By Katharine Briggs
In 1970 Katharine Briggs released in 4 volumes the huge and authoritative Dictionary of British Folktales and Legends to huge acclaim. This sampler contains some of the best of these stories and legends. accrued within, readers will locate an extravagance of gorgeous princesses and stout solid boys, sour-faced witches and kings with hearts of gold. each one story is a masterpiece of storytelling, from the hilarious 'Three Sillies' to the delightfully macabre 'Sammle's Ghost'.
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Leather, p. 172. Derived from Walter Map’s De Nugis Curialium. Note: The Irish tale of the Return of Ossian is one of the most poetic of many stories about the miraculous passage of time in fairyland. A widespread Japanese version is “Urashima Taro” (Folktales of Japan, no. 32). Hartland devoted three chapters to the subject in The Science of Fairy Tales. The Welsh story of Shon ap Shenkin is one of many Celtic versions. See also “The Noontide Ghost”, “The Stonemason of the Charltons”. THE MAN WHO WOULDN’T GO OUT AT NIGHT [dialect modiﬁed] There was a farmer, a great upstanding chap, and he wouldn’t go out after dark, not for anything.
On she went, deep into the bogland and now the witches rode about her on their great cats, and the will-o’-the-wykes danced with the lanterns swinging on their backs, and dead folks rose out of the water, and stared at her with ﬁery eyes, and the slimy dead hands beckoned and clutched. But on she went, stepping from tuft to tuft, as light as the wind in summer until at length a stone turned under her, and she caught with both hands at a snag nearby to steady herself; but as soon as she touched it it twisted round her wrists like a pair of handcuﬀs and held her fast.
The shepherd looked at him astonished, and said, “Lord, I scarcely understand your language, for I am a Saxon, and you a Briton. I have never heard the name of that queen, except in the case of one who they say was Herla’s wife, queen of the earliest Britons. He is fabled to have disappeared with a dwarf at 45 46 fairy tales this cliﬀ, and never to have been seen on earth again. ” The king was astonished, for he imagined that he had been away for three days only. Some of his companions descended from horseback before the dog was released, forgetful of the dwarf’s commands, and were instantly crumbled to dust.
British Folk Tales and Legends: A Sampler (Routledge Classics) by Katharine Briggs