Folklore encompasses legends, fairy tales, and myths; physical objects and practices to protect and ward away evil; spirits and supernatural entities associated with particular places, and so much more.
You might not even know that you practice folklore — but did you ever leave a tooth out for the tooth fairy? Or wonder at carvings of the Green Man? Or go trick-or-treating at Halloween? If you approach your local customs and stories with an open and curious mind, you might just discover a lot of folklore.
In this interview, Icy Sedgwick talks about different aspects of folklore and how it resonates with particular places, as well as how it’s handed down in a community. She also talks about specific English folklore stories and practices.
- What is folklore? How does it relate to places in particular?
- Is there a resurgence in folklore in an increasingly digital and secular time?
- Northumberland coastal folklore
- Remedies used in ancient times to ward off the plague
- Urban folklore
- Body parts, relics, teeth, and the Hand of Glory
- Halloween folklore
- Recommended books about folklore
You can find Icy Sedgwick at IcySedgwick.com