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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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Beside The Fire

By: Hyde, Douglas

Description: Beside The Fire: A Collection of Irish Gaelic Folk Stories by Douglas Hyde IRISH and Scotch Gaelic folk-stories are, as a living form of literature, by this time pretty nearly a thing of the past. They have been trampled in the common ruin under the feet of the Zeitgeist, happily not before a large harvest has been reaped in Scotland, but, unfortunately, before anything worth mentioning has been done in Ireland to gather in the crop which grew luxuriantly a...

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Beowulf in Anglo-Saxon

Description: 'Tis better to die than to live in shame. The oldest existing story written in Old English, Beowulf is the classic tale of courage and honor. In the Great Hall of Hrothgar, King of the Danes, the warrior Beowulf, son of a Swedish King, wages battle with the monster Grendel. The introduction contains a short history of the English language and a description of Anglo-Saxon culture.

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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 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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The Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus

By: Elton, Oliver

Description: The nine books of Danish history from a uniquely Danish perspective, as recorded by 12th century medieval historian Saxo Grammaticus.

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The Celtic Dragon Myth

By: Campbell, J.F.

Description: The Scottish folklorist J.F. Campbell pieced together the tale of the Celtic Dragon, an intricate oft-told story involving not just dragons but mermaids, giants, and sidhe (fairies). This story, or portions thereof, is found in many Indo-European folklore traditions, as far afield as India. Campbell includes not only his merged narrative, but original Gaelic texts for two of the episodes. Campbell is best known for his four volume Popular Tales of the Wester...

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Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race

By: Rolleston, Thomas

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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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 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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More Celtic Fairy Tales

By: Jacobs, Joseph

Description: More Celtic Fairy Tales is the complete collection of 20 Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs (from 1894). This kindle title is fully illustrated with more than 45 original pictures that follow the story line. Tales included: 1. The Fate of the Children of Lir 2. Jack the Cunning Thief 3. Powel, Prince of Dyfed 4. Paddy O'Kelly and the Weasel 5. The Black Horse 6. The Vision of MacConglinney 7. Dream of Owen O'Mulready 8. Morraha 9. The Story of the...

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British Goblins, Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Tra...

By: Sikes, Wirt

Description: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. Baleful Spirits of Storm--The Shower at the Magic Fountain--Obstacles in the way of Treasure-Seekers--the Red Lady of Paviland --The Fall of Coychurch Tower--Thunder and Lightning evoked by Digging--The Treasure-Chest under ...

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In Wicklow and West Kerry

By: Synge, John M.

Description: This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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