The Folklore of Discworld

The Folklore of Discworld

Legends, Myths and Customs From the Discworld With Helpful Hints From Planet Earth

Book - 2008
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Terry Pratchett joins up with a leading folklorist to reveal the legends, myths and customs of Discworld, together with helpful hints from Planet Earth.

Most of us grew up having always known when to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly some of these things are beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, and fairy tales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got here. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings, which on Earth are creatures of the imagination — like vampires, trolls, witches and, possibly, gods — are real, alive and, in some cases kicking, on the Disc.

In The Folklore of Discworld, Terry Pratchett teams up with leading British folklorist Jacqueline Simpson to take an irreverent yet illuminating look at the living myths and folklore that are reflected, celebrated and affectionately libelled in the uniquely imaginative universe of Discworld.

In Discworld, the beings that on Earth are creatures of the imagination, like vampires, trolls, witches and, possibly, gods,are real, alive and in some cases kicking on the Disc. This title looks at the living myths and folklore that are reflected, celebrated and libelled in the imaginative universe of Discworld.

Publisher: London : Doubleday, c2008
ISBN: 9780385611008
Branch Call Number: 823.914 PRA
Characteristics: xiv, 386 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Simpson, Jacqueline


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Jun 08, 2016

An interesting read for anyone who likes folklore and fairy tales - this book looks at various folklore and customs of the fictional DIscworld, and "shows the work" of the author, explaining which real-world myths and legends Terry Pratchett drew from. It's rather like one of those "making of" books for a movie that show how the costumes and special effects were created, but in this case for a literary work rather than a film.

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