In Old English, “mer” means “sea,” and “maid” simply meant woman.
Mermaids are therefore “women of the sea.”
Legends of mermaids may be ancient, but they are still present in many forms; their images can be found in films, books, movies and even Starbucks.
Enjoy my Top Ten List of Mermaid’s in Movies:
- Miranda (1948) Iconic
- Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948) Midlife Crisis
- Aquamarine (2006) Nod to Jane Davenport
- Magic Island (1995)
- Hook (1991) Best adaptation of Peter Pan
- Ponyo (2009 — USA release) Disney-Miyazaki film
- Night Tide (1961) Murders
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Sirens
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) Scary Mermaids
- Splash (1984) Haha, you didn’t think I would forget this one did you?
“Vitamin Sea” coursework project “Jane Davenport Art School” http://www.janedavenport.com
Art Image: S. Craig, Daniel Smith watercolor paint and Jane’s Epic Pen.