What Icelandic Elves can tell us about Christmas and the Environment

Merry Christmas! From Santa and his "Huldufolk" (I mean "elves").A merry Christmas to all! For Part 2 of my series on J.R.R. Tolkien, I take you to the frozen rocks of the North: to Iceland, the land that inspired so much of Tolkien's Middle Earth. I stumbled upon a fascinating article in today's Montreal Gazette. …

Continue reading What Icelandic Elves can tell us about Christmas and the Environment

King Arthur Conqueror of the Arctic? Historical Fantasy and Early British Imperialism

John Dee was Queen Elizabeth I's court astrologer, mathematician, and geographer--and he might have become the first lord of the North American territory we now call Canada. Dee is known as a "Renaissance man" for the breadth of his knowledge and for his tendency towards the occult. On a trip to the Continent, he supposedly …

Continue reading King Arthur Conqueror of the Arctic? Historical Fantasy and Early British Imperialism