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Old 04-30-2012, 02:55 PM
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Not sure if this is the thread for this, but it's about monsters & thought this was a cool little article.




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Jayce I see you've been a member for 3 years, and this is your 8th post. Welcome, anyway, I didn't remember seeing you post before. I think the Mummy can be pretty scary; but the first one with Brendon Fraser was the best of the Mummy movies to my mind. Some people like the classic ones, but they just seem funny to me. Or, well, the Brendon Fraser one was funny, too. But yah, the Mummy is another kind of monster besides your run of the mill vampire and werewolf.
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Jayce I see you've been a member for 3 years, and this is your 8th post. Welcome, anyway, I didn't remember seeing you post before. I think the Mummy can be pretty scary; but the first one with Brendon Fraser was the best of the Mummy movies to my mind. Some people like the classic ones, but they just seem funny to me. Or, well, the Brendon Fraser one was funny, too. But yah, the Mummy is another kind of monster besides your run of the mill vampire and werewolf.


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Yeah, it sounds like they might bring back the old version of the Mummy. At least that how the article makes it sound. Kinda exciting.
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The mummy himself in the Brendon Fraser versions was pretty scary looking. But I preferred the light-heartedness of those films to some of the real horror movies they make now days that are gory and scary. I guess I want something like those old Sinbad movies -- scary but not too gory or terrifying. Sinbad ran into some pretty nasty monsters. I'm remembering some kind of thing with a lot of arms and a sword in most of its hands ...
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Perfect thread for some posting!

The old tales in Norway talks about Nøkken (Or Nykken). A male type of vette (supernatural being ... Also used to describe orcs and goblins). It lives in Norwegian lakes, and usually lure people into the water with gold or other treasure in it to drown them. Nøkken likes pregnant women and un-baptized children the best, and though an evil creature, he is usually lonely and complains he cannot get to heaven.

He can actually shift his form, but usually he is a log in the water. Sometimes he appears with yellow glowing eyes, seagrass hanging down as his hair. Sometimes he shifts into a horse to lure people to the water with him.

As a child, Nøkken was probably the creature I looked out the most for!
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Thanks for joining in, Doffen! I wonder whether JRR Tolkien, who was familiar with Norse folklore, got the idea for Gollum from the creature you describe?
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Thanks for joining in, Doffen! I wonder whether JRR Tolkien, who was familiar with Norse folklore, got the idea for Gollum from the creature you describe?
That's what I was thinking, too, sounds like Gollum. And welcome back dear Doffen! Guess what? My book is almost ready for publication! You will be famous. If anyone reads it! XO

So shape-shifters turn up in different folklore -- in Native American folklore they're called Skin Walkers which is kind a creepy.

In India there's snakes that can sometimes assume human form, Naga, and one is reported to have done this in order to become a Buddhist monk. But Buddha recognized him as a snake and refused to ordain him. (But kindly gave him directions about how to be reincarnated as a man so he could become a monk.) Not sure that qualifies as a monster, but that snake of Voldemort's was Nagini, and she could shift shapes, too. Remember she turned up as Bathilda Bagshot.
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The zombie craze appears to be a diametrically-opposed reaction against the sexy-vampire craze. People watching movies about, or dressing up as, disgusting rotten zombies, are like "indie" teenagers who deliberately dress differently from the styles favored by the in-crowd. Monster preferences are thus like a fashion statement!
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The mummy himself in the Brendon Fraser versions was pretty scary looking. But I preferred the light-heartedness of those films to some of the real horror movies they make now days that are gory and scary. I guess I want something like those old Sinbad movies -- scary but not too gory or terrifying. Sinbad ran into some pretty nasty monsters. I'm remembering some kind of thing with a lot of arms and a sword in most of its hands ...
Yeah, I love those movies too. I think that's why the first two were certainly sucessful.
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Thanks for joining in, Doffen! I wonder whether JRR Tolkien, who was familiar with Norse folklore, got the idea for Gollum from the creature you describe?
I've never actually thought of that ... That might be right; at least from the description I give he sounds very ... Gollumish!


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