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English Fairy Tales

By: Jacobs, Joseph

Description: London: David NuttJoseph Jacobs (29 August 1854 - 30 January 1916) was a folklorist, literary critic and historian. He was born in Australia, but came to England to attend St. John’s College, Cambridge. He was a prolific writer on many aspects of Jewish history, and biblical archaeology. His works included contributions to the Jewish Encyclopedia, translations of European works, and critical editions of early English literature. English Fairy Tales is a wond...

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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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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 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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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 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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The Prose Edda

By: Sturlson, Snorri

Description: The Prose Edda is a text on Old Norse Poetics, written about 1200 by the Icelandic poet and politican Snorri Sturlson, who also wrote the Heimskringla. The Prose Edda contains a wide variety of lore which a Skald (poet) of the time would need to know. The text is of interest to modern readers because it contains consistent narratives of many of the plot lines of Norse mythology. Although Snorri was a Christian, he treated the ancient Pagan mythology with gre...

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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 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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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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The Tale of the Armament of Igor

By: Magnus, Leonard A.

Description: The Story of Igor is a long Russian ballad from the 12th century. This work is often referred to simply as the Slovo, the Tale (from its Russian title Slovo o pol'ku Igoreve). In the 12th century Russia was a small feuding group of city states, without central authority or cohesion. Fifty years hence, the Mongolians would roll over the Russians and rule them with an iron fist for two centuries. But at that time the most persistent enemies of the Russians wer...

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Popular Tales from the Norse

By: Dasent, Geo. W.

Description: This is George Dasent's classic collection of Scandinavian folklore. This is not about Norse mythology per se; so if you are looking for tales of Odin, Loki, and Freya etc., you will have to look elsewhere. Rather, this is an anthology of folk tales, similar to the Grimm Brothers, or Campbell's Popular Tales of the West Highlands. All of the usual suspects are in place, including giants, trolls, witches, evil step-siblings, magical boons and tasks, and anthr...

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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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Teutonic Myth and Legend

By: Mackenzie, Donald A.

Description: This is Donald Mackenzie's able retelling of the Northern mythological cycle. He weaves a coherent narrative from the Eddas, the Niebelunglied, the Volsung Saga, Beowulf, the primordial Hamlet myths, and Medieval German tales of chivalry. MacKenzie also wrote Egyptian Myth and Legend and Myths of Crete and Pre-Hellenic Europe.

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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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Robin Hood and His Adventures

By: Creswick, Paul

Description: This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide....

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The Arabian Nights

By: Burton, Richard

Description: The stories of ?The Arabian Nights ?(and stories within stories, and stories within stories within stories) are famously told by the Princess Shahrazad, under the threat of death should the king lose interest in her tale. Collected over the centuries from India, Persia, and Arabia, and ranging from adventure fantasies, vivacious erotica, and animal fables, to pointed Sufi tales, these stories provided the daily entertainment of the medieval Islamic world at ...

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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 Science of Fairy Tales, An Enquiry Into of Fairy Mythology

By: Hartland, E. S.

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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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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