Study Guide

Stardust The Supernatural

By Neil Gaiman

The Supernatural

You don't have to get too far into Stardust in order to realize that it's chock-full of supernatural, magical, and otherwise odd occurrences. There's a lot going on in the magical transformation department, so we tackle that in its own theme, but you can also expect to see the following:

  • magical creatures like unicorns and witches;
  • means of divinations, from runes to entrails-scooping-out;
  • magical spells;
  • dream-sharing;
  • and travel by magic.

And that's only the beginning of it, since the land of Faerie is crawling with magic. It's probably safest to just assume that everyone and everything in it is made of magic or has been affected by magic. We'd follow Tristran's lead in being polite to everyone he encounters, since it seems to work well for him.

Questions About The Supernatural

  1. What does Primus use his runes for?
  2. How would you describe the Lilim's relationship with magic?
  3. If you were in Faerie, what kind of magic would you use to travel around based on what you've seen the characters doing?
  4. When does Tristran begin to realize and accept that he might not be ordinary?

Chew on This

The more magic a character has in <em>Stardust</em>, the more dangerous she/he/it is.

Mortals aren't meant to live in Faerie unless they have access to some kind of magic.