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Wonder Tales from Baltic Wizards

by Frances Jenkins Olcott

The selections in this book come from German and English sources. There is a mass of East Baltic folk-lore from which to choose which gives but a feeble idea of the extent of Baltic folk-lore. In this volume...


The Story of Grettir the Strong

by Eirkr Magnsson & William Morris

In this saga, Grettir's life is told from beginning to end. As a child, he is rebellious and bad-tempered. He is described as red haired, freckled, and broad around the eyes. But he is also courageous. He takes...


The Kalevala

by John Martin Crawford

This book was especially republished to raise funds for charities. THE following translation was undertaken from a desire to lay before the English-speaking people the full treasury of epical beauty, folklore,...


The Story of Burnt Njal

by George Webbe Dasent

What is a Saga? A Saga is a story, or telling in prose, sometimes mixed with verse. There are many kinds of Sagas with varying degrees of truth. There are the mythical Sagas, the historical Sagas of the kings...


Ananzi Stories

by George Webbe Dasent

ANANZI or Ahnansi (Ah-nahn-see) "the trickster" is a cunning and intelligent spider and is one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore. The Anansi tales are believed to have originated...


The Story of Beowulf

by Strafford Riggs

If you ever just wanted to know the story of Beowulf without having to plough through the 3182 lines of the epic poem, then this book is for you. This is the story of Beowulf as retold by Strafford Riggs. Beowulf...


Popular Tales of the Norse

by Sir George Webbe Dasent

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., we would refer you to a volume entitled...


The Life and Death of Cormak the Skald

by W. G. Collingwood & J. Stefansson

This is the story of a poet, poor and proud, with all the strength of a Viking and all the weakness of genius. He loves a fine lady, a spoiled child; who bewitches him, and jilts him, and jilts him again. In...


Philippine Folklore Stories

by John Maurice Miller

It is said that Filipinos have always been awed by the fairy tales and epics from other lands. This is to be expected as the Philippines has been a cross-roads on the fabled Spice Route for hundreds of years....


Australian Legendary Tales

by Katie Langloh Parker

AUSTRALIA makes an appeal to the fancy which is all its own. When the first white settlers arrived in Australia, all was novel, and, while seeming fresh, was inestimably old. The grey gum-trees did not resemble...


Old Peter's Russian Tales

by Dimitri Mitrokhin & Arthur Ransome

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. The stories in this book are those that Russian peasants tell their children...


History and Myth in Romanian Consciousness

by Lucian Boia

Based on the idea that there is a considerable difference between reality and discourse, the author points out that history is constantly reconstructed, adapted and sometimes mythicized from the perspectives...


From Ikaria to the Stars: Classical Mythification, Ancient and Modern

by Peter Green

"I hadn't, till I really started digging, gauged the fierce intensity of the need for myth in the human psyche, of any age, or sensed the variety of motives dictating that need," writes Peter Green in the introduction...


The Book of Dede Korkut: A Turkish Epic

by Faruk Sümer, Ahmet E. Uysal & Warren S. Walker

One of the oldest surviving pieces of Turkish literature, The Book of Dede Korkut can be traced to tenth-century origins. Now considered the national epic of Turkey, it is the heritage of the ancient Oghuz Turks...


And Other Neighborly Names: Social Process and Cultural Image in Texas Folklore

by Richard Bauman & Roger D. Abrahams

"And Other Neighborly Names"-the title is from a study by Americo Paredes of the names, complimentary and otherwise, exchanged across cultural boundaries by Anglos and Mexicans-is a collection of essays devoted...


Jump-rope Rhymes: A Dictionary

by Roger D. Abrahams & Brian Sutton-Smith

I had a little brother. His name was Tiny Tim. I put him in the bathtub To teach him how to swim. He drank all the water. He ate all the soap. He died last night With a bubble in his throat. Jump-rope rhymes,...


Counting-Out Rhymes: A Dictionary

by Roger D. Abrahams & Lois Rankin

Eeny, meeny, figgledy, fig. Delia, dolia, dominig, Ozy, pozy doma-nozy, Tee, tau, tut, Uggeldy, buggedy, boo! Out goes you. (no. 129) You can stand, And you can sit, But, if you play, You must be it. (no. 577)...


The Singing Mountaineers: Songs and Tales of the Quechua People

by José María|Stephan, Ruth Arguedas

The Quechua people, the "singing mountaineers" of Peru, still sing the songs that their Inca ancestors knew before the Spaniards invaded the Andes. Some of these songs, collected and translated into Spanish...


Watunna: An Orinoco Creation Cycle

by Marc de Civrieux & David Guss

Originally published in Spanish in 1970, Watunna is the epic history and creation stories of the Makiritare, or Yekuana, people living along the northern bank of the Upper Orinoco River of Venezuela, a region...


The Bear and His Sons: Masculinity in Spanish and Mexican Folktales

by James M. Taggart

All the world over, people tell stories to express their deepest feelings about such things as what makes a "real" man or woman; what true love, courage, or any other virtue is; what the proper relationships...