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feefeedot
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(9/16/07 8:20 pm)


Forests in tales
Once again have another writing task to complete - this time exploring the use of the forest as a theme in fantasy literature and its relationship with forest folk and fairy tales - anyone offer some good resources, snippets of info, general knowledge on subject. Kind of know where I want to go but not confident.

vlronn
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(9/17/07 6:42 am)


forests
If you need a topic with many sources, you could focus on the use of the forest in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Or for something a little out of the ordinary, find a copy of Sondheim's Broadway musical Into the Woods. Several of the songs deal with the symbolic nature of the woods.

AliceCEB
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(9/17/07 8:20 am)


Re: forests
For a contemporary take on fairy tale forests you could read INTO THE WILD, by Sarah Beth Durst where the forest is a thinking, malevolent being, engineering fairy tales to increase its power.

Best,
Alice

MaryCatelli
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(9/17/07 5:04 pm)


Re: Forests in tales
Encyclopedia of Fantasy has some good stuff in its sections on "Woods" and "Into the Forest".

C.S. Lewis had a good observation in "On Science Fiction." The original tellers of fairy tales could walk for a while in the woods and reach locations they had never been before.

I note, my own self, that sometimes the sea is used in just the same way as the forest. A wild place, unsettled, with monsters in it -- well, you can't prove there aren't monsters in it, so the teller puts the monsters there.

Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(9/17/07 9:21 pm)


Re: Forests in tales
Might also look at The Forest in Folklore and Mythology by Alexander Porteous. It's an old book, but interesting nonetheless.

You can also see Porteous' work in Google Books at Forest Folklore.

Heidi

Terri Windling
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(9/25/07 2:01 am)


Re: Forests in tales
Hope I'm not too late for this, but here's an online article on Green Man, Green Woman, & forest myths.

Also, you might try the anthology The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, which won the World Fantasy Award and contains original fantasy tales based on forest legends and myths by Charles de Lint, Midori Snyder, Patricia McKillip, Tanith Lee, Emma Bull and others; along with poems by Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, and Bill Lewis.

Edited by: Terri Windling at: 9/25/07 2:50 am

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