Mythology and Legends

(Updated 9 August 2012)

Where possible, to reduce file size; I have excerpted and HTMLed only those sections relevant to that creature/beastie.

Mermaids

Encyclopedia Londinesis – Mermaid Entry (Written in old style English – ‘fifhy’ instead of ‘fishy’ and thus hard to OCR) (1817) (3.2~ MB PDF)
The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register – Two Letters related to Mermaids (1822) (874~ KB PDF)
Mermaid Entry – The Edinburgh Encyclopedia (1832) (1.3~ MB PDF)
Eccentricities of the Animal Creation – Stories of Mermaids (1869) (954~ kb PDF)
Irish Folk Lore: Traditions and Superstitions of the Country – Chapter VII: The Merrow-Maiden and Merrow-Man (1870)
Curious Myths of the Middle Ages – Chapter 19: Melusine (1873) (1.3 MB PDF)
Every Saturday – Excerpt (1873) (620~ kb PDF)
The Broad, Broad Ocean and Some of its Inhabitants – Excerpt (1871) (2 MB PDF)
The Mermaid and the Symbolism of the Fish in Art, Literature, and Legendary Lore via The Reliquary (1878-1880) (Part 1 PDF – 720~ kb) (Part 2 PDF – 2.32 MB)
Popular Romances of the West of England – Romances of the Mermaids (1881) (1.3 MB PDF)
Chapters from a Guianese Log-Book – Excerpt (1881)
Sea Fables Explained – The Mermaid (Version I) (1883) (5.6 MB PDF)
Sea Fables Explained – The Mermaid (Version II) (1883) (3.16 MB PDF) ← A little bit longer and with an extra image not found in Version I.
The Algonquin Legends of New England – Excerpt (1884)
Legends and Superstitions of the Sea and of Sailors – Excerpt (1885) (2.29~ MB PDF)
Notes on Superstition and Folk Lore – Excerpt (1885)
Home Chimes – Excerpt (1885)
The Fisherman and his Soul by Oscar Wilde (1888)
The Folk-Lore Journal Vol VI: The Mermaid of Lochinver (1888)
Mermaid Stories by George Newell Lovejoy – The Cosmopolitan (1889) (955~ KB PDF)
Cornish Feasts and Folk-Lore – Excerpt (1890)
Natural History Lore and Legend – Excerpted section on Mermaids (1895) (1.1~ MB PDF)
Scandinavian Folk-Lore: Illustrations of the Traditional Beliefs of the Northern Peoples – Excerpt (1896) (937~ kb PDF)
Lore and Legend of The English Church – Excerpt (1899)
Examples of Printed Folk-Lore concerning the Orkney & Shetland Islands – Excerpt (1903) (900~ kb PDF)
North American Indian Fairy Tales: Folk-Lore and Legends – Excerpt (1905) (590~ kb PDF)
Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Edition – Excerpt (1911) (680~ kb PDF)

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