Whether they step from the pages of mythology or materialize in eyewitness accounts, monsters and mythical creatures hold a special appeal for teenagers and adults alike. Stories of mean or mischievious goblins, of grotesque one-eyed giants, of soul-stealing demons, and of serpents that rise from the ocean depths both fascinate and frighten us-and if truth be told, they also tug at our sense of wonder about that which we cannot know for certain.
The Monsters and Mythical Creatures series presents tales, old and new, of the mysterious creatures that populate the human imagination and, in some cases, alter people's lives. Lively narrative and strange facts will appeal to casual readers and student researchers alike. Source notes, a bibliography for further research, and index provide additional tools for readers and report writers.
Table of Contents
Indroduction: All in the Family 6
Chapter 1 Defining Elves and Fairies 9
Chapter 2 Encounters with the Little People 24
Chapter 3 Elves and Fairies in Literature and Film 38
Chapter 4 Elves and Fairies in Popular Culture 53
Source Notes 68
For Further Exploration 72
Picture Credits 79
About the Author 80