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Mythology, Fairy Tales & More: Start Here

Resource guide for materials related to Mythology, Folklore, Fairy Tales, Fables and Legends

Hansel and Gretel. Crane, Lucy, translator. Household Stories from the Collection of the Brothers Grimm. Walter Crane, illustrator. London: Macmillan & Co., 1882.


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This guide is intended as a starting point for researching and exploring Mythology, Folklore, Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends.. It provides access to books, magazines, collections, and digital assets available to enhance an understanding of Mythology and related subjects across time and place.

What Is


From the Greek mythos (story of the people) and logos (word or speech), or the spoken story of the people. The study and interpretation of sacred tales or fables which deal with the varying aspects of the human condition - life/death, good/evil, meaning of suffering, human origin and more. Based on Carl Jung's definition myths (stories) grow from a human need to find meaning and make order of the world. Examples: Odyssey, Illiad, stories of the Greek gods and goddesses.

Fairy Tale

A story for children that features elements of magic and wonder, including fantastic beasts and magical settings. Often spark the imagination to experience events in our mind before experiencing them in the real world. A folklore genre that takes the form of a short story. Examples: stories by Hans Christian Andersen or the Grimms Brothers.


A short story intended to provide a moral lesson or message. Fables often include animals as the main characters as well as nature and supernatural forces. Found in almost all cultures in both oral and written traditions. Example: Aesops Fables.

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