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A Dictionary of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies and other Supernatural Creatures [Paperback]

Katharine M. Briggs
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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (24 Nov 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140047530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140047530
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Dictionary of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies and other Supernatural Creatures. Entries on assipattles, mumpokers, fairy dress, fairy crafts, food and how to obtain power over these fiendish little people.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing and Valuable Reference 9 Oct 2003
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Katherine Briggs, a past president of the English Folklore Society, gained her doctrate in philosopy from Oxford with a thesis on folklore. Although she is not a Pagan, nor a proponent of the Faery Faith, her Dictionary of Fairies is certainly one of the essential references for those who practice that faith today. Written in a dense but clear style, every entry from "Abbey lubber" to "Young Tam Lin" delivers a wealth of priceless information. Many of the stories that are important representatives of a folklore type or motif are told in full and there are illustrations of faries as they have been portrayed by artists both classical and modern. The indices of folklore types and motifs at the end of this dictionary is of particular interest to those who wish to pursue a serious study of folktales. Many of the fairy reference books being published today rely heavily on the information Briggs assembled in her Dictionary of Fairies, first published in 1976. Indeed, some are nothing more than thinly veiled plagaries of Briggs' work. This is an essential reference work for anyone studying the Faery Faith and Celtic traditions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 10 Jan 2014
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This book arrived in record time and was well-packaged and its a book I have been trying to get everywhere. A beautiful and detailed work on fairies that has become a much sought-after classic.
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Great companion for anyone interested in the fae.
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