Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Grimm’s Saga No. 219: Knight Frankenstein and the Lindworm at the Fountain
(Image after Edward Burne Jones: St. George kills the dragon).
In ancient times three brothers lived in the old castle of Frankenstein one-and-a-half hours distant from Darmstadt. Today you can still see their gravestones in the Oberbirbach Church. One of the brothers was named Hans, and his carved image standing on a dragon is still displayed in the churchyard. The village had a fountain, out of which both townsfolk and castle dwellers drew their water. But a horrible dragon nested near the fountain and the people could not fetch water if they did not first feed the dragon a sheep or cow. As long as the dragon was eating they could approach the water. Finally the Knight decided to put an end to this mischief. He waged battle with the worm until at last he was able to cut off its head. He wanted to bore through the rump of the dragon with his spear, which still lay wriggling. The pointed tail of the beast now encircled the knight’s right leg and pierced his knee socket, the only spot not covered by his armor. The entire worm was poisonous and Hans von Frankenstein gave up his life.
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Monday, September 11, 2017
For Holy Cross Day, September 14th: The Chatelaine of Oselberg
* Ember days: Four days immediately after 1) the first Sunday in Lent 2) Pentecost 3) Holy Cross Day (Sept. 14) or 4) St. Lucy’s Day (Dec. 13). Traditionally this is a fast day. These days designate each of four periods or seasons of the year, which were times of fasting (but became times of ordination in the Anglican Church).
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Saturday, September 2, 2017
Read FairyTaleChannel's featured tale of the month: The Possessed Princess, an ancient tale of demons, pharaohs, dancing princesses and the tripartite god, Chunsu.
Friday, September 1, 2017
An ancient Egyptian fairy tale describing the tribulations of a possessed princess and her wondrous cure by the miraculous works of the deity, Chunsu.
To read more about the fairy tale and ideas of demons and the divine, click on the following link:http://www.fairytalechannel.com/2009/01/human-versus-demon-versus-devine.html