Sunday 16 August 2015

Grimm Tidings

I've always loved Grimms' Fairy Tales.  A quick scamper through my shelves reveals three copies and I suspect there must be others lurking around somewhere.  Wonderful and strange, they haven't just entertained kids down the ages and provided the base of stories from which Disney propelled itself to world domination, they have also inspired countless artists and illustrators, as *ahem* illustrated by this selection over at Brainpickings.

Wednesday 12 August 2015

Magic Swords!

Otherwhile isn't much for magic swords.  Most swords do the work quite nicely (or, indeed, nastily) in the right hands anyway, so magic seems rather unnecessary.  There's also a general lack of lake-dwelling types in samite, ready to fling out enchanted swords like a Dungeons & Dragons DM drunk on power and Cheeto dust.

The real world - our world - on the other hand, did have "magic" swords, complete with inscriptions on their blades.  And the British Lilbrary would like your help with one of them.  As you can read here.