Have you ever heard that an adult swan can break a person’s arm?
Disappointingly enough, that’s a myth.
But in the past few days, I’ve learned that swan-maidens are absolutely capable of breaking a mind. There are just so many variants, so many connections between stories, so many different directions to take.
But I used some restraint and included just a few of the variants I found, some main themes, and a good number of illustrations — a more pleasant version of my own journey in pursuit of the swan maidens.
In my previous post, I covered two of the more disturbing stories about brothers who are turned into birds, “The Twelve Wild Geese” and “The Twelve Wild Ducks.” Those two tales get points for blood and wickedness, but I just can’t get behind Snow-White-and-Rose-Red as a character, partly because her name is ridiculous, and partly […]
It may not be the best-known of fairy tales, but “The Wild Swans” and related stories are among my favorites.In this particular set of tales, we see brothers who are turned into birds, whether by a parent’s foolish wish or a witch or fairy’s curse, and their younger sister’s quest to break the enchantment.[…]