March 29, 2019

H is for Hercinia

        My theme for this year’s April A-Z Blog Challenge is fantastical creatures, celebrating my upcoming book, On the Virtues of Beasts of the Realms of Imagination, which will be released by the end of the year.  Please check out my Kickstarter Campaign for this project!  It's got all kinds of extra info, pictures, and other goodies, and I'm super excited about it.
Meanwhile, here’s a teaser about the hercinia from the book:

        “I myself when a traveller was once lost in a dark forest, seeing no way out of the tangle of shadows.  I despaired in the night, until I saw what looked like a very star fallen from the heavens to light the way.  It was a glittering bird, flying before me from branch to branch and dropping, as it went, feathers along the path.  When, thus guided, I finally reached the edge of the wildwood and wept with relief to see the light of dawn spreading across the broad, open hillside that led home, I turned to see the hercinia loose one last feather as a farewell gift, and flit away, a shooting star, back into the depths of the forest to guide another.  I have kept that feather always since then, and still it glows softly in the night to remind me of that hope.”
        You can check out this previous post that explains my process in designing and carving this piece.  The hercinia is sort of a superhero of the fantasy creature world, and we'll encounter a number of other creatures with useful superpowers as the alphabet progresses.
What useful power would you like to find in a magical creature?
And the alphabet of mythical creatures doesn’t stop there.  You can check out this link to read 

[Picture: Feathers to Light the Way, rubber block print by AEGN, 2017.]

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see Health provided!

Beth
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A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Lovely description! :)

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Melanie Atherton Allen said...

Oh my! That is an absolutely gorgeous block print, and a beautiful description!

Donna Smith said...

I loved the old style of writing and the block is gorgeous!

Sue Bursztynski said...

Ther3 is something very Victorian about your style in that one - I love it! That looks like a firebird of some variety, flying away. Well done!

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Josefine said...

The illustration and carving is beautiful.

Anne E.G. Nydam said...

Thanks, everyone. I'm particularly proud of this print, and I'm positively basking in your kind words. =)

Alexandra Heep said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. Your writing is fantastic!

Deborah Weber said...

This is seriously awesome Anne - the print is gorgeous and I love the idea of the Hercinia. I confess I refuse to believe this is a mythical creature and am now determined to take walks in dark forests at night just for the opportunity to spot one, or at least its feathers.

Jade Li said...

Beautiful carvings that really bring the creatures into 3 dimensions.