As with fox dreams, I’ll be posting some trivia, facts, and general tidbits on the prompts every couple days. Mostly pulled from Wikipedia, but I’ll try to keep them interesting!
The deadline is Sunday, June 17th to send poems about faerie folk (elves, dwarves, faeries, mermaids, etc) and/or lanterns.
On faerie origins (from Wikipedia):
One belief held is that they were a class of “demoted” angels. One popular story held that when the angels revolted, God ordered the gates shut; those still in heaven remained angels, those in hell became devils, and those caught in between became fairies. Others held that they had been thrown out of heaven, not being good enough, but they were not evil enough for hell. This may explain the tradition that they had to pay a “teind” or tithe to Hell. As fallen angels, though not quite devils, they could be seen as subject of the Devil.
The Lantern Lowdown
On the history of lanterns (from Wikipedia):
Lanterns are first spoken of by Theopompus, a Greek comic poet, and Empedocles of Agrigentum. Lanterns were used by the ancients in augury. The only known representation of an ancient Egyptian lantern probably is not much different from those spoken of by John the Evangelist in John 18:3 from the New Testament, where the party of men which went out of Jerusalem to apprehend Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane is described as being provided “with lanterns and torches.”
The simplest technology used is the candle lantern. Candles give only a weak light, and must be protected from wind to prevent flickering or complete extinguishment. A typical candle lantern is a metal box or cylinder with glass or mica side panels and an opening or ventilated cover on the top. A primitive form of candle lantern, made from white horn and wood and called a lanthorn, was first made in the time of King Alfred of England.