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The Lore of Scotland: A Guide to Scottish Legends

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"Within a few minutes of this book arriving, I had put bookmarks in five places and was roaring through the index. A lovely compilation. It's the real macabre." —Terry Pratchett

Scotland's rich past and varied landscape have inspired an extraordinary array of legends and beliefs, and many of the most intriguing are collected here: stories of heroes andbloody feuds; giants
Paperback, 558 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Random House UK (first published October 1st 2009)
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Marguerite Kaye
It would be a fib to say I'm finished, because this is one of those dip in and out books, and there's loads left I haven't read. But it's fab. Thank you so much to Alison, who gave me it, it's given me so many ideas it made my head spin. Arranged by region, and absolutely packed full (with very small type) of legends and myths, comparing different regional variations, giving possible origins and a million other bits of information. As I said, perfect for dipping in and out, perfect for research, ...more
Racheal Renwick
Very accurate and clear. The book is broken up into sections of the country as well. So packed full, I could barely read the first pages. Which is good. Some of the tales are pretty crazy, who knew people were that imaginative?
This is a good guide to myths and legends about Scotland, arranged by area of the country. As it's laid out in this way it's more of a reference book than something you can sit down and read from cover to cover.

I enjoyed reading the various entries and it was interesting to see how similar legends sprang up in different parts of Scotland. I found the style quite dry, however, and the two-columns per page set up makes it seem unnecessarily dense. I would have liked some photographs so I could get
Elizabeth Judd taylor
Lots of interesting folklore--and history--from all around Scotland.
A good book to take with you on a tour of Scotland. It could be vastly improved with photographs of the actual places for those of us who are arm chair travellers. The print is small and arranged in 2 columns on the page which makes reading very slow. The counties are arranged in alphabetical order and after that the sites by alphabetical order.

As you can imagine there is a lot of repetition of type of myth but each is re-told as accurately as possible. Only rarely are explanations are given.
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