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MaryCatelli
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(7/29/07 8:06 pm)

French fairies
I am looking for a source for French fairies terms: terms equivalent to brownie, goblin, etc.

Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(7/29/07 9:06 pm)


Re: French fairies
Try Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia by Carol Rose. The appendix includes a geographical listing of fairy names around the world with a sizeable listing of French ones. Rose also provides divisions by association, including names from all countries. Easy and quick resource in English.

Heidi

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(7/31/07 7:04 pm)


Re: French fairies
I'll check it out.

Terri Windling
Registered User
(8/22/07 6:18 am)

Re: French fairies
Try The Great Encyclopedia of Faeries by the Breton folklorist Pierre Dubois, which Simon & Schuster published in an English translation in 2000. (I met Pierre in Paris and he's quite a...character.)

If you read French, try Le dictionnaire féerique by Andre-Francois Ruaud, which is available by mail-order from www.amazon.fr

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(8/22/07 5:00 pm)


Re: French fairies
I'll check it out.

Van45us
Registered User
(8/27/07 10:27 pm)


Re: French fairies
I have Dubois book - It's a great book, but I couldn't tell what was for real and what was made up on the spot. Kind of like a Froud Goblin book. Then again, maybe it's Franco-centric myth I've never heard of before...

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(8/28/07 5:25 pm)


Re: French fairies
Dubois's book was indeed very imaginative and suggestive.

In such a manner that it makes one afraid to use it as a reference.

I shall have to get to the Rose book. Alas, it is available in libraries only in the reference section. I may have to get my own.

Van45us
Registered User
(8/28/07 9:04 pm)


Re: French fairies
Yeah, the best thing about Dubois book seems to be the layout. It's a beautiful book.

I noticed Rose has two books available at Amazon.com. Might be worth getting together, with free shipping...

Heather KT
Registered User
(9/8/07 10:13 pm)


Re: French fairies
I got several from "The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves, and Other Little People," by Thomas Keightley, c1978 by Crown Publishers, originally published in 1880 as "The Fairy Mythology." I'm away from my desk at the moment, but I think there's a chapter on Breton mythology, and one on northern & southern France.

For brownie-type creatures, terms included farfadet, farfadette, lutin, lutine (aka lupins, lubins, luprons, lupronnes, luitons, ludions, nutons).

Heather

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(9/9/07 8:43 am)


Re: French fairies
I'll check it out.

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(9/11/07 7:49 pm)


Re: French fairies
I did get the Rose book. Useful. OTOH, it could stand to distinguish more clearly between literary and folk fairies, and I think it overemphasizes the "little" folk.

Van45us
Registered User
(9/14/07 12:17 pm)


Re: French fairies
I just got the Rose books. They're loaded with info. The newer one on giants, etc., is as good (and big) as the first. Thanks for the suggestion.

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(10/18/07 5:07 pm)


Re: French fairies
Being curious, I picked up Dubois's The Complete Encyclopedia of Elves, Goblins, And Other Little Creatures. Gives me even less confidence in The Great Encyclopedia Of Faeries, since the "complete" one has stuff I know is wrong.

It's also less amusing.

Van45us
Registered User
(10/22/07 10:35 pm)


Re: French fairies
That's too bad, but I had a feeling he was making some of it up. Wasn't sure, but there was so much that was new to me I wondered where all that had been in my other readings? Still visually a great book, and some of it is right. I wasn't aware there were two editions...

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(10/29/07 5:55 pm)


Re: French fairies
Amusingly enough, The Complete Encyclopedia has an entry on Davy Jones that might seem familiar to those who have seen the second two Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

otto1980
Registered User
(10/29/07 7:57 pm)



Re: French fairies
Another book: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonnikin_and_the_Flying_Basket:_French_Folk_and_Fairy_Tales

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