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To ask other readers questions about Encyclopedia of Fairiesplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Encyclopedia of Fairies. Lists with This Book. This is a wonderful book and if you have any use for a reference book on fairies, folklore etc. If you write as a lot of us here do this is a treasure trove of information.
If I could I’d buy a copy. I’ll just have to keep my eyes open. An interesting side note. In the edition I got out the library the illustration pages in the center of the This is a wonderful book encyclopedua if you have any use for a reference book on fairies, folklore etc.
In the edition I got out the library the illustration pages in the center of the book were inserted upside-down. View all 7 comments. Jun 18, Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was encjclopedia Shelves: THE definitive place to start on British fairy folklore. Is there anything else to say?
Because I’m only reviewing my favorite books — not every book I read. Consider a novel’s presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement. I can’t believe I just said “hearty.
Jun 14, Mary Catelli rated it it was amazing Shelves: An exhaustive treatment of the — ehem — Good Folk of the British Isles. A lot of redundancies because all sorts of creatures reappeared, slightly different, under different names, sometimes in very limited locales, or even the proper name of a single being. Sometimes very slightly different names — not necessarily related to how similar they are in other respects.
Covers a lot of folklore about the devils and death, as well, because of the strong connection between them and the fairies. Grafted trees were connected with fairies because they were called “ymp trees. A wonderful compendium of the folkloric inhabitants of the British Isles. In addition to entries about the Little People, there are also entries on certain folkloric motifs, such as Shapeshifting and Captives in Fairylandand on prominent collectors of tales and writers upon the subject.
As well as the usual index and bibliography, the book also has an Index of Types and Motifsby which folklore tales have been categorised, thus making it easy to compare similarities between stories which someti A wonderful compendium of the folkloric inhabitants of the British Isles.
As well as the usual index and bibliography, the book also has an Index of Types and Motifsby which folklore tales have been categorised, thus making it easy to compare similarities between stories which sometimes span the length of the land. This is also facilitated by the entries being cross-referenced within the text rather like a hyper-text webpage.
Although not a book that I would read from cover-to-cover, it’s fun to dip into: There are also line illustrations throughout, and a set of monochrome plates showing classic depictions of fairies, elves, goblins, et al.
In summary, an excellent and engaging reference work. The best source for fairies and strange creatures in literature and popular stories. Incredibly readable and bottomless inspiration. View all 3 comments.
Jun 18, Matt rated it it was amazing. This is the only reference book I ever read cover to cover. I bought encyclopediia as a ‘one-click’ second hand purchase, with no notion I was buying something with a soul. The katharlne are yellowed, and well-thumbed, and I noticed this edition was printed in the same year I was born. That evocative smell of ‘old books’ hits me when I flick from front to back. How many hands have held this book?
How many stories were born from its pages?
Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies, & Other Supernatural Creatures
This book has its own story to tell, and it’s not inside, but in the tangible, the weight, the smell. Like its contents, this book I bought this as a ‘one-click’ second hand purchase, with no notion I was buying something with a soul.
Like its contents, this book is magical. I can see ‘A Bruggs of Fairies’ becoming my companion, and I wonder how many other authors my copy has guided along the way? Dec 02, James Kelly rated it it was amazing. If you have ever wanted to know anything about fairy folklore, this is the book to read. Briggs leaves no stone unturned, categorising even the most minor fairy, as well as tackling large concepts, other related folklore and literature too. The encyclopedic nature means you can return to it again and again, but if you have any interest in fairies at all I’d be willing to bet you’ll read it cover to cover.
This book has been absolutely indispensable and one of my best purchases. Dec 21, Nicholas Bobbitt rated it liked it. This is neat, katharihe I don’t have much use for keeping it. Oct 04, Searska GreyRaven rated it really liked it. Really good reference for the fey. Feb 18, Fiona rated it really liked it. Comprehensive and well written, but somewhat oddly organized. Dec 13, Laura Keating rated it it was amazing. The best source for all your otherworldly questions.
May 28, Juli Anna rated it liked it Shelves: This book was a great favorite of mine as a child. The public library had one copy on reserve and I spent hours poring over it when I was there, memorizing the names of the Tuatha de Danann, reading the stories of True Thomas and Tam Lin, studying which virtues were rewarded my fairies and which vices punished.
Even through my adult life, this book has enjoyed a sort of clout in my imagination that few do, and so I decided to revisit it. Briggs offers a detailed look at fairy beliefs, stories an This book was a great favorite of mine as a child. Briggs offers fiaries detailed look at fairy beliefs, stories and customs from the British Isles.
However, for its scope, this book cannot be beaten. Briggs is an excellent folklorist and gathers together in this book not only elves, banshees, and grims, but also Perrault, Herrick, Yeats, and dozens of other writers and folklorists whose work she draws from.
But kathxrine book is universally cited by lovers of folklore for good reason, and my imagination was once again captured as I sifted through its pages. Like Keightley’s Fairy mythology, I bought this paperback in the early s and now, sadly, the spine’s giving brigs and all the pages are starting to tumble out. Katharine Briggs is an expert encycloedia the field and the book is clear and comprehensive. As an author of fairy fiction myself, and a blogger at britishfairies. Aug 08, Caleb rated it liked it Shelves: Probably not a great idea to read straight through, given that it is an encyclopedia, and doing so took me forever and lead to a lot of dull passages, but it seems like a pretty good reference work, particularly since it covers folk fairy beliefs, tales and their tellers and collectors, rather than focusing on only one aspect of mostly British fairy tradition.
Nov 23, Alex rated it liked it. It is good, but it focuses almost exclusively on the fairies of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. So while I love how in depth it is, the deepness of the research is focused on a relatively narrow subsection of folklore. A kathxrine resource, but only when you use it in a way that plays to the strengths of the book.
Jul 22, Fraser Sherman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Folklore expert Briggs converts her research into a handy guide to British fae: This also covers themes fairy thefts, virtues valued by fairiesa number of classic folk tales and profiles several prominent folklorists.
If this is your sort of thing, you can’t go wrong with this brigs. Jun 26, Tracey rated it it was amazing. I read this book as a kid and have kept a copy for reference ever since.
It’s invaluable for anyone interested in folklore, covering a vast range briggx entities from gentle to malevolent, from beneficial to deadly. Jan 25, Laurel Norton rated it it was amazing.
I’ve had this book since high school Fantastic folklore, and the histories of the beliefs. I have always love this book!