Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Ethereal 2018 - My Sign-Up

It seems appropriate that I'm going to recycle two books from my 2017 reading list for this challenge, as I've chosen for my "theme within a theme" my favorite archetype, the nature spirit called the Green Man.

The Green Man hearkens back to the god Pan in Greek mythology, although instead of being half goat he's half (or more) vegetation. Numerous medieval churches and cathedrals include his image and I've always been fascinated by their presence, which remains the subject of much theorizing among cultural historians. Sometimes exuberant, sometimes comic, sometimes gruesome, the Green Man echoes the contrasts of the natural world.

This fun challenge, hosted with enthusiasm by Carolyn of Riedel Fascination, is the perfect nudge for me to read more about him. Learn more about it here, and please note that it runs February 1, 2018, through January 31, 2019, providing a nice offset with other challenges that stick to the calendar year. 

My list:

Uprooted: On the Trail of the Green Man - Nine Lyon (2/16/18) (review)
The Land of the Green Man: A Journey Through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles - Carolyne Larrington
new: The Hero: A Study in Tradition, Myth and Drama - Lord Raglan (husband of Lady Raglan, who first researched the Green Man, and the Joseph Campbell of his day)

If I can find and read more books on this topic, I will. For now, I'm happy to keep the bar pretty low.


  1. Hello, Jane! I stopped by to visit. It may be that you are updating your page soon. Even with cleaning to do for my birthday approaching next week, I am starting my updates for the themes of yours, in which I am your guest. Don't forget to drop me a comment or a note confirming that you would like to be in my end-of-year draw. It is the least that the generous hostess you are, deserves; to have your turn at goodies! :) Yours, Birthday Girl Carolyn.

    1. Thanks for checking in! I am updating as fast as I can . . . . :-)


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