The Folklore of Forest Protectors and Guardians
Fabulous Folklore with Icy
by Icy Sedgwick
6d ago
Forests are ambivalent places, both beautiful and tranquil, yet also dangerous to the unwary. They've always been a source of resources for people, which is either embraced or exploited. As a result, there is a whole class of folklore involving forest protectors, spirits who guard the woods and all the animals within. These protectors ensure that humans never take more than they should, and keep the forest in balance.  Let's learn more about the legends of the Leshy, the Wood-Wives, and even pangolins as forest protectors in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore. Find the images and re ..read more
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Fungi Folklore, Or the Mysterious Forest Fruit
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by Icy Sedgwick
1w ago
Mushrooms have captured humanity's attention for thousands of years. But they still confuse us. Mushrooms spring up overnight, many of them are dangerous if you confuse them for their safer cousins, and they have an array of fantastical names. Witness the Destroying Angel, Spit Devil, Satan's Bolete, Witches' Butter, and Death Cap. Let's learn more about the folklore of fungi in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore. Find the images and references on the blog post: https://www.icysedgwick.com/fungi-folklore/ Myths and Legends of the British Highwayman with the Last Tuesday Society: https ..read more
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Legends of Love from Pakistan with Komal Salman
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by Icy Sedgwick
2w ago
In this month's Valentine's Day-themed episode of Fabulous Folklore Presents, I'm thrilled to bring you a chat with Komal Salman! Komal Salman is a creative professional and Founder at Folkloristan, where technology meets storytelling to preserve oral Pakistani heritage. With a background in media studies, Komal is also the Content Strategist at Atom Camp, a tech ed platform. A writer and an illustrator, her passion for history and folklore fuels her creative endeavours, leading to most of her work work being inspired by culture, myth, and magic. In this interview, we're going to talk about ro ..read more
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The Folklore of Woodland Trees: Alder, Birch & Blackthorn
Fabulous Folklore with Icy
by Icy Sedgwick
2w ago
Trees are some of humanity's best friends, providing oxygen, storing carbon, and even improving the soil where they grow. Some are flashy and famous in folklore, like the oak or the hawthorn. Others are perhaps less well-known, but that doesn't mean they're any less important to folklore!  Let's learn more about alder, birch, and blackthorn in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore. Find the images and references on the blog post: https://www.icysedgwick.com/woodland-trees/ Enter the Fabulous Folklore Turns 5 Competition: https://forms.gle/F5vqPSNuMAzVYLin6 Myths and Legends of the Brit ..read more
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Folklore of Woodland Plants: Cowslips, Forget-Me-Nots, Lily of the Valley, Primroses & Red Campion
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by Icy Sedgwick
3w ago
Certain plants evoke particular areas, like grasslands, meadows, hedgerows, or gardens. Others are full of the mystery of the forest, splashing colour across the woodland floor. Bluebells are famous for turning ordinary woods into a stunning scene in late March until early May. So in this post, we're going to look at the folklore of woodland plants. Yes, some of them grow in other places, but they are associated with woodlands on the British Isles.  Let's learn more about cowslips, forget-me-nots, lily of the valley, primroses, and red campion in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore ..read more
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The Ambiguous Nature of Fairies with Morgan Daimler
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by Icy Sedgwick
1M ago
In this month's episode of Fabulous Folklore Presents, I'm thrilled to bring you a chat with Morgan Daimler! Morgan is an independent folklorist who studies and writes about fairies in historic and modern folk belief. She has written a variety of books on the topic, as well as on Irish mythology, and is an amateur translator of old/middle Irish. Morgan has presented papers on fairies in folklore & fiction, fairies, gender, & sexuality, and fairies & witches for various universities and the Folklore Society.  In this chat, we talk about a range of different types of fairies, wh ..read more
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The Ghosts of Culloden Moor: Lost Soldiers on the Battlefield
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by Icy Sedgwick
1M ago
Culloden Moor is perhaps one of the saddest sites in the British Isles, the battlefield that played host to a massacre. It was also the last battle to take place on mainland Britain. The Battle of Culloden took place on 16 April 1746. It marked the end of the Jacobite Rebellion. It's also apparently given rise to ghosts of its own, and contributes to local legends inspired by the battle. Let's go and look and some of the legends in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore. Find the images and references on the blog post: https://www.icysedgwick.com/ghosts-of-culloden/ 'Culloden' (1964): https ..read more
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Legends of Denbigh Moors: Ghosts, Snow and the Tylwyth Teg
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by Icy Sedgwick
1M ago
The Denbigh Moors, or Mynydd Hiraethog, lie in north Wales. At its highest point, it's higher than Exmoor. The moors are a wild, desolate place, home to various types of wildlife. Yet if you believe the tales, they're also a place of ghosts and the Tylwyth Teg. A Roman Centurion apparently stalks the moors, and a ruin slowly disintegrates into the landscape. Let's go and look and some of the legends in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore! Find the images and references on the blog post: https://www.icysedgwick.com/denbigh-moors/ Enter the Fabulous Folklore Turns 5 Competition: https://for ..read more
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Exmoor Folklore: Witches, Ghosts, and Fantastic Beasts
Fabulous Folklore with Icy
by Icy Sedgwick
1M ago
The name 'Exmoor' conjures mental images of ponies, undulating moorland, and Lorna Doone, R D Blackmore's 1869 novel. It crosses the Somerset and Devon border, hugging the north Devon coast, and takes its name from the River Exe. A wild and beautiful place, designated a national park in 1954, Exmoor is home to a whole range of folklore. Witches, ghosts, pixies, superstitions, and the famous Beast of Exmoor - the park features them all. Let's investigate some of these tales further in this week's episode of Fabulous Folklore! Find the images and references on the blog post: https://www.icy ..read more
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Newcastle's Town Moor: Fairs, Witches, and Common Land
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by Icy Sedgwick
1M ago
If you say 'moor' to most people, they might think of Wuthering Heights, Dartmoor, or Bodmin. You probably won't immediately think of the Town Moor that lies immediately north of Newcastle upon Tyne's city centre.  While it's not filled with ghost stories, fairy legends, or tales of the Devil creating local landmarks, the Town Moor does play a role in the folk history of the city. It has hosted regular fairs for centuries, been an execution site for witches, and even been home to a smallpox isolation hospital. So what tales can this expanse of open land tell? Let's find out in this week's ..read more
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