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In the "Neverending Story", what judgement do Falkor and Atreyu make of the Childlike Empress?

It is important to distinguish between the original text and the English translation. If one only allows for text-immanent interpretation and considers the translation the sole text, all my following ...
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What are all the stories left unfinished in The Neverending Story?

I actually made a list of all of these many years ago, which deserves to be recorded for posterity. Here they are, in the order that they appear in the text. The four messengers: Gluckuk, Vooshvazool,...
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How can the inscription on AURYN be interpreted?

TL; DR: There is an ambiguity, intended by the author, between "do what you wish" and "find your true will" which is important for the development of the main character Bastian. Long answer: To ...
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Why do the names of the first two characters introduced in "The Neverending Story" start with B and C?

In the original, it's B and K, not B and C. You can see this in the German Wikipedia page (emphasis mine): Bastian Balthasar Bux ist ein zehn oder elf Jahre alter, in sich gekehrter Junge. Sein Vater ...
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Why "Moon Child"?

The simplest explanation, in-universe so to speak, would be that you need a new unique name to see the Childlike Empress, and "Mondenkind" isn't really a word that existed before in the ...
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How can the inscription on AURYN be interpreted?

The German version reads Do what you want (Tu Was Du Willst). The ambiguity could exist in German as well with Tu Was Du Wünscht, albeit that would be a less common phrase and kids probably had ...
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Why didn't Artax just wait for Atreyu outside the Swamp of Sadness?

Beforehand, they didn't know the effect of the swamp. When Atreyu and Artax first reach the swamp, it looks gloomy and forbidding but no more than that. Despite the name, they didn't realise that ...
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In the "Neverending Story", what judgement do Falkor and Atreyu make of the Childlike Empress?

Perhaps it's deliberately meant to be ambiguous. Certainly there's a recurrent theme in The Neverending Story of ambiguous endings and unfinished tales: just look at how often variations of the ...
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What is the Neverending Story's moral about power?

It is first important to recognize what kind of story this is. It is about a young boy whose mother has died. His journey in the novel reflects his emotional growth, developing sense of identity and ...
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In the "Neverending Story", what judgement do Falkor and Atreyu make of the Childlike Empress?

The German phrase "ist sie wahrlich eine..." also occurs in Arthur Schopenhauer's Dialogue on Religion. Religion, the character Philalethes says, is "wahrlich eine pia fraus", &...
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What are all the stories left unfinished in The Neverending Story?

Yes, you missed one story: "The story of Ghemmal", in the beginning of chapter 23. But a glittering object was left behind in the juniper bush: the belt Ghemmal. Bastian was unaware of his ...
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Why are letters hostile to the Childlike Empress?

It's easy to see this as a conflict between literacy (represented by the Old Man) and illiteracy (represented by the Childlike Empress), but I don't think that was what was intended. Just before this ...
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Why did Morla's eyes have a paralyzing effect on Atreyu?

The amulet offered resistance against the ambient, passive sadness of the swamp, but Morla’s paralyzing gaze was an additional effect directly focused on Atreyu. Like yeah, your umbrella can protect ...
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Does the title of "The Neverending Story" have a double meaning?

As I mentioned in a comment, answering this question basically involves spoiling most of the plot - presumably you've long since finished reading the book, so I mention this for the sake of anyone ...
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Is it possible that Bastian's journey to Fantastica was purely metaphysical?

During Bastian's return from Fantastica, the following sequence of events takes place (starting on page 388 in my Dutton 1997 edition): Quickly Bastian cupped his hands, gathered as much of the ...
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In the "Neverending Story", what judgement do Falkor and Atreyu make of the Childlike Empress?

In a letter (published in "Michael Endes Zettelkasten") the author answered a question. Readers had complained about Moonchild beeing a lesser Momo. I don't remember the whole letter. But parts of it....
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