Lady_Ossa (lady_ossa) wrote in little_details,
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With reference to folklore/mythology, how to prolong your life/gain immortality?

Setting: Generic fantasy land

Searched terms: Various combinations of mythlogy, folklore, Norse, Celtic, Gaelic, Saxon, fae, fairy, prolong life, extend lifespan, immortality, gaining immortality, etc. I really can’t think of what else I could search.

I did find some stuff about apples in Celtic mythology sometimes being a means to immortality, but it didn’t exactly fit with my generic fantasy world and what I had in mind.

Basically, it’s a bit Harry Potter-y, but I have this fantasy land filled with weird creatures like fae and the aes sidhe, and there is one character who is terrified of dying. As a result, she searches for a way to prolong her life. I don’t want to make something up out of nothing, so I’d really like to find an existing legend and then adapt it.

So yeah, I’m looking for a European legend/myth/bit of folklore about how someone can prolong their life and/or gain immortality. If it could be based on something originally from the UK, that’d be awesome, but I don’t think I can afford to be that specific. And also, having a drawback would be great too (like JK’s unicorn blood cursing people to live ‘half-lives’), but really not required.


Thanks in advance!
Tags: ~folklore (misc)
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