Folklore and Legends

Here is a collection of posts about folklore, myth, legend, imagination and related topics.  These are among the posts I most like to write.  Enjoy!

Another note on tricksters, April 27, 2014

Notes from the Wasteland, January 21, 2014

More notes from the Wasteland, January 25, 2014

Help wanted, heroes and heroines: must be civil and adroit, January 16, 2014

Queen Bothildur: an Icelandic Christmas folktale, December 12, 2013

Face Rock, Bandon, Oregon, July, 23, 2013

Notes on Trickster stories, June 16, 2013

The North Wind’s Gift:  a trickster tale from Italy, June 19, 2013

Where to find Tales of the Elves:  Icelandic Folktales for Children.  May 15, 2013

Jorinda and Joringel, Part 1. May 5, 2013

Jorinda and Joringel, Part 2. May 11, 2013

Authenticity and Folklore. February 14, 2013

Once Upon a Time by Max Luthi. February 5, 2013

A Dilettante Among Symbols . January 16, 2013

Tales of the Dummling. January 8, 2013

The Yule Lads: Icelandic Christmas Folklore. December 10, 2012

Tales of the Elves by Anna Asjornsdottir and Florence Thibault. December 2, 2012

Njal’s Saga: an introduction. Oct. 10, 2012

Njal’s Saga, part 2. Oct. 15, 2012


Njal’s Saga, part 3. Oct. 15, 2012

Njal’s Saga: some concluding remarks. Oct. 18, 2012

Two hundred years of the Brothers Grimm. Oct. 8, 2012

Fairytales in the 21st century. Sept. 21, 2012

Fairytales for Midlife. April 2, 2012

Swan Maidens and Fairy Lovers, Part 2. March 28, 2012

Swan Maidens and Fairy Lovers, Part 1. March 25, 2012

The Water of Life, Part 2. March 15, 2012

The Water of Life. March 12, 2012

Go I Know Not Wither, Bring Back I Know Not What, Part 2.
Feb 8, 2012

Go I Know Not Wither, Bring Back I Know Not What, Part 1.
Feb 6, 2012

Alice and the White Rabbit, by Arthur Rackham

Of Greensleeves and Christmas Carol Karma. Dec. 21, 2011

The King and the Corpse by Heinrich Zimmer: A Book Review – Part Two.
Dec. 19, 2011

The King and the Corpse by Heinrich Zimmer: A Book Review – Part One.
Dec. 16, 2011

The Wasteland. Dec. 15, 2011

The Story of Shambhala. Nov. 3, 2011

The Ballad of Jesse James. June 1, 2011

A Childhood Story I Have Never Forgotten: The Death of Balder.
May 23, 2011

Barbara Allen – Mysteries in a Ballad. March 26, 2011

On Fairy-Stories by J.R.R. Tolkein. March 22, 2011

The World as Shapeshifter: A Hindu Parable. Feb. 13, 2011

Shapeshifting in Faerie: The Ballad of Tam Lin. Feb. 10, 2011

On Shapechangers: Proteus in John Barth’s, The Menelaiad.
Feb. 7, 2011

Happy Imbolc, St. Brigid’s Day, Candlemas, Groundhog Day.
Feb. 1, 2011

Camelot and the Wild West. Jan. 26, 2011

McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Jan. 25, 2011

Pothos in Westerns 2: Pat Garret and Billy the Kid. Jan. 23, 2011

True Grit, Pothos, and Westerns that Stick With You. Jan. 22, 2011

Christmas Tree Facts and Legends. Dec 23, 2010

The King is Dead; Long Live the King. Dec 21, 2010

Joseph Cornell’s Dreamtime. Dec 17, 2010

“Tinsel,” by Hank Stuever, and other Christmas musings.
Nov. 23, 2010

The Wishing Tree. Nov. 20, 2010

Of Hamsters, Wisdom, and Persephone. Oct 7, 2010

The Peddler of Swaffham. Sept. 11, 2010

5 Responses to Folklore and Legends

  1. SoundEagle says:

    Very prolific . . . .


  2. Wow…thank you for this very comprehensive list! I teach cultural mythology and folklore to my 9th graders, and this will come in handy!


  3. oooo, check this out, Morgan. It’s a news report from March 2012 but I just saw somebody post it. A treasure trove of “lost” fairy tales!


    • Thanks for catching that, Amy. I had spotted that recently too and bookmarked it to read in detail when I get a chance. Please continue to flag any similar stories like that you see – there’s way to much info to catch everything!


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