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Update Irregularity

I’m sorry that updates have been a little inconsistent of late. Once again I’m working on a longer term writing project (one I hope to serialize for Ogres vs Trolls later on), plus I’m currently looking for work. So, updates are probably going to be a little slower for a while. Luckily, I should have something new for you in a day or two.

Just a Heads Up

I’m afraid there will be no update this week; my writing time is going towards a project I’m hoping to get published. Tune in next week for a new article about mythical creatures created in the last fifty years.

Myths, Legends, and Folktales: The Basics

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So far for this site, I’ve been using words like myth, legend, or folktale while operating under the assumption that if this sort of stuff interests you, then you probably already know how they are different. Today I decided it would be wise to explain these concepts a little more thoroughly, both for future reference and for your convenience.

The first thing I should probably explain is that academics and scholars are not always in agreement about this sort of terminology. Mythology, for example, is sometimes used as a blanket term to refer to all of the concepts I’m about to elaborate on. It is also used to refer to a more specific concept, which is how I will usually use it on this site.

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The Premise

Welcome to Ogres vs Trolls! You may be wondering about the title. Allow me to explain.

When I was a kid I, like many a young nerd, tried to create my own fantasy world. I was inspired by books I had read and movies I had seen, and a lot of what resulted was horribly derivative. One minor issue vexed me for some time, however, and that was the matter of ogres and trolls.

The fiction I had been raised on presented them as more or less the same thing, big man-eating monsters of vaguely human shape. I wanted to have both, not just one or the other. How could I distinguish them, make them different? So I read up about them. And I read some more. Now, I was already interested in myths and fairy tales by this point, had even taken a crack at Le Morte d’Arthur when I was ten. Reading deeper into these topics was a natural step.

This amateur research was an ongoing project that lasted many years. Ultimately, that particular fantasy world I tried to create fell by the wayside, as did a couple of others, but I got deeper and deeper into the subject of mythology and folklore. I now own sixty plus books on the topic and I’m constantly collecting new ones. I’ve got an especial soft spot for monsters and spirits of all shapes and sizes.  I don’t pretend to be an expert on any one particular subject, but when it comes to monsters, I’ve memorized a lot and have a small library to draw on. So what am I getting at with this blog?

This blog exists to help out others who had the same problem as I did. Whether you’re writing for games, books, or your own fun, my goal is to help you find ways to re-interpret myth and legend in fun ways for your fiction. Starting next week I will post the first of a four part series, and my hope is to post once a week from then on. I’ll post about monsters and magicians, gods and spirits, and all the different traditions behind them and how a writer can use those traditions. And, sometimes, I might post a bit of my own fiction, so you can see it in practice.

I hope you’ll stick around for the fun.