Folk-lore and legends: English


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(3.7 stars; 6 reviews)

The old English Folklore Tales are fast dying out. The simplicity of character necessary for the retaining of old memories and beliefs is being lost, more rapidly in England, perhaps, than in any other part of the world. Our folk are giving up the old myths for new ones. Before remorseless “progress,” and the struggle for existence, the poetry of life is being quickly blotted out. In editing this volume I have endeavoured to select some of the best specimens of our Folklore. With regard to the nursery tales, I have taken pains to give them as they are in the earliest editions I could find. I must say, however, that, while I have taken every care to alter only as much as was absolutely necessary in these tales, some excision and slight alteration has at times been required. - Summary by Charles John Tibbits (5 hr 19 min)

Chapters

Introductory Note 1:46 Read by Paul Mazumdar
A Dissertation on Fairies Part 1 33:15 Read by Bill Boerst
A Dissertation on Fairies Part 2 32:32 Read by Foon
Nelly the Knocker 5:30 Read by Dafni Ma
The Three Fools 6:13 Read by arjunanand
Some Merry Tales of the Wise Men of Gotham 9:56 Read by Foon
The Tulip Fairies 3:37 Read by Sonnie Abdalla
The History of Jack and the Giants 46:41 Read by Linda Johnson
The Fairies’ Cup 2:39 Read by Gemma L Myers
The White Lady 4:15 Read by Gemma L Myers
A Pleasant and Delightful History of Thomas Hickathrift 48:53 Read by Linda Johnson
The Spectre Coach 9:59 Read by Linda Johnson
The Baker’s Daughter 4:37 Read by arjunanand
The Fairy Children 3:35 Read by Jessica Jiwon Choe
The History of Jack and the Beanstalk 32:03 Read by Fadi Qutub
Johnny Reed’s Cat 8:31 Read by Elizabeth P.
Lame Molly 4:35 Read by Elizabeth P.
The Brown man of the Moors 2:41 Read by Jonathan Paul Arnold
How the Cobbler cheated the Devil 4:20 Read by Jonathan Paul Arnold
The Tavistock Witch 3:11 Read by Jonathan Paul Arnold
The Worm of Lambton 10:08 Read by Linda Johnson
The Old Woman and the Crooked Sixpence 4:06 Read by arjunanand
The Yorkshire Boggart 5:59 Read by susanjhudson
The Duergar 6:36 Read by Linda Johnson
The Barn Elves 2:40 Read by Linda Johnson
Legends of King Arthur 8:26 Read by susanjhudson
Silky 12:51 Read by Paul Mazumdar

Reviews

Karl

(3 stars)

Excellent as normal for Librivox except the sections by Arnunagand (sic) which are either difficult or next to impossible to understand.