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Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia

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In more than 2,000 alphabetically arranged entries, readers will meet angels, demons, elves, encantados, fairies, familiars, keremets, nats, nymphs, and many other strange beings from around the world. Carol Rose introduces the reader to the little--and not so little--folk, delightfully various and, at the same time, strikingly similar from country to country. Wherever hum ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 17th 1998 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published December 31st 1996)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Jul 12, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Folklore and faery enthusiasts
This is a really good encyclopedia for folkloric creatures. A must have for those who are inclined towards folklore and mythology. It's in alphabetical order and has the pronunciation and country of origin of the different entities. It also lists alternative names for the entities. I refer to it when I write my folklore blog and also when I encounter a creature I am not familiar with or just want more information.
Hugo Negron
Sep 14, 2013 Hugo Negron rated it it was amazing
Wonderful resource book. A great read for anyone researching or just interested in goblins, elves, faeries, spirits, brownies, and other mythic creatures. This is not written in story format - its more of an encyclopedic text, with not many illustrations - and the majority of the drawings originate from rather crude plates. Still, they add to the old world feel and charm of the book. It was really amazing to discover how similar so many folklore tales and creatures are from one culture to anothe ...more
May 31, 2007 Erin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves folklore and mythology
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This is most literally an encyclopedia. So you probably will not sit down and read it in one setting. It's more of a book you read a few excerpts from, from time to time.

It's very thorough and in-depth on the backgrounds of Fae, spirits and little people.

If you are just interested in learning about such things, then this book is for you. Enjoy.
Oct 10, 2011 Cyne rated it it was amazing
This is a great reference for people seeking inspiration or people who just like mythology and the like. I fall into both of these categories, so I absolutely love this book. A must-have if you're an aspiring fantasy author and want to avoid the Tolkien tropes.
Cathy Douglas
Feb 16, 2009 Cathy Douglas rated it really liked it
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A useful reference, but dry. This is a companion volume to Rose's Giants, Monsters & Dragons.
Vera Hoenen
Aug 07, 2011 Vera Hoenen rated it really liked it
Nice overview. Bit odd that zwarte piet and sinterklaas are in it though.....
Jacqueline Ogburn
Jan 28, 2010 Jacqueline Ogburn rated it it was amazing
Again, an invaulable reference books, drawn from many traditions.
Ms. J Johnson
Covers lots of stuff, but no pronunciation guide...
Melinda Jane Harrison (Janie Reads A Lot)
Very good reference book on fairies and similar creatures.
R.A. Danger
1996. This one doesn't have any names in the front like Giants, Monsters, & Dragons, but then both don't have any index either. It would be useful to look up Escudait and know that it could be found under the name Will O' the Wisp or that it's in the Appendix 27. The see also may not work if you end up reading Torto a demon with one eye and want to look up other one eye creatures but only see to look up "demon" only. It has enough different bw pictures, but there is only a few the same in b ...more
The Elves
Nov 29, 2014 The Elves rated it really liked it
Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins is a fairly comprehensive encyclopedia of the otherworld from all over the world. The illustrations are not very good, it is true; however, the text is pretty thorough and while no book will ever be able to cover the totality of Faerie and the diversity of its inhabitants, except perhaps the book of Life, this is a good addition to the library of those who love and study this subject. We’re glad we got it.

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May 28, 2015 Zazzybrown rated it it was amazing
i think it is about farietayles
May 06, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
While 'Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins' isn't a book of fairy tales or stories, it's a wonderful reference book to the many legendary folk of the world. Carol Rose has gathered descriptions and information of hundreds of mythical creatures from various cultures and assembled them into an encyclopedia style volume. Dry writing for sure, but wonderfully interesting nonetheless!
Deboshree Chatterjee
May 29, 2013 Deboshree Chatterjee rated it it was amazing
I loved this one... got to know soo much of unknown creatures, worldwide.. but there are some mis infos that I have observed, specially in Hindu lore and mythology segments... but you never be always right when it's about folklore and believes.. complain... loved this on too.. :)
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M.L. Brennan
May 03, 2013 M.L. Brennan rated it it was amazing
Excellent, extremely useful resource for writers.
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