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Conteurlisa 
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(11/21/06 12:48 pm)


Mirrors in Fairy Tales
Hi There,

I was wondering if someone could refresh my memory on fairy tales in which mirrors play a central role? Snow White and the Snow Queen come to mind. But I'd love to know of others for something I'm writing. Perhaps there was a previous discussion on this topic you could direct me to?

Thanks! Cheers, Lisa

Veronica Schanoes
Registered User
(11/21/06 2:25 pm)


Re: Mirrors in Fairy Tales
Here and here.

Good luck!

katherine
Registered User
(11/22/06 5:32 am)


Re: Mirrors in Fairy Tales
In folklore, mermaids usually have a hand held mirrors (and a comb). Prehaps a metaphor for their vanity, seeing as they are often portrayed as using their beauty to lure sailors to their deaths. Also the mirror symbolises the nature of their duality - beautiful but dangerous. And their physical duality too - half humanoid/half fish.

Kat

Conteurlisa 
Registered User
(11/22/06 6:20 am)


Re: Mirrors in Fairy Tales
Thank you both very much! Very helpful. I didn't think about the mermaid connection - love it!

Happy Thanksgiving, Lisa

ronnerandall
Registered User
(11/22/06 10:43 am)


Re: Mirrors in Fairy Tales
There is also the mirror in "Beauty and the Beast" -- when she is living in the Beast's castle, Beauty is able to look in her mirror and see how her father and sisters are faring; it is by looking in the mirror that she discovers that her father is ill and needs her.

mmcphie
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(11/29/06 12:20 am)


Mirrors
There's the tale (with many variants) in which three suitors compete for the hand of a princess. They are told that the one who brings her the most wonderful gift will marry her. One gets a magic mirror (sometimes a crystal ball); the second, a flying carpet (sometimes a flying animal); the third, a magic healing fruit (orange, pomegranate, lemon--whatever). When the suitors meet, they see in the mirror that the princess is dying. They travel to her quickly on the carpet, and the third prince cures her with the fruit. Then she has to choose which suitor to marry. Usually, she chooses the third, but of course it could be argued that without the mirror they would never have known about the crisis in the first place.

Otherworld
Registered User
(3/22/07 8:27 pm)


Re: Mirrors
It may not be connected and its not a story as such but mirrors are often carved on pictish symbol stones found in Scotland from the 3/4 centuary.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictish_stones.

The sybolisim they had then no doubt influenced some tales

RoseRed81
Registered User
(3/23/07 8:17 am)


Mirrors
I just posted a few fantastical mirrors at my blog

folk-and-fairy.blogspot.com/

and I mentioned a some tales that involve mirrors. Perseus kills Medusa with a mirror, Merlin enchants a mirror for scrying purposes in <i>The Faerie Queen</i>, and <i>The Lady of Shalott</i> is cursed when her mirror shatters. I think the others have been mentioned already, and I'm sure the previous posts on the topic will help. Have fun!

Conteurlisa 
Registered User
(3/23/07 8:22 am)


Re: Mirrors
I love it all! So interesting. Thanks guys!

Best, Lisa
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