World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves, and Other Little People

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A fascinating compendium of folklore, superstitions, and mythology surrounding the 'little people', including discussions of fairy tradition as it appears in great works of English literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517263136
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.51 (h) x 1.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Origin of the Belief in Fairies 1
Origin of the Word Fairy 4
Oriental Romance
Persian Romance 14
The Peri-Wife 20
Arabian Romance 24
Middle-Age Romance
Fairy-Land 44
Spenser's Faerie Queene 55
Eddas and Sagas 60
The Alfar 64
The Duergar 66
Loki and the Dwarf 68
Thorston and the Dwar 70
The Dwarf-Sword Tirfing 72
Scandinavia
Elves 78
Sir Olof in the Elve-Dance 82
The Elf-Woman and Sir Olof 84
The Young Swain and the Elves 86
Svend Faelling and the Elle-Maid 88
The Elle-Maids 89
Maid Vae 89
The Elle-Maid near Ebeltoft 90
Hans Puntleder 91
Dwarfs or Trolls 94
Sir Thynne 97
Proud Margaret 103
The Troll Wife 108
The Altar-Cup in Aagerup 109
Origin of Tiis Lake 111
A Farmer tricks a Troll 113
Skotte in the Fire 113
The Legend of Bodedys 115
Kallundborg Church 116
The Hill-Man invited to the Christening 118
The Troll turned Cat 120
Kirsten's-Hill 121
The Troll-Labour 122
The Hill-Smith 123
The Girl at the Troll-Dance 125
The Changeling 124
The Tile-Stove jumping over the Brook 127
Departure of the Trolls from Vendsyssel 127
Svend Faelling 128
The Dwarfs' Banquet 130
Nisses 139
The Nis removing 140
The Penitent Nis 141
The Nis and the Boy 142
The Nis stealing Corn 143
The Nis and the Mare 144
The Nis riding 145
The Nisses in Vosborg 146
Necks, Mermen, and Mermaids 147
The Power of the Harp 150
Duke Magnus and the Mermaid 154
Northern Islands
Iceland 157
Feroes 162
Shetland 164
Gioga's Son 167
The Mermaid Wife 169
Orkneys 171
Isle of Rugen 174
Adventures of John Dietrich 178
The Little Glass Shoe 194
The Wonderful Plough 197
The Lost Bell 200
The Black Dwarfs of Granitz 204
Germany
Dwarfs 216
The Hill-Man at the Dance 217
The Dwarf's Feast 218
The Friendly Dwarfs 220
Wedding-Feast of the Little People 220
Smith Riechert 221
Dwarfs stealing Corn 222
Journey of Dwarfs over the Mountain 223
The Dwarfs borrowing Bread 226
The Changeling 227
The Dwarf-Husband 232
Inge of Rantum 232
The Wild-Women 234
The Oldenburg Horn 237
Kobolds 239
Hinzelmann 240
Hodeken 255
King Goldemar 256
The Heinzelmanchen 257
Nixes 258
The Peasant and the Waterman 259
The Water-Smith 260
The Working Waterman 261
The Nix-Labour 261
Switzerland
Dwarfs 264
Gertrude and Rosy 266
The Chamois-Hunter 271
The Dwarfs on the Tree 273
Curiosity punished 273
The Rejected Gift 275
The Wonderful Little Pouch 276
Aid and Punishment 277
The Dwarf in search of Lodging 278
Great Britain
England
The Green Children 281
The Fairy-Banquet 283
The Fairy-Horn 284
The Portunes 285
The Grant 286
The Luck of Eden Hall 292
The Fairy-Fair 294
The Fairies' Caldron 295
The Cauld Lad of Hilton 296
The Pixy-Labour 301
Pixy-Vengeance 303
Pixy-Gratitude 304
The Fairy-Thieves 305
The Boggart 307
Addlers and Menters 308
The Fary-Nurseling 310
The Fary-Labour 311
Ainsel 313
Puck 314
Scottish Lowlands
The Fairies' Nurse 353
The Fairy-Rade 354
The Changeling 355
Departure of the Fairies 356
The Brownie 357
Celts and Cymry
Ireland
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun 373
The Leprechaun in the Garden 376
The Three Leprechauns 379
The Little Shoe 382
Scottish Highlands
The Fairy's Inquiry 385
The Young Man in the Shian 386
The two Fiddlers 387
The Fairy-Labour 388
The Fairy borrowing Oatmeal 389
The Fairy-Gift 389
The Stolen Ox 390
The Stolen Lady 391
The Changeling 393
The Wounded Seal 394
The Brownies 395
The Urisk 396
Isle of Man
The Fairy-Chapman 398
The Fairy-Banquet 399
The Fairies' Christening 400
The Fairy-Whipping 400
The Fairy-Hunt 401
The Fiddler and the Fairy 402
The Phynnodderee 402
Wales
Tale of Elidurus 404
The Tylwyth Teg 408
The Spirit of the Van 409
Rhys at the Fairy-Dance 415
Gitto Bach 416
The Fairies banished 417
Brittany
Lai D'Ywenec 422
Lord Nann and the Korrigan 433
The Dance and Song of the Korred 438
Southern Europe
Greece 443
Italy 447
Spain 456
The Daughter of Peter de Cabinam 456
Origin of the House of Haro 458
La Infantina 459
Pepito el Corcovado 461
France
Legend of Melusina 480
Eastern Europe
Finns 487
Slaves 490
Vilas 492
Deer and Vila 493
Africans, Jews
Africans 495
Jews 497
The Broken Oaths 498
The Moohel 506
The Mazik-Ass 510
Appendix 513
Index 557
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2006

    This IS as definitive as it looks!

    Shortly after reading about fairies in the World Book Encyclopedia, I went on a crusade to find as much info as I could about the 'fair folk', and it wasn't easy! While exploring my local library, over 10 years ago, I found this title and became enraptured by the amount of references and research in it. I enjoyed every minute! However, the breadth and scope of such a 'compendium' would take far more time to read than what the library could give me, so I searched and searched for my own copy, even frequenting the antiquarian booksellers and book fairs. Imagine my utmost delight that Barnes & Noble had this available as one of their bargain classic titles! I must admit with the previous reviewer, this is a pleasure to read for the fairy historian/enthusiast. For a casual reader, they may want to soak their feet in something lighter before treading the deep blue sea...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2001

    Big Words

    Although the pictures are very entertaining I found this book very difficult to understand. But i would recommend it to a fairy lover because they would probobaly find it easy to understand.

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