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Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth

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We have always conjured up creatures never seen in nature, from flying horses and two-headed birds to fire-breathing dragons and enormous killer skunks, as well as fantastic distortions of our own image, from giants to nubile maidens. In these pages you will meet extraordinary beings from Hindu and Navajo religions, Scandinavian tales, Russian folklore, Lithuanian stories, ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 17th 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2000)
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Cathy Douglas
A handy reference book. The writing is dry, more encyclopedic than mythic, but the information is useful. As a reference it works well and is easy to use: it's alphabetized, cross-referenced and indexed. But no matter how irresistible an entry like "Ichthyocentaur" or "Druggen Hill Boggle" may seem, they're not the liveliest reading material. Also, as a reference it isn't complete without the companion volume, Rose's Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins. Anyone in a position to need such a ...more
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“There has always been a fascination for the monstrous, and depictions of monstrous beings have been known from the earliest times. What actually constitutes a monster depends on the cultural values in which the image is depicted. That which is deemed to be monstrous is against the natural order of what is acceptable, and this is usually the image of nature and human natural forms. Consequently, even some being that is of an abnormal size may be regarded as monstrous yet still b
R.A. Danger
2001. For being the first encyclopedia of creatures and beings that I had look at back in the 90's. It still good enough even now. Even though with crypto animals then as now I prefer to look at accounts or the other books on my list for better and update description.

As part of it's title there is a lot of giants and dragons in here but others like sea and lake monsters, rainbow serpents, merfolk, fearsome critters, some were creatures and vampires. Then one can always finds something not in oth
Deboshree Chatterjee

first of all, it's always nice to have exhaustive lists of beasts and supernatural entities from various folklores and myths under a single bind..
It's a wonderful book for those, who loves to research on this subjects and also for people like me who simply love to know about different folkloric creatures and beings.

It has not much pictures though.. you have to help yourself on shape/sizes and physical appearances of creatures.

In few cases it does give some misinterpretations on creatures..
Rainboe Sims-Jones
This book investigates thousands of monsters from every corner of the world. Each monster entry is supplemented with background myth or lore, continent, country or culture of origin. Short briefs of over two thousand monsters are included and seldom drawings as well. Appendixes are arranged by types of monsters, their associations, and the bibliography contains nearly two hundred entries. Undoubtedly this is a well researched encyclopedia and a necessary resource for any studies of mythical mons ...more
This book had lots of creatures that I hadn't read or heard of before, and interesting mythological read. It also has some creatures from just fantasy books which was also nice as a look at different types of things that have been in books and myths the world over. It didn't have much detail for some entries but others were very detailed. Overall, I really like this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes mythology or fantastical creatures.
This is a seriously complete book on monsters, semi-humans and supernatural beasties. Although the individual entries are short, this reference book covers it all: mythological and folkloric creatures from every culture you’ve heard of (and many you haven’t). It’s also got heraldric beasts, creatures from literature, nursery boggies, biblical monsters, and even modern creations (like the Great Galactic Ghoul).
While Giants, Monsters and Dragons isn't a book of fairy tales or stories, it's a wonderful reference book to the many legendary beasties 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!
Jacqueline Ogburn
This is one of my favorite reference books -- mythical creatures from all traditions, with a lovely index.
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