By Karin E. Olsen, Jan R. Veenstra
Ever because the center a long time the Otherworld of Faerie has been the item of significant highbrow scrutiny. What technological know-how in any case brushed aside as ethereal nothings used to be given a neighborhood habitation and a reputation by means of paintings. This publication offers a number of the major chapters from the heritage and culture of otherworldly spirits and fairies within the folklore and literature of the British Isles and northerly Europe. In 11 contributions varied specialists take care of a number of the major difficulties posed by way of the scholarly and creative disagreement with the Otherworld, which not just fuelled the mind's eye, but in addition resulted in the final word redundancy of discovered perceptions of that Otherworld because it was once ultimately obfuscated by way of the readability of an enlightened age. individuals comprise: Henk Dragstra, John Flood, Julian Goodare, Tette Hofstra, Robert Maslen, Richard North, Karin E. Olsen, David J. Parkinson, Rudolf Suntrup, Jan R. Veenstra, and Helen Wilcox.
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He greets them and leads them away to a Land of Cockaigne full of beer-mugs that grow like flowers, ‘wherin as they seemed they dwelt many daies with great mirth and pleasure’ (sig. B4r– B4v), till devils shatter their idyll and they wake to find themselves halfburied in mud by the river. Once again, however, the veracity of the story is undermined—not this time by the possible ‘melancholy’ of the witnesses, but by their habitual drunkenness, a condition that afflicts all Germans, the student tells us.
The inefficacy of these Catholic symbols, like the revolting transformation of a cup to a piss-filled cap, reminds the readers of the Second Report that they inhabit a world where ‘fansie’ has long run rampant in the form of mistaken or perverse religions. But it also affirms the readers’ capacity, as responsible and intelligent adults, to appreciate the obvious differences between reality and illusion, substance and shadow, true faith and false; a skill that permits them to see fictions like the Second Report for what they are, harmless ‘merriments’ of the sort that made Marlowe famous.
Once again, however, the veracity of the story is undermined—not this time by the possible ‘melancholy’ of the witnesses, but by their habitual drunkenness, a condition that afflicts all Germans, the student tells us. The beer of Germany is so thick, he claims, that the vapour rising from it ‘clambering up and spreading it selfe so universally in the fantasie, maketh it to conceave no other impression, but that which the minde afore it came to be overpressed was conversant about’ (sig. B4v). The subject of the merchants’ conversation when they met the Phogels was ‘Faustus merriments’; so it is scarcely surprising when they started to drink that a brand new ‘merriment’ should have been the result.
Airy Nothings : Imagining the Otherworld of Faerie from the Middle Ages to the Age of Reason : essays in honour of Alasdair A. MacDonald by Karin E. Olsen, Jan R. Veenstra