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Fantasy encyclopedia
Title:
Fantasy encyclopedia
Author:
ISBN:
9780753458471
Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Kingfisher, 2005.
Physical Description:
144 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Contents:
Foreword / Jonathan Stroud -- Introduction: What is fantasy? -- Little people: Elves and fairies -- Traps and tricks -- Celebrated fairies -- Household helpers -- Harmful little people -- Underground -- Gremlins -- Elementals and nature spirits: Elementals -- Nymphs -- Forest and woodland spirits -- Solitary forest spirits -- Dangerous water spirits -- Dangers by the wayside -- Mysterious Animals: Apemen of the mountains -- In lakes -- In the sea -- Fabulous Beasts: Dragons in the East -- Dragons in the West -- Unicorn -- Fantasy horses -- Fire and feather -- Giant birds -- Dangerous beasts -- Hydra and the Nagas -- Guardians of worlds and doors -- Mythical beings: Beautiful but dangerous -- Hideous and dangerous -- Part-man, part-beast -- Riddles and prophecies -- Giants in the land -- Ogres and trolls -- Sea beings -- Mermaids -- Magic and spells: Witches and wise women -- Famous witches and enchantresses -- Spells, cauldrons, and familiars -- Wizards and magicians -- Notable wizards -- Sorcerers and necromancers -- Portals and rings -- Amulets, talismans, and charms -- Shape-shifters: Werewolves -- Undead: Vampires -- Count Dracula -- Skeletons and symbolic heads -- Mummies, zombies, and golems -- Ghosts and spirits: Djinn or genies -- Messengers of death -- Ghouls and evil spirits -- Ghosts and hauntings -- Poltergeists -- Ghost ships and eerie beasts -- Wild hunt -- List of creatures by area -- Glossary -- Index -- Acknowledgments.
Abstract:
With a foreword by the award-winning fantasy author Jonathan Stroud, and illustration by some of the world's best illustrators including John Howe, the Fantasy Encyclopedia is a spectacular one-stop guide to the creatures and people of folklore and fantasy. From goblins and fairies to dragons and Dracula, this encyclopedia covers them all with sparkling, readable text and stunning illustrations. Discover how the magic of stories throughout the centuries has kept these creatures alive in traditions and cultures around the world. Using a highly visual approach, featuring more than 400 photographs and illustrations, this book will introduce readers to each fantasy character within its habitat and genre. Cross-reference boxes direct readers to popular books and movies starring these fantastical creatures. This is a must-have for any fantasy enthusiast!
Format:
Book
General Note:
Includes index.

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