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enchantment:

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in religion and superstition, the practice of manipulating and controlling the course of nature by preternatural means. Magic is based upon the belief that the universe is populated by unseen forces or spirits that permeate all things.
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Enchantment

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Sometimes used to describe a spell or charm placed on someone or something. Elves and fairies were especially thought to enchant people and animals.

Enchantment

See also Fantasy, Magic.
Alidoro
fairy godfather to Italian Cinderella. [Ital. Opera: Rossini, Cinderella, Westerman, 120–121]
Bottom
under spell, grows ass’s head. [Br. Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
Cinderella
enchantment lasts only till midnight. [Fr. Fairy Tale: Cinderella]
Circe
enchantress who changes Odysseus’s men into swine. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
Geraldine, Lady
evil spirit who, by casting a spell, induces Christabel to bring her into her father’s castle. [Br. Lit.: S.T. Coleridge “Christabel” in Benét, 195]
Land of Oz
bewitching realm of magic and mystery. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]
Lorelei
water nymph of the Rhine; lured sailors to their doom with her singing. [Ger. Folklore: Leach, 645]
Maugis
enchanter; one of Charlemagne’s paladins. [Fr. Folk-lore: Harvey, 526]
Miracle, Dr.
bewitches Antonia into singing despite doctor’s orders. [Fr. Opera: Offenbach, Tales of Hoffmann, Westerman, 275–276]
Oberon
fairy king orders love charm placed on wife. [Br. Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
Orpheus
his singing opens the gates of the underworld. [Ger. Opera: Gluck, Orpheus and Euridyce, Westerman, 72]
Pied Piper
charms children of Hamelin with music. [Children’s Lit.: “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” in Dramatic Lyrics, Fisher, 279–281]
pishogue
Irish fairy spell that distorts reality. [Irish Folklore: Briggs, 327–328]
Quixote, Don
ascribes all his misfortunes to the machinations of enchanters. [Span. Lit.: Cervantes Don Quixote]
Scheherazade
spins yams for Sultan for 1001 nights. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights]
Schwanda
Czech Orpheus; bagpipe music moves even Queen Iceheart. [Czech Opera: Weinberger, Schwanda, Westerman, 412]
Sirens
with song, bird-women lure sailors to death. [Gk. Myth.: Odyssey]
Sleeping Beauty
sleeps for 100 years. [Fr. Fairy Tale, The Sleeping Beauty]
Titania
experiences spell-induced fascination over Bottom. [Br. Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
Van Winkle, Rip
returns to village after sleep of 20 years. [Am. Lit.: The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.]
vervain
indicates bewitching powers. [Flower Symbolism: Flora S ymbo lica, 178]
Vivian
the Lady of the Lake, enchantress and mistress of Merlin. [Br. Lit.: Barnhart, 1118]
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The paired tensions that are symbolized by the hobbits' gradual engagement with the enchanted world--between childhood and adulthood, and between enchantment and the ordinary--can be understood developmentally to be two sides of single tension, because maturing involves surrendering, or at least transforming, childhood enchantments.
One reason that the motif of an ordinary mortal entering a magical world engages us is that it symbolizes the reinstatement or strengthening of these enchantments that have been lost or threatened during the normal course of development.
Ross conceives of and presents enchantment as questions, multiplicities, heresies, and caesuras, and he conceives of disenchantment as answers, norms, orthodoxies, grasping for closure.
Against any border guards, Ross says enchantment is uncontainable, while "disenchantments take place hegemonically and insidiously in the midst of what they cannot contain" (74).
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