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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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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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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 IV

By: Campbell, J. F.

Description: This is the last of four volumes of Campbell's collection of Scottish folklore. This volume is essentially an extended appendix to the previous three volumes, containing commentary, documentation, and analysis, particularly a rousing defense of Scottish poetry, art, music, dress, and the Gaelic language. At the time had Scotland been subdued by Britain for several centuries, and was considered a backwards, peripheral area without much in the way of culture, ...

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Popular Tales of the West Highlands, Volume I

By: Campbell, J. F.

Description: This is the first of four volumes of Campbell's collection of Scottish folklore. This volume has many stories which have been anthologized elsewhere, as well as the extensive introduction which not only serves to introduce Scottish folklore, but as a prolegomena to the study of oral folklore in general.

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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 Poems of Ossian

By: Macpherson, James

Description: Ossian purports to be a translation of an epic cycle of Scottish poems from the early dark ages. Ossian, a blind bard, sings of the life and battles of Fingal, a Scotch warrior. Ossian caused a sensation when it was published on the cusp of the era of revolutions, and had a massive cultural impact during the 18th and 19th centuries. Napolean carried a copy into battle; Goethe translated parts of it; the city of Selma, Alabama was named after the home of Fing...

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Celtic Fairy Tales

By: Jacobs, Joseph

Description: ading British folklorist selected 20 tales embodying the wonderful humor and heroism of Celtic folklore and compiled them into this one important volume. Originally published in 1894, the stories are lavishly illustrated by the pen-and-ink drawings of John D. Batten. 38 drawings.

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The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg, Vol. I

By: Ab Ithel, J. W.

Description: The Barddas of Iolo Morganwg is a collection of writings, largely forged, about ancient Welsh Bardic and Druidic beliefs. Although the author of this work is cited as J. Williams Ab Ithel, he was actually the editor, who pieced it together from manuscripts written by Iolo Morganwg. Iolo Morganwg (1747-1826), itinerant poet and scholar, was a key figure in the Druid revival of the 19th century. He was personally responsible for reviving the Welsh national poe...

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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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Myths and Folk-lore of Ireland

By: Curtin, Jeremiah

Description: Jeremiah Curtin was an American translator and folklorist. Curtin compiled a collection of famous Irish folk-lore. This edition includes a table of contents.

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The Religion of the Ancient Celts

By: MacCulloch, J. A.

Description: This book, which appears for the first time on the Internet at Sacred Text Archive, is one of the best scholarly treatments of the ancient Celtic religion. Written early in the 20th Century, Religion of the Ancient Celts includes extensive treatment of that perennially fascinating subject, the Druids. There is very little documentary evidence to go on. In particular, we have no actual sacred texts of the ancient Celts, as their texts were transmitted orally...

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Gods and Fighting Men

By: Gregory, Augusta

Description: Lady Augusta Gregory’s “Gods and Fighting Men” preserves the legends and lore of the earliest inhabitants of Ireland, the coming of the Tuatha De Danaan (The People of Dana) and the stories of Finn MacCumhail. Containing stories for Irish mythology form the earliest legends, Lady Gregory’s book preserves the native Irish sense of story-telling throughout her account of the Gaelic world. Lady Gregory's eloquent speech and style breathes life into Ireland's fo...

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The Story of Grettir the Strong

By: Magnússon, Eiríkr

Description: This is one of the few Magnusson and Morris Icelandic Saga translations which has yet to be converted to etext as of 2003. I like this translation much better than the 1914 Hight translation, (available in etext as the Online Medieval and Classical Library release #9). Morris is one of the great stylists of the fantasy field, and his pseudo-archaic language just feels right for this meaty story of revenge served up hot and cold. In addition, there is a gorge...

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The Mabinogion

By: Guest, Charlotte

Description: This is Lady Guests' translation of the Mabinogion. The Mabinogion is a cycle of Welsh legends collected in the Red Book of Hergest, a manuscript which is in the library of Oxford University. Mabinogion means 'tales of youth'; although this appellation only applies to a few of the stories, Lady Guest appropriated it as the title of this book, and The Mabinogion is now used as the name of the entire collection. The stories are based on historical characters a...

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Legends and Stories of Ireland

By: Lover, Samuel

Description: Legends and Stories of Ireland by Samuel Lover An early 19th century collection of comic Irish short stories. Most of the stories are given in the manner of the peasantry; and this has led to some peculiarities that might be objected to, were not the cause explained--namely, frequent digressions in the course of the narrative, occasional adjurations, and certain words unusually spelt. As regards the first, I beg to answer, that the stories would be deficie...

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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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The Song of Roland

By: Moncrief, C. S.

Description: On 15 August 778, Charlemagne's army was returning from a successful expedition against Saracen Spain when its rearguard was ambushed in a remote Pyrenean pass. Out of this skirmish arose a stirring tale of war, which was recorded in the oldest extant epic poem in French. The Song of Roland, written by an unknown poet, tells of Charlemagne's warrior nephew, Lord of the Breton Marches, who valiantly leads his men into battle against the Saracens, but dies in ...

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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 Welsh Fairy Book

By: Thomas, W. Jenkyn

Description: he Library of Alexandria is an independent small business publishing house. We specialize in bringing back to live rare, historical and ancient books. This includes manuscripts such as: classical fiction, philosophy, science, religion, folklore, mythology, history, literature, politics and sacred texts, in addition to secret and esoteric subjects, such as: occult, freemasonry, alchemy, hermetic, shamanism and ancient knowledge. Our books are available in dig...

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