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ICH Blog: Call for papers - Practicing Folklore

Practicing Folklore The theme of practice suggests an underlying impulse within our sometimes disparate folklore and ethnographic projects. The theme acknowledges culture as enacted and admits the idea of rehearsal as a ...
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Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths
Fairy tales, folklore, and myths from around the world, plus the occasional dash of history.
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Spiders in Folklore and Myth.

Spiders in Folklore and Myth. | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Spiders were regarded with a feeling of kindliness, and one was usually very loath to kill them. Their webs, very often called "moose webs," were a great specific to stop bleeding.
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A wonderful compilation of folklore from historical and literary sources.
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Journey

Journey | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
On this page, I've linked to my blog posts on the Fairytale Heroine's Journey. You can see how I developed the idea of a Fairytale Heroine's Journey, the stages of that journey, and how that journe...
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Poet, author, and writing instructor Theodora Goss has begun the work of describing the journey of Fairytale Heroines, much as Joseph Campbell described the Hero's journey in myth and folklore. The two have some similarities, but also many differences.

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Leprechauns: At the End of the Rainbow Lies Richness for Irish Folklore - Ancient Origins

Leprechauns: At the End of the Rainbow Lies Richness for Irish Folklore - Ancient Origins | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Those little men all dressed in green, obsessed with rainbows and treasure, trickery, and of course shoe-making. These are all common perceptions today regarding the famous characters from Irish folklore: Leprechauns.
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The stories told about leprechauns have changed considerably through the centuries. They once dressed in red. At one time they lived under water and the females dragged men to their deaths. Like all creatures of Faerie, their origins and demeanor are fluid, yet they remain tricksy.

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The Multicolored Diary: Folklore Thursday: 7 Things You Need to Know About Hungarian Fairies

The Multicolored Diary: Folklore Thursday: 7 Things You Need to Know About Hungarian Fairies | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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What do you need to know about Hungarian fairies and the folklore about them? Well, for starters, they have their very own queen, Tündér Ilona. Read on to learn more.

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Eva Rider's curator insight, August 28, 2015 4:51 PM

Fascinating find... I grew up on Hungarian fairy tales and the land of the Tunder fairies is a designation I was not aware of.How lovely!

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Was there really a Pied Piper of Hamelin?

Was there really a Pied Piper of Hamelin? | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Everyone knows the story of the Pied Piper -- but how much of this legend is factual? Learn more about the fact and fiction behind the story of the Pied Piper in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
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This episode of "Stuff You Missed in History Class" looks at whether the Grimm Brothers' story, the Pied Piper of Hamelin was based on a historical event. While Candace Gibson and Jane McGrath introduce several possibilities, no actual sources are provided, and the connections all seem speculative. Still, it's a fun piece and could possibly spur someone to further research.

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Once Upon A Blog...: Full Trailer for "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell"

Once Upon A Blog...: Full Trailer for "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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This wonderful book has been turned into a seven episode mini-series for BBC America, but the BBC is being far too mysterious about when it will be released. Soon, I hope. Waiting is going to be hard.

 

P.S. Do click through and read the letters to The Times. They offer important perspective from Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange that should not be missed.

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Victorian fairytales and folklore: round up

Victorian fairytales and folklore: round up | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Fairytales and folklore are cut from the same cloth, but while the former enters the acknowledged literary realm of written text, the latter remains for the most part in the oral tradition, passed down from generation to generation.
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Reviews of three books that examine the Victorian interest in fairy tales. Robert Means Lawrence's tome The Magic of the Horseshoe: A Collection of Folklore, Myths and Superstitions, first published in 1899, has been "repackaged for the modern day." Victorian Fairly Tales, edited by Michael Newton, presents fourteen stories selected by Newton, including tales by George MacDonald, Oscar Wilde, and John Ruskin, as well as tales less well known to today's readers. And, Melanie Keene examines "the close relationship between fact and fancy" in Science in Wonderland: The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain.

 
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The Princess and the Goblin - Wikisource, the free online library

The Princess and the Goblin - Wikisource, the free online library | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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While this isn't, technically, a fairy tale, it is one of my favorites. I read this as a child and re-read it to my children, and I still love it. Now, thanks to one of those children who, now grown, remembered it fondly enough to want to re-read it himself, I've learned that it is available for free through WikiSource. I hope you enjoy this wonderful story by the noted fantasist and sometime fairy tale author George MacDonald.

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KrautBlog: Rumpelstiltskin: The Initial Version

KrautBlog: Rumpelstiltskin: The Initial Version | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
"One thing could be said about Ulrich with certainty: He loved mathematics because of the people who could not stand it." (Robert Musil, The Man Without Properties, m.t.)
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The original story of Rumpelstiltskin, as first noted by the Grimm Brothers, differs greatly from the published version.

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Marina Warner wins £400K Holberg Prize

Marina Warner wins £400K Holberg Prize | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Despite her books, Warner never thought of herself as academic, she tells Matthew Reisz
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"Dame Marina Warner, now professor of English and creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London, was named on 12 March as the 11th winner of the Holberg Prize, established by the Norwegian parliament in 2003 for scholars who have 'made outstanding contributions to research, either within [the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology] or through interdisciplinary work'."

 

Among her contributions are those she has made to our understanding of myth and fairytale. Congratulations, Marina Warner!

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6 Ways to Celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day

6 Ways to Celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Tell a Fairy Tale Day
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What a wonderful day! What fairy tales have you told today?

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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, February 27, 2015 2:29 PM

Fairy tales aren't just for kids.  The stories adults and organizations tell are often heavily influenced by them.  Try some of the techniques noted above and see which tale resonates with your story or if they prompt some new stories.

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Cinderella (Aschenputtel) - Lotte Reiniger (1922) - YouTube

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Lotte Reiniger was an early animator, 10 years before Disney, in fact, whose work with silhouette animation put her at the top of the field.

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Little Red Riding Hood Lecture - YouTube

Little Red Riding Hood Lecture - YouTube | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
This is a lecture I gave on "Little Red Riding Hood" on a snow day when we could not meet for class. The first part of the lecture, given in class and not re...
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Theodora Goss is an author, poet, and college professor whose insight into fairy tales is not to be missed.

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The Berbalangs: A Legend of Filipino Ghouls

The Berbalangs: A Legend of Filipino Ghouls | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

This may be "the only written primary source of the Berbalang legend," about a village filled with ghouls on the island of Cagayan Sulu (now, Mapun) in the Philippines, as the author describes his own personal experience of trying to visit the ghoul village and the terrible events that followed. I found this story thanks to the #FolkloreThursday Twitter tag and
@MultoGhost (Nina Zumel).Buried in the pages of the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal for 1896 is a dry-sounding article called "Cagayan Sulu, its Customs, Legends, and Superstitions," by one Ethelbert Forbes Skertchly. It starts out as a typical amateur (for I assume Mr. Skertchly was an amateur) anthropologist's paper of the time would, with a…

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This may be "the only written primary source of the Berbalang legend," about a village filled with ghouls on the island of Cagayan Sulu (now, Mapun) in the Philippines, as the author describes his own personal experience of trying to visit the ghoul village and the terrible events that followed. I found this story thanks to the #FolkloreThursday Twitter tag and @MultoGhost (Nina Zumel).

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Tales of Faerie: The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces

Tales of Faerie: The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

" Famous for wearing out rapidly, early silk and brocade shoes from the 18th Century weren’t very long-wearing without protective overshoes. They were straight-lasted (meaning no left or right) and skinny, quite an uncomfortable mix"

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Today, with sturdy shoes that will last a year or more available in stores around the world, the idea of shoes that wear out in a single night sounds magical. To the fathers of past centuries, obligated to purchase dancing shoes for their unwed daughters, it might have seemed more nightmarish. Even the daughters themselves, forced to dance in ill-fitting, thin-soled slippers if they were to dance at all, may have found the idea tortuous.

 

Does this story resonate for you? Do you imagine the girls complicit in their nightly excursions to the dance floor, delighted to keep the secret from the court? Or, does this story sound sinister, with girls dragged unwilling from their beds and magically forced to endure hours of dancing in increasingly painful shoes, all the while prevented from sharing the secret? If you're like me, it's the tension between these two extremes that makes this story, dare I say it, dance.

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Tales of faerie and princesses dancing the night away until the soles of their shoes are worn bare and their the feet must touch the  ground.. from magic to reality. What does it tell us of the magical world of fantasy, imagination and truth of being.

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A British university is holding a conference on werewolves

A British university is holding a conference on werewolves | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
It was not the kind of announcement that one normally expects from a British university.
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The supernatural has been present in literature for as long as there has been literature. What is Beowulf, but a kind of werewolf story, after all? So, in having such a conference, these academics are returning to their literary roots, and discovering that by doing so they are better able to engage students.

 

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'Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies': A World of Tradition

'Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies': A World of Tradition | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Sometimes you don't have to write a new book to create a new experience when a well-crafted, illustrated edition of a classic gem will do even better.
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Gorgeously illustrated edition of Chinese fairy tales.

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The Brothers Grimm in Three Transcendent Dimensions: Shaun Tan’s Breathtaking Sculptural Illustrations for the Beloved Tales

The Brothers Grimm in Three Transcendent Dimensions: Shaun Tan’s Breathtaking Sculptural Illustrations for the Beloved Tales | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Hauntingly beautiful visual vignettes in paper and clay.

In his magnificent meditation on fairy tales and the psychology of fantasy, J.R.
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Beautiful. I love these paper and clay interpretations of fairy tales.

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Fortean London: A Mummified Fairy And Arabian Tales

Fortean London: A Mummified Fairy And Arabian Tales | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
A round-up of the really weird stuff going on.
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"Is this a mummified fairy? No, of course it's not."

 

Or so they say. I say that if you've got a mummified fairy, you don't want to admit it where the fairies might find out. They have ways of dealing with humans that pry into stuff that should be left to fairy folk.

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J.R.R. Tolkien on Fairy Tales, Language, the Psychology of Fantasy, and Why There’s No Such Thing as Writing “For Children”

J.R.R. Tolkien on Fairy Tales, Language, the Psychology of Fantasy, and Why There’s No Such Thing as Writing “For Children” | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
"Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else ... may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage
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Tolkien's famous essay “On Fairy-Stories” is a must read for anyone with an interest in fairy tales, reading, or writing. Here, Brain Pickings adds their commentary to excerpts from the essay.

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Once Upon A Blog...: Steampunked Cinderella by Goro Fujita

Once Upon A Blog...: Steampunked Cinderella by Goro Fujita | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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Wow! Gorgeous art.

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Once Upon A Blog...: An Irish Fairy Tale for St. Patrick's Day: "Jamie Freel & the Young Lady"

Once Upon A Blog...: An Irish Fairy Tale for St. Patrick's Day: "Jamie Freel & the Young Lady" | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

Fairy Tale News - when fairy tale people and things cross over into our world...

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Such a fun story. One of my favorites.

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A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella

A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
We take a stroll through just a little of the cultural history of Cinderella, the shoe-wearing, prince-finding, stepmother-vexing heroine who's been around for hundreds of years — at least.
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Think you know this fairy tale? Think again. There are so many variants.

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Eva Rider's curator insight, March 15, 2015 3:16 AM

This beloved story is indeed 100s of years old and Grimm's version  "Ashenputtel is a much darker story than Charles Perrault's lighter more "fairy tale" version. This is the one we are more familiar with as it was the foundation of the Disney animation we knew and loved. Now, remade live and still magical as ever.

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There are hundreds of versions of Cinderella; the tale encompasses psychology, alchemy and a range of cultural views.

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Down and dirty fairy tales: How this rediscovered stash of darker-than-Grimm stories destroys our Prince Charming myths

Down and dirty fairy tales: How this rediscovered stash of darker-than-Grimm stories destroys our Prince Charming myths | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
The translator of a newly discovered trove of 150-year-old tales on the gender-bending surprises found there
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Great interview with renowned folklore and fairy tale scholar Maria Tatar.

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Myth & Moor: "Into the Woods" series, 36: The Speech of Animals

Myth & Moor: "Into the Woods" series, 36: The Speech of Animals | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Animal tales are often told not just as simple entertainments but as teaching stories, or as part of healing rites intended to foster a proper relationship between humankind and the natural world. Today, in our rapidly urbanizing society, this teaching/healing aspect of myth -- and, by extension, of Mythic Arts -- has become more important than ever, while we stare ecological disaster in the face and while more and more animal species fall under threat of extinction.
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Terri Windling, noted editor and writer, shares her insights into the ways in which communication between humans and animals can be found in folktales and fairy tales from around the world. She notes, "Animal tales are often told not just as simple entertainments but as teaching stories, or as part of healing rites intended to foster a proper relationship between humankind and the natural world. Today, in our rapidly urbanizing society, this teaching/healing aspect of myth -- and, by extension, of Mythic Arts -- has become more important than ever, while we stare ecological disaster in the face and while more and more animal species fall under threat of extinction."

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