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Toad-stone
General information
Use

Possibly magic

Purpose

Possibly to cast magical spells or protect the user magically

Status

Unknown

Physical information
Location

Unknown if even existant

Island

Unknown if even existant

Chronological information
First appearance

Dread Mountain (only mention)


"I have heard tell that toad-stones can weave powerful spells. And this one is very large. No doubt that is why you want it?"
Gla-Thon to Lief, Barda and Jasmine about the Emerald set in Gellick's forehead

A toad-stone is a mythical magical stone or gem that may be found in the head of a toad, said to be able to weave powerful spells.[1]

Trivia[]

  • In the real world, a toadstone, toad-stone or bufonite (from Latin bufo, "toad") is a mythical stone or gem supersticiously thought to be found in or on the forehead of a toad and was from ancient times believed to be an antidote to poison, making it like batrachite which is supposedly formed in the heads of frogs. In reality, what people thought was a form of stones were actually button-like fossillised teeth of Lepidotes, an extinct genus of ray-finned fish from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. As they appeared to be "stones that are perfect in form", jewellers started crafting magical rings and amulets with toadstones set into them from the Medieval times until the 18th century. The mythological conception of toadstones being a powerful magical antidote to venom follows the nature of the Emerald, as it too was found in the forehead of the ooze-toad Gellick, was magical and had as one of its powers the ability to cure venom. However it was not naturally formed on his head but rather placed there by order of the Shadow Lord to be guarded by Gellick.
  • It is possible whether toad-stones in the world of Deltora truly do have magical powers or if it is just a myth as it is in the real world.

References[]

  1. Rodda, Emily. Dread Mountain. Scholastic Australia. August 1, 2000.
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