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Index Shapeshifting

In mythology, folklore and speculative fiction, shapeshifting is the ability of a being or creature to completely transform its physical form or shape. [1]

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A String of Pearls Twined with Golden Flowers

A String of Pearls Twined with Golden Flowers or The Golden Twins is a Romanian fairy tale collected by Petre Ispirescu in Legende sau basmele românilor.

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Aarne–Thompson classification systems

The Aarne–Thompson classification systems are indices used to classify folktales: the Aarne–Thompson Motif-Index (catalogued by alphabetical letters followed by numerals), the Aarne–Thompson Tale Type Index (cataloged by AT or AaTh numbers), and the Aarne–Thompson–Uther classification system (developed in 2004 and cataloged by ATU numbers).

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Actaeon (Ἀκταίων Aktaion), in Greek mythology, son of the priestly herdsman Aristaeus and Autonoe in Boeotia, was a famous Theban hero.

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African magic

African magic is the form, development, and performance of magic within the culture and society of Africa.

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Ageing or aging (see spelling differences) is the process of becoming older.

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In German heroic legend, Alberich is a dwarf.

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Albert Wratislaw

Albert Henry Wratislaw (5 November 1822 – 3 November 1892) was an English clergyman and Slavonic scholar of Czech descent.

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In Greek mythology, Alcmene or Alcmena (Ἀλκμήνη or Ἀλκμάνα (Doric) was the wife of Amphitryon by whom she bore two children, Iphicles and Laonome. She is, however, better known as the mother of Heracles whose father was the god Zeus.

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Allison Gross

"Allison Gross" (also known as Alison Cross) is a traditional ballad, catalogued as Child Ballad #35.

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Amphitryon (Ἀμφιτρύων, gen.: Ἀμφιτρύωνος; usually interpreted as "harassing either side"), in Greek mythology, was a son of Alcaeus, king of Tiryns in Argolis.

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In Norse mythology, Andvari (Old Norse "careful one") is a dwarf who lives underneath a waterfall and has the power to change himself into a pike (gedda) at will.

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Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter

Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter is a series of urban fantasy novels, short stories, and comic books by Laurell K. Hamilton.

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Antlers are extensions of an animal's skull found in members of the deer family.

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Aoife (also spelled Aífe, Aeife) is an Irish feminine given name.

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Aphrodite is the ancient Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation.

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Apuleius (also called Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis; c. 124 – c. 170 AD) was a Latin-language prose writer, Platonist philosopher and rhetorician.

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In Greek mythology (and later Roman mythology), Arachne (from ἀράχνη "spider", cognate with Latin araneus) was a talented mortal weaver who challenged Athena, goddess of wisdom and crafts, to a weaving contest; this hubris resulted in her being transformed into a spider.

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In Welsh mythology, Arawn (/'ɑːrɑːʊn/) was the king of the otherworld realm of Annwn, appearing prominently in the first branch, and alluded to in the fourth.

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Argos (Modern Greek: Άργος; Ancient Greek: Ἄργος) is a city in Argolis, the Peloponnese, Greece and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

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A minor god in Greek mythology, attested mainly by Athenian writers, Aristaeus (Ἀρισταῖος Aristaios), was the culture hero credited with the discovery of many useful arts, including bee-keeping; he was the son of the huntress Cyrene and Apollo.

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Armenian mythology

Armenian mythology began with ancient Indo-European and Urartian origins, gradually incorporating Mesopotamian, Iranian, and Greek ideas and deities.

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Artemis (Ἄρτεμις Artemis) was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities.

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Ascalabus, in Greek mythology, was a son of Misme.

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An Aswang (or Asuwang), based on the Sanskrit language Hindu concept of Asura, is a shapeshifting monster in Filipino folklore usually possessing a combination of the traits of either a vampire, a ghoul, a warlock/witch, or different species of werebeast, or even all of them together.

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Atalanta (Ἀταλάντη Atalantē) is a character in Greek mythology, a virgin huntress, unwilling to marry, and loved by the hero Meleager.

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Athena; Attic Greek: Ἀθηνᾶ, Athēnā, or Ἀθηναία, Athēnaia; Epic: Ἀθηναίη, Athēnaiē; Doric: Ἀθάνα, Athānā or Athene,; Ionic: Ἀθήνη, Athēnē often given the epithet Pallas,; Παλλὰς is the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and warfare, who was later syncretized with the Roman goddess Minerva.

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Étaín or Édaín (Modern Irish spelling: Éadaoin) is a figure of Irish mythology, best known as the heroine of Tochmarc Étaíne (The Wooing Of Étaín), one of the oldest and richest stories of the Mythological Cycle.

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In Norse mythology, Ótr (alternately: Ott, Oter, Otr, Ottar, Ottarr, Otter) is a dwarf.

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Óttar (mythology)

In Norse Mythology, Óttar, also known as Óttar the Simple, is a protégé of the goddess Freyja.

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The bakeneko (化け猫, "changed cat") is a type of Japanese yōkai, or supernatural creature.

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A ballad is a form of verse, often a narrative set to music.

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Baucis and Philemon

In Ovid's moralizing fable which stands on the periphery of Greek mythology and Roman mythology, Baucis and Philemon were an old married couple in the region of Tyana, which Ovid places in Phrygia, and the only ones in their town to welcome disguised gods Zeus and Hermes (in Roman mythology, Jupiter and Mercury respectively), thus embodying the pious exercise of hospitality, the ritualized guest-friendship termed xenia, or theoxenia when a god was involved.

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Bears are carnivoran mammals of the family Ursidae.

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Beast Boy

Beast Boy (Garfield Logan) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, usually as a member of the teams Teen Titans and Doom Patrol.

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Beauty and Pock Face

Beauty and Pock Face is a Chinese fairy tale collected by Wolfram Eberhard in Chinese Fairy Tales and Folk Tales.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) is a traditional fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740 in La Jeune Américaine et les contes marins (The Young American and Marine Tales).

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Bene Tleilax

The Bene Tleilax or Tleilaxu are an extremely xenophobic and isolationist society in Frank Herbert's science fiction ''Dune'' universe.

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Beorn is a fictional character created by J. R. R. Tolkien.

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"Berserkers" (or "berserks") were champion Norse warriors who are primarily reported in Icelandic sagas to have fought in a trance-like fury, a characteristic which later gave rise to the English word "berserk." These champions would often go into battle without mail coats.

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"Bisclavret" ("The Werewolf") is one of the twelve Lais of Marie de France written in the 12th century.

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Black Bull of Norroway

The Black Bull of Norroway is a fairy tale from Scotland.

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Blodeuwedd or Blodeuedd, (Middle Welsh "Flower-Faced", a composite name from blodeu "flowers, blossoms" + gwedd "face, aspect, appearance"), is the wife of Lleu Llaw Gyffes in Welsh mythology.

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Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn is the fourth and final novel in ''The Twilight Saga'' by American author Stephenie Meyer.

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A bride is a woman who is about to be married or who is newlywed.

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A bridegroom (often shortened to groom) is a man who will soon be or has recently been married.

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Brother and Sister

"Brother and Sister" is a well-known European fairy tale which was, among others, written down by the Brothers Grimm in their collection of Children's and Household Tales (Grimm's Fairy Tales).

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A bunker is a defensive military fortification designed to protect people or valued materials from falling bombs or other attacks.

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C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist.

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C.C. Hunter


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In Greek mythology, Cadmus (Κάδμος Kadmos), was the founder and first king of Thebes.

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In Greek mythology, Caeneus (Καινεύς, Kaineus) was a Lapith hero of Thessaly.

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Canadians (Canadiens / Canadiennes) are people identified with the country of Canada.

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Caribbean folklore

Many elements of Caribbean folklore (the orally transmitted beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people) are African in origin, given that slaves brought from Africa's West (or Gold) Coast made up a large majority of those brought to the region.

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Cassandra Clare

Judith Lewis (née Rumelt, born July 27, 1973), better known by her pen name Cassandra Clare, is an American author of young adult fiction, best known for her bestselling series ''The Mortal Instruments''.

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The domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus or Felis catus) is a small, typically furry, carnivorous mammal.

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Cattle—colloquially cows—are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates.

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Ceridwen (Ce-rid-wen) was an enchantress in Welsh medieval legend.

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Child abandonment

Child abandonment is the practice of relinquishing interests and claims over one's offspring in an extralegal way with the intent of never again resuming or reasserting guardianship over them.

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Child Ballads

The Child Ballads are 305 traditional ballads from England and Scotland, and their American variants, anthologized by Francis James Child during the second half of the 19th century.

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Children of Lir

The Children of Lir is an Irish legend.

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Children's literature

Children's literature or juvenile literature includes stories, books, magazines, and poems that are enjoyed by children.

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Chinese mythology

Chinese mythology refers to myths found in the historical geographic area of China: these include myths in Chinese and other languages, as transmitted by Han Chinese and other ethnic groups, which have their own languages and myths.

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Circe (Κίρκη Kírkē) is a goddess of magic or sometimes a nymph, witch, enchantress or sorceress in Greek mythology.

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Classics or classical studies is the study of classical antiquity.

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Contemporary fantasy

Contemporary fantasy, also known as modern fantasy or indigenous fantasy, is a subgenre of fantasy, set in the present day or, more accurately, the time period of the maker.

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Cornix is a character in Ovid's Metamorphoses.

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Creole peoples

Creole peoples (and its cognates in other languages such as crioulo, criollo, creolo, créole, kriolu, criol, kreyol, kreol, kriol, krio, kriyoyo, etc.) are ethnic groups which originated from creolisation, linguistic, cultural and racial mixing between colonial-era emigrants from Europe with non-European peoples, climates and cuisines.

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The cuckoos are a family of birds, Cuculidae, the sole taxon in the order Cuculiformes.

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Culture of Lithuania

The culture of Lithuania combines an indigenous heritage, represented by the unique Lithuanian language, with Nordic cultural aspects and Christian traditions resulting from historical ties with Poland.

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A cyborg (short for "'''cyb'''ernetic '''org'''anism") is a being with both organic and biomechatronic body parts.

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In Greek mythology, Danaë (Δανάη) was the daughter, and only child of King Acrisius of Argos and his wife Queen Eurydice.

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Daphne (Δάφνη, meaning "laurel") is a minor figure in Greek mythology known as a naiad—a type of female nymph associated with fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of freshwater.

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Dapplegrim is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in their Norske Folkeeventyr.

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DC Comics

DC Comics, Inc. is an American comic book publisher.

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A deity is a supernatural being considered divine or sacred.

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In ancient Greek religion and mythology, Demeter (Attic: Δημήτηρ Dēmḗtēr,; Doric: Δαμάτηρ Dāmā́tēr) is the goddess of the grain, agriculture, harvest, growth, and nourishment, who presided over grains and the fertility of the earth.

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A demon (from Koine Greek δαιμόνιον daimónion) is a supernatural and often malevolent being prevalent in religion, occultism, literature, fiction, mythology and folklore.

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Der Ring des Nibelungen

(The Ring of the Nibelung), WWV 86, is a cycle of four German-language epic music dramas composed by Richard Wagner.

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Deucalion (Δευκαλίων) was the son of Prometheus; ancient sources name his mother as Clymene, Hesione, or Pronoia.

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Doctor Who

Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963.

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Donor (fairy tale)

In fairy tales, a donor is a character that tests the hero (and sometimes other characters as well) and provides magical assistance to the hero when he or she succeeds.

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Dragon's teeth (mythology)

In Greek myth, dragon's teeth feature prominently in the legends of the Phoenician prince Cadmus and in Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece.

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Dramatic structure

Dramatic structure is the structure of a dramatic work such as a play or film.

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In physical geography, a dune is a hill of loose sand built by aeolian processes (wind) or the flow of water.

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The each-uisge (literally "water horse") is a water spirit in Scottish folklore, known as the each-uisce (anglicized as aughisky or ech-ushkya) in Ireland and cabyll-ushtey on the Isle of Man.

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Earthsea is a series of fantasy books written by the American writer Ursula K. Le Guin and the name of their setting, a world of islands surrounded by an uncharted ocean.

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East Asia

East Asia is the eastern subregion of the Asian continent, which can be defined in either geographical or ethno-cultural "The East Asian cultural sphere evolves when Japan, Korea, and what is today Vietnam all share adapted elements of Chinese civilization of this period (that of the Tang dynasty), in particular Buddhism, Confucian social and political values, and literary Chinese and its writing system." terms.

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East of the Sun and West of the Moon

"East of the Sun and West of the Moon" (Østenfor sol og vestenfor måne) is a Norwegian fairy tale.

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"Edda" (Old Norse Edda, plural Eddur) is an Old Norse term that has been attributed by modern scholars to the collective of two Medieval Icelandic literary works: what is now known as the Prose Edda and an older collection of poems without an original title now known as the Poetic Edda.

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Eglė the Queen of Serpents

Eglė the Queen of Serpents, alternatively Eglė the Queen of Grass Snakes (Eglė žalčių karalienė), is a Lithuanian folk tale.

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Epic of Gilgamesh

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia that is often regarded as the earliest surviving great work of literature.

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Epic poetry

An epic poem, epic, epos, or epopee is a lengthy narrative poem, ordinarily involving a time beyond living memory in which occurred the extraordinary doings of the extraordinary men and women who, in dealings with the gods or other superhuman forces, gave shape to the moral universe that their descendants, the poet and his audience, must understand to understand themselves as a people or nation.

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Eric Bloodaxe

Eric Haraldsson (Old Norse: Eiríkr Haraldsson, Eirik Haraldsson; c. 885 – 954), nicknamed Eric Bloodaxe (Old Norse: Eiríkr blóðøx, Eirik Blodøks), was a 10th-century Norwegian ruler.

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Esox is a genus of freshwater fish, the only living genus in the family Esocidae—the esocids which were endemic to North America and Eurasia during the Paleogene through present.

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Europa (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Europa (Εὐρώπη, Eurṓpē) was the mother of King Minos of Crete, a woman with Phoenician origin of high lineage, and after whom the continent Europe was named.

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Europe is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere.

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European dragon

European dragons are legendary creatures in folklore and mythology among the overlapping cultures of Europe.

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Eustace Scrubb

Eustace Clarence Scrubb is a fictional character in C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia.

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Face Dancer

A Face Dancer is a type of human in Frank Herbert's science fiction ''Dune'' universe.

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In Norse mythology, Fáfnir (Old Norse and Icelandic) or Frænir is a son of the dwarf king Hreidmar and brother of Regin, Ótr, Lyngheiðr and Lofnheiðr.

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A fairy (also fata, fay, fey, fae, fair folk; from faery, faerie, "realm of the fays") is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural, or preternatural.

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Fairy tale

A fairy tale, wonder tale, magic tale, or Märchen is folklore genre that takes the form of a short story that typically features entities such as dwarfs, dragons, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, goblins, griffins, mermaids, talking animals, trolls, unicorns, or witches, and usually magic or enchantments.

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Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world.

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Farmer Weathersky

Farmer Weathersky (Bonde Værskjegg) is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Peter Chr. Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in Norske Folkeeventyr.

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Fenrir (Old Norse: "fen-dweller")Orchard (1997:42).

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Fionn mac Cumhaill

Fionn mac Cumhaill (Old and Find or Finn mac Cumail or Umaill, sometimes transcribed in English as MacCool or MacCoul) was a mythical hunter-warrior of Irish mythology, occurring also in the mythologies of Scotland and the Isle of Man.

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Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the traditions common to that culture, subculture or group.

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Foundling-Bird is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, number 51.

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Frank Herbert

Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr. (October 8, 1920 – February 11, 1986) was an American science fiction writer best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels.

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In Norse mythology, Freyja (Old Norse for "(the) Lady") is a goddess associated with love, sex, beauty, fertility, gold, seiðr, war, and death.

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Fringe (TV series)

Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci.

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Fúamnach, or Fuamnach, is Midir's first wife and a witch of the Tuatha Dé Danann in the medieval Irish text Tochmarc Étaíne ("The Wooing of Étaín").

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In Greek mythology, Galanthis or Galinthias was the woman who interfered with Hera's plan to hinder the birth of Heracles in favor of Eurystheus, and was changed into a weasel or cat as punishment for being so insolent as to deceive the goddesses of birth that were acting on Hera's behalf.

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Galatea (mythology)

Galatea (Γαλάτεια; "she who is milk-white") is a name popularly applied to the statue carved of ivory by Pygmalion of Cyprus, which then came to life, in Greek mythology; in modern English the name usually alludes to that story.

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Ganymede (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Ganymede or Ganymedes (Greek: Γανυμήδης, Ganymēdēs) is a divine hero whose homeland was Troy.

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Gawain (also called Gwalchmei, Gualguanus, Gauvain, Walwein, etc.) is King Arthur's nephew and a Knight of the Round Table in the Arthurian legend.

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George MacDonald

George MacDonald (10 December 1824 – 18 September 1905) was a Scottish author, poet and Christian minister.

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Giambattista Basile

Giambattista Basile (February 1566 – February 1632) was a Neapolitan poet, courtier, and fairy tale collector.

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In Welsh mythology, Gilfaethwy was a son of the goddess Dôn and brother of Gwydion and Arianrhod in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi.

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Glinda the Good Witch

Glinda, also known as the Good Witch of the South, is a fictional character created by L. Frank Baum in his Oz novels.

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A goddess is a female deity.

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Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation originally for Disney Channel (and then later for Disney XD) from June 15, 2012, to February 15, 2016.

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Gray wolf

The gray wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the timber wolf,Paquet, P. & Carbyn, L. W. (2003).

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Greek mythology

Greek mythology is the body of myths and teachings that belong to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world, and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices.

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Guido Gozzano

Guido Gustavo Gozzano (December 19, 1883 – August 9, 1916) was an Italian poet and writer.

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Gumby is an American clay animation franchise, centered on a green clay humanoid character created and modeled by Art Clokey.

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Gunnhild, Mother of Kings

Gunnhild konungamóðir (mother of kings) or Gunnhild Gormsdóttir (c. 910 – c. 980) is a quasi-historical figure who appears in the Icelandic Sagas, according to which she was the wife of Eric Bloodaxe (king of Norway 930–34, 'King' of Orkney c. 937–54, and king of Jórvík 948–49 and 952–54).

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Gwydion fab Dôn is a magician, hero and trickster of Welsh mythology, appearing most prominently in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi, which focuses largely on his relationship with his young nephew, Lleu Llaw Gyffes.

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Hans My Hedgehog

"Hans My Hedgehog" is a Brothers Grimm fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm.

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Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling.

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Hera (Ἥρᾱ, Hērā; Ἥρη, Hērē in Ionic and Homeric Greek) is the goddess of women, marriage, family, and childbirth in Ancient Greek religion and myth, one of the Twelve Olympians and the sister-wife of Zeus.

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Heracles (Ἡρακλῆς, Hēraklês, Glory/Pride of Hēra, "Hera"), born Alcaeus (Ἀλκαῖος, Alkaios) or Alcides (Ἀλκείδης, Alkeidēs), was a divine hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, foster son of AmphitryonBy his adoptive descent through Amphitryon, Heracles receives the epithet Alcides, as "of the line of Alcaeus", father of Amphitryon.

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In Greek mythology, the Hesperides (Ἑσπερίδες) are the nymphs of evening and golden light of sunset, who were the "Daughters of the Evening" or "Nymphs of the West".

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In Greek mythology, Hippomenes (Ἱππομένης), also known as Melanion (Μελανίων or Μειλανίων), was a son of the Arcadian AmphidamasPseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca, 3.

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Homer (Ὅμηρος, Hómēros) is the name ascribed by the ancient Greeks to the legendary author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems that are the central works of ancient Greek literature.

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A hulder is a seductive forest creature found in Scandinavian folklore.

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Huli jing

Huli jing (狐狸精) or jiuweihu (九尾狐) are Chinese mythological creatures who can be either good or bad spirits.

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Human physical appearance

Human physical appearance is the outward phenotype or look of human beings.

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A humanoid (from English human and -oid "resembling") is something that has an appearance resembling a human without actually being one.

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Hyndluljóð or Lay of Hyndla is an Old Norse poem often considered a part of the Poetic Edda.

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I, Coriander

I, Coriander is a children's novel by Sally Gardner, published in 2005, a historical fantasy set in London at the time of the Puritan Commonwealth.

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The Iliad (Ἰλιάς, in Classical Attic; sometimes referred to as the Song of Ilion or Song of Ilium) is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to Homer.

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Io (mythology)

Io (Ἰώ) was, in Greek mythology, one of the mortal lovers of Zeus.

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Irish mythology

The mythology of pre-Christian Ireland did not entirely survive the conversion to Christianity.

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It (character)

It is the title character of Stephen King's 1986 horror novel It.

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It (novel)

It is a 1986 horror novel by American author Stephen King.

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Italo Calvino

Italo Calvino (. RAI (circa 1970), retrieved 25 October 2012. 15 October 1923 – 19 September 1985) was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels.

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J. K. Rowling

Joanne Rowling, ("rolling";Rowling, J.K. (16 February 2007).. Accio Quote (accio-quote.org). Retrieved 28 April 2008. born 31 July 1965), writing under the pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, philanthropist, film and television producer and screenwriter best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series.

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J. R. R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, (Tolkien pronounced his surname, see his phonetic transcription published on the illustration in The Return of the Shadow: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part One. Christopher Tolkien. London: Unwin Hyman, 1988. (The History of Middle-earth; 6). In General American the surname is also pronounced. This pronunciation no doubt arose by analogy with such words as toll and polka, or because speakers of General American realise as, while often hearing British as; thus or General American become the closest possible approximation to the Received Pronunciation for many American speakers. Wells, John. 1990. Longman pronunciation dictionary. Harlow: Longman, 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

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Jack the Giant Killer

"Jack the Giant Killer" is an English fairy tale and legend about a young adult who slays a number of giants during King Arthur's reign.

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Jack Zipes

Jack David Zipes (born 1937) is an American academic and folklorist who has published and lectured on the subject of fairy tales, their evolution, and their social and political role in civilizing processes.

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Jane Yolen

Jane Hyatt Yolen (born February 11, 1939) is an American writer of fantasy, science fiction, and children's books.

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Japanese folklore

Japanese folklore encompasses the folk traditions of Japan and the Japanese people.

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Japanese mythology

Japanese mythology embraces Shinto and Buddhist traditions as well as agriculturally-based folk religion.

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Japanese raccoon dog

The Japanese raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus), also known as in Japanese, is a subspecies of the Asian raccoon dog.

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Jason (Ἰάσων Iásōn) was an ancient Greek mythological hero who was the leader of the Argonauts whose quest for the Golden Fleece featured in Greek literature.

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Jean, the Soldier, and Eulalie, the Devil's Daughter

Jean, the Soldier, and Eulalie, the Devil's Daughter (La belle Eulalie) is a French fairy tale collected by Achille Millien.

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John Connor

John Connor is a fictional character of the ''Terminator'' franchise.

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John W. Campbell

John Wood Campbell Jr. (June 8, 1910 – July 11, 1971) was an American science fiction writer and editor.

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Joseph Jacobs

Joseph Jacobs (29 August 1854 – 30 January 1916) was an Australian folklorist, translator, literary critic, social scientist, historian and writer of English literature who became a notable collector and publisher of English folklore.

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Katharine Mary Briggs

Katharine Mary Briggs (8 November 1898 – 15 October 1980) was a British folklorist and writer, who wrote The Anatomy of Puck, the four-volume A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales in the English Language, and various other books on fairies and folklore.

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Kelpie, or water kelpie, is the Scots name given to a shape-shifting water spirit inhabiting the lochs and pools of Scotland.

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Kemp Owyne

"Kemp Owyne" (or "Kempion") is Child Ballad number 34.

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King Arthur

King Arthur is a legendary British leader who, according to medieval histories and romances, led the defence of Britain against Saxon invaders in the late 5th and early 6th centuries.

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King Kojata

King Kojata or The Unlooked for Prince or Prince Unexpected is a Slavonic fairy tale.

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King's Quest V

King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! (also known simply as King's Quest V) is a 1990 graphic adventure game by Sierra On-Line.

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is the Japanese word for the fox.

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Korean mythology

Korean mythology refers to stories passed down by word of mouth over thousands of years on the Korean Peninsula.

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Krull (film)

Krull is a 1983 science fantasy swashbucklerNathan, Ian (10 October 2015).

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A kumiho (gumiho) (literally "nine-tailed fox") is a creature that appears in the tales and legends of Korea.

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L. Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919), better known as L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly famous for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels.

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L. Sprague de Camp

Lyon Sprague de Camp (27 November 1907 – 6 November 2000), better known as L. Sprague de Camp, was an American writer of science fiction, fantasy and non-fiction.

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La Diablesse

La Diablesse is a character in Caribbean folklore.

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In the folklore of Trinidad and Tobago the Lagahoo, Ligahoo or Lugarhou is a mythical shapeshifting monster.

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Leda (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Leda (Λήδα) was an Aetolian princess who became a Spartan queen.

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Legend of the White Snake

The Legend of the White Snake, also known as Madame White Snake, is a Chinese legend.

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In Greek mythology, Leto (Λητώ Lētṓ; Λατώ, Lātṓ in Doric Greek) is a daughter of the Titans Coeus and Phoebe, the sister of Asteria.

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The Lindworm (cognate with Old Norse linnormr 'ensnaring snake', Norwegian linnorm 'dragon', Swedish lindorm, Danish lindorm 'serpent', German Lindwurm 'dragon') is either a dragon or serpent monster.

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List of impostors

An impostor (also spelled imposter) is a person who pretends to be somebody else, often through means of disguise.

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List of Star Trek planets (R–S)

Rachelis – Enterprise-D transports plasma plague samples to the Rachelis system.

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List of Star Trek races

This is a list of fictional sentient species from the fictional universe of the Star Trek media franchise.

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List of Twilight characters

The following is a list of characters in the ''Twilight'' novel series by Stephenie Meyer, comprising the books; Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, as well as ''The Twilight Saga'' film series adaptations.

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Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers

Literary Swordsmen and Sorcerers: The Makers of Heroic Fantasy is a work of collective biography on the formative authors of the heroic fantasy genreTymn, Marshall B. "Guide to Resource Materials for Science Fiction and Fantasy Teachers," The English Journal, v. 68, no.

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Little, Brown and Company

Little, Brown and Company is an American publisher founded in 1837 by Charles Coffin Little and his partner, James Brown, and for close to two centuries has published fiction and nonfiction by American authors.

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Lleu Llaw Gyffes

Lleu Llaw Gyffes (sometimes misspelled Llew Llaw Gyffes) is a hero of Welsh mythology.

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Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Chudley Alexander (January 30, 1924 – May 17, 2007) was an American author of more than forty books, primarily fantasy novels for children and young adults.

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Llwyd ap Cil Coed

Llwyd ap Cil Coed is a character in the Third Branch of The Mabinogi, known also as the story of Manawydan ap Llŷr.

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Loathly lady

The Loathly Lady (Motif D732 in Stith Thompson index), is an archetype commonly used in medieval literature, most famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale.

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Lokasenna ("Loki's flyting," "Loki's wrangling," "Loki's quarrel") is one of the poems of the Poetic Edda.

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Loki (Old Norse, Modern Icelandic, often Anglicized as) is a god in Norse mythology.

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Lord Peter (fairy tale)

Lord Peter or Squire Per is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Asbjørnsen and Moe.

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Lycaon (Arcadia)

In Greek mythology, Lycaon (/laɪˈkeɪɒn/; Greek: Λυκάων) was a king of Arcadia, son of Pelasgus and Meliboea, who, in the most popular version of the myth, tested Zeus' omniscience by serving him the roasted flesh of Lycaon's own son Nyctimus, in order to see whether Zeus was truly all-knowing.

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In Greek mythology, King Lyncus (Greek: Λύγκος) of the Scythians was taught the arts of agriculture by Triptolemus but he refused to teach it to his people and then tried to kill Triptolemus.

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A lynx (plural lynx or lynxes) is any of the four species (Canada lynx, Iberian lynx, Eurasian lynx, Bobcat) within the medium-sized wild cat genus Lynx.

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Magic (supernatural)

Magic is a category in Western culture into which have been placed various beliefs and practices considered separate from both religion and science.

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Magic in Harry Potter

In J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, magic is depicted as a supernatural force that can be used to override the usual laws of nature.

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Magician (fantasy)

An enchanter, enchantress, mage, magician, sorcerer, sorceress, warlock, witch, or wizard, is someone who uses or practices magic derived from supernatural, occult, or arcane sources.

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Maia (or; Μαῖα; Maia), in ancient Greek religion, is one of the Pleiades and the mother of Hermes.

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Mami Wata

Mami Wata (Mammy Water) is a water deity venerated in West, Central, and Southern Africa, and in the African diaspora in the Americas.

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The Mapuche are a group of indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina, including parts of present-day Patagonia.

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Mapuche language

Mapuche or Mapudungun (from mapu 'land' and dungun 'speak, speech') is a language isolate spoken in south-central Chile and west central Argentina by the Mapuche people (from mapu 'land' and che 'people').

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A mare is an adult female horse or other equine.

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Marie de France

Marie de France (fl. 1160 to 1215) was a medieval poet who was probably born in France and lived in England during the late 12th century.

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Marina Warner

Dame Marina Sarah Warner, (born 1946) is a British novelist, short story writer, historian and mythographer.

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Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics is the common name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc., formerly Marvel Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Comics Group, a publisher of American comic books and related media.

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Mary Stewart (novelist)

Mary, Lady Stewart (born Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow; 17 September 1916 – 9 May 2014), was a British novelist who developed the romantic mystery genre, featuring smart, adventurous heroines who could hold their own in dangerous situations.

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Math fab Mathonwy

In Welsh mythology, Math fab Mathonwy, also called Math ap Mathonwy (Math, son of Mathonwy) was a king of Gwynedd who needed to rest his feet in the lap of a virgin unless he was at war, or he would die.

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Mavin Manyshaped

Mavin Manyshaped is a shapeshifter within a series of nine novels written by Sheri S. Tepper that are collectively known as The True Game.

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In Greek mythology, Medusa (Μέδουσα "guardian, protectress") was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as a winged human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair.

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In Greek mythology, Menelaus (Μενέλαος, Menelaos, from μένος "vigor, rage, power" and λαός "people," "wrath of the people") was a king of Mycenaean (pre-Dorian) Sparta, the husband of Helen of Troy, and the son of Atreus and Aerope.

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Merlin (Myrddin) is a legendary figure best known as the wizard featured in Arthurian legend and medieval Welsh poetry.

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In DC Comics' DC Universe, a metahuman is a superhuman.

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The Metamorphoses (Metamorphōseōn librī: "Books of Transformations") is a Latin narrative poem by the Roman poet Ovid, considered his magnum opus.

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Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal's body structure through cell growth and differentiation.

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Metis (mythology)

Metis (Greek: Μῆτις - "wisdom," "skill," or "craft"), in ancient Greek religion, was a mythical Titaness belonging to the second generation of Titans.

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Middle Ages

In the history of Europe, the Middle Ages (or Medieval Period) lasted from the 5th to the 15th century.

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Middle-earth is the fictional setting of much of British writer J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium.

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Mohanlal Viswanathan (born 21 May 1960), known mononymously as Mohanlal, is an Indian actor, producer and playback singer who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema.

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Mombi is a fictional character in L. Frank Baum's classic children's series of Oz Books.

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Monopod (creature)

Monopods (also sciapods, skiapods, skiapodes) are mythological dwarf-like creatures with a single, large foot extending from a leg centered in the middle of their bodies.

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Morgan le Fay

Morgan le Fay, alternatively known as Morgaine, Morgain, Morgana, Morganna, Morgant, Morgane, Morgen, Morgne, Morgue and other names and spellings, is a powerful enchantress in the Arthurian legend.

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Mother of Kings

Mother of Kings is a historical novel by Poul Anderson.

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Mugger crocodile

The mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris.

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is an old Japanese term primarily referring to the Japanese badger.

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Mutant (Marvel Comics)

In American comic books published by Marvel Comics, a mutant is a being (usually otherwise human) who possesses a genetic trait called an X-gene that allows the mutant to naturally develop superhuman powers and abilities.

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Mystique (comics)

Mystique (Raven Darkhölme) Marvel Directory.

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Mythology refers variously to the collected myths of a group of people or to the study of such myths.

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Nahuel Huapi Lake

Nahuel Huapi Lake (Lago Nahuel Huapí) is a lake in the lake region of northern Patagonia between the provinces of Río Negro and Neuquén, in Argentina.

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Narcissus (mythology)

In Greek mythology, Narcissus (Νάρκισσος, Nárkissos) was a hunter from Thespiae in Boeotia who was known for his beauty.

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Narcissus (plant)

Narcissus is a genus of predominantly spring perennial plants of the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis) family.

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Native Americans in the United States

Native Americans, also known as American Indians, Indians, Indigenous Americans and other terms, are the indigenous peoples of the United States.

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Nāga (IAST: nāgá; Devanāgarī: नाग) is the Sanskrit and Pali word for a deity or class of entity or being taking the form of a very great snake, specifically the king cobra, found in the Indian religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

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In Greek mythology, Nereus (Νηρεύς) was the eldest son of Pontus (the Sea) and Gaia (the Earth), who with Doris fathered the Nereids and Nerites, with whom Nereus lived in the Aegean Sea.

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In Greek mythology, Nisos was the King of Megara, and one of the four sons of Pandion II, King of Athens.

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Nisse (folklore)

A 'nisse', tomte, tomtenisse or 'tonttu' is a mythological creature from Nordic folklore today typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season.

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Norse mythology

Norse mythology is the body of myths of the North Germanic people stemming from Norse paganism and continuing after the Christianization of Scandinavia and into the Scandinavian folklore of the modern period.

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In Greek mythology, Nyctimus was one of the fifty sons of the Arcadian king Lycaon.

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and are a class of yōkai, preternatural creatures in Japanese folklore.

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In Germanic mythology, Odin (from Óðinn /ˈoːðinː/) is a widely revered god.

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Odiyan is an upcoming Malayalam-language Indian fantasy thriller film directed by V. A. Shrikumar Menon in his feature film debut, written by K. Harikrishnan.

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Odo (Star Trek)

Odo, played by René Auberjonois, is a fictional character in the science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

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Odysseus (Ὀδυσσεύς, Ὀδυσεύς, Ὀdysseús), also known by the Latin variant Ulysses (Ulixēs), is a legendary Greek king of Ithaca and the hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey.

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The Odyssey (Ὀδύσσεια Odýsseia, in Classical Attic) is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer.

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An ogre (feminine: "ogress") is a legendary monster usually depicted as a large, hideous, man-like being that eats ordinary human beings, especially infants and children.

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Operation Chaos (novel)

Operation Chaos is a 1971 science fantasy fixup novel by American writer Poul Anderson.

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Origin myth

An origin myth is a myth that purports to describe the origin of some feature of the natural or social world.

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Publius Ovidius Naso (20 March 43 BC – 17/18 AD), known as Ovid in the English-speaking world, was a Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus.

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Papa Bois

Papa Bois (otherwise known as "Maître Bois," meaning master of the woods or "Daddy Bouchon" meaning hairy man), a French patois word for "father wood" or "father of the forest" is a popular fictional folklore character of St.Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.

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Partholón (Modern spelling: 'Parthalán') is a character in medieval Irish Christian pseudo-history.

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Patricia A. McKillip

Patricia Anne McKillip (born February 29, 1948) is an American author of fantasy and science fiction novels, which have been winners of the World Fantasy Award, the Locus Award, and the Mythopoeic Award.

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The púca (Irish for spirit/ghost), pooka, phouka, phooka, phooca, puca or púka is primarily a creature of Celtic folklore.

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The peanut, also known as the groundnut or the goober and taxonomically classified as Arachis hypogaea, is a legume crop grown mainly for its edible seeds.

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Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero

Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero is an American animated series produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney XD.

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The Pentamerone (Neapolitan subtitle: Lo cunto de li cunti, "The Tale of Tales") is a seventeenth-century fairy tale collection by Italian poet and courtier Giambattista Basile.

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In Greek mythology, Persephone (Περσεφόνη), also called Kore ("the maiden"), is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter and is the queen of the underworld.

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Petrifaction in mythology and fiction

Petrifaction, or petrification as defined as turning people to stone, is also a common theme in folklore and mythology, as well as in some works of modern fiction.

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Philippine mythology

Philippine mythology is the body of myths, tales, and superstitions held by Filipinos, mostly originating from beliefs held during the pre-Hispanic era.

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Philomela or Philomel (Φιλομήλη, Philomēlē) is a minor figure in Greek mythology and is frequently invoked as a direct and figurative symbol in literary, artistic, and musical works in the Western canon.

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Pinnipeds, commonly known as seals, are a widely distributed and diverse clade of carnivorous, fin-footed, semiaquatic marine mammals.

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Plants are mainly multicellular, predominantly photosynthetic eukaryotes of the kingdom Plantae.

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Plot device

A plot device, or plot mechanism, is any technique in a narrative used to move the plot forward.

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Poland (Polska), officially the Republic of Poland (Rzeczpospolita Polska), is a country located in Central Europe.

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Pomona (mythology)

Pomona (Pōmōna) was a goddess of fruitful abundance in ancient Roman religion and myth.

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Popular culture

Popular culture (also called pop culture) is generally recognized as a set of the practices, beliefs, and objects that are dominant or ubiquitous in a society at a given point in time.

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Poseidon (Ποσειδῶν) was one of the Twelve Olympians in ancient Greek religion and myth.

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Poul Anderson

Poul William Anderson (November 25, 1926 – July 31, 2001) was an American science fiction author who began his career in the 1940s and continued to write into the 21st century.

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Princess Ozma

Princess Ozma is a fictional character from the Land of Oz, created by L. Frank Baum.

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In Greek mythology, Proteus (Ancient Greek: Πρωτεύς) is an early sea-god or god of rivers and oceanic bodies of water, one of several deities whom Homer calls the "Old Man of the Sea".

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A psychic is a person who claims to use extrasensory perception (ESP) to identify information hidden from the normal senses, particularly involving telepathy or clairvoyance, or who performs acts that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws.

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Psychosis is an abnormal condition of the mind that results in difficulties telling what is real and what is not.

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Puddocky is an old German tale.

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Puss in Boots

"Master Cat, or The Booted Cat" (Il gatto con gli stivali; Le Maître chat ou le Chat botté), commonly known in English as "Puss in Boots", is a European literary fairy tale about a cat who uses trickery and deceit to gain power, wealth, and the hand of a princess in marriage for his penniless and low-born master.

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Pwyll Pen Annwn is a prominent figure in Welsh mythology and literature, the lord of Dyfed, husband of Rhiannon and father of the hero Pryderi.

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Pygmalion (mythology)

Pygmalion (Πυγμαλίων, Pugmalíōn, gen.: Πυγμαλίωνος) is a legendary figure of Cyprus.

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In Greek mythology, Pyrrha (Πύρρα) was the daughter of Epimetheus and Pandora and wife of Deucalion of whom she had three sons, Hellen, Amphictyon, Orestheus; and three daughters Protogeneia, Pandora II and Thyia.

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Prince Rabadash is a human character and the main antagonist in C. S. Lewis's fantasy novel The Horse and His Boy.

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A Rakshasa (राक्षस) is a mythological being in Hindu mythology.

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Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person's consent.

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"Rapunzel" is a German fairy tale in the collection assembled by the Brothers Grimm, and first published in 1812 as part of Children's and Household Tales.

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Richard Wagner

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 181313 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor who is chiefly known for his operas (or, as some of his later works were later known, "music dramas").

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Rule of three (writing)

The rule of three is a writing principle that suggests that a trio of events or characters is more humorous, satisfying, or effective than other numbers in execution of the story and engaging the reader.

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In Irish mythology, Sadhbh (or Saba) was the mother of Oisín by Fionn mac Cumhail.

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Sagas of Icelanders

The Sagas of Icelanders (Íslendingasögur), also known as family sagas, are prose narratives mostly based on historical events that mostly took place in Iceland in the 9th, 10th, and early 11th centuries, during the so-called Saga Age.

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Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is a British children's writer and illustrator.

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Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack is an American action-adventure animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network.

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Sauron is the title character and main antagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

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Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe, with strong historical, cultural and linguistic ties.

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Scottish mythology

Scottish mythology is the collection of myths that have emerged throughout the history of Scotland, sometimes being elaborated upon by successive generations, and at other times being rejected and replaced by other explanatory narratives.

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Scylla (princess)

Scylla is a princess of Megara in Greek mythology.

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Selkies (also spelt silkies, sylkies, selchies) or Selkie folk (selkie fowk) meaning "Seal Folk" are mythological beings capable of therianthropy, changing from seal to human form by shedding their skin.

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Semele (Σεμέλη Semelē), in Greek mythology, is a daughter of the Boeotian hero Cadmus and Harmonia, and the mother of Dionysus by Zeus in one of his many origin myths.

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Seven deadly sins

The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, is a grouping and classification of vices within Christian teachings.

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Shadow Falls

Shadow Falls is a series of fantasy-themed novels written by author C.C. Hunter.

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Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with what they believe to be a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.

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Shapeshifter (Anita Blake mythology)

Numerous different types of shapeshifters exist in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter universe, including werewolves and wererats.

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In mythology, folklore and speculative fiction, shapeshifting is the ability of a being or creature to completely transform its physical form or shape.

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Sheri S. Tepper

Sheri Stewart Tepper (July 16, 1929 – October 22, 2016) was an American writer of science fiction, horror and mystery novels.

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Sierra Entertainment

Sierra Entertainment, Inc. (formerly On-Line Systems and later Sierra On-Line, Inc.) was an American video game developer and publisher based in Bellevue, Washington.

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Siggeir is the king of Gautland (i.e. Götaland/Geatland, but in some translations also rendered as Gothland), in the Völsunga saga.

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In Norse mythology, Sigmund (old norse: Sigmundr) is a hero whose story is told in the Völsunga saga.

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Sinfjötli (Sinfjǫtli in Old Norse orthography) or Fitela (in Old English) in Norse mythology was born out of the incestuous relationship between Sigmund and his sister Signy.

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Size change in fiction

Resizing (including miniaturization, growth, shrinking, and enlargement) is a recurring theme in fiction, in particular in fairy tales, fantasy, and science fiction.

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In Navajo (Diné) culture, a skin-walker (yee naaldlooshii) is a type of harmful witch who has the ability to turn into, possess, or disguise themselves as an animal.

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The Skrulls are a fictional race of extraterrestrial shapeshifters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

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In Norse mythology, Sleipnir (Old Norse "slippy"Orchard (1997:151). or "the slipper"Kermode (1904:6).) is an eight-legged horse ridden by Odin.

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Snow White

"Snow White" is a 19th-century German fairy tale which is today known widely across the Western world.

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Somali mythology

Somali mythology covers the beliefs, myths, legends and folk tales circulating in Somali society that were passed down to new generations in a timeline spanning several millennia.

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The soucouyant or soucriant in Dominica, St. Lucian, Trinidadian, Guadeloupean folklore (also known as Loogaroo (also Lougarou) in Haiti, Louisiana, Grenada and elsewhere in the Caribbean or Ole-Higue (also Ole Haig) in Guyana and Jamaica or Asema in Suriname), in The Bahamas it is known as Hag.

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Soul eater (folklore)

A soul eater is a folklore figure in the traditional belief systems of some African peoples, notably the Hausa people of Nigeria and Niger.

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Speculative fiction

Speculative fiction is an umbrella genre encompassing narrative fiction with supernatural and/or futuristic elements.

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In everyday use and in kinematics, the speed of an object is the magnitude of its velocity (the rate of change of its position); it is thus a scalar quantity.

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A spriggan, a singular borrowed from the Cornish plural spyryjyon 'spirits' is a legendary creature known from Cornish faery lore.

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is a 1991 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (sometimes abbreviated to DS9) is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe in the Milky Way galaxy, in the years 2369–2375.

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Stephan Grundy

Stephan Scott Grundy (born 1967 in New York City, New York, United States), commonly known as Stephan Grundy, and also known by the pen-name Kveldulf Gundarsson, is an American author, scholar, goði and proponent of Asatru. Grundy grew up in Dallas in the U.S. state of Texas. He now lives in Shinrone, County Offaly, Ireland. He has over two dozen published books and a number of published papers. He is best known for his modern adaptations of legendary sagas and also a non-fiction writer on Germanic mythology, Germanic paganism, and Germanic neopaganism.

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Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.

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A stepmother is the current wife of one's natural parent that is not one's biological mother.

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Super Hybrid

Super Hybrid is a 2011 science fiction horror thriller film directed by Eric Valette and starring Shannon Beckner, Oded Fehr, Ryan Kennedy, and Melanie Papalia.

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Superhuman strength

Superhuman strength, also called super-strength, super strength, increased strength, or enhanced strength, is an ability commonly invoked in fiction.

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Supernatural (U.S. TV series)

Supernatural is an American dark fantasy television series created by Eric Kripke.

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Svipdagr (Old Norse "sudden day"Orchard (1997:157).) is the hero of the two Old Norse Eddaic poems Grógaldr and Fjölsvinnsmál, which are contained within the body of one work; Svipdagsmál.

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Swan maiden

The swan maiden is a mythical creature who shapeshifts from human form to swan form.

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The T-1000, also known as a Prototype Series 1000 Terminator, is a fictional character in the Terminator franchise.

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T. H. White

Terence Hanbury "Tim" White (29 May 1906 – 17 January 1964) was an English author best known for his Arthurian novels, The Once and Future King, first published together in 1958.

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Taliesin (6th century AD) was an early Brythonic poet of Sub-Roman Britain whose work has possibly survived in a Middle Welsh manuscript, the Book of Taliesin.

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Talking animal

A talking animal or speaking animal is any non-human animal that can produce sounds or gestures resembling those of a human language.

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Tam Lin

Tam (or Tamas) Lin (also called Tamlane, Tamlin, Tambling, Tomlin, Tam Lien, Tam-a-Line, Tam Lyn, or Tam Lane) is a character in a legendary ballad originating from the Scottish Borders.

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Tarnhelm is a magic helmet in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (written 1848–1874; first perf. 1876).

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The Republic of Tatarstan (p; Татарстан Республикасы), or simply Tatarstan, is a federal subject (a republic) of the Russian Federation, located in the Volga Federal District.

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Tatterhood is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe.

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Tennin (天人), which may include tenshi (天使), ten no tsukai (天の使い, lit. heavenly messenger), hiten (飛天, lit. flying heaven) and the specifically female tennyo (天女) are spiritual beings found in Japanese Buddhism that are similar to western angels, nymphs or fairies.

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In Greek mythology, Tereus was a Thracian king,Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War 2:29 the son of Ares and husband of Procne.

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (also referred to as Terminator 2 or T2) is a 1991 American science-fiction action film co-written, produced and directed by James Cameron.

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Terri Windling

Terri Windling (born December 3, 1958 in Fort Dix, New Jersey) is an American editor, artist, essayist, and the author of books for both children and adults.

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Terror of the Zygons

Terror of the Zygons is the first serial of the 13th season of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in four weekly parts on BBC1 from 30 August to 20 September 1975.

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The Amazing World of Gumball

The Amazing World of Gumball (also known simply as just Gumball) is an animated television series created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network.

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The Amazing World of Gumball (season 3)

The third season of the British-American animated television series The Amazing World of Gumball, created by Ben Bocquelet, aired on Cartoon Network in the United States.

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The Battle of the Birds

The Battle of the Birds is a Scottish fairy tale collected by John Francis Campbell in his Popular Tales of the West Highlands.

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The Boys with the Golden Stars

The Boys with the Golden Stars (Romanian: Doi feți cu stea în frunte) is a Romanian fairy tale collected in Rumänische Märchen.

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The Brown Bear of Norway

The Brown Bear of Norway is an Irish fairy tale collected by Patrick Kennedy which appeared in his Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts (1866).

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The Canary Prince

The Canary Prince is an Italian fairy tale, the 18th tale in Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino.

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The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis.

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The Death of Koschei the Deathless

The Death of Koschei the Deathless or Marya Morevna is a Russian fairy tale collected by Alexander Afanasyev in Narodnye russkie skazki and included by Andrew Lang in The Red Fairy Book.

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The Donkey (fairy tale)

"The Donkey" is a German fairy tale collected by Brothers Grimm compiled in the Grimm's Fairy Tales.

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The Enchanted Snake

The Enchanted Snake or The Snake is an Italian fairy tale.

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The Encyclopedia of Fantasy

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy is a 1997 reference work concerning fantasy fiction, edited by John Clute and John Grant.

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The Famous Flower of Serving-Men

The Famous Flower of Serving-Men or The Lady turned Serving-Man is Child Ballad number 106Francis James Child, English and Scottish Popular Ballads, and a murder ballad.

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The Frog Prince

"The Frog Prince; or, Iron Henry" (Der Froschkönig oder der eiserne Heinrich, literally "The Frog King; or, The Iron Heinrich") is a fairy tale, best known through the Brothers Grimm's written version; traditionally it is the first story in their collection.

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The Frog Princess

The Frog Princess is a fairy tale that has multiple versions with various origins.

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The Golden Ass

The Metamorphoses of Apuleius, which St. Augustine referred to as The Golden Ass (Asinus aureus), is the only ancient Roman novel in Latin to survive in its entirety.

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The Golden Bird

"The Golden Bird" is a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, number 57, about the pursuit of a golden bird by a gardener's three sons.

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The Golden Crab

The Golden Crab is a Greek fairy tale collected as "Prinz Krebs" by Bernhard Schmidt in his Griechische Märchen, Sagen and Volkslieder.

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The Grateful Prince

The Grateful Prince (Tänulik Kuninga poeg) is an Estonian fairy tale.

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The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry

"The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry" or "The Grey Selkie of Sule Skerry" is a traditional folk song from Shetland and Orkney.

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The Hedley Kow

"The Hedley Kow" is an English fairy tale, particular to the village of Hedley on the Hill in Northumbria.

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The Hobbit

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a children's fantasy novel by English author J. R. R. Tolkien.

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The Infernal Devices

The Infernal Devices is a series of novels by author Cassandra Clare, centering on a race called the Shadowhunters introduced in her The Mortal Instruments series.

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The Juniper Tree (fairy tale)

"The Juniper Tree" is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm.

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The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh

The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh, also known as The Laidly Worm of Bamborough, is a Northumbrian ballad about a princess who changed into a dragon (the "laidly worm" of the title).

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The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by English author and scholar J. R. R. Tolkien.

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The Marvelous Land of Oz

The Marvelous Land of Oz: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman, commonly shortened to The Land of Oz, published on July 5, 1904, is the second of L. Frank Baum's books set in the Land of Oz, and the sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900).

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The Master Maid

"The Master Maid" is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in their Norske Folkeeventyr.

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The Myrtle

"The Myrtle" is an Italian literary fairy tale written by Giambattista Basile in his 1634 work, the Pentamerone.

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The Once and Future King

The Once and Future King is a work by T. H. White based upon Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory.

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The Pig King

The Pig King is an Italian literary fairy tale written by Giovanni Francesco Straparola in his The Facetious Nights of Straparola.

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The Princess and Curdie

The Princess and Curdie is a children's classic fantasy novel by George MacDonald from late 1883.

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The Riddle-Master of Hed

The Riddle-Master of Hed is a fantasy novel by American writer Patricia A. McKillip.

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The Rose-Tree

The Rose-Tree is an English fairy tale collected by Joseph Jacobs in English Fairy Tales.

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The Seven Foals

The Seven Foals (in Norwegian: De syv folene) is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe.

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The Seven Ravens

"The Seven Ravens" is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm.

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The She-bear

"The She-bear" is an Italian literary fairy tale, written by Giambattista Basile in his 1634 work, the Pentamerone.

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The Silmarillion

The Silmarillion (pronounced: /sɪlmaˈrɪljɔn/) is a collection of mythopoeic works by English writer J. R. R. Tolkien, edited and published posthumously by his son, Christopher Tolkien, in 1977, with assistance from Guy Gavriel Kay.

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The Six Swans

The Six Swans (in German: Die sechs Schwäne) is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm as tale number 49.

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The Sword in the Stone (film)

The Sword in the Stone is a 1963 American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released by Buena Vista Distribution.

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The Sword in the Stone (novel)

The Sword in the Stone is a novel by British writer T. H. White, published in 1938, initially as a stand-alone work but now the first part of a tetralogy, The Once and Future King.

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The Thing (1982 film)

The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter and written by Bill Lancaster, based on the 1938 John W. Campbell Jr. novella Who Goes There? It tells the story of a group of American researchers in Antarctica who encounter the eponymous "Thing", a parasitic extraterrestrial life form that assimilates and then imitates other organisms.

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The Thing from Another World

The Thing from Another World, sometimes referred to as The Thing, is a 1951 American black-and-white science fiction-horror film, directed by Christian Nyby, produced by Edward Lasker for Howard Hawks' Winchester Pictures Corporation, and released by RKO Pictures.

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The Three Enchanted Princes

The Three Enchanted Princes is an Italian literary fairy tale written by Giambattista Basile in his 1634 work, the Pentamerone.

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The Three Little Men in the Wood

"The Three Little Men in the Wood" or "The Three Little Gnomes in the Forest" (Die drei Männleim im Walde) is a German fairy tale collected in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm (KHM #13).

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The True Game

The True Game is the collective name for a series of three related trilogies of short novels by Sheri S. Tepper.

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The Twa Magicians

"The Twa Magicians", "The Two Magicians", "The Lady and the Blacksmith", or "The Coal Black Smith" (Roud 1350, Child 44) is a British folk song.

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The Two Kings' Children

"The Two Kings' Children" is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm in Grimm's Fairy Tales, tale number 113.

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The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate, headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

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The White Bride and the Black One

"The White Bride and the Black One" is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, tale number 135.

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The White Dove (Danish fairy tale)

The White Dove is a Danish fairy tale.

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The Wonderful Birch

The Wonderful Birch is a Finnish/Russian fairy tale.

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The Wounded Lion

The Wounded Lion is a Spanish fairy tale collected by D. Francisco de S. Maspons y Labros, in Cuentos Populars Catalans.

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Therianthropy is the mythological ability of human beings to metamorphose into other animals by means of shapeshifting.

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Thermoregulation is the ability of an organism to keep its body temperature within certain boundaries, even when the surrounding temperature is very different.

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In Greek mythology, Tiresias (Τειρεσίας, Teiresias) was a blind prophet of Apollo in Thebes, famous for clairvoyance and for being transformed into a woman for seven years.

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Tochmarc Étaíne

Tochmarc Étaíne, meaning "The Wooing of Étaín/Éadaoin", is an early text of the Irish Mythological Cycle, and also features characters from the Ulster Cycle and the Cycles of the Kings.

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Tor Books

Tor Books is the primary imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, a publishing company based in New York City.

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A totem (Ojibwe doodem) is a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol that serves as an emblem of a group of people, such as a family, clan, lineage, or tribe.

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Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago, officially the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is a twin island sovereign state that is the southernmost nation of the West Indies in the Caribbean.

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Triptolemus (Τριπτόλεμος, Triptólemos, lit. "threefold warrior"; also known as Buzyges), in Greek mythology always connected with Demeter of the Eleusinian Mysteries, might be accounted the son of King Celeus of Eleusis in Attica, or, according to the Pseudo-Apollodorus (Bibliotheca I.V.2), the son of Gaia and Oceanus—another way of saying he was "primordial man".

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True Blood

True Blood is an American dark fantasy horror television series produced and created by Alan Ball and based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris.

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Tuan mac Cairill

In Irish mythology Tuan mac Cairill was a recluse who retains his memories from his previous incarnations, going back to Antediluvian age.

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Twilight (novel series)

Twilight is a series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels by American author Stephenie Meyer.

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Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (October 21, 1929 – January 22, 2018) was an American novelist.

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A vampire is a being from folklore that subsists by feeding on the vital force (generally in the form of blood) of the living.

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Vānara (वानर) refers to a group of people living in forests in the Hindu epic the Ramayana and its various versions.

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Völsunga saga

The Völsunga saga (often referred to in English as the Volsunga Saga or Saga of the Völsungs) is a legendary saga, a late 13th century Icelandic prose rendition of the origin and decline of the Völsung clan (including the story of Sigurd and Brynhild and destruction of the Burgundians).

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In Roman mythology, Vertumnus (also Vortumnus or Vertimnus) is the god of seasons, change and plant growth, as well as gardens and fruit trees.

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Vladimir Propp

Vladimir Yakovlevich Propp (Владимир Яковлевич Пропп; – 22 August 1970) was a Soviet folklorist and scholar who analyzed the basic plot components of Russian folk tales to identify their simplest irreducible narrative elements.

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Wayne Gerard Trotman

Wayne Gerard Lionel Trotman (born 16 May 1964, San Fernando, Trinidad), is a British independent filmmaker, writer, photographer, composer and producer of electronic music.

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A weasel is a mammal of the genus Mustela of the family Mustelidae.

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Were-hyena is a neologism coined in analogy to werewolf for therianthropy involving hyenas.

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In folklore, a werewolf (werwulf, "man-wolf") or occasionally lycanthrope (λυκάνθρωπος lukánthrōpos, "wolf-person") is a human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf (or, especially in modern film, a therianthropic hybrid wolflike creature), either purposely or after being placed under a curse or affliction (often a bite or scratch from another werewolf).

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Willows, also called sallows, and osiers, form the genus Salix, around 400 speciesMabberley, D.J. 1997.

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A wish is a hope or desire for something.

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Witch doctor

A witch doctor was originally a type of healer who treated ailments believed to be caused by witchcraft.

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Witchcraft or witchery broadly means the practice of and belief in magical skills and abilities exercised by solitary practitioners and groups.

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The X-Men is a team of fictional superheroes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

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are a class of supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons in Japanese folklore.

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Yuxa (Yuxa Yilan, Cyrillic: Юха елан, Tatar: Юха-кыз, Bashkort: Юха, Azerbaijanese: Yuvxa, Turkish: Yuvha), or Sly Snake, is a legendary creature that figures in Tatar folklore.

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Zeus (Ζεύς, Zeús) is the sky and thunder god in ancient Greek religion, who rules as king of the gods of Mount Olympus.

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The Zygons are an extraterrestrial race in the long-running British science fiction television programme Doctor Who.

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shapeshifting

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