Tuesday 24 August 2021

Book Review: Scottish Folk & Fairy Tales by Gordon Jarvie (Ed.) (Folklore)

Title: Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales
Author: Gordon Jarvie (Ed.)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2008 (1992)
Pages: 228
Format: Paperback
Genre: Classics
Source: Gift

Mystery and excitement abound in this lively collection of fairy tales, folklore and legends, which celebrate Scotland's enormously rich oral tradition and offers a carefully chosen combination of old favourites such as Tam Lin, Thomas Rymer and Adam Bell, as well as more modern stories by master story-tellers like Andrew Lang, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and John Buchan.


Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales was a pleasing collection of stories covering a range of styles and themes. My personal preference was for the tales in the opening section, as well as the longer work
"The Gold of Fairnilee". But there will be something here to appeal to everyone, and it is interesting to see how the tales both differ and correlate with such stories from other areas in the UK and other countries. A worthwhile addition to the library of any folklore devotee.

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