During the last week of December I have been researching mostly by accident Hob-Goblins and by design Vikings and their respective histories, customs and superstitions around the world.
I have had a Viking story brewing in me for decades but with no firm story grasped and I have had some new ideas regarding this, but because I know very little about Vikings as a collective, I felt that some research was necessary. I found it weird that an idea I had about Odin actually clashed with mythological truth, it must have been something I learned once but had forgotten it. The bit about the 8 legged horse.
As a teenager I ventured into spirituality first by learning about Norse witchcraft, the runes, the drumming, the festivals etc., but I never learned more about the mortal Viking history, like I am doing now. I did know about their war traditions and their units, such as the screeching women and the berserkers through a game I used to play called Rome Total War. Regarding Viking warfare and general ancient warfare, I would fare well in writing about it because of the amount of historical research I’ve done throughout my life regarding the subject as well as coming from a military family background.
By and large though, I know more about Spartan and Roman day to day life than I do the Vikings. Which is why I am disappointed to find that the books I am finding at the library are mostly mythological.
I know it sounds funny to think about it, but I have learned more from watching “The Hairy Bikers” and “Gordon Buchanan’s” ventures in Scandinavia regarding food and dance than anything I’ve learned in books.
In fact, even more laughable is the fact that it is easier to learn more about the superstitions of the Hob-Goblin or Santa Claus than about the ancient Viking people.
There is one thing I have learned though and that is in Viking times it was a derogatory term to be deemed “A Viking” for it literally means “PIRATE”. This was very interesting to learn.
I am learning accidentally about Hob-Goblins because of a book my son was gifted by his friend Alice. This is the fourth calling to learn about Hobs and house folk in the past 18 months, something is pulling me towards them. I have no idea what it could be, I have no idea of any story interest I might have in writing about them… yet. But something is definitely trying to get my attention with this little creature.
I am a very spiritual person, so I believe in little folk like these and recently when I have been reading about them more actively and reading snippets out loud for my son Henry to overhear, I have noticed that the whole house is becoming more accident prone with food and drink and according to legend, this is a sign of a hungry or thirsty and very ignored little house hob.
Funnily enough, along with this, my husband has discovered that his tea is going down faster these days. So now we have started to make an extra cup of tea in the kitchen and it seems to have stopped the accidents and weirdly enough an inch in the cup has gone down!
I have a lot of experience with all kinds of spirits in my life. I have never done drugs and I rarely drink, if there is anything to wander about it is my sanity I suppose – but why do we shrug such things off and think someone nuts when little jewels like this are revealed? Why is it so hard to believe in little fair folk and ghosts but it is fine to believe in God? Really now, what is the difference? Oh and for those hard-core atheists, just remember you can’t see ultra violet light and infrared without technology but it exists doesn’t it? I rest my case.
I was told by a friend recently that my little forays into the spirit realm should be a subject for my blog, because it aligns with fantasy and horror for many people. This is why I am starting to mention such things. It has always been a part of me; I just never put it in the blog.
Hob-goblins in particular have always been something I have been nervous of because of the stories of boggarts and trolls, though trolls are very different to boggarts and hob-goblins. The nervousness stemmed from a horror movie I watched when I was little and it gave me nightmares, but these days I realised the movie was actually a fantasy comedy and I can’t help laughing every time I see it now. “Troll” where I believe the real first Harry Potter came from! A young boy’s sister is kidnapped into fairy world by an evil troll who was formerly a wizard who went bad and got turned into a troll as punishment by his former fiancé – the witch known as Eunice of whom the boy known as Harry Potter befriends in order to save his sister and all his neighbours in their apartment from the evils of the troll unleashing fairyland into the mortal world once again. The movie was made in 1986 and stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Obviously also, hob-goblins are found in the wonderful movie “Labyrinth” starring the late David Bowie, one of my most favourite all time fantasy movies where a young girl called Sara makes a wish she will soon regret, regarding her baby brother Toby. The King of Goblin City descends upon her and makes a bargain that she has just 13 hours to find her baby brother in his labyrinth of surprises and dangers or else her baby brother will become a goblin forever! A wonderful story, full of inspiration!
I wonder what my mind will make of these Hob-Goblins someday… I can’t wait to find out!