Legends and Myths

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Legends and Myths

Post by hsimone » 01 Nov 2016, 10:42

In Roan, the topic of legend comes up. What are your thoughts of legends and/or myths?

How much weight do you put on legends and/or myths that you hear? What is one of your favorite legend or myth?
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Post by ebeth » 01 Nov 2016, 20:02

One that I just thought of while reading the first chapter in the book is we have a Junior High School that the basement in it has never been finished because of a serious events occurs. I don't know all the stories at the top of my head but that is one of them that I can think of.

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Post by Wasif Ahmed » 01 Nov 2016, 22:41

Legends are usually something I do not believe even though I may spend hours thinking about some of them.
There are some myths though which i do believe. One myth is that the story of an apple falling on Newton's head is almost certainly false which someone came up with years after his death.
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Post by gali » 01 Nov 2016, 23:00

I love books that incorporate legends and/or myths, though I don't put much stock in them. I especially like Greek and Roman mythology, but other lore interests me as well. One of my favorite legends is Pandora's Box. The story of the apple is another.
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Post by Gravy » 02 Nov 2016, 00:04

Mythology, folklore, legends, are all some of my favorite things. This is why I lean toward certain books more than others, and why this one caught my eye, even before it was BOTD/BOTM.
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Post by DB44 » 02 Nov 2016, 05:36

I loved reading myths and legends from different cultures as a Child. I haven't read any for a while.

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Post by EmersonRose » 02 Nov 2016, 12:13

I have always been interested in myths and legends. They have the ability to tell you a great idea of what cultures were like. Not because of who they worshipped but because myths and legends show what is important to people and what morals they follow. I have studied Greek Myth fairly extensively but I also love Roman, Norse, Egyptian, Celtic . . .
Fantasy novels are also my go to genre, what can really make a book is the ability to create myths and legends within a world that the author has created. It brings depth to characters and cultures. This book seems to have created a great deal of this, which pulls me in as a prospective reader.

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Post by AA1495 » 02 Nov 2016, 19:01

DB44 wrote:I loved reading myths and legends from different cultures as a Child. I haven't read any for a while.
Same here! I still find them interesting though. Do you believe in them?

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Post by Janetleighgreen » 02 Nov 2016, 19:12

Well, of course I believe in legends and myths! What self respecting horror writer, who believes in Ghosts and loves all things horror doesn't? Haha!

My Dad taught my one of my favorite songs, 'Barbara Allen' when I was little. It's a haunting tale of how two lovers died and their spirits grew together into a true love knot of a rose bush and a briar. It's nice to think they are still together.

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Post by AA1495 » 02 Nov 2016, 20:08

EmersonRose wrote:I have always been interested in myths and legends. They have the ability to tell you a great idea of what cultures were like. Not because of who they worshiped but because myths and legends show what is important to people and what morals they follow. I have studied Greek Myth fairly extensively but I also love Roman, Norse, Egyptian, Celtic . . .
Fantasy novels are also my go to genre, what can really make a book is the ability to create myths and legends within a world that the author has created. It brings depth to characters and cultures. This book seems to have created a great deal of this, which pulls me in as a prospective reader.
Agree with you on your point that it brings depth to characters! You've put across your views very well. :)

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Post by eseibiaienei » 02 Nov 2016, 22:54

I am very interested in myths and legends. Not only because I like literature a lot (especially old literature), but also because they are related to the culture in which they were born.
I am studying to be an English language teacher and I provide particular lessons of English and Spanish language, so I know how important it is for children and teenagers to know these genres.
Myths are taught as they have the function of explaining the origin of natural phenomenon, and that's what makes them very interesting. Legends are a really cool and versatile teaching material because you can teach not only literature but also human values, which are meant to be learnt at home but school plays an important role on children's behaviour.

I know this comment is probably too related to teaching but that's the first thing I relate this genres to.
My favourite mythical character is Oedipus.

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Janetleighgreen wrote:Well, of course I believe in legends and myths! What self respecting horror writer, who believes in Ghosts and loves all things horror doesn't? Haha!

My Dad taught my one of my favorite songs, 'Barbara Allen' when I was little. It's a haunting tale of how two lovers died and their spirits grew together into a true love knot of a rose bush and a briar. It's nice to think they are still together.
:) Such a nice song! a great example of a musical legend. :techie-studyingbrown:

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Post by Janetleighgreen » 02 Nov 2016, 23:11

eseibiaienei wrote:I am very interested in myths and legends. Not only because I like literature a lot (especially old literature), but also because they are related to the culture in which they were born.
I am studying to be an English language teacher and I provide particular lessons of English and Spanish language, so I know how important it is for children and teenagers to know these genres.
Myths are taught as they have the function of explaining the origin of natural phenomenon, and that's what makes them very interesting. Legends are a really cool and versatile teaching material because you can teach not only literature but also human values, which are meant to be learnt at home but school plays an important role on children's behaviour.

I know this comment is probably too related to teaching but that's the first thing I relate this genres to.
My favourite mythical character is Oedipus.

-- 02 Nov 2016, 22:57 --
Janetleighgreen wrote:Well, of course I believe in legends and myths! What self respecting horror writer, who believes in Ghosts and loves all things horror doesn't? Haha!

My Dad taught my one of my favorite songs, 'Barbara Allen' when I was little. It's a haunting tale of how two lovers died and their spirits grew together into a true love knot of a rose bush and a briar. It's nice to think they are still together.
:) Such a nice song! a great example of a musical legend. :techie-

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Thanks! It's a special song to me.?

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Post by hsimone » 03 Nov 2016, 02:25

These are great, so far!

I love learning about Greek mythology, but I guess the tale I remember the most is Paul Bunyan. Though this is a tall tale/folklore, it's one that has stuck with me since I was a kid. I mean who wouldn't remember a giant lumberjack and a blue ox? :)
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Post by Gravy » 03 Nov 2016, 06:42

I suppose I could truthfully say that I'm partial to animals and creatures in mythology. Things like unicorns and dragons being the ones usually encountered in books, though gargoyles have been gaining in popularity.

And Native American lore is always interesting, and full of animals.
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Post by gali » 03 Nov 2016, 10:10

Gravy wrote:I suppose I could truthfully say that I'm partial to animals and creatures in mythology. Things like unicorns and dragons being the ones usually encountered in books, though gargoyles have been gaining in popularity.

And Native American lore is always interesting, and full of animals.
I love those as well! I love all mythology especially if it part of a tale. I also love Nordic lore. I didn't encounter many Nordic lore stories though.
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