In the summer of 1960 at the age of five, I joined an honored folk tradition by telling my first
Jánošík, a young outlaw with braided hair, carrying a shepherd’s axe called valaška, and wearing rural clothing, is the unlikely
We’ve got many different characters in Brazilian Folkcloric scene and they are related to all aspects of the land, weather,
The Mabinogion is a mess of misconstrued mythology, a minefield of mistranslation and misinterpretations. It’s also the font of all
In February 1862 a riot broke out in a Suffolk churchyard over a ghost story. Margaretta Greene, the story’s author,
In Welsh legend and myth the Owl of Cwm Cowlyd lived in the woods that once surrounded Llyn Cowlyd.
Gnomes trace their origins back through alchemical theory to Greek and Roman mythology.
The story of William of Cloudesly is found in a 16th century ballad, Adam Bell, Clym of the Cloughe and
alking deep into a mine, when the last gleam of sunlight is eclipsed by the next turn, reveals the overwhelming
In a daring act, facing frightful peril, Mark Twain exploited a legend to launch his onstage comic career. With his
The Swansea Devil is a three-foot tall “cursed” sculpture which is said to have been responsible for destroying a church.
Wild Edric was an Anglo-Saxon earl from Shropshire who was also known as Eadric Salvage, Eadric Silvaticus and Eadric the
King Leir and his youngest daughter, Queen Cordelia, were legendary rulers of the the Britons. Their story appeared in
In the middle years of the 12th century, two green-skinned children mysteriously appeared in a field in Suffolk. But who
A griffin is a legendary beast believed to be the offspring of a lion and an eagle, depicted in various
A story of love, betrayal and impending war became entwined with upheavals that affect the discipline of folklore to this
Spring is the herald of new life, and throughout the animal world, spring is a time to forecast the weather
The Cailleach, which translates as ‘old woman’, ‘hag’, and ‘veiled one’, exists in both Irish and Scottish Gaelic, and is
The epic unfinished poem, The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser, published 1590-96, created a parallel of the medieval universe.
For centuries, stories from Irish myth and legend have ignited imaginations all over the world. Today, mysterious records of seemingly-impossible
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, is a fourteenth century poetic masterpiece. No mere Arthurian romance, it is a work
The Folklore of Cornwall: The Oral Tradition of a Celtic Nation addresses everything from piskies – south west Britain’s fairies