The Huldrefish by Jonas Lie

Jonas Lie was a Norwegian folklorist who collected stories, somewhat in the tradition of the Grimm brothers. His work was translated into English early in the Twentieth Century. Eating the Huldrefish seems to give access to a regio, and it has many creatures from Faerie in it. The one I find most interesting is the…

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Pentamerone – Sapia / Five Sons

Sapia Sapia, to me, seems like an early version of the The Taming of the Shrew story, but it ends with a stronger reconciliation. Then again, the Taming of the Shrew has an unofficial sequel (The Woman’s Prize by John Fletcher). Let’s start with Burton’s faux-Jacobean synopsis: “Sapia, daughter of a baroness, teacheth Cenzullo. the…

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