The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The

The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The


The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate A-Z of Fantastic Beings from Myth and Magic ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☀ The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate A-Z of Fantastic Beings from Myth and Magic Author John Matthews – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk The ultimate a z of fantastic beings from myth and magicDiscover an incredible world full of every magical creature you could possibly imagine From unicorns, salamanders, satyrs, giants, elves and tro The ultimate a z of fantastic Encyclopedia of PDF/EPUB Á beings from myth and magicDiscover an incredible world full of every magical creature you could possibly imagine From unicorns, salamanders, satyrs, giants, elves and trolls, to dragons, nymphs, mermaids, The Element Kindle - werewolves and griffins take an enchanting journey through the history, folklore, and mythology of these beasts from virtually every culture in the world With stories and amazing facts on even the most obscure mythological creature, this Element Encyclopedia of PDF/EPUB ê is a cornucopia of magic and folklore.

  • Paperback
  • 682 pages
  • The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate A-Z of Fantastic Beings from Myth and Magic
  • John Matthews
  • English
  • 05 July 2018
  • 140273543X

About the Author: John Matthews

John Matthews is an historian, folklorist Encyclopedia of PDF/EPUB Á and author He has been a full time writer since and has produced over ninety books on the Arthurian Legends and Grail Studies, as well as short stories The Element Kindle - and a volume of poetry He has devoted much of the past thirty years to the study of Arthurian Traditions and myth in general His best known and most widely read works are Pirates Carlton Atheneum Element Encyclopedia of PDF/EPUB ê , No children s book on the New York Times Review best seller list for weeks in , The Grail, Quest for Eternal Life Thames Hudson, The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Wisdom Element, and The Winter Solstice Quest Books, which won the Benjamin Franklin Award for that year His book Celtic Warrior Chiefs was a New York Public Library recommended title for young people.



10 thoughts on “The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate A-Z of Fantastic Beings from Myth and Magic

  1. Manybooks Manybooks says:

    Although The Element Encyclodpedia of Magical Creatures is quite if not even massively informative with a universal and extensive coverage description of mythical and fantastic beings, and yes, with a very good and usable bibliography at the back of the book , there are simply too many niggling, problematic academic issues for me to rate this book withthan two and rather grudging stars For aside from the fact that there is a rather haphazard combination of minor deities, demons, troll li Although The Element Encyclodpedia of Magical Creatures is quite if not even massively informative with a universal and extensive coverage description of mythical and fantastic beings, and yes, with a very good and usable bibliography at the back of the book , there are simply too many niggling, problematic academic issues for me to rate this book withthan two and rather grudging stars For aside from the fact that there is a rather haphazard combination of minor deities, demons, troll like creatures and the like presented in The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures, my one specific objection, my main and personally massively annoying issue is that I actually have found one huge, glaring and in all ways problematic factual error For in the entry describing the demonic entity Dahak, authors John and Caitlin Matthews claim that the creature was born from the evil will of Ahuramazda, the personification of evil in the Zoroastrian system an assertion that is absolutely and patently FALSE, as in the Zoroastrian system, Ahura Mazda is considered the personification of good, and it is his opponent, Angra Mainyu, also known as Ahriman, who is considered the personification of evil, and thus, mistaking Ahura Mazda for Angra Mainyu would be basically akin to mistaking God for Satan, for Lucifer And consequently, if one notices a basic and substantial error such as the former, one then and by mere necessity often also begins to question the validity and truth of the other entries and particularly those describing creatures and entities of unfamiliar, less commonly known traditions and mythologies and while I have only found this one glaring error so far in The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures, there is really also no way for me to check whether the information on magical creatures and fantastic beings unknown or not as well known to me is factually correct, because the authors have also chosen to not make use of bibliographical references within the text proper, another serious and frustrating academic shortcoming that also limits the potential use for and of The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures for any type of serious academic research, except of course for the bibliographical list at the back, which is, indeed, a wonderful potential academic resource And thus, sadly, while I actually did quite enjoy reading and browsing through The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures and found and continue to find the presented and described information both fascinating and interesting, I would not EVER want to recommend this book for serious, scholarly research And indeed, due to the fact that I have located factual errors within the text, I also feel that I really must warn potential readers and users of this encyclopedia that there might well beerrors I have not noticed and therefore certainly not to rely on The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures for academic purposes, and above all to verify and check ALL of the information presented, especially if even remotely considering the latter for university or college level research, as many professors would and do generally and with good reason frown upon secondary sources s that do not make use of citations, footnotes and endnotes

  2. Sophie Crane Sophie Crane says:

    Great book, with a large variety of creatures described As an artist I find it s a good source of inspiration for any creative person looking for an idea or for something to draw It s also interesting for anyone if they just wanted to pick it up and read at random It does lack pictures, and it would be nice if there were a few scattered throughout the book but I can t say this bothers me that much It s good sometimes to not have your own imagination influenced by someone else s interpretatio Great book, with a large variety of creatures described As an artist I find it s a good source of inspiration for any creative person looking for an idea or for something to draw It s also interesting for anyone if they just wanted to pick it up and read at random It does lack pictures, and it would be nice if there were a few scattered throughout the book but I can t say this bothers me that much It s good sometimes to not have your own imagination influenced by someone else s interpretation Plus you could always do further research if you wanted to look some of them up indetail

  3. Michelle Michelle says:

    This is a pretty darn comprehensive volume I guess the only reason I give it four stars is that I wish there were some pictures haha.

  4. Donna Donna says:

    This review s going to deviate from my standard reviews a bit Back to your regularly scheduled reviewing next time.A commenter on my other blog and I were having a little conversation about book buying in the comments of one of my posts there I don t know about you, but right now I needbooks like I need a double lobotomy Like I told him in my comment, when I went to pre order Jessica s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, I just had to pick up Why We Suck by Dr Denis Leary The man is m This review s going to deviate from my standard reviews a bit Back to your regularly scheduled reviewing next time.A commenter on my other blog and I were having a little conversation about book buying in the comments of one of my posts there I don t know about you, but right now I needbooks like I need a double lobotomy Like I told him in my comment, when I went to pre order Jessica s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, I just had to pick up Why We Suck by Dr Denis Leary The man is my god, after all Might as well have the bible But that s just my little compulsive twitch for book buying at work.But I did go into Barnes and Noble that day No, not to buy anything, at least initially I wanted to collect information for a post I m planning on doing over there that my lazy butt hasn t gotten around to doing yet But what did I see on the bargain racks before I even walked into the store A slew of Element Encyclopedias, soft cover versions.Now, I already owned one, the Encyclopedia of Witch Craft I ve owned it for years My mom got it on discount from One Spirit book club and it s helped me immensely with building a character for one of my books So, needless to say, I screamed a little on the inside when I saw all these Element books just sitting there for 9.98 and begging to be bought They re 30 books Each So I picked up Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures, Encyclopedia of Secret Signs and Symbols and Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Hauntings.OMG I m in heaven When I buy when I really shouldn t, I get that tinge of guilt afterwards You know what I m talking about But thesethese will not go to waste at all and I would have kicked myself in the ass repeatedly had I not picked these up The Element Encyclopedias are some of the best references for the mystical and magical and if you re even considering writing anything like that, you ll want these books amongst your reference guides I ll be able to use these with everything that I m writing and plan to write.Squee I smile every time I look at them

  5. Bonezie Bonezie says:

    I was hoping forin depth descriptions about the different creatures instead of such a brief descriptions There are also quite a few popular creatures that I expected it to have that are missing, hellhounds, yuki onna etc There is almost nothing listed about J rmungandr Only that it is referred to as the Midgard serpant Illustrations would have been a nice touch And a pronunciation guide would have been awesome, since it lists creatures from all over the world and there are some pretty I was hoping forin depth descriptions about the different creatures instead of such a brief descriptions There are also quite a few popular creatures that I expected it to have that are missing, hellhounds, yuki onna etc There is almost nothing listed about J rmungandr Only that it is referred to as the Midgard serpant Illustrations would have been a nice touch And a pronunciation guide would have been awesome, since it lists creatures from all over the world and there are some pretty strange names.There are also some inaccuracies I noticed, such as under Mothman, Kevin Costner is listed as the star in The Mothman Prophecies Or that in the book there is a mythological creature listed as raksa Raksa is the name of a village in Slovakia The creature the book is referring to is the rakshasa which is what I was trying to look up when I came across raksa And despite looking I can t find any instance of rakshasa being referred to as raksa so I m not sure where that came from or if its just a spelling error.As an overview of mythological creatures from around the world it works and it is a great quick reference book But if you re looking forin depth information on creatures from a specific culture then it s best to pick up a book devoted to that

  6. Carolyn Klassen Carolyn Klassen says:

    This book is written so comprehensively, accessible to all levels of readers It includes both mythological figures and fictional creatures, bridging the gap between myth and fiction I wish there were illustrations included, but almost every creature I looked up was in here Except Jiangshi That was a bit of an oversight But what encyclopedia doesn t miss one or two things Overall, I felt that everything was well represented, Canadian Indigenous legends included as well as other often igno This book is written so comprehensively, accessible to all levels of readers It includes both mythological figures and fictional creatures, bridging the gap between myth and fiction I wish there were illustrations included, but almost every creature I looked up was in here Except Jiangshi That was a bit of an oversight But what encyclopedia doesn t miss one or two things Overall, I felt that everything was well represented, Canadian Indigenous legends included as well as other often ignored myths

  7. Hilary Hilary says:

    The only downfall to this book is the lack of pictures It would have added alot to this book if it had some drawings or painting of even some of the creatures.

  8. Ashley T Ashley T says:

    I picked this book up on a whim since I love bestiaries and folklore It really covers a wide range of cultures and I ended up reading it cover to cover and marking creatures I would like to try to draw It s a pretty comprehensive book and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in folklore, mythologies, or bestiaries.

  9. Lori Schiele Lori Schiele says:

    I ve been reading this book very slowly for a number of years, off and on, perhaps 10 20 pages at a time and, while I find the information interesting and informative I also find a great deal of it incorrect or missing partial information so I took it upon myself to cross reference the names throughout the book where there were mistakes and overlaps a very unsettling number ,by using Google the Internet I also cleared up much of the confusion and added notes and margins where needed to the bo I ve been reading this book very slowly for a number of years, off and on, perhaps 10 20 pages at a time and, while I find the information interesting and informative I also find a great deal of it incorrect or missing partial information so I took it upon myself to cross reference the names throughout the book where there were mistakes and overlaps a very unsettling number ,by using Google the Internet I also cleared up much of the confusion and added notes and margins where needed to the books for clarity such as where many of the Magical Creatures were gods and goddesses of other pantheons, not monsters or creatures So there is a great deal of items I wrote in margins, as well as pieces of paper tucked into sections wherethan the margins were needed, in order to try to get a muchwell rounded and complete guide The Ultimate A Z is very far from a Ultimate Guide of Magical Creatures but I still did find many of the entries interesting and so I continued to read, take notes, and edit where editing was required.January 2019 have almost reached the end but it has taken me 3 years to complete this over 1000 page book, along with the extra research For those interested in Fantastic Beings and Magical Creatures , it is definitely worth a read, but don t expect it to be easy or at all complete Still, there is much to be learned So even with all of the errors and miscorrections, I chose to give it a 4 because if you have the time and the interest, there were a lot of things to be learned from.Completed Oct 2019

  10. Claudia Loureiro Claudia Loureiro says:

    I give this vibrant and fascinating tome five stars simply because I can t give itI was hesitant to buy it but I am so glad now that I went with my instincts I love fantasy and the imagination in their own rightand this book gives wonderful homage to the magical beings all around us.I really am fascinated by this tome, and thoroughly believe it belongs on the shelf of anyone who is interested in the things we have to believe in to see.This book does not have many illustrations and th I give this vibrant and fascinating tome five stars simply because I can t give itI was hesitant to buy it but I am so glad now that I went with my instincts I love fantasy and the imagination in their own rightand this book gives wonderful homage to the magical beings all around us.I really am fascinated by this tome, and thoroughly believe it belongs on the shelf of anyone who is interested in the things we have to believe in to see.This book does not have many illustrations and the ones it does have are really just sketches I did not take away in the rating for that because most of these creatures, I think, are best seen by the minds eyewhere they will never disappoint because they will look exactly as you think they should

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