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Superstitions


1,013 of the Wackiest Myths, Fables and Old Wives' Tales

Deborah Murrell


Reader's Digest 2008
Hardback Illustrated
 

Why tell actors to 'break a leg' instead of wishing them good luck? How can you stop the fairies stealing babies? And which way up do you hang a horseWhy tell actors to 'break a leg' instead of wishing them good luck? How can you stop the fairies stealing babies? And which way up do you hang a horseshoe? Superstitions don't always make sense, but that doesn't seem to matter. Explaining their meanings and delving into their origins wherever possible, Deborah Murrell presents more than 1,000 of these strange beliefs - from familiar black cats and rabbits' feet to the more exotic subterranean kallikantzaroi, sawing away at the roots of the World Tree. ...more
 

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Grimm Tales


For Old and Young

Philip Pullman


Penguin 2012
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Author of the award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman presents 50 stories from the Brothers Grimm in retellings that are imbued with Author of the award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman presents 50 stories from the Brothers Grimm in retellings that are imbued with his own dark, distinctive voice. Along with his versions of well-loved tales such as Snow White, Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood and The Juniper Tree ('a masterpiece'), and less familiar stories such as Hans-my-Hedgehog and The Three Snake Leaves, Pullman provides their sources, lists similar stories and gives his own critical appraisal of each tale. ...more
 

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Long Ago and Far Away


Eight Traditional Fairy Tales

Nigel Bryant; David Carter; Ann Lawson Lucas


Hesperus 2012
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Fables



Jean de la Fontaine


Hesperus 2008
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A Brief History of Fables


From Aesop to Flash Fiction

Lee Rourke


Hesperus 2011
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The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies


A Study in Folk-Lore and Psychical Research

Robert Kirk; Andrew Lang


Lost Library 2013
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The Mabinogion



Charlotte Guest


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The Penguin Book of Classical Myths



Jenny March


Penguin 2010
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Theseus' battle with the Minotaur, the tragedy of Oedipus, Arachne transformed into a spider... Greek and Roman mythology is full of unforgettable stoTheseus' battle with the Minotaur, the tragedy of Oedipus, Arachne transformed into a spider... Greek and Roman mythology is full of unforgettable stories, steeped in symbolism. These strange and powerful tales of love and betrayal, war and heroism - from the earliest creation myths to the Metamorphoses of Ovid - are retold by Jenny March, with translated and quoted passages showing how the stories were treated in ancient literature and how they have continued to inspire writers up to the present day. Hardback edition, exclusive to Postscript....more
 

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Charms, Charmers and Charming


International Research on Verbal Magic

Jonathan Roper

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Palgrave Macmillan 2009
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Charms were once considered a minor genre of folklore, but the 19 essays in this book demonstrate that they are 'a powerful source of diverse knowledgCharms were once considered a minor genre of folklore, but the 19 essays in this book demonstrate that they are 'a powerful source of diverse knowledge about European heritage, human thought, worldview, social conflicts' and magical solutions to crisis situations. Ranging from late medieval England and early modern Finland to colonial Madagascar and contemporary Malaysia, the case studies cover such topics as the literary use of charms, the revival of charming following the Balkan wars and charms' importance as 'a means of coping'. ...more
 

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Thirty-Two Tales of the Throne of Vikramaditya



Simhasana Dvatrimsika


Penguin 2006
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The magic throne of fabled monarch Vikramaditya is supported by statuettes of 32 nymphs, who narrate these tales of his exploits and extol his courageThe magic throne of fabled monarch Vikramaditya is supported by statuettes of 32 nymphs, who narrate these tales of his exploits and extol his courage, compassion and kindness. Dating from around the turn of the 14th century, the Tales appear here in a lively and faithful translation, with an introduction to the Sanskrit legends about Vikramaditya. ...more
 

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The Five-and-Twenty Tales of the Genie



M Sivadasa; Trans. Chandra Rajan


Penguin 2006
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In this medieval collection of tales, which draws on a long oral tradition, a genie inhabiting a corpse gives advice to the half- mythical emperor VikIn this medieval collection of tales, which draws on a long oral tradition, a genie inhabiting a corpse gives advice to the half- mythical emperor Vikramaditya, who solves a riddle at the end of each tale. Chandra Rajan's translation includes a detailed introduction as well as different versions, by Jambhaladatta, of several of the tales. ...more
 

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The Real Middle Earth


Magic and Mystery in the Dark Ages

Brian Bates


Pan Books 2003
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The concept of Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings was drawn from the imaginative world of Anglo-Saxon and Norse mythology in which dragons flew across thThe concept of Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings was drawn from the imaginative world of Anglo-Saxon and Norse mythology in which dragons flew across the sky and elves fired poisoned arrows. Professor Bates combines literary evidence with the researches of historians and archaeologists to uncover the vanished Dark Age way of life from which those tales emerged. ...more
 

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Lost Lore


A Celebration of Traditional Wisdom

Una McGovern; Paul Jenner


Chambers 2009
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How did people cope without supermarkets, satnavs and computers? This engrossing compendium of 'lore' quotes from old authorities as it describes - anHow did people cope without supermarkets, satnavs and computers? This engrossing compendium of 'lore' quotes from old authorities as it describes - and hopefully revives - knowledge and skills such as calculating with logarithms, using a map and compass, writing by hand or making fire without matches. The book covers health and well-being, education and knowledge, socializing and celebration, household tasks and outdoor life, and delves into the histories of its topics as well as their practical application....more
 

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The Animal Story Book



Andrew Lang; Illus HJ Ford

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Dover 2002
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Compiled by the Scottish scholar and editor Andrew Lang (1844-1912), this collection of 66 stories includes adaptations of works by well- known writerCompiled by the Scottish scholar and editor Andrew Lang (1844-1912), this collection of 66 stories includes adaptations of works by well- known writers such as Alexandre Dumas, Theophile Gautier and Pliny, and ranges from tales about tame otters and dancing dogs to Alexander the Great's heroic war horse, Bucephalus. First published in 1896. Facsimile reprint. ...more
 

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Dr Ernest Drake's Collector's Library


Two volumes: Monsterology and Dragonology

Dugald A Steer

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Templar 2003
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'The world is full of amazing beasts and monsters far beyond our ken', writes Ernest Drake; and in these books he reports on his researches into drago'The world is full of amazing beasts and monsters far beyond our ken', writes Ernest Drake; and in these books he reports on his researches into dragons (his first love) and into the study of the many supposedly mythical beasts besides dragons that mundane science misses altogether. Each of his reports features maps and documents, wonderful paintings and anatomical drawings of the creatures, samples of shed skin and feathers and even a hair from the mane of a unicorn. Jewel-encrusted and slip-cased. Age 8+ ...more
 

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