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#FolkloreThursday. The Enchanted Quill.

August 4, 2016


This year, I’ve been gradually reading my way through a collection of recently rediscovered German fairytales which have been made available for the first time in English. They were originally collected by Franz Xaver Von Schonwerth a contemporary of the brothers Grimm. However, these Schonwerth tales are brutal, unexpected and closer to the fairytale tradition than the usual  19th century anaesthetised fare. There are damsels in distress, however-male characters are also the ones often in distress. The similarities and differences to the expected conventions of the fairytale are fascinating.

Since beginning to read these around February-my sketchbooks have really changed and I’ve often responded visually to these tales, directly and indirectly.

The above is an image of the mysterious and aristocratic crow in the tale of The Enchanted Quill.

Here’s the article which first made me aware of Von Schonwerth:




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