The Folklore of Discworld

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Random House, Jul 6, 2010 - Fiction - 528 pages
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Most of us grow up having always known to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly some of these things are now beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, fairytales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings which on Earth are creatures of the imagination - like vampires, trolls, witches and, possibly, gods - are real, alive and in some cases kicking on the Disc.

In The Folklore of Discworld, Terry Pratchett teams up with leading British folklorist Jacqueline Simpson to take an irreverent yet illuminating look at the living myths and folklore that are reflected, celebrated and affectionately libelled in the uniquely imaginative universe of Discworld.

 

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Contents

Introduction by Terry Pratchett
9
Introduction by Jacqueline Simpson
13
Gods Demons and Things
19
Dwarfs
61
The Elves
79
The Nac Mac Feegle
101
S Trolls
117
Other Significant Races
131
The Witches of the Chalk
273
The Chalk
301
Heroes 3 31
331
Lore Legends and Truth
357
More Customs Nautical Lore and Military Matters
397
Kids Stuff You know about Orrid Murder and Blood
417
Death
451
Bibliography and suggestions for further reading
471

Beasties
161
The Witches of Lancre
197
The Land of Lancre
237

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About the author (2010)

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the bestselling Discworld series, the latest of which is Making Money. He was knighted for services to literature in 2009.

Dr Jacqueline Simpson is a long-standing member and office-holder on the committee of the Folklore Society. Her publications include British Dragons, Folklore of Sussex, Scandinavian Folktales, and (with Jennifer Westwood) The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England's Legends.

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