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May.25.2012
By Jane Yolen Red Riding Hood and the Wolf by Tyler Garrison   A number of years ago, folklorist Alan Dundes coined the term “fakelore” to describe stories not from the folk canon but that sounded and tasted  and felt like those stories but were invented whole cloth by writers....
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May.08.2012
Life sometimes does imitate art, and without any explanations, either. When I was writing 'Troll Blood' (the third part of my trilogy 'West of the Moon') I spent a great deal of time researching Mi'kmaq folklore.  The Mi'kmaq are the Native American inhabitants of New Brunswick and Nova...
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Mar.30.2012
  a new Fairytale Reflection   I was reminded by Celia Rees’s post on Blodeuedd, the girl who was changed into an owl, of this haunting fairytale collected by the Brothers Grimm, which I first read many, many years ago. It’s stayed with me ever since. It isn’t well known – perhaps...
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Feb.13.2012
Schooldays. I’m about eight years old, I have my brown school reader in my hand, and I’m about to knock on the headmistress’s door. Everyone in the school has to go and read to her once a week - a solemn ceremony and not a bad one either: there’s something special about leaving the...
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Feb.01.2012
This is the first of an occasional series of 'Folklore Snippets' - little tales which pleased me and I hope will please you.  In honour of the Nis, the good-hearted but hot-tempered and unpredictable little house spirit in my 'troll trilogy' West of the Moon, here is a traditional Danish...
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Jan.25.2012
Childhood reading Like the smell of woodsmoke – which always takes me back to a narrow sun-striped Majorcan street lined with tall houses, silent in the afternoon heat, on a long-ago holiday when I was eight years old – certain books take me back to the particular place and time when I first...
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Jan.16.2012
In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels (in case anyone here doesn’t already know), deep in the enclaves of Unseen University is the University Library, where the presence of so many books (not all of them magical) has warped space into a mysterious form called L-space (Library-space) expressed...