Art History · Articles · History of Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales

Santa Claus Imagery Through the Ages – now on HeadStuff

Last month, I told HeadStuff that I wanted to write an article about the origins of Santa Claus and the evolution of his appearance. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The history of Santa Claus is way more complicated than I thought. He doesn't have any one single origin or neat… Continue reading Santa Claus Imagery Through the Ages – now on HeadStuff

Advent Calendar 2015 · Art History · History of Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales

December 6th: Saint Nicholas of Bari by Carlo Crivelli

I mentioned a few posts ago that I want to talk about some of the historical, religious, and mythological antecedents to Santa Claus. As today is Saint Nicholas's Day, this seems like a perfect time to get started. St. Nicholas (270-343) was a Greek/Turkish bishop and saint who became associated with gift giving due to… Continue reading December 6th: Saint Nicholas of Bari by Carlo Crivelli

Advent Calendar 2015 · American Art · Art History · History of Myths, Legends, and Fairy Tales

December 2nd: Santa Claus according to Thomas Nast

The image of Santa Claus is pretty much omnipresent in the month of December, but how many people actually know where it comes from? Santa has his origins in numerous characters from the myths, legends, and stories of many different cultures; Saint Nicholas is his best-known but not only antecedent. As such, Santa Claus takes many diverse forms and personalities… Continue reading December 2nd: Santa Claus according to Thomas Nast

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I Want to be a Tolkienologist — my review of David Day’s The World of Tolkien: Mythological Sources of The Lord of the Rings

The fact that it is still December and I'm already writing a review of a book I got for Christmas should tell you everything you need to know about how wonderful this book was. David Day's The World of Tolkien: Mythological Sources of The Lord of the Rings. (New York: Chartwell Books, Inc., 2013) is a 184-page-long,… Continue reading I Want to be a Tolkienologist — my review of David Day’s The World of Tolkien: Mythological Sources of The Lord of the Rings