Earnest Pleas in Early Muslim Poetry

Khalifa ibn Khayyat was an Arab historian and religious scholar active in the 800s A.D. His history of the Umayyad and early Abbasid caliphates is one of the oldest to have survived. It records a lot more poetry than you see in Western histories. Most of these poems are put in the mouths of people […]

The Glass Delusion

The glass delusion was a weird pathology common in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance where the afflicted believed they were made of glass. It was also popular in literature, with some interesting changes to make it more suitable for fiction. The whole thing – history and fiction both – is super gameable! This post is […]

The Secret History of the Mountain Folk

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The Rose-Realm of Laurin, King of Dwarves and Giants

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Adventuring in Neverland

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Taboos as Plot: Dá Derga’s Feast Hall

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The Flatland Multiverse

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The Hoard of Sigurd Fafnir’s-Bane

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What Aeneas Saw in Hell (pt. 2)

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What Aeneas Saw in Hell

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A River Crossing With a Tiger

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