Tuesday, January 27, 2009

O Frabjous Day!

Charles Dodgson, better known by the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll, was the author of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and its sequel "Through the Looking-Glass". Both books are full of wonderful nonsense, including the poem Jabberwocky, famous in gaming circles for giving us the head-cleaving vorpal sword.*

And, although there are 364 days when you could celebrate Lewis Carroll's un-birthday, today is the one day you can't. :-) So we'll have a look at some minis instead... three in fact, all from Ral Partha, all sculpted by Tom Meier, and all from the aforementioned poem. First is the Jabberwock itself, followed by the Jubjub bird, and the frumious Bandersnatch.

Somewhat surprisingly, even 27 years after it was first released, the Jabberwock is still available from Iron Wind Metals (and still number 01-095). The Jubjub bird and Bandersnatch, unfortunately, are not being produced.

(* Along with the vorpal sword, Gary Gygax created two AD&D modules based on Carroll's books: "Dungeonland" and "The Land Beyond the Magic Mirror". Both are available as free downloads from Wizards of the Coast.)

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