folklore

The world is full of mystery and magic, and people have tried to explain the unexplainable since time began through stories -- legends, mythologies, fables, folklore and fairytales. Here, we present books that explore those realms, whether delving deep into mystery or just spinning a good yarn. Enjoy!

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Celtic & British

Robert Baird
Diverse Druids

Angela Bourke
The Burning of Bridget Cleary

Katharine Briggs
An Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies & Other Supernatural Creatures
Kate Crackernuts

Margo Carruthers
Speech from the Crone: Scarytales

Karan Casey & Friends
Seal Maiden, a Celtic Musical

Bob Curran
A Field Guide to Irish Fairies, with Andrew Whitsun
The Truth about the Leprechaun

Jeremiah Curtin
Irish Fairy Tales

Lorna MacDonald Czarnota
Medieval Tales That Kids Can Read & Tell

S.M.W. Dunnit, editor
Irish Lore & Legends

Randy Lee Eickhoff
The Destruction of the Inn
The Feast
The Raid
The Sorrows

Jim Fitzpatrick
The Book of Conquests
The Silver Arm

Jodie Forrest
The Rhymer & the Ravens

Mara Freeman
Celtic Tales of Birds & Beasts

Jeffrey Gantz, editor
The Mabinogion

Seamus Heaney
Beowulf: A New Translation

Charlotte Huck
The Black Bull of Norroway: A Scottish Tale

Hugin the Bard
A Bard's Book of Pagan Songs: Stories & Music from the Celtic World

Melanie Jackson
The Selkie

Gwyn Jones & Thomas Jones, editors
The Mabinogion

Conan Kennedy
Ancient Ireland: The User's Guide

Eily Kilgannon
Myths & Magic of the Yeats Country

Sirona Knight
Celtic Traditions: Druids, Faeries & Wiccan Rituals

Ellen Kushner
Thomas the Rhymer

Una Leavy
Irish Fairy Tales & Legends

Eddie Lenihan & Carolyn Eve Green
Meeting the Other Crowd: The Fairy Stories of Hidden Ireland

Edmund Lenihan
In Search of Biddy Early

Morgan Llywelyn
Bard
Finn MacCool
The Isles of the Blest

Margaret Read MacDonald
Slop!

Liam MacUistin
The Hunt for Diarmaid & Grainne

Juliet Marillier
Sevenwaters #1: Daughter of the Forest
Sevenwaters #2: Son of the Shadows
Sevenwaters #3: Child of the Prophecy

Caitlin Matthews
Mabon & the Guardians of Celtic Britain: Hero Myths in the Mabinogion

John Matthews
The Green Man: Spirit of Nature
Ladies of the Lake, with Caitlin Matthews

Janet McNaughton
An Earthly Knight

Robert Mouland
Fireside Tales: Stories & Music from the Irish Tradition

Rionach ui Ogain & Tom Sherlock
 The Otherworld: Music & Song from Irish Tradition

Daithi O'Hogain
Irish Superstitions

Mary Pope Osborne
Favorite Medieval Tales

Juilene Osborne-McKnight
Daughter of Ireland
I Am of Irelaunde: A Novel of Patrick & Osian

Fiona Ritchie, with Mychael & Jeff Danna
A Celtic Tale: The Legend of Deirdre

Trina Robbins
Wild Irish Roses

David Rose
The Viking Sagas: Godiva

Anne Ross
The Folklore of the Scottish Highlands

Patrick Ryan
Shakespeare's Storybook

Michael Scott
The Last of the Fianna

Robert D. San Souci
Brave Margaret, with Sally Wern Comport

Loreto Todd
A Fire in His Head: Stories of Wandering Aengus

Barry Vann
Rediscovering the South's Celtic Heritage

Charles Vess
Ballads

Jane Yolen
The Fairies' Ring, with Stephen Mackey
Tam Lin, with Charles Mikolaycak

Heather Yule
The Song of the Selkie, with the Washington Area Folk Harp Society


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Arthurian
Look here for films about Arthur!

Dennis Lee Anderson
Arthur, King

Richard Barber
The Holy Grail: Imagination & Belief

Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Mists of Avalon
Priestess of Avalon, with Diana Paxson

Gillian Bradshaw
Hawk of May
Kingdom of Summer
In Winter's Shadow

N.M. Browne
Warriors of Camlann

Catherine Christian
The Pendragon

Molly Cochran & Warren Murphy
The Forever King

Kevin Crossley-Holland
Arthur, Book I: The Seeing Stone

Heather Dale
May Queen
The Trial of Lancelot

Peter David
Knight Life
One Knight Only

Jeffrey Gantz, editor
The Mabinogion

Parke Godwin
Beloved Exile
Firelord

Norma Lorre Goodrich
The Holy Grail

Joan Upton Hall
Arturo el Rey

Cary James
King & Raven

Gwyn Jones & Thomas Jones, editors
The Mabinogion

Jill Kelly
Guardians of the Celtic Way: The Path to Arthurian Fulfillment

Caitlin Matthews
King Arthur & the Goddess of the Land: The Divine Feminine in the Mabinogion
Ladies of the Lake, with John Matthews
Mabon & the Guardians of Celtic Britain: Hero Myths in the Mabinogion

Anne McCaffrey
Black Horses for the King

Ian McDowell
Merlin's Gift
Mordred's Curse

Nancy McKenzie
The Child Queen
The High Queen

Richard J. Moll
Before Malory: Reading Arthur in Late Medieval England

Robert Newman
Merlin's Mistake

Diana L. Paxson
Ancestors of Avalon
Priestess of Avalon, with Marion Zimmer Bradley

Irene Radford
Merlin's Descendants #3: Guardian of the Vision
Merlin's Descendants #4: Guardian of the Promise
Merlin's Descendants #5: Guardian of the Freedom

Josepha Sherman
Merlin's Kin

Christopher Snyder
The World of King Arthur

Nancy Springer
I am Mordred

Mary Stewart
The Crystal Cave
The Wicked Day

T.H. White
The Once & Future King

Jack Whyte
The Saxon Shore

Persia Woolley
Child of the Northern Spring
Queen of the Summer Stars

Jane Yolen
Merlin & the Dragons, with Li Ming
Sword of the Rightful King


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Robin Hood
Look here for films about Robin Hood!

Michael Cadnum
In a Dark Wood

Charles de Lint
Jack in the Green

Monica Furlong
Robin's Country

Parke Godwin
Robin & the King
Sherwood

Reyna Thera Lorele
The Archer King

Robin McKinley
The Outlaws of Sherwood

Nancy Springer
Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest

Jane Yolen, editor
Sherwood


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