While searching for art and images related to selkies, I came upon a series of 10 beautiful postage stamps from the Faroe Islands that deserve their own post. They were inspired by the story of Kópakonan, or the Seal Woman, and designed by Edward Fuglø.
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.[…]