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January 29, 2018
To celebrate National Storytelling Week, we have picked six of our favourites myths and legends from our 100 Facts Myths & Legends book. You may be surprised about the origins of some of your favourite film characters.
Myths from ancient Arabia described ghostly djinn (genies). They could change into countless shapes but most often appeared as snakes, dogs and humans. Djinn tempted travellers away from safe tracks to get lost in the desert. In the Thousand and One Nights collection of Middle Eastern myths and legends, a djinni (genie) helps the young hero Aladdin. There have been many adaptations of Aladdin.
The Flying Dutchman
The ghost of the Flying Dutchman features in stories about the sea. According to legend, this ship hanuts the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa. Its proud captain ignored storm warnings and sailed on through wild winds and waves. A vision appeared on deck and begged him to turn back. However, The Flying Dutchman’s captain refused and his ship was wrecked. As seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
The phoenix was a giant bird, said to live for 500 years. When its time came to die, it built a nest of fragrant twigs, climbed on top and set itself on fire. It burned for three days, then was reborn in the fire – young, strong and beautiful. As seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
For over 600 years, the legendary adventures of Robin Hood have entertained audiences. From their hideout in Sherwood Forest, Robin and his men waylaid weary travellers and waged war with the hated Sheriff of Nottingham. There have been many adaptations of Robin Hood.
Batman and Superman
Superstar comic-book heroes Batman and Superman were created in the USA during the troubled times of the 1930S. Their amazing adventures brought pleasure to readers facing the threat of war. Like gods and heroes from ancient myths and legends, Batman and Superman are shape-shifters. They go on perilous quests, have supernatural powers and can fly. Batman and Superman films are just as popular today.
In the Walt Disney cartoon Pinocchio, Pinocchio’s nose grows longer and longer each time he tells a lie. Disney based his film on an Italian children’s story that was inspired by ancient traditional tales – they aimed to stop children telling lies. The story was written by Carlo Collodi.
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For Book Giving Day on 14 February we are going to give away a stack of books to five different causes, all chosen by you!
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