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Myths and Legends of All Nations

Myths and Legends of All Nations

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Myths and Legends of All Nations, byVariousThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.orgTitle: Myths and Legends of All NationsFamous Stories from the Greek, German, English, Spanish,Scandinavian, Danish, French, Russian, Bohemian, Italianand other sourcesAuthor: VariousEditor: Logan MarshallTranslator: Logan MarshallRelease Date: March 4, 2007 [EBook #20740]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO-8859-1*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF ALLNATIONS ***Produced by Juliet Sutherland, Sam W. and the OnlineDistributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net
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MYTHS AND LEGENDSOF ALL NATIONS
FAMOUS STORIES
FROM THE GREEK, GERMAN, ENGLISH, SPANISHSCANDINAVIAN, DANISH, FRENCHRUSSIAN, BOHEMIAN, ITALIANAND OTHER SOURCES
TRANSLATED AND EDITED BYLOGAN MARSHALL
ILLUSTRATEDWITH ORIGINAL COLORED PLATES
THE JOHN C. WINSTON COMPANY, PHILADELPHIA
Copyright, 1914, byL. T. M
YERS
PRINTED IN U. S. A.
 
THEN ARTHUR DREW OUT THE SWORD AND WAS PROCLAIMED KING
 
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PREFACE
The myths and legends here gathered together have appealed and will continue to appealto every age. Nowhere in the realm of fiction are there stories to compare with thosewhich took form centuries ago when the race was in its childhood—stories so intimatelyconnected with the life and history and religion of the great peoples of antiquity that theyhave become an integral part of our own civilization, a heritage of wealth to every childthat is born into the world.The historic basis of the tales is slight; yet who can think of the Greeks withoutremembering the story of Troy, or of Rome without a backward glance at Æneas, fabledfounder of the race and hero of Virgil's world-famous Latin epic? Any understanding of German civilization would be incomplete without knowledge of the mythical princeSiegfried, hero of the earliest literature of the Teutonic people, finally immortalized in thenineteenth century through the musical dramas of Wagner. Any understanding of Englishcivilization would be similarly incomplete without the semi-historic figure of KingArthur, glorified through the accumulated legends of the Middle Ages and made to liveagain in the melodic idylls of the great Victorian laureate. And so one might go on. In

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