenge for the local hunters to see who could down its contents. Read the rest in Pollyanna Jones' article in our October 2014 issue!

The lights you see going up the rolling hills to the Standing Stones in the background on CG's October cover are meant to represent Will-O'-the-Wisps! The artist was inspired to include them by the recent animated film Brave.  --   "A Will-O'-the-Wisp is a ghostly light seen by travellers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes. It resembles a flickering lamp and is said to recede if approached, drawing travellers from the safe paths." - from Wikipedia

The lights you see going up the rolling hills to the Standing Stones in the background on CG's October cover are meant to represent Will-O'-the-Wisps! The artist was inspired to include them by the recent animated film Brave. -- "A Will-O'-the-Wisp is a ghostly light seen by travellers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes. It resembles a flickering lamp and is said to recede if approached, drawing travellers from the safe paths." - from Wikipedia

Hildaland is the name of the Finfolk's summer home. It is an island paradise that is invisible to human eyes.

The Finfolk of Orkney Folklore

Hildaland is the name of the Finfolk's summer home. It is an island paradise that is invisible to human eyes. - from a great article on the Finfolk of Orkney Isle.

Elf houses spring up all around the Icelandic countryside. Description from hubpages.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Enchanted Entryways - Elf Houses and Fairy Doors

Elf houses spring up all around the Icelandic countryside. Description from hubpages.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Hermann Hendrich, Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen, Niebelheim, in Niebelungenhalle

Nibelheim painting by Nibelheim painting by Hermann Hendrich from Scene 3 of “Das Rheingold” by Richard Wagner

Mage

Much research and speculation has been conducted on an “historical Arthur.” But what of Arthur's mage? What of the magician who made Arthur the great king of legend? Is there a historical basis for the character we know as Merlin?

Fairy Lore from the Isle of Skye by Carolyn Emerick http://www.carolynemerick.com/the-archivists-corner/fairy-lore-from-the-isle-of-skye

The warrior Midir lived among the sídhe, the fairy-race of Ireland. ‘Fairies’ by Francis Danby, 1840

Enchanted Entryways - Elf Houses and Fairy Doors

Enchanted Entryways - Elf Houses and Fairy Doors

Are fairies and elves real? When you discover how many fairy doors and elf houses spring up around the world, you may begin to wonder!

The Finfolk of Orkney Folklore

The Finfolk of Orkney Folklore

Finfolk are an unsual breed of mythological creatures unique to Orkney and Shetland Islands. Similar to Mermaids and other mythic sea creatures. And connections to Norse mythology.

Joachim Patinir 1520 - (Caronte cruzando) El paso de la laguna Estigia - Museo Nacional del Prado

Joachim Patinir Landscape with Charon Crossing the Styx, Patinir pioneered the "world landscape" style. Landscape painting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Elf houses in Iceland by Wikipedia user Fingalo.  from Enchanted Entryways - Elf Houses and Fairy Doors by Carolyn Emerick. Click the picture to read :-) www.carolynemerick.com

Enchanted Entryways - Elf Houses and Fairy Doors

Elf houses in Iceland by Wikipedia user Fingalo. from Enchanted Entryways - Elf Houses and Fairy Doors by Carolyn Emerick. Click the picture to read :-) www.carolynemerick.com

sea monster

A Siren isn't really a sea monster but sailors have told tales of these beautiful women that sing to you and seduce you into their trap of bloodlust. They are said to eat the sailors alive or drowned them deep in the ocean.

Travesía del Rey Arturo y Morgana Le Fay rumbo a la isla de Avalon, óleo de Frank William Warwick Topham (1838-1924). (Public Domain)

Travesía del Rey Arturo y Morgana Le Fay rumbo a la isla de Avalon, óleo de Frank William Warwick Topham (1838-1924). (Public Domain)

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