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Despite their numbers, badgers are elusive beasts thanks to their nocturnal lifestyle and underground dwellings. This has led to myths

The fairy-tale witch is a compelling, frightening, and reliable stock character in our contemporary society. Mention “witch” and the hag

If the body of Ireland is The Emerald Isle, then surely it follows that her veins are made of sapphire?

Bats feature in many myths, legends and folklore from many diverse cultures around the world, and are often associated with

Gnomes trace their origins back through alchemical theory to Greek and Roman mythology.

Simon Young is gathering in material for a boggart census, a survey of the last people who grew up with

For many, the Woman in the Tower is a symbol of female oppression and repression, a highly negative image charged

The story of William of Cloudesly is found in a 16th century ballad, Adam Bell, Clym of the Cloughe and

Mention Maid Marian and Sherwood Forest in the same breath, and most people think of Robin Hood’s lady love. The

Fairy tales often focus on relationships within families — interrogating the many ways in which these can break down, but

'The Weardale Fairies'. Extracted from English Fairy Tales and Legends by Rosalind Kerven, published by Batsford. Illustration by Arthur Rackham,

“I’ve got something a lot better to exchange for that cow though, Jack,” said the man. “Something much more valuable

hile the Pied Piper of Hamelin is undeniably a fairy tale, it’s uniquely grounded in real-world specifics – the date

You turn around, and all of a sudden, you see that something is approaching, moving towards you. You notice a

Twenty-two thousand words, research of folk tales from across the UK and 2 months to do it. What had I

German artist Florian Schäfer is creating life-like art dolls & figurines of strange but mostly unknown creatures to fight against

Fairy tales, myths and legends have always been central to our experience as human beings. They help us deal with

In the middle years of the 12th century, two green-skinned children mysteriously appeared in a field in Suffolk. But who

A story of love, betrayal and impending war became entwined with upheavals that affect the discipline of folklore to this

ith its rich folklore, deep woods filled with wild boars, wolves and massive bison, and dark 20th century history, Poland

White blossom on the trees is one of the delights of springtime, but it masks a deeper magic in three

The phrase "Tapping the Admiral" originates from a piece of folklore surrounding the death of Horatio Nelson at the Battle

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

The Norwegian folktale, “East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” in which a white bear comes to take

For almost 300 years, the story of the mysterious dobhar-chú, or King Otter, has haunted the shores of Glenade Lake

The Folklore of Cornwall: The Oral Tradition of a Celtic Nation addresses everything from piskies – south west Britain’s fairies

Through myth, fairy tale and legend, powerful women are depicted as dark, cruel and calculating, and they are often naturally

Suffolk might seem the very last place to look for fairylore; after all, most of us have grown up with

The residents of a Swansea street were shocked to be able to recognise the ghostly spirit haunting their home, but

The Japanese raccoon dog or tanuki, a shape-shifting, hedonistic and jovial trickster, has always lived in the borderlands between human

have a confession to make: I’m a bibliophile. I have a small collection of very, very old books and

Remy Dean explores the stories of Wild Kynaston; a medieval noble turned highwayman who may have inspired some of the

From King Arthur to Jack the Giant Killer, this county has an array of famous tales, but being a man

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

What is it about swans? They feature heavily in Western European folklore, a graceful animal for a human to be

Make sure you crush up your eggshells after eating an egg, otherwise witches will use them as boats and cause

Beowulf is an anonymously written long poem originally written in Old English, the language commonly spoken in England in Anglo-Saxon

If contemporary versions of popular fairy tales are anything to go by, you could be left thinking that women are

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

It seems fairly logical to begin our search for the real Dick Whittington at Whittington Castle in Shropshire, which local