The Fundamental Ideas of Elvish Magic

MAGIC is a common theme in our popular fantasy culture. From Dungeons & Dragons to Harry Potter, the idea of spellcasting has risen again almost to a level of common knowledge. Yet for the practicing wizard or witch, the representations of magical craft by storytellers is problematic. Novelists tend to alternately oversimplify or exaggerate to … Continue reading The Fundamental Ideas of Elvish Magic

The Word “Alferic” and the Word “Druidic”

Alferian, are derived from the word "Alf," which is the Anglo-Saxon word for Elf. Indeed, "Elf" is a variant of the original Alf. You will see it as an element in many early Anglo-Saxon names -- e. g., Alfred, Aelfwine-- where "alf" or "elf" carried the connotation "good." Hence we get the euphemism "The Good … Continue reading The Word “Alferic” and the Word “Druidic”

The Power of Inscription

Writing and Magic: The Power of Inscription The word "rune" comes from the Norse and means not only an alphabetic signary, but also "mystery." Runes, unlike ordinary letters, such as those in the Roman alphabet, are designed to represent magical powers and to convey those powers when written. The Futhark are the principal Norse runes … Continue reading The Power of Inscription

Use of Core Materials in Wands

A magical core is a material placed magically into the core of the wand running from end to end. This may have a physical form that carries the enchanted essence, but it may also be completely astral. Some wandmakers like to include material articles inside their wands, such as feathers or hair, either concealed in … Continue reading Use of Core Materials in Wands

UNICORN

Creatures of the world's deepest forests and jungles, the unicorns are among the noblest and beautiful. They are guardians of the wood and glen, high-spirited and even aggressive in their mating battles. Their white fur and silver hooves and horns mark unicorns as highly spiritual beings linked to the light of the Moon. As such, … Continue reading UNICORN

GRIFFIN (GRYPHON)

Griffin feathers are splendid magical cores, evocative of the strength, courage, and ferocity of the beast. Half lion and half eagle, the griffin's predatory skills combine those of the two greatest hunters. This yields a spirit ideally suited to all manner of hunting and questing, whether for sustenance or more intellectual pursuits. Although some griffins … Continue reading GRIFFIN (GRYPHON)

HIPPOCAMPUS

The hippocampus is half horse, half fish. It is not to be confused with the tiny "seahorse" known to mundane oceanography. the hippocampus of Greek myth was the mount of Poseidon, god of the Sea, known for their swiftness and power. The sea Merpeople breed these magnificent creatures and so their hair is quite easily … Continue reading HIPPOCAMPUS