Then suddenly yesterday a direct link to it fell right into my lap.
|Lang was sort of a Victorian-era Grimm, collecting folklore from all around the world|
|"That is an end of you she said" "But she was wrong, for it was only the beginning"|
Consider the phrasing of the falling scene in each story. Here's the line from The Two Caskets:
Down, down, down went the girl--it seemed as if the well must reach to the very middle of the earth.
And here's the line from Alice's Adventures In Wonderland:
Down, down, down. Would the fall NEVER come to an end! `I wonder how many miles I've fallen by this time?' she said aloud. `I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth.
In The Two Caskets, the girl discovers a beautiful and magical land where animals talk, and even inanimate things like fences and milk pails talk. Alice also encountered lots of chatty things and animals.
In The Two Caskets, the fairy country is referred to as the "under-world," and of course Carroll's original version of Alice's story was called Alice's Adventures Under Ground.
Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There is bookended by scenes of Alice with her kitten, who is playing with a ball of yarn. In The Two Caskets, a bunch of talking kitties follow the girl around with helpful advice, and one of the girl's main tasks involves two balls of yarn.
|She found sitting round her a whole circle of cats|
|Take the black take the black cried the cats|
Lewis Carroll wrote Alice's Adventures In Wonderland in 1865, but if the Two Caskets story had truly been around long enough to be considered folklore, then maybe he was heavily influenced by it.
I'm not into reading annotated versions of classic stories because I don't like seeing things dissected, so this is probably not news to people who ARE into that sort of thing. But it was an amazing and fascinating discovery to me.
But I STILL don't know the name of that old animated movie! Dammit.