Encyclopedia of Fairies by Katharine M. Briggs, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. An Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies, and Other Supernatural Creatures. Front Cover. Katharine Mary Briggs. Pantheon Books, An encyclopedia of fairies: hobgoblins, brownies, bogies, and other supernatural creatures. Front Cover. Katharine Mary Briggs. Pantheon Books,

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Katharone she published another children’s book, Kate Crackernutsand became involved with the Folklore Society of the UK, later being elected as its president in They wrote and performed their own plays at their home and Briggs would pursue her interest in theatre throughout her education.

I read this book as a kid and have kept a copy for reference ever since. Index of Types and Motifs.

Nov 17, Jacqueline Czel rated it really liked it. A complete guide to fairy lore from the Middle Ages to the present that recounts and examines fairy tales, describes the food, sports, sizes, and powers of fairies, and calls attention to the traditional ways in which people protected themselves against the dangers of night travel.

Paperbackpages. Though these books brought a small amount of interest, it was not until the s and s, following the deaths of her sisters and mother, that Briggs became a renowned folklorist. Briggs leaves no stone unturned, categorising even the most minor fairy, as well as tackling large concepts, other related folklore and literature too.

She collected together traditional stories from across the country and the wider world, but did not publish them yet.


The encyclopedic structure offers only tidbits for each folklore creature and custom listed, but it is a great starting point and the bibliography is invaluable. 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.

Published by Pantheon first published January I have always love this book! Briggs offers a detailed look at fairy beliefs, stories and enfyclopedia from vairies British Isles.

This is the most complete reference work on British fairy lore, from encyclopedua giant of 20th Century folklore research. He was a watercolourist and would often take his children with him when he went to paint the landscape.

Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies, & Other Supernatural Creatures

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, encyxlopedia 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.

Briggs and her two sisters, Winifred and Elspeth, developed a close bond with their mother, Mary, after this – all living together for almost fifty years.

Japanese Tales Royall Tyler. A wonderful compendium of the folkloric inhabitants of the British Isles. Want to Read saving…. Even through my adult life, bdiggs book has enjoyed a sort of clout in my imagination that few do, ejcyclopedia so I decided to revisit it.

Covers a lot of folklore about the devils and death, as well, because of the strong connection between them and the fairies. It is good, but it focuses almost exclusively on the fairies of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.


Encyclopedia of Fairies : Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies and Other Supernatural Creatures

Jun 14, Mary Catelli rated it it was amazing Shelves: Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. If you have ever wanted to know anything about fairy folklore, this is the book to read.

The Best Books of This also covers themes fairy thefts, virtues valued by fairiesa number of classic folk tales and profiles several prominent folklorists. No trivia or quizzes yet. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Russian Fairy Tales A. The primer for supernatural creatures. Lf library Help Advanced Book Search. Refresh and try again. 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.

Now a preeminent expert on fairy stories and folklore, rncyclopedia began to lecture across the country and by the s she had been invited to give lectures in the United States and was regularly interviewed on television. This is neat, but I don’t have much use for keeping it. I bought this as a ‘one-click’ second hand purchase, with no notion I was buying something with a soul.