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Old Norse Poems

By: Hollander, Lee M.

Description: THE GROUP of poems offered in this volume comprises practically all the more considerable (non-Skaldic) verse material not in the Edda. Indeed, it has been subtitled the most important non-skaldic verse not included in the poetic edda. It is a supplement to the Edda and it shows, even better than that remarkable collection, the wealth of independent poetic inventions and forms that flourished in the Scandinavian North before and immediately after the introdu...

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Icelandic sagas, Vol. III, The Orkneyingers Saga

By: Dasent, George W.

Description: Written around AD 1200 by an unnamed Icelandic author, the Orkneyinga Saga is an intriguing fusion of myth, legend and history. The only medieval chronicle to have Orkney as the central place of action, it tells of an era when the islands were still part of the Viking world, beginning with their conquest by the kings of Norway in the ninth century. The saga describes the subsequent history of the Earldom of Orkney and the adventures of great Norsemen such as...

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The Prose Edda

By: Sturlson, Snorri

Description: The Prose Edda is a text on Old Norse Poetics, written about 1200 by the Icelandic poet and politican Snorri Sturlson, who also wrote the Heimskringla. The Prose Edda contains a wide variety of lore which a Skald (poet) of the time would need to know. The text is of interest to modern readers because it contains consistent narratives of many of the plot lines of Norse mythology. Although Snorri was a Christian, he treated the ancient Pagan mythology with gre...

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Folk Tales From the Russian

By: de Blumenthal, Verra X. K.

Description: Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made avai...

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The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries

By: Evans-Wentz, W. Y.

Description: This is one of the most in-depth and scholarly attempts to explain the phenomena of the Celtic belief in fairies. Based on Evans-Wentz' Oxford doctoral thesis, it includes an extensive survey of the literature from many different perspectives, including folk-lore, history, anthropology and psychology. The heart of the book is the ethnographic fieldwork conducted by Evans-Wentz, an invaluable snapshot of the fairy belief system taken just on the cusp of moder...

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The Mabinogion

By: Guest, Charlotte

Description: This is Lady Guests' translation of the Mabinogion. The Mabinogion is a cycle of Welsh legends collected in the Red Book of Hergest, a manuscript which is in the library of Oxford University. Mabinogion means 'tales of youth'; although this appellation only applies to a few of the stories, Lady Guest appropriated it as the title of this book, and The Mabinogion is now used as the name of the entire collection. The stories are based on historical characters a...

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The Key of Gold

By: Baudis, Josef

Description: This is a short collection of folk tales translated from Czech sources. Aside from the character's names and a mention of a water gnome called a 'Waternick', these stories could be from just about anywhere in Europe, and several (such as 'Three at One Blow') will be familiar to readers of Lang's 'colored' fairy books. That said, this book is pleasant reading and a nice collection. NOTE: This text uses Unicode to display certain accented letters. To view thi...

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The Four Ancient Books of Wales

By: Skene, William F.

Description: This is William Skene's anthology of dark-age Welsh Bardic poetry. Often cited, but difficult to obtain, this book contains every remaining piece of Bardic poetry known. The poems are translated from four manuscripts: the Black Book of Caermarthen, the Red Book of Hergest (which is also the source of the Mabinogion), the Book of Taliessin and the Book of Aneurin, all of which date from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries C.E. The poems themselves date fro...

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The Nibelungenlied

By: Shumway, Daniel B.

Description: A tale of murder and revenge, Nibelungenlied tells the chivalric story of Siegfried, a great prince, who works to win the hand of a beautiful princess. Considered one of the greatest epic poems – this significant work weaves a series of myths to create a legend.

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The Earthly Paradise

By: Morris, William

Description: This is the second part of a three part etext of William Morris' epic-length poem, The Earthly Paradise. In this portion, Morris expands his scope from classical mythology into the Near East with The Man who never laughed again, and the Northern realm with the extended The Lovers of Gudrun, a retelling of an episode from the Icelandic Laxdaela Saga, and East of the Moon, West of the Sun. Confusingly, this is actually part III of the original edition (the fi...

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Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race

By: Rolleston, Thomas

Description: This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitme...

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The Earthly Paradise

By: Morris, William

Description: This is the first part of a three part etext of William Morris' epic-length poem, The Earthly Paradise. The work is a sequence of 24 framed episodes (two per 'month') each with its own story, rather than one long narrative with a complicated cast. This invites browsing, as it is easy to drop in and read a complete story in one sitting. The entire poem is written in colloquial modern English with a few archaicisms. Morris draws from European mythology and fol...

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Fairy Legends and Traditions

By: Croker, T. Crofton

Description: The Library of Alexandria is an independent small business publishing house. We specialize in bringing back to live rare, historical and ancient books. This includes manuscripts such as: classical fiction, philosophy, science, religion, folklore, mythology, history, literature, politics and sacred texts, in addition to secret and esoteric subjects, such as: occult, freemasonry, alchemy, hermetic, shamanism and ancient knowledge. Our books are available in di...

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Myths and Folk-lore of Ireland

By: Curtin, Jeremiah

Description: Jeremiah Curtin was an American translator and folklorist. Curtin compiled a collection of famous Irish folk-lore. This edition includes a table of contents.

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More English Fairy Tales

By: Jacobs, Joseph

Description: More English Fairy Tales is the complete collection of 44 English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs (from 1894). This kindle title is fully illustrated with more than 50 original pictures that follow the story line. Tales included: 1. The Pied Piper 2. Hereafterthis 3. The Golden Ball 4. My Own Self 5. The Black Bull of Norroway 6. Yallery Brown 7. Three Feathers 8. Sir Gammer Vans 9. Tom Hickathrift 10. The Hedley Kow 11. Gobborn Seer 12. Lawkamercy...

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The Laxdaela Saga

By: Press, Muriel

Description: This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitme...

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The Hero of Esthonia

By: Kirby, W. F.

Description: When I took up the study of the Kalevala and Finnish literature, with the intention of publishing a critical English edition of the poem, on which I am still engaged, the accumulation of the necessary materials led me to examine the literature of the neighbouring countries likewise. I had expected to find the Kalevipoeg an Esthonian variant of the Kalevala; but I found it so dissimilar, and at the same time so interesting, when divested of the tedious and ir...

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Heroic Ballads of Servia

By: Noyes, Geo. R.

Description: The purpose of the present volume is to give specimens of the best portions of a ballad literature that is among the most remarkable in Europe. For the translation of the ballads from the Servian, and for the introduction and notes, I am responsible; Mr. Bacon has transformed my prose texts into English verse. Each of us, however, has of course made suggestions as to the work of the other. Most of the material in the introduction I have taken from Karájich (...

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Geoffrey of Monmouth Histories of the Kings of Britai

By: Evans, Sebastian

Description: Geoffrey of Monmouth's Histories of the Kings of Britain was a medieval attempt to forge a national epic for the British people, shortly after the Norman conquest. Geoffrey invented a mythical back-history for the Britons, starting, as Virgil did, with a fugitive from the sack of Troy, named Brute or Brutus. The Histories includes many traditional tales, particularly a telling of the story of King Lear (who was originally a Celtic God, Lyr). He also inserts ...

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The Earthly Paradise

By: Morris, William

Description: This is the third part of a three part etext of William Morris' epic-length poem, The Earthly Paradise. In this section Morris weaves more tales from Northern and Classical mythology; including the tale of Hercules and the Golden Apples; Aslaug, the daughter of Sigurd and Brynhild; the myth of Bellerophon; and two tales of the Goddess Venus. Confusingly, this is actually part IV of the original edition (the first volume was conidered part I and II).

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