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The Folklore of Discworld: Legends, Myths, and Customs from the Discworld with Helpful Hints from Planet Earthby Terry Pratchett
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OFFERING INSIGHTS INTO ALL 40 DISCWORLD NOVELS
- Why cheeses roll down hills
- The hazards of treacle mining
- What’s so uncanny about the humble hare
-The origins of orcs (which are not the same as goblins!)
- Why witches come in threes
Legends, myths, fairytales, superstitions. Our world is full of the stories we have told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings such as vampires, trolls, golems, witches and, possibly, gods, which on Earth are creatures of the imagination, are real, alive, and in some cases kicking on the Disc.
The Folklore of Discworld, coauthored by Terry Pratchett and leading British folklorist Jacqueline Simpson, is an invaluable reference for longtime Discworld fans and newcomers alike. An irreverent yet illuminating look at the living myths and folklore that are reflected, celebrated, and affectionately libeled in the uniquely imaginative universe of Discworld.
Updated with new material, including notes on the newest Discworld novel RAISING STEAM
Terry Pratchett, the creator of the bestselling series, teams up with a British folklore scholar to produce this guide to the folklore of Discworld, and how it connects to our own world.
Legends, myths, fairy tales, and superstitions: Our world is made up of stories we tell ourselves about why things happen and how they came to be. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings and stories on Earth who are all imaginary--vampires, trolls, giants, witches, and--possibly--gods, are utterly real and living their lives like anyone else on the Disc. An invaluable reference resource for Discworld fans, and a fascinating read for anyone interested in British folklore history. Through the lens of Terry Pratchett's fictional universe, Jacqueline Simpson offers an illuminating perspective on the purpose that traditions and stories serve in our lives.
About the Author
TERRY PRATCHETT is the acclaimed creator of the bestselling Discworld series, the latest of which is Raising Steam. He has been appointed OBE and a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.
DR. JACQUELINE SIMPSON is a long-standing member and office-holder on the committee of the Folklore Society. Her publications include Green Men and White Swans: The Folklore of British Pub Names; A Dictionary of English Folklore; Folklore of Sussex; Icelandic Folktales and Legends; and (with Jennifer Westwood) The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England's Legends.
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