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Children into swans : fairy tales and the pagan imagination

Author: Jan Beveridge
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Fairy tales are alive with the supernatural - elves, dwarfs, fairies, giants, and trolls, as well as witches with magic wands and sorcerers who cast spells and enchantments. Children into Swans examines these motifs in a range of ancient stories. Moving from the rich period of nineteenth-century fairy tales back as far as the earliest folk literature of northern Europe, Jan Beveridge shows how long these  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Beveridge, Jan, 1945-
Children into swans.
(CaOONL)20149036477
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Beveridge
ISBN: 0773543945 9780773543942 077359616X 9780773596160
OCLC Number: 879528710
Description: xvi, 279 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Part One: History --
Early Storytellers --
The Oldest "Fairy" Tale --
The Manuscript --
Folk Tales and Fairy Tales --
Part Two: Characters --
Fairies --
Elves --
Dwarfs --
Household Spirits --
Water Dwellers --
Giants --
Souls and Spirits --
Part Three: Stories from the Pagan Year --
Festival Days --
Beltaine --
Samain --Midwinter and Midsummer --
Part Four: Storytellers' Themes --
Wishing, or Dreams Come True --
The Triple Form --
Shape-Shifting --
Omens and Prophecies --
Between Two Worlds --
Spells --
Trees --
The Invisible World --
A Fairy Tale Almost Forgotten.
Responsibility: Jan Beveridge.

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A lucid exploration of fairy tales and the lore of ancient stories embedded in them.  Read more...

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