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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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Legends and Romances of Spain

By: Spence, Lewis

Description: SINCE the days of Southey the romantic literature of Spain has not received from English writers and critics the amount of study and attention it undoubtedly deserves. In no European country did the seeds of Romance take root so readily or blossom so speedily and luxuriantly as in Spain, which perhaps left the imprint of its national character more deeply upon the literature of chivalry than did France or England. When we think of chivalry, do we not think f...

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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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Old Peter's Russian Tales

By: Ransome, Arthur

Description: This is a book of Russian folklore retold for young people and the young at heart. The tales are a good sampling of Slavic märchen, and the luminous prose counterposes the sometimes dark narratives. Ransome was the author of the popular 'Swallows and Amazons' childrens' books. He spent time in Russia during World War I as a journalist for a radical British newspaper, the Daily News, meeting among others, Lenin and Trotsky. However, that was after he wrote th...

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The English and Scottish Popular Ballads

By: Child, Francis James

Description: The ultimate Child ballad etext has yet to be constructed. This etext hence lacks the apparatus and, apparently, some of the variations of the original text, and has some lacunae and glitches. That said, this etext has been assembled from the best available resources on the Internet. This version was built using a Child corpus constructed by Cathy Lynn Preston at the University of Colorado (http://www.colorado.edu/ArtsSciences/CCRH/Ballads/ballads.html). You...

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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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Le Morte d'Arthur

By: Malory, Thomas

Description: From the incredible wizadry of Merlin to the passion of Sir Lancelot, these tales of Arthur and his knights offer epic adventures with the supernatural as well as timeless battles with out own humanity.

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Erec et Enide

By: DeTroyes, Chretien

Description: This is volume I of Alexander Carmichael's collection of folk poetry from the Western Isles of Scotland. Carmichael spent years collecting folklore from the vanishing cultures of Scotland. The poems in this volume include prayers, invocations, blessings and charms. They are a synthesis of Christian and pre-Christian belief systems. Besides invoking Jesus, Mary, and the saints, a number of these call on other powers. One of these is 'Bride,' who is explained ...

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The Story of Burnt Njal

By: Dasent, Geo. W.

Description: Considered to be one of the finest of the Icelandic sagas, Njal's Saga (or The Story of Burnt Njal) was written sometime in the thirteenth century by an unknown author and is the longest and most developed of the sagas. The source material for the saga was historical but probably drawn largely from oral tradition. The story relates events that took place between 960 and 1020, involving blood feuds in the Icelandic Commonwealth. It features memorable characte...

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The Norse Discovery of America

By: Reeves, A. M.

Description: This is a collection of texts relating to the voyages of the Norse west to America. A thousand years ago, nearly half a millennium before Columbus, the Norse extended their explorations from Iceland and Greenland to the shores of Northeastern North America, and, possibly, beyond. This volume from the Norroena collection contains all known sagas and documentary fragments which relate to this legendary exploration. It also contains analysis of the texts which...

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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 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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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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Stories of Russian Folk-Life

By: Mackenzie, D. A.

Description: This is a bit of a departure for Mackenzie. Later publishers renamed this book 'Folk Tales from Russia,' to make it appear to be a Russian volume in Mackenzie's Mythology series, which is misleading. Instead this is a short book of fiction about pre-revolutionary Russia. It does include some pieces of genuine Russian folklore (particularly 'The Lady of Moscow' and 'How Little Ivan became Tsar'), but most of the stories are simply sentimental vignettes of Rus...

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