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Wolves played a vital part in Roman myths. A defining symbol of ancient Rome is the image of the twins

These cicorc (or cork-dogs) were seen as good luck charms and also gave the sailors something else to think about

Hidden in plain sight for a century, two recently reappraised Cottingley Fairy photographs bring a whole new dimension to the

Until the 20th century, the inadequacies of orthodox medical services left a large proportion of the population dependent upon traditional

Would you call yourself a thrill-seeker? Are you always looking for that next adrenaline rush? Putting yourself in danger so

The emotional and spiritual dimension of being in place, in the work of Alan Garner, powerfully reminds us of our

Follow the path marked by red torii gates and enter a world outside of the city, a world of meandering

No plants feature so often in folklore, in so many places, as fig trees. There’s a biological basis to many

The folklore attached to the seas and rivers of the world is plentiful, filled with wondrous creatures and beguiling tales.

Despite a great many people knowing that Norway is awash with folklore, many would be hard-pressed to name a Norwegian

For thousands of years, physicians relied heavily on a single treatment for hysteria, heart disease and just about every other

Deep below the depths of the ocean, creatures from myth, legend, and lore, stalk our nightmares and give us chills,

There was once a bright-white cow which travelled round the world, giving milk enough for all comers. Whoever drank of

Scotland is one of the few nations to have chosen a mythological creature rather than a real one as her

A year and a half after our call to action to support Unbound Publishing’s 21st century roadmap of British folktales,

The early sirens, the ones Odysseus encountered, were not fish at all but bird-women, but they had those great siren

In a daring act, facing frightful peril, Mark Twain exploited a legend to launch his onstage comic career. With his

While much fairy folklore associated with prehistoric sites centres around barrows and brochs, many megaliths are linked to fairies, goblins

In Arthurian tradition the elusive sorceress Morgan le Fay becomes one of King Arthur’s most dangerous foes.

Plants play a major part in the many customs surrounding the Christmas festivities. The Yule log for example, was essentially

Modern farming has transformed the landscape of Britain and Ireland, to the detriment of nature. Lisa Schneidau argues that the

Whenever a bear shows up in a folktale, we know something wonderful, and maybe a bit scary, is about to

My parents tell me a few last family legends, and I contemplate on how these stories might change in the

Lake Bala is also known as Llyn Tegid, and in Welsh folklore is known for its legend of having a

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