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The Cattle-Raid of Cooley Táin Bó Cúalnge

By: Dunn, Joseph

Description: Táin Bó Cúailnge (the driving-off of cows of Cooley, more usually rendered The Cattle Raid of Cooley or The Táin) is the central tale in the Ulster Cycle, one of the four great cycles that make up the surviving corpus of Irish mythology. It is recorded in Old and Middle Irish, and is written mainly in prose, with some verse sections, especially at moments of heightened tension or emotion. The tale relates a war against Ulster by the Connacht queen Medb and h...

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Popular Romances of the West of England

By: Hunt, Robert

Description: Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have notused OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to badquality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there areimages such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured tokeep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately theoriginal artefact. Although occasionally there may be certainimperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be madeavailable f...

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A Book of Folk-Lore

By: Baring-Gould, S.

Description: A Book of Folklore by Sabine Baring-Gould The word folk-lore (lore = knowledge) was first used by the British archaeologist William J. Thomas in a letter published by the London Journal Athenaeum in 1846. Folklore is the body of expressive culture, including tales, music, dance, legends, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, customs, and so forth within a particular population comprising the traditions (including oral traditions) of that culture, ...

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The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns & Fairies

By: Kirk, Robert

Description: his is one of the most sought after and enigmatic texts about Celtic fairies. Written by a Scottish clergyman, Robert Kirk, in 1691, and not committed to print until the early 19th century, The Secret Commonwealth is an unusually sympathetic account of the denizens of fairyland, and a complex of still mysterious extrasensory phenomena including poltergeists, clairvoyance and doppelgangers (here called 'co-walkers'). This version was issued in 1893 in a very...

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The Fairy Mythology

By: Keightley, Thomas

Description: The Fairy Mythology: Illustrative of the Romance and Superstition of Various Countries

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The Destruction of Dá Derga's Hostel

By: Stokes, Whitely

Description: The vast and interesting epic literature of Ireland has remained, for the most part, inaccessible to English readers until these last sixty years. In 1853, Nicholas O'Kearney published the Irish text and an English translation of The Battle of Gabra, and since that date the volume of printed texts and English versions has steadily increased. Now there lies open to the ordinary reader a considerable mass of material illustrating the imaginative life of mediev...

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The Song of the Russian People, Second Edition

By: Ralston, W. E. S.

Description: This book, despite its title, is a treasure-trove of Slavic mythology, tradition, folklore and ethnography. There are plenty of songs, not only from Russia but every part of the Slavic region from Serbia to Siberia. The songs are used as a starting point for a wide-ranging discussion of pre-industrial Slavic peasant life, including weddings, funerals, witchcraft, demonology, games, riddles, and seasonal traditions. Also covered are the details of Russian pag...

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Heroic Romances of Ireland

By: Leahy, A. H.

Description: AT a time like the present, when in the opinion of many the great literatures of Greece and Rome are ceasing to hold the influence that they have so long exerted upon human thought, and when the study of the greatest works of the ancient world is derided as useless, it may be too sanguine to hope that any attention can be paid to a literature that is quite as useless as the Greek; which deals with a time, which, if not actually as far removed from ours as ar...

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The Poetic Edda

By: Bellows, H. A.

Description: Passed down long ago from poet to poet and singer to singer in the great oral tradition of Scandinavia, this collection of heroic sagas explores a mythical world. Incorporating legends of Norse gods and heroes, great fires and floods, superhuman warriors and doomed lovers, these dramatic poems weave vivid portraits of powerful characters caught up in passion, ambition, and destiny. Filled with gripping conceptions of the world's creation and ultimate destruc...

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Stories of Russian Folk-Life

By: Mackenzie, D. A.

Description: This is a bit of a departure for Mackenzie. Later publishers renamed this book 'Folk Tales from Russia,' to make it appear to be a Russian volume in Mackenzie's Mythology series, which is misleading. Instead this is a short book of fiction about pre-revolutionary Russia. It does include some pieces of genuine Russian folklore (particularly 'The Lady of Moscow' and 'How Little Ivan became Tsar'), but most of the stories are simply sentimental vignettes of Rus...

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The Ring of the Niblung Siegfried & the Twilight of the Gods

By: Wagner, Richard

Description: This is an excellent translation of the librettos of Richard Wagner's operas Siegfried and Die Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods), with beautiful illustrations by the one of the best fairy-tale illustrators of the 19th Century.

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Tales of the Fairies and of the Ghost World

By: Curtin, Jeremiah

Description: A fairy (also fey or fae or faerie; collectively, wee folk, good folk, people of peace, and other euphemisms) is the name given to an alleged metaphysical spirit or supernatural being. The fairy is based on the fae of medieval Western European (Old French) folklore and romance. Fairies are often identified with related beings of other mythologies (see list of beings referred to as fairies). Even in folklore that uses the term fairy, there are many definitio...

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English Fairy and Other Folk Tales

By: Hartland, E. S.

Description: This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitme...

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Popular Tales of the West Highlands, Volume II

By: Campbell, J. F.

Description: This is the second of four volumes of Campbell's collection of Scottish folklore. For the most part this volume is a continuation of the same sort of material in volume I, presenting folklore which has themes and motifs similar to other northern European traditions (and, of course, world folklore), albeit in a Scottish setting. Towards the end Campbell includes two unique tales, The Fair Gruagach, Son of the King of Eirinn, and The Knight of the Red Shield. ...

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Roumanian Fairy Tales and Legends

By: Mawr, Mrs. E. B.

Description: The literature of Roumania is so little known in England, that I have ventured to translate, and bring before the public, some of the popular Basme (tales) and legends of the country. I have kept to the original text as strictly as possible, but some of the idioms are untranslatable. Of the Poets, I have given no specimen, though there are many of recognised talent. A volume of Roumanian poems has just been put into the German tongue, by the August Lady who ...

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The Myth of the Birth of the Hero

By: Rank, Otto

Description: Otto Rank, (b. 1884, d. 1939), was a brilliant Austrian psychologist who was part of Sigmund Freud's inner circle. This early monograph by Rank is a groundbreaking application of the psychoanalytic method to comparative mythology. At the turn of the 20th century psychologists were beginning to attempt to unravel the mysteries of the human psyche, particularly through the medium of classical mythology. This would later lead to the insights of Jung, Joseph Cam...

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A Peep at the Pixies, or, Legends of the west

By: Bray, Anna Eliza

Description: A Peep at the Pixies, or Legends of the West by Anna Eliza Bray Dartmoor described.--The Pixies said to make it their Haunt.--What they are supposed to be, and what they do. IN this most pleasant part of England, the county of Devon, we have many hills and rivers, with plenty of woods, and fields, and birds, and flowers. And we have a large tract of country called Dartmoor, where the hills are so high that some of them are like mountains, with a number of ...

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The Phynodderree and Other Legends of the Isle of Man

By: Callow, Edward

Description: 1882. To rescue from oblivion some of the legends that delighted Mr. Callow's early years, and present them in an entertaining shape before the reader, had long been his wish; and if, by reading them, and interest in, and a desire to visit, the beautiful Isle of Man is created in any who now only know of its existence as an island somewhere in the Irish Sea, he would not have written this book in vain. Contents: Phynodderre, a tale of fairy love; Tom Kewley ...

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Popular Tales of the West Highlands, Volume III

By: Campbell, J. F.

Description: his is the third of four volumes of Campbell's collection of Scottish folklore. This volume is less 'fairy tale' oriented than the previous two volumes, and includes several significant pieces of poetry, including the The Lay of the Diarmaid, The Yellow Muilearteach, The Lay of the Great Fool, and the The Lay of Osgar. These have been transcribed in both English and Gaelic, and the Gaelic text of these lays is included in the etext. The longest tale so far, ...

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Sixty Folk-tales

By: Wratislaw, A. H.

Description: This collection of Slavic folktales at first glance appears to have all of the usual suspects of European Märchen. Evil stepmothers: check; plucky youths overcome impossible odds to marry kings' daughter: check; dimwitted peasants given magical gifts: check. What makes this book special are some tales and motifs that hint at even older lore. Number 27 is for all intents and purposes identical to the Native American 'Earth Diver' creation myth. In 47, man is...

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