Friday, March 04, 2005

Angels, Hobbits and Dragons

I found all of the following in a post (well, posts if you count the Dragons television program) on Neil Gaiman's blog.

* This story is just too freaky. In "a place where angels and gargoyles are said to keep company" (according to local historians), five dogs have leaped off a bridge to their deaths, one in front of the owner.

* Scientists have recently confirmed that the hobbit-sized human remains discovered in Indonesia were most likely a new species of human. This might explain, in a way, the folklore of dwarves and elves (like in LOTR). I'd always believed the myths were derived from those born with a medical or genetic condition causing dwarfism, and the legends about giants (like in "Jack and the Beanstalk") were made up to explain those with acromegaly or gigantism before doctors had discovered the cause, but it could be that the stories were passed down about an actual, completely different species of human. I find that fascinating. Just as fascinating (to me anyway) is the program on Discovery about "Dragons", which I missed. lol

Unrelated to angels, hobbits or dragons is a chilling new short story by Michael P. Dunn (aka wordboy on the Dom) called "With Eyes Open ..." published in the current issue of Deep Magic. Have a read and be sure to let him know what you think. :)

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