- The book which Regina opens in Merlin's tower to read about the magical toadstool (seen upside-down), is a facsimile of page 392 of Foxe's Book of Martyrs, a work of Protestant history and martyrology by the sixteenth century English historian and martyrologist John Foxe, published in 1563. The opposite page and two other pages also seem to be taken from the book: While the text mostly illegible, the pages have the same layout as Foxe's book (two columns separated by a vertical line). ("Siege Perilous")
- The illustration of the magical toadstool says vermiculus coronum, which is Latin for "crimson crown". ("Siege Perilous")
- The book with information about the Crimson Crown (note that a few words are illegible on-screen, but can be read on a prop page which was auctioned off on eBay in March 2019; the illegible text is set in fuchsia), says:
its essence a moste
pernicious poison that brings
to pass an intemperate
humour and can lead to the
demyse [sic] o' the wight if
remedye [sic] is not administer'd
There are other properties
The Crimson Crown has
Some associate this fungus
There are a number of other
appearance of a ring of
ground is cause for either
rejoicing or alarm. In The
Southern Lands, these
circles are known as fairy
rings – and they are where
the Fae come to dance and
cavort after a rainstorm.
Moreover, like many other
In the Western Mountains,
Enchanted Forest and the
wetlands to the East, these
rings are associated with
sorcery and malevolent
magic, and travelers are
well-advised to steer clear of
- Some of the text, is adapted from Witchipedia.com's article "Magical and Spiritual Considerations", about the toadstool fly agaric. The original text reads thus:
- "Magic mushroom has masculine [sic] and is aligned with the planet Mercury and the air element. It may be used as a fertility charm. Some use this mushroom to aid with astral travel. However, it should be noted that using chemical assistance is never advised and can be dangerous. Some associate this fungus with Dionysus, mainly because of its intoxicating potential."
- "In Holland, these rings are believed to be left when the Devil sets down his milk churn - once he picks it up, there's a big circle left in the grass. In some countries, such as France and Austria, these rings are associated with sorcery and malevolent magic, and travelers are well-advised to steer clear of them."
- "In many areas, the appearance of a ring of mushrooms on the ground is cause for either rejoicing or alarm. In Great Britain, these circles are known as fairy rings - and they are where the Fae come to dance and frolic after a rainstorm. However, like many other locations associated with faeries, humans who dare to enter such a ring may find themselves asleep for a hundred years, or worse yet, whisked off to the land of the wee folk, never to return."
- The spell book that Regina is closing in the beginning of the scene where she talks to Zelena in "Siege Perilous", is the same book that Belle and Merida bring to DunBroch and use to perform magic in "The Bear and the Bow".
- Merlin's recipe for a tethering spell reads: ("Nimue")
conformity with my will
So must it be!
The first requisite for being the
arbiter of physical transformation is
thorough qualitative and
quantitative understanding of the
consternation of the blade, the
This must be repeated in
honor of the second, sentient party.
Once this has been achieved these
subtle energies may be entwined.
To bind two disparate phenomena.
To make them one in an act of
Speaketh the following incantation:
this dread blade
Shall be fast held to it its purpose.
The kind who cleft thee so
in twain I held in thrall,
their name be graven.'
- The ellipse with strange symbols is taken from an illustration in an eighteenth century demonology book called Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros, which roughly translates as A rare summary of the entire Magical Art by the most famous Masters of this Art. The book is dated to around 1775 and is written in German and Latin by an unknown author. Note that the ellipse illustration has been modified for the show, as all but one of the symbols (the topmost one) have been replaced or altered.
- A piece of concept art by Neil Westlake reveals an unused page of instructions on how to communicate through magical barriers:
There is a Forme of
true Divination, for
barriers, of both
material and that of
the spirit worlde.
For the workings, the adept will need the
Crimson Crowne toadstool which is then
renderede down into complete morsels.
thrown and soon thereafter a portal cloud will
start to forme. It is in ??? of the cloud that
the adept will speke '[sic] and communicate with
those as according to her will.
- A prop page auctioned off on eBay in June 2019, reveals that the unseen page that Belle shows to Merlin in the Camelot castle dungeons in "The Bear and the Bow" reads:
may prevent one from moving forward.
This spell will prove eficacious [sic]
on either the astral plane or the corporeal
Close your eyes slowly
and venture inwardly to your habitual
Therein place a stoat yellow candle on the altar
in your mind and slowly chant, wordlessly, in
your working space.
Impediment to my passage, dissolve against the
bulwark of my will and be gone!
In the name of the venerable old ones, by those
doughty guardians of the cardinal points,
I say, crumble and evanesce
Thereforth, hold out your hand afore you
and brash the obstacle into nothingness.
You are now free to proceed
along your path unhindered.
|Once Upon a Time: Season Five|
|"The Dark Swan":||"The Price":||"Siege Perilous":||"The Broken Kingdom":||"Dreamcatcher":||"The Bear and the Bow":||"Nimue":||"Birth":||"The Bear King":||"Broken Heart":||"Swan Song":|
|"Souls of the Departed":||"Labor of Love":||"Devil's Due":||"The Brothers Jones":||"Our Decay":||"Her Handsome Hero":||"Ruby Slippers":||"Sisters":||"Firebird":||"Last Rites":||"Only You":||"An Untold Story":|