Peter Pan, Existentialist Fairy Tale?

“To die would be an awfully big adventure” crows Peter Pan, the cocky paragon of eternal youthfulness and fairytale flights. Peter Pan has become one of the most recognizable fictional characters since he first appeared in a section of J.M. Barrie’s book The Little White Bird in 1902 and later took center stage in the December 1904 London premiere play of Peter Pan, or the … Continue reading Peter Pan, Existentialist Fairy Tale?

Should Parents Admit Having a Favorite Child?

Growing up in a large family, the most controversial dinner table discussions didn’t center around politics, money, or religion. Get enough of us siblings in the same room long enough and one question always comes up: “Who is mother’s favorite child?” And, “if she has one, why won’t she admit it?”   Mother stays above the fray, parrying the question delivered by chirping children. “I … Continue reading Should Parents Admit Having a Favorite Child?

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Elvish Has Been Spoken for Centuries In This Small Swedish Community

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Middle Earth collection to create a new body of mythology, and largely to showcase more than a dozen original languages, including Elvish. The fictional Elvish language can be heard spoken by fans at conventions like Comic-Con, but its real life counterpart, Elfdalian, is actually spoken in the dense woodlands of Alvdalen, Sweden.   The … Continue reading Elvish Has Been Spoken for Centuries In This Small Swedish Community