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HELP: Scholomance

From: Elizabeth Miller 
Subject: Re: HELP: Scholomance
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 1996 18:19:45 -0330 (NST)

Re the Scholomance. Yes, it is mentioned in Stoker's _Dracula_. First 
reference is in Chapter 18 when Van Helsing is giving his lecture on 
Voivode Dracula: he states that the Draculas had dealings with the Evil 
One "They learned his secrets in the Scholomance, amongst the mountains 
over Lake Hermanstadt, where the devil claims the tenth scholar as his 
due". It is mentioned again, also by Van Helsing in Chapter 23  when he 
says that Dracula "was in life a most wonderful man... He dared even to 
attend the Scholomance..."

Stoker read about the Scholomance in an article entitled "Transylvanian 
Superstitions" by Emily Gerard. He took his points about it almost 
verbatim from her. When I was in Romania, I asked some folklorists about 
this legend and they said it does exist. The legend states it was a school
run by the devil who would teach his students how to control the animals 
and the weather. At the end of the session, one scholar was held back as 
payment for all 10 who were admitted. Hermanstadt is the Romanian city of 
Sibiu in Transylvania (which I have visited).

Hope this helps.

Elizabeth Miller
Professor of English
Baroness of the House of Dracula     ["Dracula's home page"]

 I     "Razbunarea mea de abia incepe! Va dainui prin veacuri si     I
        timpul e de partea mea."                                     l
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