R is for Golden Rings & Reed Pipe–A to Z Blog Challenge

AtoZ2019RWe are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/).  The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Golden…And All Things That Glimmer.  Each post highlights golden items from a folktale from around the world. Each time you have to wonder, is something that is golden a blessing, a curse, or both?

What has inspired all this gold?–The Golden Spike with the 150th Transcontinental Railroad and the Spike 150 Grant for this year’s Story Crossroads Festival.

Golden Rings-

Images of “The Lord of the Rings” comes to mind, though this golden ring that can multiply itself and even serves as a symbol of fertility…combined with death.

Viking Lore AND About Gold Ring Draupnir –http://www.ancientpages.com/2017/07/26/draupnir-god-odins-magical-ring-multiply/

50-word-or-less summary:

Loki tricks dwarves to compete in making gifts for the gods while offering his head in payment. One of the gifts (besides Thor’s hammer) is a ring that multiplies itself with eight other rings-given to Odin. Brokk and Ertri won. Loki said can have his head but not his neck.

Viking Lore AND About Gold Ring Andvaranaut –http://www.ancientpages.com/2017/04/12/andvaranaut-magical-ring-made-gold-stolen-norse-god-loki/

https://spangenhelm.com/curse-andvaris-stolen-gold-magical-ring-precious/

50-word-or-less summary:

Odin, Loki, and Hœnir kill an otter-shapeshifting-dwarf. Father of dwarf seeds skinned otter skin and demands justice. Loki sent to gather ransom (fill otter skin with gold). Loki uses cursed gold of Andvari as well as the magical ring, Andvaranaut. Loki knew curse would destroy Dwarf’s kingdom. Much death.

Golden Reed Pipe-

This is really the same story as “Golden Flute” but this instrument is “Golden Reed Pipe.” Otherwise, the same.  Though, this is more complete than the link found for “Golden Flute.”

China (Yao) – http://chinese-tales.blogspot.com/2008/04/golden-reed-pipe-yao-folktale.html

50-word-or-less summary:

Little Red (girl) stolen by dragon. She predicted brother would save her. Mother confused-no son. She eats berry, pregnant, has son, Little Bayberry. Bayberry becomes like 14-year-old in days. Learns of sister through crow. Quest. Pushes rock. Finds golden flute. Lizards dance/obey. Plays for dragon. Forced dancing. Rescues sister.

Please share in the comments…or anything on your mind.

While you enjoy this blog, Story Crossroads has year-round offerings including the culminating Festival on May 15, 2019 with free performances May 13-16, 2019 (see schedule here: https://storycrossroads.com/2019-schedule/.  

We thank our funders such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Western States Arts Federation, Utah Humanities, the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (Spike 150), the City of Murray, the South Jordan Arts Council, Utah Valley University and many other businesses and individuals. Join us in the support by attending or donating or both! (Click here to donate or get tickets.

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