Episode 3 of Book Wordy discusses the trope of the Warrior Woman fantasy character who kills without remorse, as well as werewolves that are jerks and their need for condoms.
This podcast examines the Milking Time, the first story in my collection The Wicked Wolves of Windsor and other fairytales, and feminine power found with the witches among us.
SHOWNOTES FOR EP 3
Milking Time from Wicked Wolves of Windsor and other fairytales
Charlotte’s Web and E.B. White
Fable and myth background mentioned in this podcast:
⦿ Tam Lin – Tam Lin is captured by the Queen of Fairies. To save him his lover, Janet, must meet the riding of the fairies on Hallowe’en night and recognize him, pull him off the horse and hold him.
⦿ Selkie – The folk-tales frequently revolve around female selkies being coerced into relationships with humans by someone stealing and hiding their sealskin, thus exhibiting the tale motif of the swan maiden type.
Yggdrasil (Wikipedia) – the mystical Norse tree that connects the 9 worlds.
Gandalf the White’s staff was Ash:
“‘The staff in the hand of a wizard may be more than a prop for age’ said Háma. He looked hard at the ash-staff on which Gandalf leaned. ‘Yet in doubt a man of worth will trust to his own wisdom. I believe you are friends and folk worthy of honour, who have no evil purpose. You may go in.'”The Two Towers, Chapter VI, The King of the Golden Hall
Sympathetic Magic (Wikipedia) – uses an image that looks like something else (i.e. Voodoo doll).
Contagious Magic (Wikipedia) – something connected to a person is connected to them forever (i.e. a wedding ring).
Books I mentioned in this broadcast (and some others) for non-warrior heroines who are brave and courageous:
⦿ (Red, Black, Gold) Unicorn series by Tanith Lee
⦿ Tehanu, book 4 of the Earthsea series by Ursula Le Guin
⦿ The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip
⦿ A Vision of Light – Margaret of Ashbury novels by Judith Merkle Riley
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Episode Rating: does include some language. 14+ recommended. Mild spoilers for the short story Milking Time. If you haven’t read the story yet, you can check it out here.
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