The Goblin Market, 1895, by Hilda Koe, oil on canvas

Fairy Gifts

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Have you noticed that fairy tales aren’t really about fairies? J.R.R. Tolkien points this out in his essay “On Fairy-Stories.” Fairy tales, he says, are really about Faerie, “the realm or state in which fairies have their being.” This...
Feature Image Photograph by Alex Lucas | ohtheraven.com Before I met Csenge Virág Zalka in person, I knew about her from her Twitter account, @TarkabarkaHolgy, where she tweets about the folk and fairy tales she has come across in her...
Take a bite into the flesh of a rosy-cheeked apple. Will you be gifted with divine knowledge and life everlasting or given imminent death and eternal sleep? That depends on the story. The apple infamously started the Trojan war,...