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Monday, 23 January 2006

FaeRie

The marvels of Faery cannot be approached without danger.
[J.R.R.T. , SoWM]

Skeat says of the word 'Fairy' that it is from the Middle English 'fairie', or 'fayre'; meaning 'enchantment'.

He says that the modern meaning [i.e., 'a mythical small being with mythical powers'] is wrong.

The modern meaning rather appertains to the name 'fay', which is obviously related.

Both fay and fairy ultimately derive from the Latin word 'fatum', i.e., fate.

The literal meaning of 'fatum' was that which is spoken.

The Indo-European root is *bha-, meaning 'to speak clearly, to proclaim' [cf., English 'ban', a proclamation]

Let's re-enchant our worlds.

Friday, 13 January 2006

Re-Invention


Let's
reinvent the
gods
all the
myths
of the
ages

[James Douglas Morrison,
American Prayer]