(The Folklore of Discworld) PDF READ ¾ Terry Pratchett

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The Folklore of Discworld

Terry Pratchett ô 6 SUMMARY FREE READ Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ô Terry Pratchett READ The Folklore of Discworld Terry Pratchett joins up with a leading folklorist to reveal the legends myths and customs of Discworld together with helpful hints from Planet EarthMost 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. The magpies in the image are so important because of how this book came to be In order to understand Sir Terry his motivation the deal with the magpies and why I ve cried reading even only the first two pages please read an excerpt from the author s introduction to this book Not long after this I did a book signing on the south coast when I took the opportunity to ask practically every person in the ueue to say the magpie rhyme I was doing research for Carpe Jugulum Every single one of them recited with greater or lesser accuracy the version of the rhyme that used to herald the beginning of the 1960s and 70s children s TV programme Magpie One for sorrow two for joy It wasn t a bad rhyme but like some cuckoo in the nest it was forcing out all the other versions that had existed around the country some of which will appear in a later chapter Then a distinguished looking lady was in front of me with a book and I asked her with some inexpressible hope in my heart how many versions of the magpie rhyme she knew After a moment s thought she said about nineteen And that was how I met Jacueline Simpson who has been my friend and occasional consultant on matters of folklore and once got me along to talk to the British Folklore Society where I probably upset a few people by saying that I think of folklore in much the same way a carpenter thinks about trees Some of the things in this book may well be familiar and you will say but everybody knows this But the Discworld series which on many occasions borrows from folklore and mythology twisting and tangling it on the way must be the most annotated series of modern books in existence And one thing I have learned is this not many people know the things which everyone knowsBut there are some things we shouldn t forget and mostly they add up to where we came from and how we got here and the stories we told ourselves on the way But folklore isn t only about the past It grows flowers and seeds every day because of our innate desire to control our world by means of satisfying narrativesI used to live a short distance away from a standing stone which at full moon andor Midsummer s Eve would dance around its field at night incidentally leaving unguarded a pot of gold which in theory was available to anyone who dared to seize it and could run faster than a stone I went to see it by daylight early on but for some reason I never found the time to make the short nocturnal journey and check on its dancing abilities I now realize this was out of fear I feared that like so many stones I have met it would fail to dance There was a small part of me that wanted the world to be a place where despite planning officers and EU directives and policemen a stone might dance And somewhere there I think is the instinct for folklore There should be a place where a stone dances The second introduction is by co author and folklorist Jacueline Simpson who goes on to tell us about the importance of folklore and how un snobbish it actually is an excerpt The truth of the matter is the Disc is the Earth but with an extra dimension of reality On the Discworld things that on Earth are creatures of the imagination but sometimes uite powerful even so are alive and in some cases kicking Sometimes we recognize them at once is there anyone who doesn t know a dragon when they meet one Sometimes we simply feel that something is deeply familiar and completely right but we have no idea why Then we realize that the key to the familiarity lies in folklore Whatever is folklore on Earth finds its mirror in the reality of the Disc Of course it s perfectly natural that Mrs Gogol s house moves about on four large duck feet because Baba Yaga s hut spins around on chicken legs in the forests of Russia of course the Nac Mac Feegle are pictsies not pixies because of stories the Scots told about Picts of course there s an ancient king sleeping in a cavern deep under a mountain in Lancre because that s what King Arthur does in England and Scotland and the Emperor Barbarossa in Germany We ve known about such things for ages even if we called them fairy tales myths and folklore now that we re on the Disc they are real and we feel uite at homeBut most people most of the time just grow up having always known how and when to touch wood or cross their fingers and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone They take for granted that there will be pancakes on Shrove Tuesday pumpkins and scary costumes at Halloween bonfires on Guy Fawkes Night mince pies at Christmas Non British readers please adjust to fit your own traditional foods and calendarsSo who are the folk who have all this lore The answer is any of us It s a mistake to think that the only folklore worthy of the name is what you get by finding the oldest crone in the dirtiest cottage in the poorest village in the remotest mountain valley and cross examining her on her deathbed Every group and sub group in society has its jokes its beliefs its tales and traditions At this very moment there are children in the playground giggling over the latest naughty joke it may or may not be one their great grandparents knew too young mothers who take for granted that little girls must wear pink college students teaching each other the euivalent of Nanny Ogg s Hedgehog Song And because where there is fun there is also money to be made there s a large scale trade in birthday cards Easter eggs Mother s Day cards Halloween masks and so forth which no parent dares ignore And any town or pub or castle which wants to attract tourists will go looking for colourful local legends and customs to exploitThe days are long gone when scholars insisted that real folklore must always be something passed on by word of mouth not in print This was never very realistic at any rate in literate societies where generations of poets and novelists and dramatists have drawn material from myth and folk tale twisted and embroidered it and then handed it on to future readers And then maybe the readers become tellers in their turn and hand it on again The Tree of Folklore has no objection whatever to creative carpentersStories and beliefs grow and multiply in all the media available old and new they are forever feeding on and then feeding back into the rich soup of tradition Take vampires for instance How much of what everybody knows who knows anything about vampires comes from the basic five hundred year old East European folklore and how much from novels films comics TV Specialists can work it out but does it really matter Here and now in the twenty first century all vampire lore has blended together into a luscious soupFolklore may look as if it never changes but if you keep a watchful eye on it you will notice some things dying out and others springing up In Britain nowadays people do not wear mourning for months on end after a death in the family but because grief needs an outlet a new custom has appeared out of nowhere and is spreading fast thirty years ago nobody built roadside memorials of flowers and mementoes at the site of tragic accidents but now this is felt to be right and proper Customs also travel from one country to another much faster and freuently than they once did since the 1980s Britain has learned from America that if you tie a yellow ribbon to a tree or a fence this means you re praying for the safety of some prisoner or kidnap victim who is in the news In fact variously coloured ribbons and plastic wrist bands in support of good causes are popping up all over the place now in the way that lapel badges used to do and everyone understands what each one meansOn the Discworld folklore is much stable New symbols sometimes arise the black ribbon recently adopted by reformed vampires for instance its Earthly parallel was the blue ribbon of Victorian teetotallers and the commemorative spray of lilac which Vimes and some others in Ankh Morpork wear on one day of the year as explained in Night Watch but nothing ever seems to be discarded and forgotten This makes the Discworld a wonderful place inwhich to rediscover the solidity the depth which tradition brings to a society and learn to cherish it Why I ve gone to the trouble of copying so much text in here Because it gives you a feel for what this book is how it feels what it s trying to do It s easy to say it s just another addendum to the series written and published to cash in The truth however is that the Discworld books are so rich with mythology and hints and easter eggs and silent nods to all manner of things here on the Roundworld that it s nice to have such a compendium especially if you might not get every reference thrown inI ve been a fan of Pratchett s long before I knew anything about him or the universe he has created I read a book here a book there and when I finally saw the scale of things he died To this day it s such a blow that I m crying like a little girl at the oddest moments It s what s been keeping me from reading all the Discworld books for so long Now that I was voluntold to read it anyway and have made it up to book 11 finished yesterday on Sir Terry s birthday it sure is nice to also have this bookYou can read this as a separate book front to back the way I did now Or alternatively you can read chapters or sub chapters of it whenever you hit a certain spot in the series or want to look something upThe chapters in here are1 The Cosmos Gods Demons and Things2 Dwarfs3 The Elves4 The Nac Mac Feegle5 Trolls6 Other Significant Races7 Beasties8 The Witches of Lancre9 The Land of Lancre10 The Witches of the Chalk11 The Chalk12 Heroes13 Lore Legends and Truth14 More Customs Nautical Lore and Military Matters15 Kids Stuff You Know about Orrid Murder and Blood16 DeathWhile reading one notices the age of this book Thus it doesn t necessarily include everything because Sir Terry wrote many books until his death in 2015 but it is uite encompassing nonetheless because most characters had already made an appearance by the time the collaboration bore this fruitI can honestly say that I m charmed by how the two authors made this about the Disc as much as about our world and I dare say that some people might even make connections they had hitherto missed out onAs a fan of mythology this was a special treat for me as it gave me all the Discworld versions as well as our real life models and provided a deeper understanding of why Sir Terry used this or that image in a certain booksituationHere s to dancing stones in the night

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Terry Pratchett ô 6 SUMMARY FREE READ Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ô Terry Pratchett READ The Folklore of Discworld Alive and in some cases kicking on the DiscIn The Folklore of Discworld Terry Pratchett teams up with leading British folklorist Jacueline Simpson to take an irreverent yet illuminating look at the living myths and folklore that are reflected celebrated and affectionately libelled in the uniuely imaginative universe of Discwor. I m a fan of both Terry Pratchett and folklore I definitely learnt some things but also knew uite a lot of it already which perhaps reflects the four star rating rather than the five one might otherwise expect given my stated interests You don t need to have read all the discworld novels to get this book but you do need to be a discworld reader or a large chunk of it will be lost on you This book is a reference list that explains how earth s folklore primarily British but not exclusively so has influenced the stories and it comes with a really good index at the back So you could have it on the side when reading through the various discworld books to look up the bits you weren t sure of However it works best on the novels set outside Ankh Morpork From memory the most referenced are Pyramids Sourcery Hogfather Lords and Ladies Soul Music Monstrous Regiment and the Tiffany Aching books Another word on spoilers Although there are a good number of uoted sections and explanations of references I don t think any of these directly related to the main plots of the stories However you might want to read the actual Discworld books before reading this one You ll enjoy it all the for being familiar with the stories

FREE READ Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ô Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett ô 6 SUMMARY FREE READ Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ô Terry Pratchett READ The Folklore of Discworld 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. This book was a little bit of a mixed bag if you re familiar with Pratchett s Discworld novels a lot of this will not be new and the extensive uotations might irritate you after a while they did me If you aren t familiar with Discworld I can t imagine this book making much sense However the comic ways in which Pratchett riffs on Earth folklore mythology and urban legends are explained well and the style is very amusing I guess I was looking for something a little dense especially at this length but the book was still fun


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    (The Folklore of Discworld) PDF READ ¾ Terry Pratchett The magpies in the image are so important because of how this book came to be In order to understand Sir Terry

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    (The Folklore of Discworld) PDF READ ¾ Terry Pratchett This could also be titled Folklore AND the DiscworldSir Terry Pratchett teams up with folklorist Jacueline Simpson I want to be known as a folklorist – maybe that can be my new introduction – “please meet the imminent folklorist Lyn” to describe how folklore on the Discworld and on Earth have influenced each othe

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    FREE READ Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ô Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett ô 6 SUMMARY (The Folklore of Discworld) PDF READ ¾ Terry Pratchett I wavered between 3 4 stars on this one but I'm nothing if not a bit generous when it deserves itMy main concern was that this was another book cashing in on the huge popularity of Pratchett and it is but it didn't dim my enjoymentI love folklore and myth and this one is full of a bunch of mirroring of both breaking down e

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    (The Folklore of Discworld) PDF READ ¾ Terry Pratchett I've read a few of the non fiction books associated with Terry Pratchett's Discworld books but somehow missed this one when it first came out

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    (The Folklore of Discworld) PDF READ ¾ Terry Pratchett This is really a 35 but I'm rounding up If you have read the Discworld novels and have a good working knowledge of folk and fairy tal

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    (The Folklore of Discworld) PDF READ ¾ Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett ô 6 SUMMARY READ The Folklore of Discworld This book was a little bit of a mixed bag if you're familiar with Pratchett's Discworld novels a lot of this will not be new and the extensive uotations might irritate you after a while they did me If you aren't familiar with Discworld I can't imagine this book making much sense However the comic ways in which Pratchett riffs on Earth folklore mythology and urban legends are explained well and the style is very amusing I

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    READ The Folklore of Discworld (The Folklore of Discworld) PDF READ ¾ Terry Pratchett I'm a fan of both Terry Pratchett and folklore I definitely learnt some things but also knew uite a lot of it already which

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    (The Folklore of Discworld) PDF READ ¾ Terry Pratchett Discworld companion for the die hard fans Particularly useful for the non British readers who are not so familiar with the British traditions and might have missed some of the customs referred to in the series Unfortunately Pratchett's involvement in this book is limited to extracts from his books

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    READ The Folklore of Discworld (The Folklore of Discworld) PDF READ ¾ Terry Pratchett It would be impossible not to give this five stars It is so much than just a look at the folklore behind Pratchett's Discworld series as with his Science of Discworld books it is also a detailed look at the folklore of our world both obvious and obscure and stretching back some 4500 years but unlike those books

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    FREE READ Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ô Terry Pratchett Terry Pratchett ô 6 SUMMARY (The Folklore of Discworld) PDF READ ¾ Terry Pratchett I love Sir Terry Pratchett's work and I am very interested in folklore so this book hit all the right buttons Si

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