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Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths
Fairy tales, folklore, and myths from around the world, plus the occasional dash of history.
Curated by Pamela D Lloyd
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Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South - WUNC

Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South - WUNC | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South
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For decades, Bill Ferris documented Southern African-American folklore.
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Inspired by the a capella hymns he heard in church as a child, folklorist Bill Ferris, past chair of the National Endowment of the Humanities, made capturing the voices of the American South, and particularly those of African Americans of the South, his lifelong work. This new book and it's accompanying CD and DVD offer an opportunity to explore the rich vocal traditions and stories of this complex region of America.

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World Of Mysteries: The Island of Poveglia (27 pics)

World Of Mysteries: The Island of Poveglia (27 pics) | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

Poveglia is a small island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. According to legend, during Roman times it was used to isolate thousands of plague victims, and during the three occasions when the Black Death spread through Europe, the island was effectively used as a lazaretto and plague pit – it was considered an efficient way of keeping the infected people separated from the healthy. According to this version, over 160,000 people died on the island throughout its history. Another legend surrounds a building erected in 1922 on the island, which was used for various purposes, including usage as a mental hospital. The legend states that a particular mental health doctor tortured and butchered many of the patients, before going "mad" and jumping to his death from the bell tower. According to that same legend, he survived the fall, but was 'strangled by a mist that came up from the ground'. Its ruins remain to this day.


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Folklore and the Fin Folk of Orkney

Folklore and the Fin Folk of Orkney | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
The Orkney Islands possess a folkloric tradition that is both unique and fascinating.
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An examination of the oral folkloric tradition of the Orkney Isles.

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Suffolk: Eerie tales and folklore to the fore in new book - Ipswich Star

Suffolk: Eerie tales and folklore to the fore in new book - Ipswich Star | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Ipswich Star Suffolk: Eerie tales and folklore to the fore in new book Ipswich Star Now Kirsty Hartsiotis, who has a lifelong love of folklore and history, has penned an enchanting collection of tales of ancient ghosts, strange beasts and nefarious...
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While Kirsty Hartsiotis has collected local folklore in this work, she has also reworked the stories. While the original "local legends and fragments of tales" she gathered might have been of greater interest to scholars, her retellings of old stories, and the stories she wrote based on the stories she gathered, will still be enjoyed by those of us who love folklore and spooky stories. As such, she is part of the folklore tradition whereby stories move between oral and written retellings, and their newer media cousins.

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Stepmothers as Villains: The Dark Side of Medieval Motherhood

Anglo-Norman writers seem to assign women to one of two extremes within the chronicles: on one side there are women who are presented as visions of perfection.
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Do stepmothers get a bad rap in fairy tales, or are they just evil?

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Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany

Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Collection of fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 years
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What a fabulous discovery! I look forward to the opportunity to read more of these, as they become available.

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Clara Alazraki's comment, September 24, 2013 7:01 PM
Comprendiendo los orígenes del Folklore mundial, veremos que las raíces se conectan màs de lo que se ve en la superficie...
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Medieval News: Which medieval king will they find next?

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That archaeologists are eager to find the resting places of long lost kings isn't news. That England is suddenly the center of that search seems to be, given the recent discovery of Richard III's body. Oddsmakers, however, are giving long odds on the search for Arthur.

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A tale of Wade: The Anglo-Saxon origin myth in an East Saxon setting

A tale of Wade: The Anglo-Saxon origin myth in an East Saxon setting | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
In the past Walter Map's tale of Gado, included in his De Nugis Curialium, written towards the end of the twelfth century, has been merely regarded as a Medieval Latin version of a pre-conquest lay concerning the exploits of the Germanic hero Wade.
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Norwegian Fairy Tales: White-Bear-King Valemon « ThorNews

Norwegian Fairy Tales: White-Bear-King Valemon « ThorNews | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Norwegian Fairy Tales: White-Bear-King Valemon. By ThorNews on March 20, 2013 • ( 0 ). By Asbjørnsen & Moe [See movie trailer at the bottom of the article]. Kvitebjørn Kong Valemon Theodor Kittelsen1912 THERE was once, as well could ...
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Here's a lovely fairy tale that will be new for most readers.

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The modern myth of the Easter bunny

The modern myth of the Easter bunny | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Adrian Bott: There is no definitive historical evidence that a goddess named Eostre and her hare companion was part of pagan folklore
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Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine: The Appearance ...

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine: The Appearance ... | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
delightful and enchanting new publication has recently debuted in the world of fairy tales and folklore. It's called Unsettling Wonder and if its first issue is anything to go by, fans and writers inspired by fairy tales and folklore ...
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A new market for writers working with fairy tales and wonder.

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Humans Swap DNA More Readily Than They Swap Stories

Humans Swap DNA More Readily Than They Swap Stories | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
A centuries-old folktale is helping researchers understand the limits to cultural exchange.
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This makes sense to me, in a common sense way: people on the move can swap DNA without staying around long enough to raise the children they leave behind.

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The Epistemological Function of Monsters in the Middle Ages

The Epistemological Function of Monsters in the Middle Ages | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
In this paper I will first outline the history of teratology (the study of monsters) from antiquity to the late Middle Ages in order to lay the foundation and to help the reader grasp the larger cultural-historical context.
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Transparency, Agency, and Building a Community of Writers

Transparency, Agency, and Building a Community of Writers | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
If only I could articulate to my students exactly what drives my actions as a teacher. Every time I try, I feel like I'm making an awkward soap-box type speech in which we are too serious and all e...
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This young writing teacher's struggles to balance the needs of her students as writers with the academic expectations of college reflect those of teachers everywhere. But, writers, especially those who are struggling, need an environment in which they feel free to create. Finding the balance between student needs and academia can be difficult.

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Tori Amos' "The Light Princess" Starts Rehearsals (+ Film Making Comp To Win Tickets!)

Tori Amos' "The Light Princess" Starts Rehearsals (+ Film Making Comp To Win Tickets!) | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Do you remember a little post from a few years ago, mentioning Tori Amos was composing lyrics and a score for George MacDonald's fairy tale The Light Princess*?
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George MacDonald may just be my favorite literary fairy tale author, so I'm really excited about this new musical. I just wish I didn't live thousands of miles away!

 

Amateur filmmaker duos between 18 and 25, take note: Britain's National Theatre is looking for you! Submit your idea for a fairy tale-based "film" (which can be "any form of moving image, including animation, computer generated graphics, documentary, etc.") and you may be chosen to work with a mentor through IdeasTap to create your film and have it showcased. For more info, see http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/f92cef09-5c98-4f29-ba4b-a2030125d6ef#Overview.

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George Macdonald's "The Light Princess" is a delightful story on "all levels" and one of my favorite fairy tales.  I am so excited that finally a  version of this story is to be made and by Tori Amos and his marvellous punning will be retained.

 

 

Eva Rider's curator insight, November 19, 2014 1:35 AM

This is my all time favorite fairy tale.s It goes beyond metaphor to  world of comic punning and somehow brilliantly melds, humour, satire and wisdom creating a light hearted and enlightening fairy tale by the master and father of fantasy, George Macdonald.

 

I have long hoped it would be reproduced in an animated version as it lends itself perfectly to the genre. We shall see how it translates into a musical adaption. If true, to George Macdonald's language, it can't go far astray from pure charm and delight

 

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NEW ENGLAND FOLKLORE: Mountain-ash, the Witch-wood Tree

NEW ENGLAND FOLKLORE: Mountain-ash, the Witch-wood Tree | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Here's another interesting factoid from John McNab Currier, the 19th century folklorist and physician. While he was living in New Hampshire in the mid-1800s he knew a woman who thought all her illnesses, indeed all her ...
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Healing the Weapon and the Wound

Healing the Weapon and the Wound | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
If you were cut by a sword in 17th century New England, either a family member or a village healer would take care of the wound. They'd clean it with water, bandage it, and possibly smear it with a salve containing herbs and animal fat.
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Here's an interesting convergence of a folk tradition involving sympathetic magic that has managed to survive into recent decades. I'd love to discover whether the 17th century New England weapon salve was, itself, a relic of earlier salves used in medieval Europe or beyond.

 

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Golden Book Gown « Ryan Jude Novelline

Golden Book Gown « Ryan Jude Novelline | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

Ryan Jude Novelline "Novum in Modum" | Golden Book Gown

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Green fashion designer Ryan Novelline created this fairy tale gown from discarded Golden Books. The books' golden spines were used for the bodice, while pages from the books were sewn together with gold thread to create the skirt.

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The Great Cauldron of Story: Maria Tatar on Why Fairy Tales Are for Adults Again

The Great Cauldron of Story: Maria Tatar on Why Fairy Tales Are for Adults Again | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Fairy tales' overt themes are threaded throughout hit TV series like Game of Thrones and True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. These stories survive by adapting across cultures and history -- helping us work through things like fear and hope.
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Chaucer, Gower, and What Medieval Women Want

Chaucer, Gower, and What Medieval Women Want | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower, friends and colleagues, both chose to retell the same story at roughly the same time in their story collections, The Canterbury Tales and the Confessio Amantis.
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A great addition to my studies of literary folktales and fairy tales!

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Witches: A History Explored In First Major Art Exhibition - ArtLyst

Witches: A History Explored In First Major Art Exhibition - ArtLyst | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
The fascination for witches has gripped many Western artists from the sixteenth century to the present. Now next Summer a major new exhibition explore
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Justice lawyer speaks to folklore students - The Daily Tar Heel

Justice lawyer speaks to folklore students - The Daily Tar Heel | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Justice lawyer speaks to folklore students The Daily Tar Heel Robert Cantwell, an American studies professor, brought Goldston to UNC to speak in conjunction with the folklore program because of the connection between oral traditions of...
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"Robert Cantwell, an American studies professor, brought Goldston to UNC to speak in conjunction with the folklore program because of the connection between oral traditions of marginalized communities and human rights issues."

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Aelfthryth, Queen of England

Aelfthryth, Queen of England | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
In researching medieval queens, I came across the story of a queen having all the elements of a fairy tale. Her name is Aelfthryth, the wife of King Edgar the Peaceable
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Go far enough back and history begins to read like fairy tales . . .

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The Wayfaring Wordhack - Tell a Fairy Tale Day

The Wayfaring Wordhack - Tell a Fairy Tale Day | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Did you know that Tuesday, February 26th, is a holiday? It is; it's Tell a Fairy Tale Day. I'm thinking of coming up with an original tale and posting it. There are only a couple of days left, so I won't do anything long or elaborate.
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Fun! Do you have a fairy tale you'd like to share?

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Cryptomundo » Folklore of the Hare

Cryptomundo » Folklore of the Hare | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
For those who, like me, have a fascination for British folklore, the new article from Kithra will be of interest. It starts as follows… “Hares have had a mystical reputation around the world, and here in Cornwall there are myths ...
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Originally published at Kithra's Krystal Kave <<http://kithraskrystalkave.co.uk/whitehares.html>&gt; by a native of Cornwall, this article reviews the hare folklore of Cornwall:

 

"Hares have had a mystical reputation around the world, and here in Cornwall there are myths surrounding the white hare.

 

"The most famous belief about white hares in Cornwall is that they are the spirits of girls who had been deserted by their lovers; as a result of which the girls died broken-hearted due to grief. Thus, with their spirit being unable to rest, they chose the form of a white hare in which to return and haunt their deserters. In this guise they are invisible to all except the one who jilted them, and they will haunt him until he finally dies."

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