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The Land of the Green Man: A Journey Through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles.


The Land of the Green Man: A Journey Through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles

Carolyne Larrington

I.B. Tauris & Co.


248 pages




This accessible work for students and general readers contains enough detail to satisfy scholars of folklore traditions of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The book offers a place-based guide to imaginary creatures such as elves, fairies, boggarts, water horses, mermen, Green Men, Wild Men, Nuckelavee, and Black Shuck, with special emphasis on actual locations associated with various legends and creatures. Chapters are grouped according to themes such as love, lust, and loss, and explore how these legends and myths teach lessons such as boundaries between the living and the dead, the uses and abuses of power, and the animal aspects of human nature. The book also examines how folklore of the region has been reintroduced in modern books such as the Narnia series and the Harry Potter series. B&w historical illustrations and book jackets are included. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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