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Mythology about books and writing

I'm looking for myths/stories about books and writing. Not - and this is where I'm running into trouble with google - top ten lists about cafe productivity and self-publishing; I mean more like a hero whittling a pen from the boughs of Yggdrasil and then stealing ink from the Kraken, with the goal of writing down the secrets of Enki in order to embarrass him and get him to pay the 5 goats owed. Or whatever. Any location/time is fine! Can be short, can be long.
posted by curious nu on Mar 5, 2013 - 20 answers

Camelotfilter: Best "Arthurian" work.

Which is the "best" version of the Arthurian legend to read? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Dec 16, 2012 - 31 answers

Have you seen the jack in the green?

Help me remember a long forgotten poem, Hive Mind! Here's what I remember: spring, a man growing horns and hooves, a fall into roots, red thread. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Jun 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Not So Grimm Fairytales

Can you recommend books of fairy tales, folklore, or myths, that are not European? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on May 16, 2012 - 26 answers

The legend of Herkimer Diamonds

I'm looking for information on the supposed metaphysical bond created between two people wearing Herkimer Diamond gemstones. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on May 11, 2012 - 3 answers

My harp will go on. Underwater. Glug glug.

How did harps come to be associated with (under)water? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Apr 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Ancient Egyptian Underworld and Afterlife in Film

I'm looking for movies with scenes involving the ancient Egyptian underworld/afterlife. [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Sep 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Mythical and legendary costumes

Myths & Legends: Costume idea help please! [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jan 8, 2010 - 7 answers

80s Sci-fi/Fantasy Film

Looking for a sci-fi, fantasy, art film I saw as a child, it must have come out in the 80s, I remember watching it at an inappropriately young age and I was born in 82. [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Dec 31, 2009 - 7 answers

Women who runs with the Wolf Lecture

What have you heard about werewolves? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Oct 28, 2009 - 59 answers

A priest and his own stolen plates. Folklore?

Have heard a story told to me as a "true" story that someone supposedly has personal knowledge of, but I could swear I've heard this before, either as urban legend, or maybe from the plot of a movie or book. Does anyone recognize this story? [more inside]
posted by leticia on Aug 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Book-footed vampire?

Where did I read about a book footed vampire? [more inside]
posted by brownbat on Nov 7, 2008 - 3 answers

Witches, Wizards, and the American Civil War

What was going on with the occult and belief in the supernatural in Civil War-era America? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Sep 18, 2008 - 18 answers

Where can I find information on historical paladins?

Where can I find information on historical paladins? [more inside]
posted by magodesky on May 27, 2008 - 3 answers

FroggyBack

Is anyone familiar with ancient Native American legends of giant frogs riding people? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on May 8, 2008 - 3 answers

Wendigo myth in the Northwest

Is the Wendigo purely a Northeast American (and Canadian) myth? If so is there a Northwest equivalent?
posted by Artw on Apr 29, 2008 - 15 answers

Identify the legend: How Shiva tricked the human soul to jump into a body.

I am trying to identify/verify the existence of a legend told to me by a friend. Goes something like this: [more inside]
posted by andreinla on Apr 10, 2008 - 3 answers

Book identifying mythical archetypes?

BookFilter: Looking for a book a friend once found containing every myth, fable, and legend the author could find from multiple cultures, with analysis breaking them down into (I believe) a hundred or so archetypes. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Jun 18, 2007 - 14 answers

Toilet getaway folklore question

In his book "Catch me if you Can", Frank Abagnale claims he evaded arrest by removing a panel in the toilet of a VC10, climbing through it and hence escaping out of the (taxi-ing) aircraft through a hatch. Could this actually have been done?
posted by rongorongo on Jun 1, 2007 - 8 answers

Ford! You 'ol scoundrel!

I have heard that during the 20's when capitalism was hot shit, many municipalities decided to privatize their public transit systems. The legend goes that Ford bought up a bunch and promptly shut them down. True or false? Couldn't find anything on google or snopes.
posted by nihlton on May 23, 2007 - 14 answers

Where are these legends from?

NordicFolkMusicFilter: I'm writing about folk legends and myths in Scandinavia and the development of Nordic music (both in the past and in the modern era). Two bands that I think deserve specific recognition for their blending of ancient and modern, and for which I plan to highlight, are Garmarna and Sorten Muld. The only problem is, I'm not finding a lot of detail about the myths/legends these bands allegedly take their texts from. [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized on May 9, 2007 - 7 answers

How can I find more information about this Seneca Indian legend?

How can I find more information about this Seneca Indian legend? [more inside]
posted by magodesky on Mar 7, 2007 - 4 answers

Irish rebel fights his own double?

Irishlorefilter: I once heard a brief reference to a fascinating irish legend/tale/fictionalized episode. This was many years ago, back when ask Metafilter didn't exist, so I don't know if everything I say is true or I made it up. [more inside]
posted by Baldons on Feb 11, 2007 - 4 answers

Efficient drinking technique?

Frat boy wisdom(?) filter: When I was in college, it was common beer drinking wisdom that dropping by the lou too early in the evening was ill-advised and known as "breaking the seal", the idea being that you would be dashing to the bathroom all evening long as a result. Is there any physical or psychological reason why this would be true?
posted by B-squared on Dec 29, 2006 - 10 answers

Perfect souls? Huhwha?

I once heard a belief, a tale, a myth (not sure which it falls under) that there are a certain fixed number of "pure" or "perfect" souls roaming the earth, and that the existance of these people is the one thing keeping God from throwing the towel in. Where did I hear this? Have any of you heard a tale like this? Can anyone tell me more? [more inside]
posted by Windigo on Aug 3, 2006 - 11 answers

"We're not in Kansas any more! We're in New York."

Rufus at Carnegie Hall. Were you there? How was it? And if you weren't there, did you read online an especially good review? Thanks.
posted by matteo on Jun 19, 2006 - 5 answers

The Protagonist: An Overview

The Protagonist: What can you tell me? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 8, 2006 - 17 answers

"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."

I'm looking for a certain story or legend about a woman who's village was invaded by troops. She kills them with kindness (or, more probably, knives) [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Dec 30, 2005 - 9 answers

Any good info on the asbestos in tampons hoax?

Anyone know any good books or internet sites relating to the asbestos in tampons hoax? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79 on Aug 18, 2005 - 8 answers

Pyramid blade sharpener - real or urban legend?

I remember reading a while back, possibly in Cosmic Trigger or some other such book, that the pyramid shape is naturally conducive to the sharpening of blades. According to this source, if you put dull blades inside a pyramid-shaped object, they will naturally sharpen over time. I don't think it matters what material the pyramid is made from, or how big it is. Anyway, as implausible as this idea seems, I know that I've heard it at least a few times, and cannot find anything about it on Snopes. So my question to the MeFi Mythbusters- real or urban legend?
posted by afroblanca on Feb 20, 2005 - 24 answers

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