By Katharine Briggs
In 1970 Katharine Briggs released in 4 volumes the monstrous and authoritative Dictionary of British Folktales and Legends to extensive acclaim. This sampler contains some of the best of these stories and legends. amassed within, readers will locate an extravagance of gorgeous princesses and stout good boys, sour-faced witches and kings with hearts of gold. each one story is a masterpiece of storytelling, from the hilarious 'Three Sillies' to the delightfully macabre 'Sammle's Ghost'.
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Oh! ” Now Jack having secured the giant, he soon returned and fetched his master, they were both heartily merry with the wine, and other dainties which were in the house: so that night they rested in very pleasant lodgings, while the poor uncle, the giant, lay trembling in the vault underground. Early in the morning, Jack furnished his master with a fresh supply of gold and silver, and then set him three miles forward on his journey, concluding he was then pretty well out of the smell of the giant, and then returned to let his uncle out of the hole, who asked Jack what he would give him in reward if his castle was not demolished.
But the farmer was obstinate. “We’ll try’t again,” he said, and he went on, and the birds went with them. ” But he was obstinate still, and tried one tree after another all through the wood, and still the birds went before him. At last he said, “This wood is o’er full of birdies, but I mind me of an old ﬁr tree, that stands its lane on the hillside a twa-three mile oﬀ. And the wind blows sae snell through it that nae birdies will light on it. ” So they set oﬀ on the long tramp, and the birds left the wood, and soared high up into the air, and for a while they did not see them.
He rode on a large goat; indeed, he himself might have been compared to Pan. He had a large head, glowing face, and a long red beard, while his breast was conspicuous for a spotted fawnskin which he wore on it. The lower part of his body was rough and hairy, and his legs ended in goats’ hooves. He had a private interview with Herla, in which he spoke as follows: “I am lord over many kings and princes, over a vast and innumerable people. I am their willing messenger to you, although to you I am unknown.