The Legend of the Sandman: Background information when reading Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century

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Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century

by Kim Fu

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The Legend of the Sandman

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Drawing of Hans Christian Andersen's Ole Lukøie standing over a sleeping person's bed with an umbrella In one story from Kim Fu's collection Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, an insomniac character is visited by the Sandman and subsequently finds it much easier to fall asleep. There is no consensus among experts as to the origin of the Sandman in folklore, as it is believed to be part of a long history of stories passed from generation to generation and from culture to culture. In many versions of the story, the Sandman sprinkles sand into a child's eyes to make them fall asleep. This element is likely borrowed from Scandinavian folklore.

The earliest written work featuring the character is believed to be German Romantic author E.T.A. Hoffmann's short story "Der Sandmann," published in 1816. (Hoffmann is also known for his novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which inspired Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker.) In "Der Sandmann," a man named Nathanael is tormented by his memories of a story told to him in childhood, about a monster called the Sandman who, according...

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