Tuesday, 4 October 2011

A Dictionary of Fairies

Katharine Briggs’s A Dictionary of Fairies is a magnificently researched reference to the creatures within British Folklore and Mythology. It has introduced me to an abundance of characters such as Black Annis; a cannibal hag with a blue face and iron claws and the Nuckelavee; an Orcadian sea-monster who took the form of a centaur with one fiery red eye and a mouth as wide as a whale’s! I think this book is now sadly out of print but I managed to source a copy from ebay. 

- Laura Manson

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