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The Science of Fairy Tales: an Enquiry Into Fairy Mythology

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"A fairy (also fey or fae or faerie; collectively, wee folk, good folk, people of peace, and other euphemisms) is the name given to an alleged metaphysical spirit or supernatural being.

The fairy is based on the fae of medieval Western European (Old French) folklore and romance. Fairies are often identified with related beings of other mythologies (see lis
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Published by BiblioBazaar (first published April 7th 2003)
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Pamela Lloyd
This book was hard to read for many reasons, most notably the lack of organization as the author compared multiple stories and analyzed the links between them and the Victorian attitudes expressed toward non-European cultures. Even so, I learned a lot from this book and will consider reading it again, this time with note-taking materials at hand, in order to better integrate the great breadth of the material covered. Definitely a worthwhile read.
Nicole Pramik
The title here is slightly misleading though not entirely: don't expect this to be an analytical work exploring fairy tales in and of themselves. Instead, it concentrates on sundry aspects of fairy mythology (which, in all fairness, the title does indicate but it's contained in the subtitle).

Overall, Hartland does a good job presenting a detailed overview of the various elements unique to the heart of fairy myths, from Changlings, to Swan-Maidens, to intimate interactions between fairies and hum
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