I remember back when I was young that I saw an episode of Smurfs featuring a castle that disappears and reappears each few centuries and when, more recently, I thought about the whole concept of something disappearing and reappearing like this I became somewhat interested in stories with it. So are there any such stories and where can I find them?

  • This is a bit broad. What do you mean by "stories"? Myths? Folktales? Books? Movies? Comics? TV episodes? It's not a common trope but it's been around; I can think of a few examples off the top of my head in different media. – Lauren Ipsum Nov 9 at 10:55
  • I'll limit the question to myths and folktales (including fairy tales), but if you wish to include movies and TV episodes then alright (although it's not necessary). – Dominic the inquisitive Nov 9 at 19:27

This is not only found in mythology. In Shintoism, it is customary to break down and rebuild shrines at intervals of decennia.

In Arthurian mythology, Avalon could be hidden from the world. Inspired by this, in the lore of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth, Valinor could be made to dissapear at the whim of the Valar.

There are many references to cities and islands that can be hidden at the whim of the gods in Homer's Odyssey.

  • I'm sorry for the inconvenience but I am concerned with disappearances and reappearances that happen magically and in which the object/build/place in question completely vanishes from sight and then reappears, but is not hidden (either behind mist or however else) or destroyed and remade. If Homer's Odyssey has such instances, is it alright if you link me to them? Thank you. – Dominic the inquisitive Nov 11 at 18:31
  • @Dominictheinquisitive in that case, no - Homer's Odyssey would fit into the category you're not looking for then. – Codosaur Nov 12 at 17:30

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