Friday, February 22, 2013

British Folktales

Through checking the citations of numerous sources, I came across a noted author on the subject.  So I tracked down her book entitled "A Dictionary of British Folk-Tales".  This work is an excellent source on my subject as it has numerous accounts of Black Dog sightings, as well as the history of such sightings.  It also highlights the common nature of these stories, as there are several variations on the same story.  It is also useful in that it categorizes the stories into motifs or types, allowing for cross-referencing.
The book also clarifies between Black Dogs, which are generally phantom-esque and can even be beneficial, and Hellhounds which are used to chase down the souls which are sentenced to Hell.
All in all, a very useful resource.

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