*figures of lore

most javert headcanons: heartbreaking. incredible. a real in-depth look behind an inspector so easily made into a two-dimensional figure through film adaptations and lore. some of the most beautiful character meta i’ve ever encountered. 

my javert headcanons: in a modern au javert would wear two pairs of glasses at once like this

Neo-Assyrian Obsidian Lamaštu Demon Magic Amulet, 8th-7th Century BC

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The obverse with an incised image of the demon Lamashtu with head of a bird facing right, striding right, with an elongated body, her arms raised in a threatening posture, a seated dog to lower right in profile with comb above; a piglet in profile to lower left with spindle above; an uncertain ‘sideways-T’ symbol at top left corner and donkey’s ankle to top right; a line of cuneiform text, which translates to “Incantation.” The reverse has seven lines of cuneiform text that translates as: “Incantation, O Lamashtu, daughter of Anu, thou art great among the gods. Be conjured by the heavens and be conjured by the earth.“

In Mesopotamian mythology, Lamashtu was a female demon, monster, malevolent goddess or demigoddess who menaced women during childbirth and, if possible, kidnapped their children while they were breastfeeding. She would gnaw on their bones and suck their blood, as well as being charged with a number of other evil deeds. Lamashtu is depicted as a mythological hybrid, with a hairy body, a lioness’ head with donkey’s teeth and ears, long fingers and fingernails, and the feet of a bird with sharp talons. She is often shown standing or kneeling on a donkey, nursing a pig and a dog, and holding snakes. She thus bears some functions and resemblance to the Mesopotamian demon Lilith.

Lamashtu’s father was the Sky God Anu. Unlike many other usual demonic figures and depictions in Mesopotamian lore, Lamashtu was said to act in malevolence of her own accord, rather than at the gods’ instructions. Along with this her name was written together with the cuneiform determinative indicating deity. This means she was a goddess or a demigoddess in her own right. She bore seven names and was described as seven witches in incantations. Her evil deeds included: slaying children; causing harm to mothers and expectant mothers; eating men and drinking their blood; disturbing sleep; bringing nightmares; destroying crops; infesting rivers and lakes; and being a bringer of disease, sickness, and death.

Pazuzu, a god or demon, was invoked to protect birthing mothers and infants against Lamashtu’s malevolence, usually on amulets, such as this one, and statues. Although Pazuzu was said to be bringer of famine and drought, he was also invoked against evil for protection, and against plague, but he was primarily and popularly invoked against his fierce, malicious rival Lamashtu.

anonymous asked:

Why do they say that faeries are afraid of iron?

Thank you, that is a very good question.

Now firstly, faeries is a very general term. If you take a look at Faeries by Brian Froud or An Encyclopedia of Fairies by Katharine Brigg you will see there are hundreds of kinds of fairies.

But for simplicity’s sake lets divide them up into major types. I am using a mix of terminologies here that I believe explain things in the most simple manner.

Shining ones/Aos Sidhe: These are a divine race and/or semi-divine race of people that once ruled the British Isles, but later went underground and in the hills in a pact with the ancestors of the current residents to share the land. These fairies are usually huge and have bodies of light. Lugh, Angus, and Brigid are good examples. These are not particularly dangerous if you keep the pact with them.

Seelie fairies/Trooping fairies: These are the figures of lore seen dancing, holding feasts, and marching at the quarters as the seasons change. These creatures seem to have laws and rules in their courts. They have queens and kings and such. They sometimes kidnap beautiful and/or especially talented young people. These creatures are usually made of a kind of oily airy substance and they feed off of the spirit of foods and crops causing them to be no good for people to eat. They are usually similar to humans in build, but a little bit smaller or thinner—though most can shape change to be smaller or bigger, prettier or uglier as the case may be. They are somewhat dangerous, but sometimes can be tricked due to a moral and honor system of their own.

Unseelie fairies/The Host: These are restless undead. Perhaps fallen angels that didn’t take sides in the battle between heaven and hell. Suicides or other people who aren’t bad enough to go to hell and not good enough to get to heaven who haunt the land for whatever reason and are usually fairly solitary and are not particularly good-natured. These creatures tend to also be made of the thin oily airy substances and are also usually similar in size to regular creatures, but usually are grayer, more gaunt, and strange. They live in odd wild places like bogs and graveyards. They are very dangerous.

Primordials: This term is one that isn’t particularly celtic, but I find it describes a group of Titan like figures that are absolutely giant, the shaped the landscape itself. The Callieach is such a figure. As is Mananaan MacLear. Puck is also like this, he predates the elves and fairies and is the land of the British Isles itself. Also included in this classification (for simplicity’s sake) are the Fomorians, a race of monstrous creatures that live in the sea. They are known for being inhospitable and are often combative.  These are no more dangerous than the tooth and claw of nature itself. They foretell deaths, they are the fates of nature, but don’t play a particular role in the lives of mortals unless there is a special relationship made.

Of these various types the Seelie and Unseelie fairies are the ones that are most likely to be susceptible to iron. As they are often very airy and oily the heavy dark metal of iron is too much for them to lift or cross. I have read dozens of reasons by thinkers about why fairies can’t abide iron, and I have yet to see any such reason match the fairy tales and folklore itself. Often mythologists and historians see legends as being proto-science as having to explain something—therefore to them fairies aren’t real but they explain some sort of natural physics or biology or historical migration. I figure, certain kinds of fairies actually just can’t abide iron. I can’t handle radium, plutonium, nor nickel, and copper makes my skin turn green. So I think, they just can’t—no special reason, its just how they are it likely reacts with what their bodies are made of poorly. Whereas some of the creatures called fairies are known to be fine with iron, like the primordials and shining ones.

Wow you know sometimes I forget to check for Evillious Chronicles updates and when I do check them, somehow Mothy always manages to surprise me, and i have to go back to relisten/reread th songs or the translations and I can’t believe how everything just makes sense.

Kudos for him because, really I can’t believe this complicated, intricate and detailed universe started because of a song that was just meant to reference Marie Antoniette and the French Revolution.

I grew up reading books full of folk and fairy tales, the Norse myths included, soaking them and their violence, their humor, their logic, their magic, into my soul. My major was inspired by folk lore and fairy tale, and part of my love for Neil Gaiman has always come from the way the structures of fairy tale weave through and warp in his works, and his incorporation of mythic figures from a full compendium of folk lore figures. Because of that, it was unlikely that I’d have any reaction other than adoration for his new book: a collection and retelling, in his own words, of the main stories of Norse mythology. So it was with little surprise but a lot of happiness that Norse Mythology was as good as I had expected, my first read of the new year as chilly freezing rain fell and my cat curled near my feet. 

Neil Gaiman takes the Norse myths as we know them and retells them in his mysterious, careful writing. He has studied his characters carefully, and Thor’s strength and relative ignorance, Odin’s wisdom, and Loki’s trickery and desire for chaos, all emerge beautifully in this collection. He acknowledges in the introduction that it’s unfortunate that so many tales of the Norse goddesses have been lost, but gives strength and complexity to the female goddesses and giants who appear in his works. The Norse mythology is reborn in a magnificent storytelling voice that makes your heart ache over tales you already knew and jump through tales you hadn’t yet heard. Gaiman knows how to write folklore, and without lengthening the tales, he makes the gods both terrifying and familiar, the stories haunting and funny. He has done his research, but most of all, he just knows how to tell a story, and that’s the most important piece of passing down mythology, something born through oral inheritance over the centuries. Neil Gaiman’s newest literary masterpiece comes out on February 7, 2017. I recommend you pre-order. (As a side-note, it’s also one of the best smelling books I’ve ever held in my hands, and the book design is stunning.) I received this review copy from @wwnorton in exchange for an honest review, and this truly is an honest and happy review.

“The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.”

“Before the beginning there was nothing—no earth, no heavens, no stars, no sky; only the mist world, formless and shapeless, and the fire world, always burning.”

bethebelleponders  asked:

I really loved your post that started with "You Can't Find My House" and ended with a list of proof that there is Fae blood somewhere in your family.

Look man, my whole life is a series of increasingly bizarre tangents.  If you ever get to meet me in person my conversations are like this- I can start with how I went to marine science camp as a kid and end with that time I accidentally brought a flamethrower into the county courthouse.

The connection is Human Figure Drawing.

The Emperor - Gwyn, Lord of Cinder

Keywords: Authority, father-figure, structure, solid foundation

Gwyn is a fatherly figure in the Dark Souls lore, much like the Emperor in his card. He is one of the first lords responsible for bringing about the Age of Fire. He’s also fathered many figures who play, or have played an important role in unfolding the game’s story. Gwyn’s influence is very prominent in the quests of the controlled characters, in which they are faced with the option to follow in his footsteps and prolong his legacy, or turn his back on him, and bring about an age without fire.

The Emperor is the father figure of the Tarot deck. He is the ‘provider’ and protects and defends his loved ones. He has established a solid family line and is often seen as the patriarch of a wide network of family members. He offers guidance, advice and wisdom to others and in doing so, demonstrates authority and grounding.

I’m interested in the way the word “clever” is used in association with Tyrion. Clever is a word denoting smart or quick wit, but it’s not quite the same thing as intelligence. It’s a word associated with trickster figures, and of course there’s the association with Lann the Clever, who himself is a trickster figure in asoiaf lore. But the way it’s used to describe Tyrion is often a diminutive, appearing in conjunction with references to his dwarfism (clever dwarf, clever imp) denoting a connection with “cleverness” and the trickster / jester figure that dwarfism is so often associated with. Or it’s used as a backhanded insult, to downplay Tyrion’s actual intelligence and pass it off as the kind of cleverness expected of an “imp”.

“Your chain was a clever stroke, and crucial to our victory. Is that what you wanted to hear?”

Littlefinger smiled. "My little friend is too kind. All I do is count coppers, as King Robert used to say. Any clever tradesman could do as well … and a Lannister, blessed with the golden touch of Casterly Rock, will no doubt far surpass me." 

"To be sure. Dragons and stags, that’s very clever. And dwarf’s pennies as well. I have heard of these dwarf’s pennies. No doubt collecting those is such a dreadful chore.”   

“It was my belief that the mothers had cooked up this plot between them. Squire Squishlips and his ilk and the various pimply young maidens who’d been paraded before me were the almonds before the feast, meant only to whet our appetites. The main course was to be served at Casterly Rock.”

“Cersei and Jamie.”

“Such a clever dwarf..”  

“Let us hope this dream was not prophetic. You are a clever imp, just as Varys said, and Daenerys will have need of clever men about her.

His uncle Gerion liked to set him on the table during feasts and make him recite them. I liked that well enough, didn’t I? Standing there amongst the trenchers with every eye upon me, proving what a clever little imp I was.

“I once had a monkey who could perform all sorts of clever tricks. Your dwarf reminds me of him. Is he a gift?”

“They would have laughed at me,” said Tyrion. I made them laugh at Joff instead. And wasn’t that a clever ploy?

The last one is Tyrion being self-deprecating and, like a lot of the instances of this word associated with Tyrion, invokes the performative role, at a stage in the series where Tyrion is self-hating and also forced to take on the role of dwarf jester in order to survive, a role that he previously rejected by pointing out the ableism in the suggestion that such a role is only fitting for a dwarf.

“Clever” is not the same thing as being smart, clever is a performance. Tyrion is smart but rarely does he get to be acknowledged as such, as his intelligence is seen through the lens of his dwarfism.

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 Adam

Figure in Abrahamical lore who became the first human male created by God, in the Garden of Eden. According to ‘Genesis’ God created Adam by gathering dust or clay, moulding it into a human shape, and then breathing life into the new figure’s nostrils. This may have taken up to forty days or happened instantly.

When Adam came to life, he placed the first man into the Garden of Eden, instructing him not to eat from the tree of knowledge. When God realised Adam was alone, He gathered all the animals and had Adam name them. When that was done, He put Adam into a deep sleep and took out one of the man’s ribs. With that rib, God formed the first woman, Eve, who became Adam’s wife.

Adam was cast out from the Garden of Eden, after he ate a piece of the forbidden fruit that had been offered to him by his wife, who had been tempted by the Serpent. Upon swallowing the fruit, he became aware of his naked state and made a loincloth of fig leaves. As punishment for eating the fruit, Adam and Eve were taken away from the Garden of Eden and stripped of their immortality.

Adam and Eve survived and went on to have many sons and daughters, including Cain, Abel and Seth until Adam died at the age of nine hundred and thirty. In the ‘Book of Jubilees,’ he was said to have a daughter named Awan, who married her brother, Cain and a daughter named Azura, who married Seth. In Islamic tradition, he had two other daughters, Aclima and Lusia, who Cain and Abel fought over.

In some variations of Judaic lore, it is said that Adam was born a hermaphrodite, before the creation of Eve. Other texts state that Eve may have been his second wife, the first being a woman named Lilith. The pair are believed to have been buried in the Cave of Machpelah, located in the city of Hebron.

The angel, Raziel, would reveal a series of texts, known as ‘Sefer Raziel HaMalakh’ to Adam, which taught him about the world and how to speak.

Latter Day Saint’s often say that Adam was actually an incarnation of the archangel, Michael, who was also known as the ‘Ancient of Days’.

Islamic tradition states that the Garden of Eden may have existed within Jannah and Adam and Hawa were sent to the physical world after eating the fruit. Adam himself sat upon the peak of Al-Safa and wept for forty days until he repented. Afterwards, Allah sent down a black stone that showed the pair were to build an altar to worship Him and taught the pair about the Hajj pilgrimage. When Adam and Hawa reunited near Mecca, they had two twin sons, Qabil and Habil and a third son named Rocail.

Those of the Ahmadiyyaian faith, consider that Adam was not the first human in the world, but the first human God spoke to, making him the first prophet.

Some Gnostics theorise that Adam and Eve may have been created to help fight against Satan and were freed from the Demiurge’s grasp by the heroic Serpent.

Adam was also seen as a manifestation of God Himself in the Bahá'í Faith and those of the Druze faith, see him as the universal mind, similar to how Eve was the universal soul.

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Please help me pick a primary for my new dragon, Matoya! Yes, she’s a geode but i couldnt help but try other primaries and…well, i dont know baout you but my top picks are Skink, Jaguar and Poison but Speckle, Jupiter and Giraffe look good too ;-;

Thanks to @snastle for hooking me up with such a kizthetic babe! I love her, orange is so good <3 She’s Slate/Sunshine/Slate!

The Mythology Behind Mhach

 Square Enix is pretty good about using a variety of sources behind their monsters, names, and locations whenever such things aren’t original.

In Final Fantasy XIV, adventurers explore the ruined legacy of the city of Mhach in the 24-man duties of the Void Ark, the Weeping City of Mhach, and the newly announced Dun Scaith.

The names of major bosses and lore figures in the Mhach storyline are derived from Irish mythology, but there’s really a fairly wide variety in the sources, with some really weird pronunciations as Gaelic languages tend to have really unintuitive pronunciations, and the “true” pronunciation varies wildly between language and pronunciation.

Below are the mythological sources behind some of the names and figures.

Lore Figures

Cait Sith: Common pronunciations: “ket-shee” or “kot-shee”
A Cat Sith (or Cait Sidhe, depending on language) is a kind of fairy creature in Celtic and Scottish mythology that resembles a large black cat with a white spot on its chest. Scottish folklore says that the Cait Sith is capable of stealing the souls of the recently deceased before they can pass on to the afterlife.

Cessair: Pronounced “seh-SARE”
Cessair is a female character in an Irish collection of poems known as “Lebor Gabála Érenn” who is claimed to have been the leader of the first inhabitants of Ireland before the Biblical Flood.

Scathach: Pronounced “SKA-hahk”, though the “ch” sound is quite breathy, similar to how the “ch” in “loch” is pronounced.
Scathach, whose name means “Shadowy”, is a Scottish warrior woman who trains the Irish hero Cu Chulainn in the arts of combat. She lives in the castle of Dun Scaith, whose name means “Fortress of Shadows”.

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Bosses

Cetus
“Cetus” is an Ancient Greek word used to denote any large fish, whale, or sea monster. In Greek mythology, Poseidon sent the sea monster Cetus to devour Andromeda, but it was slain by the hero Perseus.

Irminsul
An Irminsul was a sacred tree trunk used in Germanic paganism by the Saxons. Its true function is unknown, but the name and concept are possibly derived from Yggdrasil of Norse mythology.

Cu Chulainn: Common pronunciations: “koo hoo-len”, “koo hullan”, “koo KULL-en”, “koo koo-LAIN”, or “that guy with the name”
Cu Chulainn, whose name means “Culann’s Hound”, is an Irish hero who appears in the Ulster cycle of Irish Mythology. A fierce warrior, he wielded the spear Gáe Bulg and single-handedly  defended the kingdom of Ulster from the armies of Queen Medb.

Echidna
Echidna, whose name literally means “She-Viper”, is a monster in Greek Mythology who was half-woman and half-snake. She is said to be the mate of the monster Typhon and the mother of many other famous monsters such as Cerberus (who guards the gates of Hades) and the Lernean Hydra (who would later be slain by Heracles as part of his twelve labours).

In the Void Ark, Echidna splits into three parts that include the snakes Dexter and Sinister. Sinister is the Greek word for “left-handed”, while Dexter is Greek for “right-handed”, and is the root of the word “dexterity”.

Forgall
A character in the Ulster Cycle of Irish Mythology, Forgall is the father of the beauty Emer with whom Cu Chulainn fell in love. Forgall repeatedly condemned the relationship between Emer and Cu Chulainn, and Cu Chulainn eventually stormed Forgall’s castle and abducted Emer.

Ozma
Not a mythology figure, but an infamous superboss from Final Fantasy IX. His strategies include “Complete Bullshit” and “How Was I Supposed To Know How To Counter That”.

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Places

Dun Scaith: Common pronunciation: “dun-SKAWHK”, similar to the aspirated “ch” in Scathach and the “ch” in “loch”.
Newly announced! In Irish Mythology, Dun Scaith (”Fortress of Shadows” was the home of Scathach and where Cu Chulainn received his training. It’s also a real ruined castle on the island of Skye off the northwest coast of Scotland.

Following the trend of constantly dying in “The Void Argh” and “The Wiping City of Mhach”, “Done-ski” would be an acceptable renaming of it.

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Weapon Name Trivia

Monster Names Trivia Part 1