* Weak masculine nouns decline -[e]n in every case except the nominative; only a few decline -[e]ns differently in the genitive. der Junge, den Jungen, dem Jungen, des Jungen der Friede, den Frieden, dem Frieden, des Friedens
^ Masculine and neuter nouns decline -[e]s in the genitive, with the exception of some weak masculine nouns (see above). der Hund, des Hundes der Vater, des Vaters das Haus, des Hauses das Auto, des Autos
̃ Dative plurals decline -[e]n unless the plural already ends with -n or -s. die Äpfel, den Äpfeln die Bücher, den Büchern die Bananen, den Bananen die Fotos, den Fotos
̄ There is no plural form of the indefinite article. The negative plural form is shown for explanatory purposes.
† Possessive pronouns decline in the same pattern as the indefinite article.
These monstrous boxes remind us of The Luggage, one of our favorite recurring characters in the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett’s indescribably awesome Discworld series. The Luggage is a large chest made of sapient pearwood, “half suitcase, half homicidal maniac,” that will follow its owner absolutely anywhere and serves as fearsome bodyguard, battering ram, henchman and, of course, luggage carrier.
Inspired by the shape-shifting Mimic monsters from Dungeons & Dragons, these fantastic Mimic Monster Boxes are the work of Mellie Z of Fine Line Leather Design based in Lehighton, PA. They’re handmade using leather (usually resembling the hide of a fantasy beast) that’s sculpted around a wooden base. They’re brought to life with the addition of vivid paints, expressive glass eyes, beastly fake teeth, and sometimes patches of fur as well.
Mellie Z makes a wide variety of other fantasy-themed leather goods and also takes custom orders for her Monster Boxes, which can be made anywhere from 3 inches to 3 feet wide. They may not be able to sprout hundreds of tiny legs or devour your worst enemy, but they are wonderfully fearsome and each clearly has its own unique personality.