A dictionary of English folklore

  title={A dictionary of English folklore},
  author={Jacqueline C. Simpson and Steve Roud},
Alfred the Great astrology Babes in the Wood brownies changelings Devil's Hoofprints eenie, meenie minie moe football Grimm brothers Hag-riding Jenny Greenteeth ladybirds Mr Fox nosebleeds otherworld Phantom coach/ship Rollright Stones Skillywidden turnip lanterns v-sign wishbone. (Part contents.) 
Dahl’s Neologisms
Roald Dahl is famous for his lexical creativity, for his skill in naming his characters, his ability to create names for a variety of imagined creatures and sweets, and for his most mentioned
The Watchers by the Well
Music for Balinese gender wayang group plus violin and electronics, accompanying a retelling of an English folktale. The concert also includes some traditional gender wayang pieces (see attached
"Small, Vulnerable ETs": The Green Children of Woolpit
Cited by Francis Godwin in his The Man in the Moone (1638), the story of the "Green Children of Woolpit" (in Suffolk, in eastern England) remains a fascinating footnote in the history of speculative
Three Breton Traditions Viewed from the West Country and Farther Afield
Abstract The first of the three traditions referred to, in effect a practical joke in which water is poured over an unsuspecting dupe, turns out to have parallels in different parts of England, but
Goats with Cattle and Hands from Graves: Towards a Fresh Look at Our Insular Superstitions
Abstract According to Pliny, a lioness gives birth once only, because her womb is torn by her young as yet unborn. A variation on this is that her first litter consists of five cubs: each year after
Tracing the Footsteps of Ritual: Concealed Footwear in America
Research concluded by the author in 2003 documented 106 cases of concealed footwear in the United States. Patterns associated with these finds indicate that most, if not all, of these items were
What’s Up Doc? Seventh Sons in Victorian and Edwardian Lancashire
Abstract Folklorists have long acknowledged that seventh sons had a reputation as healers in England. It has not previously been appreciated that in the region around Blackburn, Lancashire, seventh
Shaping Superstition in Late Medieval England
Superstition occupied an ambiguous place in late medieval England. While elsewhere in fifteenth-century Europe the clergy increasingly reviled superstitions in everyday practices as the fearful
A "Divine" Purpose? The Legacy of T. C. Lethbridge
From them one learns to recognise the great gulf which exists between those who really use their brains to solve important questions and those who think that anything can be answered if you dig a big
The Fishermen’s Luck: The Maritime Clavie and Its Variants
Abstract The Burning of the Clavie is a calendar custom traditionally associated with the ancient Pictish seaport of Burghead, but fishermen in north-east Scotland had their own ‘needfire’ version of


A dictionary of English folklore by Simpson , Jacqueline , Roud . English folklore is the folk tradition which has developed in England over a