A Portuguese Folktale – The Ingratitude of Children

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He that gives his goods before he’s dead, take up a mallet and knock him on the head (Scottish verse)

Elderly people who trick their ungrateful children into caring for them is yet another recurrent theme in the world of folktales.

The first records of such tales appear in the Middle Ages and spread across Europe, but the theme also appears in places as far as Kashmir and Sri Lanka.
As for the Portuguese version, we found one nearly identical to the German story, though the latter is shorter and provides dialogue to the characters, and also sets the number of daughters to three, unlike the Portuguese version, where there are only two daughters (guess the Portuguese decided to be more cost-effective).
Let us narrate the StarTwo translated adaptation of the next folktale.

The Ingratitude of Children

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A Portuguese Folktale: The Magician ~ Lines

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This is the linework where you can see clearly all the elements we picked for this Magician’s apprentice illustration.
Each one of them is meant to link to the story, so make sure you don’t miss it by reading the tale and see the full version of the original illustration. You can quickly go there by clicking on the link below!

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Click here to see the story and full colour illustration!

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A Portuguese Folktale: The Magician

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Today’s folktale was first transcribed in 1879 and it’s a recurrent theme in folktales around the world, this theme being of a magical restraint.
It also happens that similar versions of this tale can be found in Russia, Italy and Great Britain and here from Portugal there are two main versions: one from the south of the country and another from the north.
We present to you our translation (and adaptation) of the southern version since it’s a bit cheekier, in our opinion!
Without further ado, let’s begin!

THE MAGICIAN

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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We made a starry image for the Versatile Blogger Award!

At long last, we can humbly accept the Versatile Blogger Award that theatrealtair from Altair 5G Theatre nominated us with! This Award is a really curious thing as it allows people to know more about the ones behind the blogs. For example, did you know that theatrealtair prefers to play as Khajiit in Skyrim? Neither did we!

According to their own description, Altair 5G Theatre is a project dedicated to bringing in the next level of entertainment, achieving an existence in both real and virtual worlds. We invite you to check more on the blog and we thank Altair 5G Theatre for the lovely nomination and the challenges it entails!
When you get a VBA nomination, you have to follow these steps:

Thank the person who gave you this award.
Include a link to their blog.
Nominate 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Finally, tell seven things about yourself.

Without further ado, it’s with great pleasure that StarTwo would like to nominate the following blogs (in no particular order):

Cindy Knoke – a photoblog, with wonderful coverage of Cindy’s discoveries and experiences.

Dave and Lauras Dream – a photoblog showing this sweet couple’s endeavours in travels and culinary adventures.

Tokens of Companionship – Portraits from the first 100 years of photography. Every image is amazing.

Susieopinions – Though she states her blog is mostly about reviews, health and fitness it’s her inner strength and boxing skills that got us hooked.

The Phoblography – Daily photoblog, focusing on life’s details.

Cirsova – The best Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense! It’s not just a slogan and we’re totally not being biased!

Rosemarie’s Kitchen – Delicious, indulgent and well-photographed meals for everyone.

T Ibara Photo – photoblog with amazing snapshots of the animal kingdom.

The Alchemist’s Studio – Amazing pottery with great concepts behind each piece.

Extra Life – Independent opinions on video games and films.

ChronosFeR2 – Meaningful photos and meaningful words.

Under the influence! – Myths, legends, folklore and tales from around the world.

Caliath – Wonderful writing expanding in poetry and prose with a delicate sensitivity.

Brushes and Papers – Traditional illustrations that are purely amazing.

The Flying Tofu – slices of Japanese life that put you in a good mood.

(while doing this list, we found out a lot of blogs that we were definitely following before had the follow removed in the meanwhile. Be careful, as this seems to be a reported WordPress problem).
These are some of the blogs we visit regularly and hope you’ll find them interesting too! And next…

There’s a reason why we saved the last task for… well, last! We are absolutely not that great at talking about ourselves. Nevertheless, we’ll give it our best try!
Seven facts about StarTwo that you might not know:

We’re two individuals and we’re both responsible for drawing and writing on this blog.
We studied together after being acquaintances for 3 years.
Legend of Zelda is our holiest of holy games (especially Link’s Awakening).
We tend to take too many photos for reference when we travel.
Our cat has a heart-shaped pattern on her flank.
We have a love-hate relationship with supernatural movies and documentaries.
We have lived and worked abroad in the UK and the Netherlands.

And now we’ll be on our merry way to inform all these blogs about their nominations.
Sorry everyone, please don’t have ill wishes toward us, since there’s a bit of work involved on this but it’s also very rewarding to show the world a little of what interests you and that in fact is more insightful than anything we might say.

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A Portuguese Folk Tale – Almond Trees ~ Lines

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Here we go, another little snippet of lines underneath a finished illustration.

We shared its colour counterpart on our last post “A Portuguese Folktale – Almond Trees”. It spoke about the love that was almost cut short with the sickness of the “Northen Beauty”, doomed if not for the beautiful Almond Trees.

Despite the strain on getting it right, just like rendering hair, facial hair has its potential when it comes to therapeutic inking~

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A Portuguese Folk Tale – Almond Trees

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Back in primary school, we were first introduced to the myriad of people and empires that ruled over these lands that are now the country of Portugal.

From Celts to Romans, Suebi to Visigoths and finally, the Moors, all left a little of their inheritance behind and became part of the intricate tapestry that is the Portuguese past. Our beautiful region of Algarve, land of golden sand and crystalline waters, still shows clear signs of Moor presence, starting with its name, Algarve, which was Al-Gharb in the 8th century A.D. And among words, architecture, food and music, the Moors also left us the gorgeous almond trees.

With their characteristic beauty, a legend about almond trees seems inevitable, doesn’t it? Right you are! This lore is one of the most beloved stories passed down through the centuries, weaved with some veracity as many of the names and places existed and though it hints a rather romantic vision of invasion and conquest that we end up appreciating because we will always believe that love can conquer all.

Sit back with your favourite treat and let’s travel together through old lands under the regency of the Crescent Moon…

The Legend of the Blooming Almond Trees – A Folktale from Algarve

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A Portuguese Folk Tale ~ Almond Trees Sneak Peek

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Moors, Love and a mysterious disease! Make sure to check our next Folktale as it will portray one of the most cherished Portuguese legends of love.

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