The Mythology of Discworld. The Disc. Hindu cosmology has four or eight great elephants called the diggaja , elephants of the directions, with gods on their backs. Another legend shows the world on the back of a single elephant, Maha-Padma, standing on the tortoise Chukwa.
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Another legend shows the world on the back of a single elephant, Maha-Padma, standing on the tortoise Chukwa.
"The world rides through space on the back of a turtle. This is one of the great ancient world myths, found wherever men and turtles are gathered together; the four elephants were an indo-European sophistication. The idea has been lying in the lumber room of legend for centuries. All I had to do was grab it and run away before the alarms went off."The Disc
A snake big enough to encircle a world…biting its own tail.
Instead of the Rimfall there was a wall of ice and instead of the Hub there was a gigantic tree.The Other Discs
An elf's strength lay in persuading others they were weak.
Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.Elves are marvelous. They cause marvels.Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.Elves are terrific. They beget terror.…No one ever said elves are nice.Elves are bad.Elves
Twas first she saw the black, black steed,and then she saw the brown.But Tam raid on the milk white steedand she pulled him tae the ground.
The faeires changed him in her arms,a burning coal of fire,but Janet held him tae her breast,to be her heart's desire.
The faeries changed him in her arms,a wolf and then a snake,but Janet held him tae her breast,all for her true love's sake.…
They changed him in her arms at last,a wild and naked man,but still she held him tae her breast,and so she won Tam Lin, Tam Lin.And so she won Tam Lin.
Magrat: I remember a folksong about a situation just like this. This girl had her fiancé stolen by the Queen of the elves and she didn’t hang around whining, she jolly well got on her horse and went and got him. Well, I’m going to do that too.Rescue from Elfland
All dwarfs are by nature dutiful, serious, literate, obedient and thoughtful people whose only minor failing is a tendency, after one drink, to rush at enemies screaming "Arrrrrrgh!" and axing their legs off at the knee.
Dwarfs are very attached to gold. Any highwayman demanding 'Your money or your life' had better bring a folding chair and packed lunch and a book to read while the debate goes on.
Norse dwarves were short, ugly, and uniformly male. They were magical creatures with huge skill at metallurgy, taking fame for making great artifacts of legend.Dwarves
Mountain trolls from Iceland and Norway are immensely old and strong, hurl boulders and cause avalanches.
The Icelandic night-troll avoids sunlight, which turns it permanently into stone.Trolls
“When it's time to stop living, I will certainly make Death my number one choice!”
Old Father Time carries a scythe and hourglass. He derives from Cronus (Saturn) god of agriculture and time.Death
“A crown? I never wore a crown!”
“You never wanted to rule.”
Paradise Lost: What seemed his head
The likeness of a kingly crown had onDeath
The Picti, ancient painted warriors of Scotland, were so fierce they held off the Romans. Some Scotsmen described “unco wee bodies but terrible strang,” who lived under burial mounds. They were associated with underworld spirits.
Short wee men they were, wi’ red hair and feet sae braid that when it rained they could turn them up owre their heads, and then they served for umbrellas.
Then the Badb, and Macha, and Morrigu went to the hill of hostage-taking, the tulach which heavy hosts frequented, to Temhair (Tara), and they shed druidically formed showers, and fog-sustaining shower-clouds, and poured down from the air, about the heads of the warriors, enormous masses of fire, and streams of red blood; and they did not permit the Fir-Bolgs to scatter or separate for the space of three days and three nights.Witches
The Norns, are called lawmakers as well as the arbiters of fate, ever virginal, ever spinning:
Thence come maidens
Having knowledge of many things…
Urth one is called;
The second Verthandi…
Skuld the third.
They laid down laws,
They chose life
for the children of people;
They tell fates.
--The Poetic EddaWyrd Sisters
The golem itself is a creature from Jewish mythology, a man made of clay and animated by Kabbalistic magic. God's secret name on a parchment was placed in its forehead. The one thing it could not do is speak, because only God can grant the power of speech. The Golem of Prague was between seven-and-a-half and nine feet tall and had tremendous strength, but had a very placid and passive disposition when not under orders to act otherwise.
Dibbler: When a stranger comes into the city under the thrall of the dragon and challenges it with a glittery sword, weeell, there’s only one outcome, ain’t there? It’s probably destiny.
Prometheus Bound :"[Prometheus :] I hunted out and stored in fennel stalk the stolen source of fire that has proved a teacher to mortals in every art and a means to mighty ends."
Fingers-Mazda, the first thief in the world, stole fire from the gods. But he was unable to fence it. It was too hot.He got really burned on that deal.Prometheus
A mirror can suck up a piece of soul. A mirror can contain the reflection of the whole universe, a whole skilful of stars in a piece of silvered glass no thicker than a breath.
Lily You know, you’re really just like me. Don’t you know that? There isn’t a thought that’s gone through my head that you haven’t thought too.
Her horrified gaze rose to meet a reflection.
It glared back at her
Granny Weatherwax stepped through the empty frame.Lilith
Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches from The Worst Witch
Magic School on the Charmed television series.
"This is the school, isn't it. The magic place? The world. Here. And you don't realize it until you look. Do you know the pictsies think this world is heaven? We just don't look. You can't give lessons on witchcraft. Not properly. It's all about who you are... you, I suppose."Wizard Schools