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The Candle of Vision

By: Russell, George William

Description: This book by Irish author, poet, painter and mystic George William Russell, is a set of transcendent essays on Celtic mysticism. Known by his pen name AE (which is short for Aeon), Russell was friends with many other figures of the Celtic renaissance of the early 20th century, including Y.B. Yeats, and James Stephens. The Candle of Vision describes Russells' luminous excursions into the otherworld, including clairvoyant and prophetic visions, precognition o...

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Carmina Gadelica, Volume II

By: Carmichael, A.

Description: This is volume II of Alexander Carmichael's collection of folk poetry from the Western Isles of Scotland. Volume II includes many incantations for luck, love and good health. This volume also has numerous poems about plants and animals, and extensive notes on the lore associated with them. Besides the complete English and Gaelic text of the poems, and the beautiful initials, this etext includes the extensive glossary, which occupies the last third of the bo...

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Carmina Gadelica, Volume I

By: Carmichael, A.

Description: This is volume I of Alexander Carmichael's collection of folk poetry from the Western Isles of Scotland. Carmichael spent years collecting folklore from the vanishing cultures of Scotland. The poems in this volume include prayers, invocations, blessings and charms. They are a synthesis of Christian and pre-Christian belief systems. Besides invoking Jesus, Mary, and the saints, a number of these call on other powers. One of these is 'Bride,' who is explained ...

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At the Palace of King Lot

By: Adams, Oscar Fay

Description: This is a collection of Arthurian literature: poetry, drama and essays, written after the main canon, principally in the 18th through early 20th centuries. The files are arranged by author and date of publication. These works were all originally published prior to 1923 and hence are in the public domain in the United States.

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Fairies

By: Faulding, Gertrude M.

Description: Hardcover reprint of the original 1913 edition; hardbound in brown cloth with gold stamped lettering, 8vo - 6x9. This item is printed on demand. All of the pages are printed in full color as exact images of the original pages. This collector quality facsimile is crafted to hold its own in a library of first editions. Book Information: Faulding, Gertrude M.. Fairies . Indiana: Repressed Publishing LLC, 2014. Original Publishing: Faulding, Gertrude M.. Fairi...

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Heimskringla, The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway

By: Sturlson, Snorri

Description: Heimskringla is the best known of the old Norse kings' sagas. It was written in Old Norse in Iceland by the poet and historian Snorri Sturluson (1179 - 1242) ca. 1230. The name Heimskringla was first used in the 17th century, derived from the first two words of one of the manuscripts (kringla heimsins - the circle of the world). Heimskringla is a collection of tales about the Norwegian kings, beginning with the legendary Swedish dynasty of the Ynglingas, fo...

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Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland

By: Wilde, F. S.

Description: Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland By Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde The superstition, then, of the Irish peasant is the instinctive belief in the existence of certain unseen agencies that influence all human life; and with the highly sensitive organization of their race, it is not wonderful that the people live habitually under the shadow and dread of invisible powers which, whether working for good or evil, are awful and mysteriou...

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Celtic Wonder Tales

By: Young, Ella

Description: From childhood we listen to tales of ghosts, banshees, haunted castles and mischievous sprites. But it is not until you immerse yourself in Gaelic literature that you realise what a heritage awaits, for Celtic folklore overflows with vivid stories that fire the imagination. This is a wonderful, enchanting collection of 12 Celtic and magical tales from Ella Young. Children aged 7-12 years old will be enchanted by the magical, mysterious stories. Tales of the ...

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Early British Trackways, Moats, Mounds, Camps and Sites

By: Watkins, Alfred

Description: This was the first book about ley lines. Ley lines are alignments on the landscape of natural and artificial features, some of which follow perfectly straight tracks for miles. First discovered in Britain by the author of this book, Alfred Watkins, a photographer and inventor, ley lines were pursued eagerly by organized clubs in the period between the world wars. Interest in leys died out after the 1930s, but was revived in the 1960s, after the publication o...

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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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Old Peter's Russian Tales

By: Ransome, Arthur

Description: This is a book of Russian folklore retold for young people and the young at heart. The tales are a good sampling of Slavic märchen, and the luminous prose counterposes the sometimes dark narratives. Ransome was the author of the popular 'Swallows and Amazons' childrens' books. He spent time in Russia during World War I as a journalist for a radical British newspaper, the Daily News, meeting among others, Lenin and Trotsky. However, that was after he wrote th...

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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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Fairy Legends and Traditions

By: Croker, T. Crofton

Description: The 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 di...

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Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry

By: Yeats, W. B.

Description: This is an anthology of Irish folklore, edited by W. B. Yeats. Many of these stories are from books which are archived at this site; some are from books which have yet to be converted to etext or now-rare source material. He selected many of the best (and often funniest) tales from other writers such as Lady Wilde, Croker, Lover, Hyde, and Carelton. Yeats wrote introductory material and notes to many of these stories.

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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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Gisli the Outlaw

By: Geo. W. Dasent

Description: The story of Gisli the Outlaw, one of the minor Icelandic sagas, was first translated into English by George Dasent, who also wrote Popular Tales from the Norse. Dasent was a skilled linguist, folklorist, and journalist, and had a good feel for story-telling. This is a story of cyclic blood-revenge, set off by a casual overheard remark, leading to the protagonist, Gisli, becoming a fugitive from society, and eventually dying in single combat against a dozen...

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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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Gypsy Folk Tales

By: Groome, F. H.

Description: Francis Hindes Groome was one of the small group of 19th century folklorists who immersed themselves in Roma (Gypsy) life. This was in the heroic period of the study of folklore, when devoted scholars built up the field from scratch. Even then, however, it was obvious that there were universal story motifs that spanned continents and cultures. Groome hypothesized that the nomadic Roma had been a primary conduit for the transfer of a common body of stories ac...

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The Children of Odin

By: Colum, Padraic

Description: his is Padraic Colum's retelling of the Eddas and the Volsung Saga for young adults. Colum and Pogany also collaborated on The Adventures of Odysseus, and The King of Ireland's Son.

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The Four Ancient Books of Wales

By: Skene, William F.

Description: This is William Skene's anthology of dark-age Welsh Bardic poetry. Often cited, but difficult to obtain, this book contains every remaining piece of Bardic poetry known. The poems are translated from four manuscripts: the Black Book of Caermarthen, the Red Book of Hergest (which is also the source of the Mabinogion), the Book of Taliessin and the Book of Aneurin, all of which date from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries C.E. The poems themselves date fro...

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