By Richard Ward
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From depraved queens, appealing princesses, elves, monsters, and goblins to giants, glass slippers, poisoned apples, magic keys, and mirrors, the characters and photographs of fairy stories have solid a spell over readers and audiences, either adults and youngsters, for hundreds of years. those extraordinary tales have travelled throughout cultural borders, and been handed down from new release to iteration, ever-changing, renewed with each one re-telling.
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In ‘The Tale of the Fisherman and the Genie’, the genie Sakhr streams out of an old barnacled copper ﬂask ﬁshed up from the depths of the sea; he has been shut up inside with a stopper of lead stamped with the seal of Solomon, but when a ﬁsherman opens it and releases him, he towers to the sky, his powers to do good or ill undiminished by his long inactivity inside the bottle. This is the elemental landscape of wonder, humming with invisible forces and other-than-human creatures. The Magic of Metamorphosis The way magic runs against the grain of reality, making all these improbable twists and turns, lifts the tale into the realm of surprise.
Such marvellous and ancient stories jolt us out of the ordinary through the taste they give of the dangers—and the pleasures—of the fairy world. In 1798, Wordsworth and Coleridge published the founding anthology of English Romanticism, Lyrical Ballads, in which Coleridge included several uncanny poems of the supernatural which have become touchstones of literary imagination: 8 The Worlds of Faery Figure 2 The fairies dance their ringlets to the whistling wind. 1786. the ballad of the Ancient Mariner and his accursed voyage, the tale of the spellbound, love-struck Christabel.
In ‘Hansel and Gretel’, a duck befriends the children and carries them back home safe and sound on her back. An ugly ﬁsh— a ﬂounder—turns out to be as all-powerful as a god until the ﬁsherman’s wife asks for one wish too many. In ‘The Juniper Tree’, when the sister, little Marlene (Marleen, Marlinchen), buries her murdered brother’s bones with his mother’s beneath the tree ‘it began to move. The branches separated and came together again as though they were clapping their hands in joy. At the same time smoke came out of the tree, and in the middle of the smoke there was a ﬂame that seemed to be burning.