I'm sorry I haven't replied to you yet - just wanted to drop a note that life's gotten kind of crazy for me and I just have not had the time to sit down, read through your post slowly and digest the information, let alone form a coherent reply. But I will, just don't know exactly when.
Well, I have my theories. It has two major things that reoccur in tales in many distant slavic countries. The crystal or glass mountain, and also the golden apples. For instance, with golden apples, there's a Serbian song about a golden apple being used to summon up lightning bolts that incinerate people. Likewise, in the Glass Mountain, a golden apple is thrown at a zmey, causing it to vanish.
Yes I would - although perhaps the best place would be on an open thread, so that others may join in
On your suggestion I re-read The Glass Mountain - while I do see the definite pagan influences, I am not quite sure what they specifically suggest. It's new, looking at myths and folktales from a "what does this reveal" slant rather than a "oh a nice story" pov.
Hey, would you be interested in continuing our talk about Slavic paganism? I responded to your post on the old page.