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Folklore and Fable

You pays your money and you takes your choice. Do you want there to be fairies at the bottom of your garden? A DICTIONARY OF FAIRIES by Katharine Briggs (Penguin 1976) is an outstandingly wonderful work which covers all the bogies, ghoulies, elves and goblins you'll ever hope to meet. Good luck finding a copy, we'll never part with ours. Her compendious DICTIONARY OF BRITISH FOLK TALES (Routledge, 1991) is also much sought-after. The two-volume set (2,640 pages) is currently $300 on the second-hand market, not including the truck you'll need it delivered in. We only have the cut-down sampler version which makes us eager for more.

THE DICTIONARY OF PHRASE AND FABLE by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (Cassel, Petter and Galpin, 1894). "Derivation, allusions and origins of words that have a tale to tell." Brewer's Dictionary was one of the initial inspirations for Godchecker. We also have a more recent version (Harper-Collins, 16th Edition, 2000) with a foreword by TERRY PRATCHETT. Now we know where he's been on his way to Discworld.

ARTHURIAN MYTH AND LEGEND by Mike Dixon Kennedy (Blandford, 1995) is an A to Z encyclopedia that apparently took 15 years to reach fruition. He's also produced a large number of similar works, including RUSSIAN AND SLAVIC MYTH AND LEGEND, NATIVE AMERICAN MYTH AND LEGEND and EUROPEAN MYTH AND LEGEND. If all of these took 15 years to write he must be about 120 by now.

Merlin: This amazing character has whole books devoted to him. We have two excellent ones: ON THE TRAIL OF MERLIN by Deike Rich and Ean Begg (Aquarian, 1991) and the somewhat controversial MERLIN by Norma Lorre Goodrich (Harper-Collins, 1988).

We also came across THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THINGS THAT NEVER WERE (Dragons World, 1985) written by Michael Page and illustrated by Robert Ingpen, which is most entertaining.