Tag: Mythical creatures

Worldbuilding Wednesday 8/30/23: Glenstorm and His Sons (Narnia XLIX)

… and daughters too, let’s make that clear. Trufflehunter called again, “Glenstorm! Glenstorm!” and after a pause Caspian heard the sound of hoofs. It grew louder till the valley trembled and at last, breaking and trampling the thickets, there came in sight the noblest creatures that Caspian had yet seen, the great Centaur Glenstorm and …

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Wyrm among the unicorns

I’ve no idea who the artist is of this or what its era of creation is, as it’s from a Russian language site. But doesn’t it look like an untold tale from Narnia with the deadly yet puzzled wyrm and all the astonished unicorns?

Worldbuilding Wednesday 8/23/23: Centaurides (Narnia XLVIII)

  A centauride is the Greek term for a female centaur. Though only one was named in Greek myth, they were common motifs in ancient Greek and Roman art and have remained so up until the present day. Walt Disney even played a riff on them for Fantasia (1940); they were going to be bare-breasted …

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Worldbuilding Wednesday 8/16/23: Centaurs (Narnia XLVII)

Centaurs are one of the mythic creatures most associated with Narnia, along with fauns and nymphs. They appear in four of the seven books (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle) where they are renowned for being wise teachers, prophets, healers, and stargazers, as well as …

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AI Art Adventures: Thangka Lions

A thangka is a Tibetan religious panting depicting a Buddhist deity or concept. It’s usually done on fabric in bright pigments. To my surprise, I generated a dozen of these using the following prompt: Lion, human head of Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, who is credited with bringing Buddhism to Tibet in the late Eighties. The …

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I was trying to generate a picture of a Sea God here, but I think the figure created makes a very nice Loki (the God of Chaos and Mischief in Norse mythology.)

Unicorn in the Woods

Now that’s one funny-looking unicorn!

The White Stag, Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this topic I looked at the folklore and symbolism behind the White Stag, then at how that folklore and symbolism was both right, and wrong, for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the world of Narnia itself.  I’ll continue in that vein and also take a …

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The White Stag, Part 2

[The] two Kings and two Queens with the principal members of their court, rode a-hunting with horns and hounds in the Western Woods to follow the White Stag. — from the The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe In Part 1 of this essay I explored the myth and folklore of the White Stag, and …

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The White Stag, Part 1

It’s getting close to the end of the 2022 Summer of Narnia. Though I got to explore some topics I wouldn’t have ordinarily written about (depictions of Aslan in theatrical productions, AI used to generate images of Jadis, my own Narnia fanfic) I’ve been remiss in exploring the ones I set out to do at …

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