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The Fairy Mythology: Illustrative of the Romance and Superstition of Various Countries (Forgotten Books)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  464 ratings  ·  10 reviews
A fascinating compendium of folklore, superstitions, and mythology surrounding the 'little people', including discussions of fairy tradition as it appears in great works of English literature.
Paperback, 648 pages
Published 2007 by Forgotten Books (first published 1880)
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Nov 26, 2008 Louise rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: folklore buffs. followers of global fairy traditions
I'm re-reading this for the countless time, after purchasing the very reasonably priced hard cover from Amazon.

If you enjoy faerie folklore, this is a must have. Keightley's tome was first titled "The Fairy Mythology," but when he revised and updated this 1880 originally published book, the title was later changed to "The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves, and Other Little People".

The book looks at fairy traditions from across the globe: Scandinavia, the British Isles, Germany, with folklor
Ea Solinas
It's a credit to Thomas Keightley's "World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves & Other Little People" that it's still a relevant mythologic source today, over a hundred years after it was first published. The stories, explanations and legends are still as informative as they were in 1880, although they are rather restricted.

Okay, "World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves and Other Little People" sounds like a cutesy title for a Brian Froud-illustrated book. And it's a rather lightweight title for a
Finally finished it! Enjoyed it so much. A great collection of folklore from all over the world.

I will caution: not a book to read if you're looking for something light. I was sometimes frustrated by the lack of English in certain sections. Almost all of the Spain section I couldn't read because so much of the text was in Spanish. There was a lot of German and Latin going on as well. Although I could read some of the Latin and figure out part of the French... I was completely lost in the Spanish
Joel LeBlanc
Discovered this book last year in a dusty little bookshop in Oamaru, New Zealand, and really couldn't live without it now. One of the most researched and trustworthy sources of information on global folklore.
I read large selections of this as part of ongoing research for *cough* fanfiction. Learned a lot in the process, too. I didn't realize how much Shakespeare fairy mythology was taken from Spenser, who in turn took it from Teutonic legends of the Erl-King, or the French tale of Huon de Bordeaux.
Markham Anderson
An historic and philological treatment of fairy mythology. Globally far-reaching but with greatest focus, perhaps, on Britain.

It demands more of the reader than most texts assembled in the following (20th) century yet manages to interest and entertain.
Louis Bouchard
This is the only book on the subject, that I've read, that I thought was any good.
It's a good, and fairly lengthy, survey of fairies and fairy tales from around the world.
My first true book on faeries, checked out from the library at age 8. Definitely took me a few reads to understand a lot of it.
Almost completely focuses on European fairy lore and a bit dry, but lots of information.
Kalayna Price
A must read for those interested in folklore.
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