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  • The other meaning of "Familiar".

    Maybe everyone else is allready familiar with the this medieval meaning, but it was news to me. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about a "Familiar Spirit":

    "In European folklore and folk-belief of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, familiar spirits (sometimes referred to simply as "familiars") were supernatural entities believed to assist witches and cunning folk in their practice of magic. According to the records of the time, they would appear in numerous guises, often as an animal, but also at times as a human or humanoid figure, and were described as "clearly defined, three-dimensional… forms, vivid with colour and animated with movement and sound" by those alleging to have come into contact with them, unlike later descriptions of ghosts with their "smoky, undefined form"."

    Later: "The historian Emma Wilby noted how the accounts of such familiars were striking for their "ordinariness" and "naturalism", despite the fact that they were dealing with supernatural entities. Familiar spirits usually had names, and "were often given down-to-earth, and frequently affectionate, nicknames.""

    We've allways known that the story "concerns a twelve-year-old girl who finds a kitten", but now I know that the title does, too.

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    Yes, and there has already been quite a bit of discussion on this topic. Take a look around and maybe you'll find something new.

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    • #3
      With a name like Frost & Fire, one might have thought you'd played D&D, but evidently not.

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