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The Folklore of Discworld: Legends, Myths, and Customs from the Discworld with Helpful Hints from Planet Earth

The Folklore of Discworld: Legends, Myths, and Customs from the Discworld with Helpful Hints from Planet Earth

by Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Simpson


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Find out
- Why cheeses roll down hills
- The hazards of treacle mining
- What’s so uncanny about the humble hare
-The origins of orcs (which are not the same as goblins!)
- Why witches come in threes
Legends, myths, fairytales, superstitions. Our world is full of the stories we have told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings such as vampires, trolls, golems, witches and, possibly, gods, which on Earth are creatures of the imagination, are real, alive, and in some cases kicking on the Disc.
The Folklore of Discworld, coauthored by Terry Pratchett and leading British folklorist Jacqueline Simpson, is an invaluable reference for longtime Discworld fans and newcomers alike. An irreverent yet illuminating look at the living myths and folklore that are reflected, celebrated, and affectionately libeled in the uniquely imaginative universe of Discworld.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804169035
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Series: Discworld Series
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 463,448
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

TERRY PRATCHETT is the acclaimed creator of the bestselling Discworld series, the latest of which is Raising Steam. He has been appointed OBE and a Knight Bachelor in recognition of his services to literature. Sir Terry lives in England.

DR. JACQUELINE SIMPSON is a long-standing member and office-holder on the committee of the Folklore Society. Her publications include Green Men and White Swans: The Folklore of British Pub Names; A Dictionary of English Folklore; Folklore of Sussex; Icelandic Folktales and Legends; and (with Jennifer Westwood) The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England's Legends.


Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Date of Birth:

April 28, 1948

Place of Birth:

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England


Four honorary degrees in literature from the universities of Portsmouth, Bristol, Bath and Warwick

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Table of Contents

Introduction Terry Pratchett 9

Introduction Jacqueline Simpson 13

1 The Cosmos: Gods, Demons and Things 19

2 Dwarfs 63

3 The Elves 81

4 The Nac Mac Feegle 103

5 Trolls 119

6 Other Significant Races 133

7 Beasties 173

8 The Witches of Lancre 209

9 The Land of Lancre 249

10 The Witches of the Chalk 285

11 The Chalk 317

12 Heroes! 355

13 Lore, Legends and Truth 381

14 More Customs, Nautical Lore and Military Matters 421

15 Kids' Stuff … You know, about 'Orrid Murder and Blood 443

16 Death 477

Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading 497

Index 501

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