The Greatest "Folklore, Legends" Books of All Time

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Folklore

Folklore is a category of books that encompasses traditional stories, beliefs, and customs of a particular culture or community. These stories are often passed down through generations and are deeply rooted in the history and traditions of the people. Folklore books may include myths, legends, fables, fairy tales, and other forms of storytelling that reflect the values, beliefs, and experiences of a particular group of people. They offer a glimpse into the cultural heritage of a community and provide insight into their way of life, beliefs, and customs.

Legends

The Legends category of books encompasses stories that have been passed down through generations, often featuring mythical or historical figures. These tales are often steeped in folklore and are meant to inspire and entertain readers with their larger-than-life characters and epic adventures. From tales of gods and goddesses to heroic warriors and legendary creatures, Legends books transport readers to fantastical worlds where anything is possible.

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  1. 1. Le Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Malory

    This classic work is a compilation of stories and legends about the legendary King Arthur, his knights, and the Round Table. It tells of Arthur's rise to power, his quest for the Holy Grail, and his tragic downfall. The book, written in the 15th century, is considered one of the most influential pieces of Arthurian literature and has significantly shaped the modern perception of Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, Lancelot, and other iconic characters.

    The 360th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

    The book is a captivating tale about the legendary Robin Hood and his band of merry men in Sherwood Forest. It chronicles their various adventures as they rob from the rich to give to the poor, outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham, and have encounters with characters such as Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian. The story is filled with humor, action, and a strong sense of justice, painting a vivid picture of medieval England.

    The 1219th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Parzival by Wolfram Eschenbach

    "Parzival" is a medieval epic poem that tells the story of a young man's journey from ignorance and folly to wisdom and spiritual enlightenment. The titular character, raised in isolation by his mother, ventures out into the world completely unaware of its ways. His journey leads him to King Arthur's court, where he becomes a knight and embarks on various adventures, including the quest for the Holy Grail. The narrative explores themes of chivalry, courtly love, and the struggle between faith and reason.

    The 1761st Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino

    This book is a comprehensive collection of 200 traditional Italian folktales, meticulously gathered from different regions of Italy. The stories range from humor to horror, from fairy tales to moral lessons, from whimsical to deeply symbolic, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Italy. These tales, translated and retold, provide a fascinating insight into the folklore, traditions, and beliefs of Italian people.

    The 1955th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. My Book House by Olive Beaupré Miller

    "My Book House" is a comprehensive collection of literature for children, designed to progress with the reader, starting from nursery rhymes in the first volume to classic literature and poetry in the final volumes. The series, compiled over a span of 50 years, aims to cultivate imagination, foster a love for reading, and encourage moral character in children. It includes stories, poems, and folktales from various cultures around the world, carefully selected and edited to be age-appropriate and engaging.

    The 2942nd Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Indaba, My Children by Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa

    "Indaba, My Children" is a captivating and enlightening collection of African folklore, myths, and legends, passed down through generations. Through vivid storytelling, the book explores the rich cultural heritage of Africa, delving into topics such as creation stories, ancestral spirits, and the power of dreams. With a blend of wisdom, spirituality, and historical insights, the author invites readers to embark on a journey of discovery, offering a deeper understanding of African traditions and the interconnectedness of all living beings.

    The 3791st Greatest Book of All Time

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