Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Oberon: The Bad Witch's God of the Week

The Bad Witch's God of the Week is Oberon, picked at random from my trusty copy of The Concise Mythological Dictionary by Peerage Books.

Of course, I realise Oberon isn't actually a god, but being King of the Fairies makes him pretty close to one in my opinion. He is certainly an important mythological figure from folklore, made famous for his stormy marriage to Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream.

He also appears in quite a few works of modern fiction, including Raymond E Feist's Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy.

In both Shakespeare's classic play and Feist's fantasy novel, he causes big trouble for any humans who become unwittingly drawn into his schemes. To me, he sums up all that is dangerous and powerful yet at the same time mysterious and attractive about fairy folk in legends and tales.

The photograph at the top shows a curious pendant called The Angels of Oberon by Briar Angels & Faeries. Being King of the Fairies, I'm not sure why Oberon is depicted with two angels kneeling in front of him, rather than two fairies, but I do like the way he is shown with just his mysterious eyes, pointed ears and a red crystal set in the middle of his crown.

The Angels of Oberon pendant is available to buy from online retailer Pagan Magic for £7.99.


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