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Both an anthology of fairy tales and a reference work with essays about the fairy economy, food, sports, powers and more. This book covers every type of "little people" from abbey lubbers to Young Tam Lin. Not just the tiny, translucent winged pixies of popular art, but brownies, goblins and bogies, even larger creatures like dragons and mermaids. Exhaustive in its coverage, while still entertaining.
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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. I was reading The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater which uses elements of the Water-Horse legend, which can be found in this book and in the author's note, she recommends this book.
She's my personal hero, so I go to purchase this at the bookstore. Then on that bookstore's website. Then on a different one. Apparently, this has been out of print since the 70s. That's why you should jump on this right now.
It's the absolute best. This gives you another angle: here, she recounts the lore, but she also includes entries about prominent figures in the study of folklore, as well as essays on things like "Captives in Fairyland" and "Time in Fairyland.
It's just the best. I can't even explain it. Gah, I'm literally bouncing up and down with how excited I am to have this. Seriously, Katharine Briggs is the be all and end all of folklore, and this is like her magnum opus You just do. This book is a must have for ones library if you are of an open mind ; a seeker of mysteries and esoterica and generally walk off the beaten path.
Now out of print, this book can be found second hand from reputable dealers here on Amazon. Purchased some time back and extremely happy with the knowledge it imparts. So grateful for Ms. Briggs' gift to the world. A good academic-style reference on the Fae. The contents range from different creatures such as Pixies or Selkies, items of significance in fairy lore four-leaf clovers allowing a person to see faeries, iron and bells repelling them, ext Most of the encyclopedia describes specific figures from fairy tales like Morgan La Fay.
Many entries have examples of folk stories in addition to a description. There are a few entries that include art of the creature, but not many. The encyclopedia focuses on faeries of England and the surrounding area. Sometimes I would find entries that include descriptions of German or French variations of the English fairy, but the book doesn't go outside of western Europe.
This encyclopedia was exactly what I was looking for: a reference guide. The entrees were simple and straightforward, providing satisfying descriptions. Very thorough. My only complaint is that I wish there was an index that I could look up creatures by type.
But it is a great resource and a book that I will keep using as a resource. In fact with all of the types of creatures it is one of the best reference books i have found on the subject. It's a little older than I thought, and its pages are yellow and wrinkled, unlike the description of the seller.
The content is very good tho. A wonderful reference book. One person found this helpful. The only thing I wish about this book is that someone would digitize it to make it easier to take with me everywhere.
If you only get one book on Faerie, this is the one to get. Awesome reference book! Great overview of the many fairies that appear in tales throughout history. A tad drier than I was expecting considering the subject matter , but that probably has more to do with my preferences than the book.
So glad I found it, and for such a reasonable price!! See all reviews from the United States. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Brian Froud. Pages with related products. See and discover other items: fantasy creatures. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get free delivery with Amazon Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Amazon Payment Products. English Choose a language for shopping.
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Encyclopedia of Fairies : Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies and Other Supernatural Creatures
From to , she was president of the Folklore Society , which established an award in her name to commemorate her life and work. Katharine Briggs was born in Hampstead , London , the eldest of three surviving daughters of Ernest Edward Briggs, who came from Yorkshire his family had had great success in coal mining in Halifax and Wakefield , and Mary Cooper. The other two sisters were named Winifred and Elspeth. Ernest was a watercolour artist with a specific interest in Scottish scenery who often told his children stories, possibly sparking Katharine's lifelong interest in them. The family moved to Perthshire in , where Ernest built a house, Dalbeathie House. Ernest died there two years later in She gained her PhD with a thesis on Folklore in seventeenth-century literature Folklore in Jacobean Literature after the Second World War ; during the war, she had been busy teaching in a Polish refuge school and working for the medical branch of the WAAF.