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This section of sacred-texts archives the rich literature of Sagas and Legends. These are mostly (but not all) from Northern Europe, and primarily based on legendary events and people from the Middle Ages. Many of these narratives are based on archetypal stories that date even further back in time.
Teutonic Myth and Legend
by Donald Mackenzie 
The 1001 Arabian Nights (Lang, ed.) This is a version suitable for Victorian children, translated and abridged from the French version of Galland by the folklorist Andrew Lang.
1001 Arabian Nights A full etext of the 16 volume Burton translation [External Site]
Vikram and the Vampire, Sir Richard Burton, translator. 
The Hero of Esthonia
by W. F. Kirby  (2 vols)
This is a diverse collection of folklore, retold for young readers, from the Baltic region, including Finland.
In order to deal properly with this extensive subject, all of the Celtic texts and books now have their own page. Topics include:
A treasure trove of Russian and Slavic folklore, mythology and tradition. Covers pre-Christian Slavic Paganism.
Roumanian Fairy Tales and Legends by E.B. Mawr 
A small collection of Romanian folk tales and historical legends.
Sixty Folk-Tales from Exclusively Slavonic Sources by A. H. Wratisalw 
An excellent (and long out of print) collection of Slavic folktales, with hints of some very ancient lore.
Folk Tales From the Russian by Verra Xenophontovna Kalamatiano de Blumenthal 
Heroic Ballads of Servia by George Rapnall Noyes and Leonard Bacon 
Translations of Serbian oral poetry.
Stories of Russian Folk-Life by Donald A. Mackenzie 
The Key of Gold: 23 Czech Folk Tales By Josef Baudis .
All of the texts and books about England also now have their own page. Topics include:
The Kalevala is the national saga of Finland. Pieced together (and embellished) by Elias Lönnrot from traditional storytellers in the late 19th Century, the tales which constitute the Kalevala show signs of great antiquity.The Kalevala (English) John Martin Crawford, tr. 
This etext was the first English version of the Kalevala available on the Internet; it was scanned at sacred-texts, and has been submitted to the Gutenberg project.
The Kalevala (Finnish) This etext is from the Runeberg project.
Baltic Wizards by Frances Jenkins Olcott 
This includes a section on Finnish folklore.
The Song of Roland
This saga depicts a pivotal episode in the conflict between the Islamic and Christian world in the late Middle ages.
Wagner's Ring of the Niblung translated by Margaret Armour; Illustrations by Arthur Rackham .
This is an excellent translation of the librettos of Richard Wagner's operas Siegfried and Die Götterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods), with beautiful illustrations by the best fairy tale illustrator of the 19th Century.
The Nibelungenlied is derived from the Ancient Norse Eddas. The Nibelungenlied also supplied source material for Wagner's Ring opera cycle.
Grimm's Household Tales
Summer Legends, by Rudolph Baumbach, Translated by Helen B. Dole 
Thanks Eliza, for donating this text! Visit her site at http://www.sacredspiral.com/ [External Site].
The Germany of Tacitus 
One of the only ancient descriptions of the Germanic tribes.
All of the texts and books about Icelandic lore now have their own page. Subjects include:
The Roma people and their lore now have their own page:
Popular Tales from the Norse by George Dasent 
The Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus
Heimskringla or The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway by Snorri Sturlson. tr. Samuel Laing 
Legends and Romances of Spain By Lewis Spence 
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