Folklore and Mythology

Myths and folktales serve as the basis for many fantasy works. Here are some titles that Dragonlords' members have enjoyed. (Remember to check for works about King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and the Holy Grail in the Arthurian section of the bookstore.

Myths and Folktales

These are translations and retellings of various cycles of folklore and mythology.

 Nart Sagas from the Caucasus: Myths and Legends from the Circassians, Abazas, Abkhaz, and Ubykhs
John Colarusso assembled, translated and annotated this collection of the Nart sagas. Among other things, he notes parallels between the Nart sagas and the Arthurian legends.

 Early Irish Myths and Sagas
Folklore rather than actual fantasy, this collection, translated by Jeffrey Gantz, contains many entertaining tales.

 Robin Hood and Other Outlaw Tales
Middle English texts of the medieval outlaw traditions; edited by Stephen Knight, et al.

Mythologists and Folklorists

These authors have one or more studies on folklore and mythology still in print.

These are collections, reference works, and single studies by various authors.

 When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth
Elizabeth Wayland Barber and Paul T. Barber present their fascinating Myth Principles in this delightful discussion about how important information was remembered, sometimes for millennia, in various societies.

 Celtic Heritage: Ancient Tradition in Ireland and Wales
Alwyn and Brinley Rees penned this classic study of Celtic traditions.

 Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years: Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times
Elizabeth Barber's fascinating study of textiles through history.

 A Dictionary of Fabulous Beasts
Richard Barber coauthored this reference source with Anne Riches.

 Whence the Goddesses: A Source Book
Mirriam Robbins Dexter's wonderful study of the development of various goddesses in regions settled by Indo-European peoples.

 Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts
Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty's excellent discussion of women in myth.

 The Mabinogi, and Other Medieval Welsh Tales
Patrick Ford's acclaimed translation.

 Robin Hood
J.C. Holt's superb study of the Robin Hood tradition.

 Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend
An excellent reference work with short articles on a variety of topics and cultures.

 The New Comparative Mythology: An Anthropological Assessment of the Theories of Georges Dumezil
C. Scott Littleton masterful study of the works of Georges Dumezil; contains references to Littleton's "Sarmatian Connection" hypothesis, regarding the Arthurian legends.

 Celtic Mythology
Though this classic work by Proinsias MacCana is out of print, it is included here because it is referred to in most studies of Celtic mythology. Contact Amazon about obtaining a copy.

 Celtic Mythology
Though this classic work by John MacCulloch (from the Mythology of All Races series, in which it is Volume 3) is out of print, it is included here because it is referred to in most studies of Celtic mythology. Contact Amazon about obtaining a copy (or copies of other volumes in the Mythology of All Races series).

 Studies in Honor of Jaan Puhvel
This is the first volume of a set of essays in honor of Jaan Puhvel; L.A. Malcor has two essays in the second volume.
 Studies in Honor of Jaan Puhvel
L.A. Malcor's essay "First Bath: The 'Washing of the Child' Motif in Christian Art, or What's a Nice Jewish Boy Doing in an Indo-European Tale like this?" appears in this volume, as does "Did the Alans Reach Ireland? A Reassessment of the 'Scythian' References in the Lebor Gabala Erenn", which she coauthored with C. Scott Littleton.
 Comparative Mythology
This text by Jaan Puhvel is absolutely the best text on Indo-European Comparative Mythology that you will ever find anywhere!

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