Thursday, September 1, 2011
So, we switched this week- and I wanted to talk about one of my absolute favorite, most treasured possessions. The Tales of Beedle the Bard, translated by Hermione Granger, Commentary by Albus Dumbledore, with an Introduction, Notes, and Illustrations by J.K. Rowling opened up a whole new world of fairy tales for me. They are wizarding folklore, crafted by the master of stories. My favorite one in this collection is The Fountain of Fair Fortune. In this tale, a mysterious fountain of fortune lies tucked away in an enchanted garden on top of a hill. Once a year, one unfortunate person is given the opportunity to fight their way to the top of the hill and bathe in its water, receiving fair fortune for evermore. On this day, three witches gather together and relay their tales of woe and sorrow to each other. Each harbors their own reasons for wanting to gain access to this fabled fountain and rid themselves of their problems. They decide to unite, should any of them fail at their task. Add in a knight called Sir Luckless and the tail begins to unfurl. It is a wonderful story with a truly surprising ending! I think anyone who loves folklore and mythology will really enjoy these stories!
Has anyone else read these stories? Any thoughts on them? ~ F
P.S. The book looks amazing too!!!
Posted by DMS at 7:28:00 PM