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- Ψιχάρπαξ- crumbsnatcher
- Τρωξάρτης- breadnibbler
- Πτερνοτρώκτος- hamnibbler
- Λειχοπίναξ- platelicker
- ᾿Εμβασίχυτρος- bowl-visitor
- Τυρογλύφος- cheesecarver
- Τρωγλοδύτης- hider-in-the-hole
- Τυροφάγος- cheese-eater
- Μεριδάρπαξ- sliversnatch
the battle of the frogs and the mice! it’s an ancient greek parody of the iliad (some ancient sources even claim that homer himself wrote it, which is impossible but also incredibly charming to imagine)
the plot is that crumbsnatcher, the prince of the mice, stops for a drink of water and meets the king of the frogs, who offers him a tour of his kingdom. but when crumbsnatcher is riding the king’s back through the pond, a snake appears! the frog king goes under the water to avoid it, drowning crumbsnatcher in the process, so the mice declare war on the frogs
it features all the things you’d expect in an epic (epic language, scenes of putting on armor, and even an aristeia for the mice), and it has the most delightful conclusion when zeus prevents the mice from killing all the frogs by throwing a thunderbolt at them and, when that doesn’t work, sending crabs to scare them
sententia antiquae has a delightful translation of it here!
The French translation from 1902 (among many others) straight-up says “translated from Homer” which is so funny.
I just come across saint from 6th century named Magloire of Dol and I’m thinking what if it was Maglor? It’s said he killed a dragon and fight in battle against Vikings. Also rescue two children who drowning in sea and miraculously curing people. I think it’s interesting AU. Have nice day. :)
I have to admit, the Wikipedia entry for Magloire of Dol (a Breton saint to later moved to Sark, in the channel islands, REALLY sounds like him!
I imagine he’d be rather surprised to be sainted, but then, the Vita Sancti Maglorii is from the ninth century rather than the sixth, so perhaps by the time Men decided to call him a Saint, he had moved on from Sark to … somewhere else!
My dudes, if you’re going to pop into the notes on somebody’s post and nitpick their use of the term “wizard” or “sorcerer” or whatnot, you need to understand that the definitions you’re using are, nine times out of ten, artefacts of the game mechanics of Dungeons & Dragons. Rigorously subdividing “wizards” from “sorcerers” from “warlocks” and so forth has little basis in fantasy literature, and even less in historical occult practice, and giving folks a hard time over not adhering to one specific tabletop RPG’s taxonomy of magic isn’t a great look.
(Heck, even within the scope of Dungeons & Dragons, the definitions often drift over time or change radically between editions. “Warlock” has meant at least four completely different things over the course of the game’s history!)
If you look at how these words are used historically, the distinctions are more often cultural than formal. The English “sorcerer”, for example, is a corruption of sorcier, the French word for “wizard”. The term’s sometimes sinister connotation stems in part from the fact that French occultists historically had a reputation for being super into demonology – indeed, most of the long lists of named demons and their various purviews that you’ll find online ultimately trace back to medieval French sources.
The term “warlock”, meanwhile, derives from the Old English wǣrloga, “one who deceives“. It was taken up by late medieval Christian authors as a term for Devil-worshippers, likely with reference to the alleged breaking of baptismal vows, and was later adopted by the modern Neopagan movement as a term for magical oath-breakers more generally. The notion of a warlock as one whose supernatural powers derive from making oaths rather than breaking them seems to be purely an invention of tabletop RPGs.
(As for “wizard”, the word’s etymological derivation from roots roughly meaning “smartass” has, of course, been discussed in other widely circulated Tumblr posts, and will not be repeated here.)
On the literary side, sources that finely subdivide disciplines of magic are rare, mostly post-dating and explicitly taking their cues from Dungeons & Dragons. Even among those that do classify magical practitioners in this way, what the various terms refer to often bears little resemblance to their D&D counterparts.
For example, in Lyndon Hardy’s Five Magics trilogy, a sorcerer is a practitioner who performs mental manipulations – ranging from convincing illusions to outright mind control – by reciting incantations in a magical “programming language”, while a wizard is someone who summons and commands demons. “Magic”, meanwhile, refers to a completely separate discipline revolving around the crafting and use of enchanted items; a practitioner of magic is called a magician, and what sorcerers and wizards do is not formally classified as “magic”.
Conversely, in Lawrence Watts-Evans’ Ethshar series, a practitioner whose power derives from crafting and using enchanted items is called a sorcerer, while a wizard is a sort of alchemist, and a warlock basically has comic book psychic powers, heavy on the telekinesis. The Ethshar series is also one of the very few literary sources that features anything resembling a D&D cleric, here termed a “theurgist”, though the particulars of the relationship differ somewhat in that the gods of Ethshar have no especial interest in human worship.
Basically, there are no hard rules regarding which words describe what sorts of magical practices. Cite your sources if you’ve got ‘em, but don’t get hung up on the particulars – a “wizard” can mean someone who derives their power from wearing funny hats if that’s what your story needs!
This also holds true for things like ghouls, ghasts, ghosts, wights, wichts et alia. In folklore they’re largely all just regional synonyms - it’s not until the Monster Manual comes around that they start getting ‘sorted’ into distinct, specific categories of being.
“What is significant about fan fiction is that it often spins the kind of stories that showrunners wouldn’t think to tell, because fanficcers often come from a different demographic. The discomfort seems to be not that the shows are being reinterpreted by fans, but that they are being reinterpreted by the wrong sorts of fans - women, people of colour, queer kids, horny teenagers, people who are not professional writers, people who actually care about continuity (sorry). The proper way for cultural mythmaking to progress, it is implied, is for privileged men to recreate the works of privileged men from previous generations whilst everyone else listens quietly.”
— basilandtheblues )
I did it! Take this quiz to find out whether you are a Feanorian, Nolofinwean, or Arafinwean. This is a very serious quiz I put a lot of thought into, like I know it may not seem like it at times but I swear I pondered each question at length. Also I hope I will give at least some of you awareness of concepts you wished you didn’t know existed <3
this is an absolutely horrible post that makes no sense but last night i told my roommate that trying to take the lord of the rings, the silmarillion, and the hobbit and explain the tonal and narrative difference and what it all means as a series is like if you only had three sources about what happens in england (a made up place, as we all know) and they were geoffrey of monmouth’s ‘the history of the kings of britain’, modern doctor who, and a singular episode of peppa pig. and you’re out here trying to force these to be part of a cohesive narrative
People joke about how silly the idea of being an atheist in a Dungeons & Dragons style fantasy setting is, but if you think about it, empirical proof of a supernatural being’s existence doesn’t tell you anything in particular in a setting like that, does it?
There are lots of creatures in a D&D style fantasy setting that could credibly pull off impersonating a god in a way that your average human would have no reasonable way of fact-checking – and I’m not just talking about supernatural con artists, though there is that.
D&D proposes a milieu in which there’s a whole ecosystem of things that magically pretend to be other things.
Imagine being a D&D cleric and discovering one day that the thing you’ve been worshipping and that grants you your magical powers is actually just a really big mimic, is what I mean to say.
Like, I don’t mean a sapient mimic, either – that puts us back in “supernatural con artist” territory. I mean go full Blindsight: imagine a creature with roughly the sentience of a particularly dull-witted toad that just happens to be biologically adapted to mimicking gods. It seems to be responding to prayers and such in a cogent fashion, but really it’s just burping out omens and miracles and messages to its followers in a stimulus-response fashion, with all the real comprehension of a predictive chatbot trying to steal your credit card information – and if the results are frequently a little bit nonsensical, well, humans are great at seeing patterns in random noise.
When the whole squad is in on your shitposting shenanigans
My aesthetic tbh
[The band cycling on a large multi-person bicycle plays “The Entertainer” as they ride.]
[there is also a large group of people following them on bikes]
Dave Filoni: this is my oc, she’s anakin skywalker’s padawan, you didn’t see her in the movies but she’s the main character in the side show (which has 8 seasons) along w/ my clone captain oc, her father figure is my favorite side character who is also a major character in the show, she has like 10 love interests (i lost count), she’s lowkey inspired by one of my favorite animes, she has a green lightsaber and a yellow-green lightsaber, also she can dual wield BACKWARDS, there’s an episode where she’s corrupted into the dark side by the dark force god and dies BUT the light goddess revives her and is a part of her now, she fights and beats darth maul (who actually survived the end of episode 1!!), she and my clone oc survive order 66 and the ot, also she becomes a secret rebel leader in the rebellion, she’s a major character in the sequel show and now her lightsabers are white (she’s the first character to purify red lightsabers), she finds out darth vader is actually anakin and they fight and it’s sad :( everyone thinks she died but ACTUALLY one of the sequel show’s mcs from the future saved her by using time-travel to bring her into a force dimension that only chosen ppl can enter, they fight the emperor, and then she becomes like gandalf and she’s going to be a mc in the sequel show after that with my mando oc who is an artist (like me). also i like wolves
Grimtooth’s Traps was not in the remote vicinity of fucking around
who hurt this man
Grimtooth’s Traps, 1981
The whole book is just a treat
It’s going to be very diffcult not to be an extremely paranoid PC now. Damn.
Jack, don’t you dare.
Don’t you dare with ANY of these!
I NEEEEEED THIS
this guy would be the worst DM to have
Ok, maybe not the worst DM
lagozze :[ID: a screenshot from AO3, from Chapter 5 of a fic. There are notes that read “SORRY IF THIS CHAPTER HAD PACING ISSUES I have been all over the place this week because I JUST GOT MARRIED TODAY AHHHH! Thank you all for the comments you’ve been leaving” end ID]
Ao3 authors will literally post under any fucking circumstances
I had a dream that Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli were solving a murder mystery in a giant mansion. Legolas kept eating popcorn.
[image 1: an illustration of Gimli, Aragorn, and Legolas. The view is downwards, as from a gallery. Gimli stands alert; Aragorn kneels to check something on the floor; Legolas stands, casually holding a box of popcorn. Gimli and Aragorn have their weapons close to hand while Legolas’ bow is slung across his back while his hands are full. They are in a fancy hall or foyer, with a curved staircase and statues in the background.
Image 2: A six-panel comic, in a slightly more cartoon-y style, of Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas.
Aragorn: Hmm…I could be wrong, but this dirt seems to match the dirt on Radagast’s robe.
Gimli: I still say it’s Pippin! [his expression becomes darkly suspicious]–or Eomer
Aragorn: [to Legolas] What do you think?
Legolas: [munching on popcorn] Oh. Yeah, it’s Radagast.
Aragorn: How do you know?
Legolas: I saw him.
[beat panel. Legolas puts more popcorn in his mouth. Aragorn glares. Gimli headdesks]
Legolas: I thought we were just having fun.
[Aragorn covers his face with his hands]
Gimli: [enraged] WE ARE.