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Cards throughout the Throne of Eldraine heavily reference the Arthurian legend of Camelot on one hand and Grimms' Fairy Tales on the other.[1][2] Other fairy tales, not especially compiled by the Grimm brothers, are referenced as well. that The following is a list of specific analogs and references in cards within the set.

Arthurian legend[]

Card(s) Arthurian legend Notes
Ardenvale Paladin Lancelot The most loyal knight (gender reversal).
Ayara, First of Locthwain Morgan le Fay A powerful sorceress.
Castle Ardenvale Camelot Castle Ardenvale's architecture may have been inspired by Minas Tirith from the movie version of The Lord of the Rings.
Castle Vantress Avalon A legendary island.
The Cauldron of Eternity The Holy Grail A sacred object that may grant eternal life.[3][4] Lost, and the subject of many quests. May also draw inspiration from Pair Dadeni.
The Circle of Loyalty The Round Table The symbol of Arthur's court and loyal knights.[5]
Doom Foretold The Fisher King The fate that befalls the king's lands after he is injured.
Embercleave Excalibur A magical sword.[6]
Emry, Lurker of the Loch Lady of the Lake The lady.[7]
Gadwick, the Wizened Merlin A legendary, wizened wizard.[8]
Garenbrig Paladin The Green Knight A magical being from the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight who invites any member of Arthur's court to cut off his head on the condition that he does the same to them in one year's time.
The Great Henge Stonehenge Stonehenge plays a small role in some old Arthurian tales, being implied to have magical properties.[9]
Kenrith, the Returned King King Arthur Kenrith's attire is inspired by that worn by King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Oathsworn Knight The Black Knight Also influenced by Monty Python's version.[10]
Once and Future King Arthur Arthur's youth in T.H. White's The Once and Future King
Questing Beast Questing Beast A monster that the subject of quests undertaken by many famous knights.
Silverflame Ritual Knights of the Round Table The chivalric order associated with Arthur's court.
Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale Guinevere Role reversal (from a damsel in distress to valiant knight.)

Fairy tales[]

Card(s) Fairytales and Stories Notes
Animating Faerie The Adventures of Pinocchio The Fairy with Turquoise Hair and Pinocchio.
Bake into a Pie The Juniper Tree Serving stepmother (roles reversed).[11] Maybe also inspired by the Rat Cook of Game of Thrones.
Bartered Cow Jack and the Beanstalk Jack bartering the cow.[7]
Beanstalk Giant Jack and the Beanstalk The Giant.[7]
Beloved Princess Fairy tales (several) The Fairy Tale Princess.
Blow Your House Down The Three Little Pigs "He huffed, and he puffed, and he blew the houses down".[7]
Charmed Sleep Sleeping Beauty and several other tales The sleeping spell.[7]
Charming Prince Fairy tales (several) Prince Charming.[7]
Clackbridge Troll Three Billy Goats Gruff The Troll.[7]
Claim the Firstborn Rumplestiltskin Rumplestiltskin's payment.
Curious Pair Hansel and Gretel Hansel and Gretel.[7]
Crystal Slipper Cinderella Cinderella's lost slipper.[12][7]
Dance of the Manse Beauty and the Beast The dancing furniture (from the 1991 Disney adaptation).
Dwarven Mine Snow White The working place of the seven dwarves.[10]
Enchanted Carriage Cinderella The pumpkin carriage.[12][7]
Fae of Wishes Sleeping Beauty The good fairy at the baptism.
Faerie Guidemother Cinderella The fairy godmother.[12][10]
Flaxen Intruder Goldilocks and the Three Bears Goldilocks.[10]
Frogify The Frog Prince The prince.
Garruk, Cursed Huntsman Snow White The Huntsman.
Giant Killer Jack and the Beanstalk Jack.
Giant Opportunity Jack and the Beanstalk The Magic Beans.
Gilded Goose Golden Goose The Goose.[10]
Gingerbrute The Gingerbread Man The Gingerbread Man.[13][10]
Gingerbread Cabin Hansel and Gretel The Gingerbread house.[10]
Glass Casket The Glass Coffin Also seen as Snow White's tomb.[10]
Golden Egg The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs The Egg.
Happily Ever After Fairy tales (several) The end of every fairy tale.[10]
Inquisitive Puppet The Adventures of Pinocchio Pinocchio.[13][10]
Lovestruck Beast Beauty and the Beast The Beast.
The Magic Mirror Snow White The Magic Mirror.
Malevolent Noble Bluebeard Bluebeard.
Merchant of the Vale Jack and the Beanstalk The seller of the beans.[11]
Midnight Clock Cinderella The bell strikes midnight.
Once Upon a Time Fairy tales (several) The start of every fairy tale.
In this particular case: Cinderella's dead father[12][14]
Piper of the Swarm Pied Piper of Hamelin The Piper.[14]
Queen of Ice The Snow Queen The Snow Queen.
Rankle, Master of Pranks Rumplestiltskin Rumplestiltskin.
Return to Nature Cinderella The pumpkin carriage.[12]
Revenge of Ravens Cinderella Similar to the fate of the stepsisters.
Rosethorn Acolyte Sleeping Beauty Thorns and brambles around the castle.
Rowan, Fearless Sparkmage Little Red Riding Hood Rowan is wearing a red riding hood.[15]
Seven Dwarves Snow White The Seven Dwarves.[13][14]
Shining Armor Fairy tales (several) Knight in Shining Armor.
Spinning Wheel Sleeping Beauty and Rumplestiltskin The Spinning Wheel.[13][14]
Tall as a Beanstalk Jack and the Beanstalk Jack growing as the beanstalk (role reversal).
Taste of Death Snow White The poisoned apple.
Tempting Witch Snow White The Evil Queen in her disguise.
Trail of Crumbs Hansel and Gretel The trail to led the pair back home.
Trapped in the Tower Rapunzel Rapunzel in the Tower.[13][14]
True Love's Kiss Fairy tales (several) True Love's Kiss will break all spells (role reversal).[13][14]
Turn into a Pumpkin Cinderella The pumpkin carriage.[12]
Wicked Guardian Fairy tales (several) The evil stepmother.[12][14]
Wicked Wolf The Three Little Pigs The Big, Bad Wolf.[14]
Wildwood Tracker Cinderella Searching for Cinderella.[12]
Wishful Merfolk The Little Mermaid The little mermaid.[14]
Witch's Oven Hansel and Gretel Where the witch finds her demise.[14]
Wolf's Quarry The Three Little Pigs The Three Little Pigs.

Other influences[]

Card(s) Source Notes
All That Glitters The Merchant of Venice
All that glitters is not gold
All Star (song lyrics)
Barrow Witches Macbeth The three witches
Brazen Borrower Mary Norton's The Borrowers
Castle Garenbrig The Lion King The castle shape is similar to Pride Rock from the Disney animated movie.
Castle Locthwain Imperial Star Destroyer or Aladdin The castle shape is similar to the classical genie's lamp from Aladdin's tale. The castle also appears to fly and matches the silhouette of an Imperial Star Destroyer from the Star Wars franchise.
Chulane, Teller of Tales Irish Myth of Cú Chulainn
Foreboding Fruit The Godfather Whenever fruit appears in the film, it foreshadows death or a near death.
Insatiable Appetite Dutch nursery rhyme of Big Mouth
Korvold, Fae-Cursed King Norse Myth of Fafnir
Loch Dragon The Neverending Story Falkor the Luck Dragon
Lochmere Serpent Loch Ness Monster
Lonesome Unicorn The Last Unicorn
Oko, the Trickster A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck[16]
Outlaws' Merriment Robin Hood's Merry Men Little John, Friar Tuck, and Will Scarlet (gender reversal)
Overwhelmed Apprentice The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Reaper of Night The Grim Reaper
Robber of the Rich Robin Hood
Run Away Together The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Esmeralda and Quasimodo.
Sorcerer's Broom The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Wind-Scarred Crag Giant's Causeway A version of the real-life location in Northern Ireland
Wishclaw Talisman The Monkey's Paw


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