The maiden fetched the magic wand, and then she took her stepsister’s head and dropped three drops of blood from it. Illustration by Arthur Rackham for Sweetheart Roland, a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm
Floke Vilgerdarson, also known as Raven-Floke, was one of the first Vikings that arrived in Iceland. He used to have hungry ravens with him when sailing in unknown waters. When he believed they where close to land, he released the ravens. If the ravens flew right up, and then in a certain direction, the ship followed the birds, if the ravens returned to the ship, there was no land in sight.
And then I always thought the words, and then, were a prelude to something wonderful. Like seeing a ship come in or finding a note in your letterbox when you weren't expecting one.That swift, surprising transition from nothing to everything. And then Two little words that hold a world of promise. And then the light pierced through the dark, forbidding sky, and the rain stopping falling. And then I met you.