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Folklore and Arthurian Traditions: Virtual Special Issue 3, 2012


Virtual Special Issues of Folklore are selections of articles on specific themes hand picked by our editor Patricia Lysaght, with a podcast introduction by our reviews editor Juliette Wood, and a reading list of featured articles. All the articles are free to download by members of The Folklore Society.

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Featured articles from Folklore

King Arthur’s Enchanted Sleep: Early Nineteenth Century Legends, by J. R. Simpson, vol. 97/2, 1986

The Perils of Good Advice: The Effect of the Wise Counsellor upon the Conduct of Gawain, by Raymond H. Thompson, vol. 90/1, 1979

Snow and Mist in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Portents of the Otherworld? by Martin Puhvel, vol. 89/2, 1978

Tom Thumb and Jack the Giant Killer: Two Arthurian Folktales? by Thomas Green, vol. 118/2, 2007

King Arthur in History and Legend, by Mary Williams, vol. 73/2, 1962

The Cult of Arthurian Relics, by E. M. R. Ditmas, vol. 75/1, 1964

Further reading

Gawain Against Arthur. The Impact of a Mythological Pattern upon Arthurian Tradition in Accounts of the Birth of Gawain, by Raymond H. Thompson, vol. 85/2, 1974

‘Muse on þi Mirrour…’: The Challenge of the Outlandish Stranger in the English Arthurian Verse Romances, by Raymond H. Thompson, vol. 87/2, 1976

Review of Rodney Castleden, King Arthur: The Truth behind the Legend (London and New York: Routledge, 2000), by Brynley Roberts, vol. 112/2, 2001

More Arthurian Relics, by E. M. R. Ditmas, vol. 77/2, 1966

The Fairy Mythology of English Literature: Its Origin and Nature, by Alfred Nutt, vol. 8/1, 1897

Arthurian Tradition and Folklore, by Roger Sherman Loomis, vol. 69/1, 1958

Tradition and Sources: The Jackson—Loomis Controversy Re-Examined, by Raymond J. Cormier, vol. 83/2, 1972

Arthur and Gorlagon, by Frank A. Milne and A. Nutt, vol. 15/1, 1904

The Roman van Walewein (Gawain), by W. P. Ker, vol. 5/2, 1894

The History of the Destruction of the Round Table as Told in Hebrew in the Year 1279, by Moses Gaster, vol. 20/3, 1909