All Posts by G. H. McCallum

The Wee folk: PART 6: SLUAGH, SPRIGGNS, TROLLS & REDCAPS

Trolls

The Wee folk: PART 6: SLUAGH, SPRIGGNS, TROLLS & REDCAPS Fantasy tales of any number of strange creatures can be traced back to the now fugitive Wee Folk, particularly those in caves and ruins. There were the trolls: Hairy, aboriginal hoarders, living underground. They were said to live in caves posing a life-threatening danger to […]

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The Wee Folk: ELIMINATE THE FAMILIAR SPIRITS!

FAMILIAR SPIRITS

The Wee Folk: ELIMINATE THE FAMILIAR SPIRITS! Even more than their panentheism, it was the Wee Folk themselves, and their living outside the established order with their odd “powers” that upset the Church most. And both their powers and their refusal to accept authority were considered inherent, in their being – that they themselves were […]

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The Wee folk: THE RISE OF ST. ONUPHRIUS

ST. ONUPHRIUS

The Wee folk: Strictly Fantasy,  Or Was there a Basis in fact? (PART 4: THE RISE OF ST. ONUPHRIUS THE “WOODWOSE SAINT” AS PERSECUTION INCREASES AGAINST HERETICS, SLAVES & THE WEE FOLK) The Church wanted the Dark Helper back on a chain and back “in the box” of the demonic identity it had designated for […]

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The Wee folk: Strictly Fantasy, Or Was there a Basis in fact? (PART 3)

Fantasy

The Wee folk: Strictly Fantasy, Or Was there a Basis in fact? (PART 3) The featured illustration is of Constantine Burning Arian Books from Biblioteca Capitolare Vercelli, a compendium of canon law ca. 825. It is certainly consistent with Constantine’s own directives on the subject Arius and his teachings: “…[I]f any writing composed by Arius […]

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The Wee Folk : Strictly Fantasy, Or Was there a Basis in fact? (PART 2)

Wee folk

The Wee Folk : Strictly Fantasy,  Or Was there a Basis in fact? (PART 2) “To gentle simple, honest people he was affectionate and helpful, but to all shiftless, lying ones his punishments could be severe.” Recognize Rubezahl? Of course you do – he’s the folktale incarnation of Nørwi, alluded to in the previous blog, […]

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The Wee folk: Strictly Fantasy, Or Was there a Basis in fact?

Wee Folk

The Wee folk: Strictly Fantasy,  Or Was there a Basis in fact? (PART 1) Over the centuries, there have been tales of elves, brownies, nokken, leprechauns, pixies, trolls, green men, woodwoses, famkes, ondines, russalki and canard noz – fascinating creatures one and all, delightful fantasies, created from whole cloth within the human imagination. Or were […]

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