Gnomes trace their origins back through alchemical theory to Greek and Roman mythology.
For centuries, stories from Irish myth and legend have ignited imaginations all over the world. Today, mysterious records of seemingly-impossible creatures keep that tradition alive. From impolite wolfmen to Ireland’s very own lake monster mystery, the following list has got all of the information you need to brush up on your knowledge of the unseen entities that call this fascinating island nation home.
Through myth, fairy tale and legend, powerful women are depicted as dark, cruel and calculating, and they are often naturally associated with winter – a season where all warmth withdraws, and the land is covered with snow and ice, and life is no more than a battle of survival against the elements.
The exhibition “Spellbound: Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft” at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford examines the history of magic over eight centuries, and shows how our ancestors used magical thinking to cope with the unpredictable world around them. Nick Swarbrick reviews the exhibition and the subjects which it explores.