1) I legit didn’t know who to draw holding Poppy back so enjoy some anonymous disembodied hands. Since I already drew something inspired by the “Strange Magic” scene I decided to draw from “Mistreated” instead for this one. It’s a pretty fun number and I couldn’t choose between Poppy socking Branch in the face and him countering, but in the end Branches smug-ass face won me over, lol.
2) I would’ve drawn their kiss scene, I really would’ve, but they don’t fly in this AU, so I wouldn’t have gotten the same effect. Instead, here are some adorably awkward dorks in love.
The troll cross (trollkors) is a twisted piece of metal worn as an amulet to ward off malevolent magic. A charm worn by early Scandinavian peoples as protection against trolls and elves, the troll cross is an important part of Scandinavian folklore. Iron and crosses were both believed to ward off evil creatures.
Troll crosses continue to be a popular item of jewelry throughout Scandinavia.
on one hand im really glad that the trollhunters fandom is small and we all virtually have the same views towards the characters and relationships so there’s no real chance for it to become shitty, but at the same time im so bitter because it’s such a good show??? and the animation is top notch??? it’s by dreamworks and guillermo del toro??? about trolls and magic??? the main character loves his mother more than anything??? the heroine is latina??? the relationship between the mc and the heroine is cute and casual and it’s not forced??? the trolls all have really unique designs, even the female trolls all have different designs from super thin to bulky???? the lore and worldbuilding is really cool??? strickler is probably one of the most layered and complicated characters i’ve seen in media like ever??? legitimately funny jokes???? it actually shows that the main cast are still kids and still have responsibilities that are not saving the world??? it deserves so much more recognition than it’s gotten.
Today’s excellent character of the day is Eridan Ampora from Homestuck!!!
Eridan is a proud young troll!! He loves magic, though he knows it’s fake and totally not real of course, and has an adorably ridiculous accent!! He cares a lot about his friends even if it sometimes feels like he doesn’t and he wears very cute pants!! I gotta get me a pair of those!! Keep on being excellent, Eridan!!
Taurus- Greedy or selfish seduction, lady in white entities, twisted or spooky trees and scary forest, violent Earth elemental, hexed treasure, werewolf, singing ghost, gemstones, black rose, black diamond, trolls, labyrinth, and magical items especially jewelry.
Gemini- Evil fairy, dark fairy, Mr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, old insane asylums, evil twins, con man/woman, trickster, magic words, rumors, dark colored butterfly, enchanted books, and getting lost.
Cancer- Witch craft, spells, tarot cards, grudges, curses, Frankenstein Monster, full moon or moon magic, haunted houses and areas, cloak, witches hat, black cats, sea monsters, nostalgia, cursed or magic mirrors, magic candles, and the past.
Leo- Radioactive waste and danger, scandals, evil king or queen, haunted opera/theater, mutation, pyramid, magical statues or monuments, temples, sand storms, rain dances, sun dances or worshiping, supernatural energy, and fire magic.
Virgo- Dr. Frankenstein or any mad scientist, good girl/guy gone bad, general corruption, herbs and potions used in magic or spells, gnomes, dark sex, sinister deals, dead garden, an enchanted garden, and man-eating tree or plant.
Libra- Love potions and curses, ravens, werewolf, the night sky, dark beauty, lust, genie, Dorian Grey, harpy, sacred smoke, masquerades, Queen of Hearts, bad dreams, magic lanterns, and charms.
Scorpio- Vampires, dark seduction, mystery, fortune teller, black widow, black/dark magic, underworld, voodoo, snakes, masquerades, tarot cards, black and white photos, secrets, dark sex, ravens, scorpions, dark still pool, and necromancy.
Sagittarius- Gypsy magic, fortune teller, traveling magician, traveling
salesman of “medicine” and potions, wildfire, dark unicorn, dark circus or carnival, gambling and risk, General Zaroff from The Most Dangerous Game, and aggressive centaurs.
Capricorn- Horror, Gothic design, Victorian age, steampunk, spider webs, death, grim reaper, mad scientist, gargoyles, poppies, bats, a corrupt leader of a cult or underground organization, cave, dark humor, mine, graveyards, abandon buildings and places, and skeletons.
Aquarius- Dark science fiction, mad scientist, dark unicorn, storms, a corrupt leader of a cult or underground organization, magic keys, owls, Phantom from The Phantom of the Opera, corrupted technology, meditation, chaos, dark rebellion or revolution, thunderbird, aliens, portals, and dystopia.
I kinda feel crrek was “handsy” duri gthe movie which made me feel like
Maybe creek was THE FULL relaxtion expert. From yoga to meditation to spa treatments and massages. He was THE go to guy if you wanted to let loose. Which could also be a reason why everyone trusted him.
( and a reason why branch didnt like him too.)
Creek: come now branch i am sure i could get you to relax. Hmm? Back and shoulder massage ? Hot stones? Aroma therapy? Facial?
Branch: touch me and this stick goes thru ur heart
Witches stealing milk is a common theme in many Ozark folk tales, as well as a lot of other European derived folklore. This kind of stealing is always done in a magical way, through the use of several techniques.
One such technique is the use of the milk-hare, described below by Vance Randolph:
“Another well-known tale is concerned with a witch who assumed the form of a swamp rabbit and lived on milk. A farmer saw this big rabbit sucking his cow and fired at it with a load of turkey shot; the animal was only about thirty feet off but seemed quite unharmed. The man rushed home and molded several slugs of silver, obtained by melting half dollars. Charging his shotgun with these, he fired again and killed the rabbit. A few hours later came the news that an old woman in the next holler had been shot to death; the doctor couldn’t find the bullet, but everybody knew that it must have been a silver slug that killed her.”
(15th century wall painting of the milk-hare)
Another technique involves milking a dishrag like you would an udder, thereby stealing milk from the neighbor’s cows. The rag is sometimes thrown over a knife stuck in the wall of the cabin, or over the pot rack as in the story below:
“A schoolmaster from Pea Ridge, Arkansas, used to tell the story of two young women who lived alone in a nearby farm. They owned no cattle and were never seen to do any milking but always had plenty of butter and homemade cheese. Finally a farmhand peeked in at their window and later swore that he saw these girls hang a dishcloth on the pot rack and squeeze several gallons of milk out of it. Turning about, he looked at the cows in a neighbor’s pasture and saw that their udders were gradually decreasing in size.”
(Image of a witch milking a rag over the handle of an axe)
All manner of objects have been known to be used for this kind of magical milking. There’s a folk tale about a farmer who couldn’t get any milk from his prized cow, so suspecting his neighbor as being a witch he crept over to their house one morning and saw the old woman that lived there milking the handle of a spoon. The remedy according to this folk tale was that the farmer was able to get a few drops of milk from the cow that he then put into a frying pan on the stove. As the milk heated up he could hear the woman next door screaming and hollering. Once all the milk had burned up the farmer heard a knock at his door. It was the old woman come to borrow some tallow for a bad burn on her leg. The farmer refused and never had any more problems milking his cow.
I’d like to give a couple European variants of the milk stealing tradition. One comes from Iceland and it’s an object called a “tilberi” described below from the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft:
“If a woman wants to create a tilberi she has to dig up a human rib in a graveyard early on Whitsunday, wrap it in grey wool and preserve it between her breasts. The next three Sundays at communion she has to spit the holy wine on the bundle which will then come alive. Then the woman has to carve a nipple inside her thigh on which the tilberi will hang on and nourish itself.
(A modern interpretation of the tilberi)
"When it is fully grown the woman can send it into the neighbouring pastures to steal milk from cows and sheep. When the woman becomes old the tilberi becomes a burden and the only way she can get rid of it, is to order it to gather all the sheepdropping in three highland pastures. Eager to get back on the nipple the tilberi will overexert itself and explode, leaving only a human rib beside the heap of droppings.
"The milk-stealing tilberi is the only magic in Icelandic folklore that can only be performed by women. A fully grown tilberi could lie across a sheep´s back and suck two tits at the same time and when it would roll back to its farm it would spew the milk into its mother churn.
"The butter made from the milk would fall into little pieces if the magical sign smjörhnútur (butterknot) was drawn on it.”
There’s also a similar tradition in Scandinavian countries of the troll-hare or troll-cat, used to steal milk. They are often made of bundles of wool with wooden knitting needles for legs, or sometimes the troll-hare is made from a sieve filled with wool then given legs. I talk about the troll-hare more in my post, “Rabbit Lore”.
W.F. Ryan in their book “The Bathhouse at Midnight” shares some milk-stealing lore from Eastern Europe and Russia:
“Witches, like kolduny, were reputed to be able to turn themselves and others into animals and even inanimate objects, and, as in other parts of Europe, were commonly accused of milking someone else’s cows. Dal’s, Tolkovyi slovar’, s.v. gadit’ recorded the name gadunitsa for witches in Archangel province who both stole milk and could turn into magpies. In the trans-Baikal they would steal the milk while in the shape of dogs. One way of dealing with milk-stealing witches in Belorussia was to put a strainer in a pot, pour in holy water, bring to the boil, stirring all the time with a blessed willow twig - as the heat increased so would the heat in the breast of the witch and she would come running begging for forgiveness.”
In Ireland W.B. Yeats collected a story about milk stealing that’s featured in his “Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry”:
“Not far from Rathmullen lived, last spring, a family called Hanlon; and in a farmhouse, some fields distant, people named Dogherty. Both families had good cows, but the Hanlons were fortunate in possessing a Kerry cow that gave more milk and yellower butter than the others.
"Grace Dogherty, a young girl, who was more admired than loved in the neighbourhood, took much interest in the Kerry cow, and appeared one night at Mrs. Hanlon’s door with the modest request–
”‘Will you let me milk your Moiley cow?’ “'An’ why wad you wish to milk wee Moiley, Grace, dear,’ inquired Mrs. Hanlon. ”'Oh, just becase you’re sae throng at the present time.’ “'Thank you kindly, Grace, but I’m no too throng to do my ain work. I’ll no trouble you to milk.’
"The girl turned away with a discontented air; but the next evening, and the next, found her at the cow-house door with the same request.
"At length Mrs. Hanlon, not knowing well how to persist in her refusal, yielded, and permitted Grace to milk the Kerry cow.
"She soon had reason to regret her want of firmness. Moiley gave no milk to her owner.
"When this melancholy state of things lasted for three days, the Hanlons applied to a certain Mark McCarrion, who lived near Binion.
”'That cow has been milked by someone with an evil eye,’ said he. 'Will she give you a wee drop, do you think? The full of a pint measure wad do.’
“'Oh, ay, Mark, dear; I’ll get that much milk frae her, any way.’
”'Weel, Mrs. Hanlon, lock the door, an’ get nine new pins that was never used in clothes, an’ put them into a saucepan wi’ the pint o’ milk. Set them on the fire, an’ let them come to the boil.’
“The nine pins soon began to simmer in Moiley’s milk.
"Rapid steps were heard approaching the door, agitated knocks followed, and Grace Dogherty’s high-toned voice was raised in eager entreaty.
”'Let me in, Mrs. Hanlon!’ she cried. 'Tak off that cruel pot! Tak out them pins, for they’re pricking holes in my heart, an’ I’ll never offer to touch milk of yours again.’“
It seems that wherever there are people who rely on the milk their cows produce to have money and food that there are legends like this. We tend to forget today just how important animals were to our ancestors, and how important they are to so many people still today. It’s interesting to look at some of the old charm books like the "Long Lost Friend” of Hohman or the “Romanus-Büchlein” and see just how many of the remedies and charms were for livestock. When we talk about magical work that brings prosperity and luck to a family it’s often today in a monetary sense, whereas in ages past it would have been directly aimed at the health and safety of livestock.