Thursday, October 2, 2014

Songs of the Valiant Voivode

Helene Vacaresco - Songs of the Valiant Voivode, and other strange folk-lore, for the first time collected from Roumanian peasants and set forth in English (1904)

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A quick scan doesn't show any vampires but then the widely accepted idea that Dracula was based on Vlad Tepes is unsupportable and almost certainly wrong (see for instance the work of Elizabeth Miller).  However this does have dragons, enchanted whistles, talking snakes, fairies, tree-people and, well, pig thieves.  Sort of the usual folk tale mix but it does seem lively.