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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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Hobbit's critics forget how fairytales feed our humanity - Sydney Morning Herald

Hobbit's critics forget how fairytales feed our humanity - Sydney Morning Herald | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Hobbit's critics forget how fairytales feed our humanity
Sydney Morning Herald
None of this means that Tolkien's work is simply a cipher for his Catholic convictions - he made his hostility towards such allegorising clear.
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Folklore Leads to Potential New Antibiotics

Folklore Leads to Potential New Antibiotics | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Following up on an ancient Russian way of keeping milk from going sour — by putting a frog in the bucket of milk — scientists have identified a wealth of new antibiotic substances in the skin of the Russian Brown frog.
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It was hard to decide whether to put this into folklore or science. :-)
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Danish historian finds early HC Andersen fairy tale - The Nation

Danish historian finds early HC Andersen fairy tale - The Nation | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Danish historian finds early HC Andersen fairy tale. Copenhagen - A previously unknown story by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen has surfaced in the Scandinavian country, daily Politiken reported...
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What wonderful news for anyone interested in fairy tales or children's literature.

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Dr. Bourne and the Witch's Ghost

Dr. Bourne and the Witch's Ghost | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
As many people know, for centuries Christmas was not well-regarded in New England.
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A Christmas ghost story from New England.

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Unicorns’ Existence Proven, Says North Korea | TIME.com

Unicorns’ Existence Proven, Says North Korea | TIME.com | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
You can be forgiven for thinking that unicorns only existed in medieval fables and modern-day cartoons. North Korean scientists say you are wrong. (@tan_puente Convinced unicorns only exist in fairy tales?
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Fashion and Fairy Tales – Tim Walker: Story Teller

Fashion and Fairy Tales – Tim Walker: Story Teller | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
This is the last post to come out of my visit to the lovely – and currently very Christmassy – Somerset House last weekend.
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Fairies and Fairy Tales: Will-o'-the-Wisp - English Fairy Tale

Will-o'-the-Wisp - English Fairy Tale. All Our English Fairy Tales. Once upon a time there came to a blacksmith name Will's shop late one night a traveller whose horse had cast a shoe, and he wanted the blacksmith to put it on ...
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Book review of Jack Zipes' The Irresistible Fairy Tale | Open Letters ...

Book review of Jack Zipes' The Irresistible Fairy Tale | Open Letters ... | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
The fairy tale has been through several metamorphoses; the next might result in its extinction. Max Ross reviews Jack Zipes's cultural history of the genre.
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A brief history of Halloween | Lisa Morton's Halloween Encyclopedia

A brief history of Halloween | Lisa Morton's Halloween Encyclopedia | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

The Online Halloween Encyclopedia...

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The Beautiful Necessity: The Lady of Shalott: 1500?

The Beautiful Necessity: The Lady of Shalott: 1500? | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

"The Facebook page for the WAG Screen film of The Lady of Shalott has an irresistible proposal...if they can get their fan list of "likes" up above 1500, they will release the film for free internet viewing."

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Chamber of Secrets: The Sorcery of Angela Carter

Chamber of Secrets: The Sorcery of Angela Carter | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

Marina Warner, known for her scholarship on the topic of fairy tales, reviews the fairy tale work of Angela Carter. An excellent read. Thanks go also to Theodora Goss for sharing the link to this article on her Facebook page.

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10 of the Grossest and Most Grotesque Vampires from Folklore

10 of the Grossest and Most Grotesque Vampires from Folklore | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Vampires get a bad rap in modern Western media for being too pretty. And while there are tons of folkloric vampires who are stunningly beautiful and seductive, there are plenty of bloodsucking beasts are pretty darn gross.
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Could Weather Folklore Be Predicting This Winter? - blog*spot

Could Weather Folklore Be Predicting This Winter? - blog*spot | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
The weather world has never been fond of folklore, old wives' tales- whatever you call it, forecasters generally don't approve. But a recent discovery of how acorns operate may be indicating what kind of winter we may be ...

 

So, is this folklore, or science (to the extent that the limited observations correlate to the scientific process)? If this particular observation were being systematically measured in a large number of locations, it could provide the data required.

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The Giants of Galtares

The Giants of Galtares | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
A short story inspired by Amadis of Gaul. 
An illumination by Loyset Liédet for Froissart’s Chronicles about the Hundred Year’s War.
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A blending of old and new, as the fiction of the Middle Ages continues to inspire authors today.

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Like a Fairy Tale - ArtsBeat - The New York Times

Like a Fairy Tale - ArtsBeat - The New York Times | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
The story, "Tallow Candle," is believed to be one of his early works.
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"A fairy tale about a lonely candle that wants to be lighted had been languishing in a box in Denmark’s National Archives for many years."


The story of this fairy tale is a fairy tale itself! The story of the lonely fairy tale hidden away, whose greatest desire was to be read. Now, it will be!

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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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Argentine Folklore Music – The alternative to Tango ~ Argentina4UArgentina4U Travel Blog

Argentine Folklore Music – The alternative to Tango http://t.co/48CIJlmd #Argentina #Travel...
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Amadis of Gaul

Amadis of Gaul | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

"This book drove Don Quixote mad. What will it do to you?

 

"Amadis of Gaul. Published in Spain in 1508, this novel is a masterpiece of medieval fantasy. It inspired a century of best-selling sequels in seven languages and changed the way we think about knights, chivalry, damsels in distress, and courtly life in castles. These books made Don Quixote go mad and believe he was a heroic knight-errant like Amadis.

 

"Read a newly translated chapter every other Tuesday and occasional commentaries on Thursdays."

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The Dance Of Life: Faery Folk Envisioned, Britain's Numinous Mystics Restored.

The Dance Of Life: Faery Folk Envisioned, Britain's Numinous Mystics Restored. | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

This book is a remarkable and in-depth academic study of early modern English cunning-folk and witches involvement with Familiar Spirits such as Tewhit, Greedigut, Vinegar Tom, Jack Robin and Wag At The Wa, with boggles and puckles, hob gobblins, hell waines and firedrakes. Wilby proposes that early-modern witches and cunning-folk had relationships with spiritual beings similar to those of shaman in other traditional societies, such as finding stolen items, curing illnesses or causing it and providing all sorts of advice as needed.


Via Asil, FlossieBentonRogers
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Grimms’ Fairy Tales | NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Grimms’ Fairy Tales | NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
From Cinderella to Rapunzel to the really gruesome tales you might not know – the myth and magic of the Grimm Brothers fairy tales.
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Culture Share: France - Standing stones, and the Eve of the Assumption on L'Île aux Moines

Culture Share: France - Standing stones, and the Eve of the Assumption on L'Île aux Moines | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
As many of you know, I was in France during the month of August, and so I'd like to give you a peek into one of the marvelous places I experienced there.
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The History of Halloween

The History of Halloween | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

"Halloween is considered by most in the United States as a fun holiday, mostly for children, but it has roots in ancient religions and folklore, including paganism, ancient Roman religions, early Catholic Christianity, Irish folklore, and even British politics! Children and adults alike enjoy this holiday today, with funny costumes, candy, and parties, while some countries observe this time as a remembrance of departed loved ones and religious saints."

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The prince and the pauper unfriended each other on...

The prince and the pauper unfriended each other on... | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
The prince and the pauper unfriended each other on Facebook because neither one could stand the other’s political status updates.
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Pride and Possession: Magic Flowers, Hair, and Women (and the Kidnappers Who “Love” Them) — The Hathor Legacy

Share on Tumblr A short while ago, I was having a discussion with a close friend about stepmothers. Fictional Stepmothers, you see, the Villainesses (or at least Obstructions) to the goals/life/happiness of their adopted children.
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Folk Lore and Fairy Tales | HIST 299: History's Boot Camp

"The original versions of many common fairy tales are often graphic, violent, and witty as evidenced in Peasants Tell Tales: The Meaning of Mother Goose by Robert Darnton."

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