A Folklore Reading List

I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of books, websites and articles for those curious souls who are interested in folklore and mythology. I will continue to update the list as I discover new treasures.

Trinity College Library, Dublin
Recommended Websites

Folklore Thursday
Yokai.com
The Willow Web
The Witch, The Weird and The Wonderful
Folklore Fun
Icy Sedgwick's Blog
Australian Fairy Tale Society
Tofugu's Yokai Series


Links on this Website

If you are interested in reading more about Japanese Folklore, this post is full of links and resources.
For those interested in occult studies, see this post for a recommended reading list.
For those interested in creativity, see this post for recommended reading.
If you are keen to learn more about dragons, this post has lots of resources.
Catlovers can find lots of resources about cats in folklore and art here.


A Small Selection of Articles from around the Web

Phillip Pullman Why we believe in magic
How Fairy Tales Invite Childen to Think
The Persistence of Myth
The Gods and Spirits and Totoros of Miyazaki's Fantasy Worlds
Two Hundred Years of Blue
What is Shinto? A Shinto Priest Explains
Aboriginal Knowledge and Modern Science
Aboriginal Folklore Could be Oldest Accurate Oral History in the World
200-year-old Almanac of Sacred Charms and Folk Remedies Offers Insight into History of Magic in Australia


Recommended Books

Folklore

The Secret Language of Birds - Adele Nozedar
Maypoles, Martyrs & Mayhem - Quentin Cooper and Paul Sullivan
Once Upon a Time in Japan - Roger Pulvers and Juliet Winters
The Magpie and the Wardrobe: A Curiosity of Magic, Folklore and Spells - Sam McKechnie
The Secret Lore of the Cat - Fred Gettings
Witchcraft: The History and Mythology - Richard Marshall
The Young Oxford Book of Folk Tales - Kevin Crossley-Holland
Mythos - Stephen Fry
Heroes - Stephen Fry
The Complete World of Greek Mythology - Richard Buxton
The Illustrated Age of Fable - Thomas Bulfinch
Harry Potter: A History of Magic (British Library)
The Enchanted World Series - Time Life Books
Atticus the Storyteller's 100 Greek Myths - Lucy Coats and Anthony Lewis
Persephone - Sally Pomme Clayton (Picture Book)
Chinese Children's Favourite Stories - Mingmei Yip
Cornish Tales - Eric Quayle & Michael Foreman
Star Myths: Tales of the Constellations - Marianne McDonald
Buddha at Bedtime - Dharmachari Nagaraja
Andrew Lang's Coloured Fairy Books
The Orchard Book of The Unicorn and Other Magical Animals - Margaret Mayo & Jane Ray
The Mythic Bestiary: Illustrated Guide to the World's Most Fantastical Creatures - Tony Allan
Dragons: A Natural History - Dr. Karl Shuker
Celtic Gods, Celtic Goddesses - R. J. Stewart
The Adventures of Odysseus - Neil Philip
Odin's Family: Myths of the Vikings - Neil Philip


Fiction Inspired by Folklore and Mythology

Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller
Circe - Madeline Miller
Witch Light - Susan Fletcher
Quicksilver - Stephanie Spinner
Quiver - Stephanie Spinner
Psyche in a Dress - Francesca Lia Block



Happy Reading!

Trinity College Library, Dublin.

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