The Folklore of Discworld by Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson
Most of us grow up having always known to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly, some of these things are now beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, fairytales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings that on Earth are creatures of the imagination, like vampires, trolls, witches and, possibly, gods, are real, alive and in some cases kicking on the Disc. In “The Folklore of Discworld”, Terry Pratchett teams up with leading British folklorist Jacqueline Simpson to give an irreverent yet illuminating look at the living myths and folklore that are reflected, celebrated and affectionately libelled in the uniquely imaginative universe of Discworld.
This book is such fun to read! The way it’s set out makes it easy to dip into every now and then; as there’s no plot to follow, you don’t lose the plot. However, it would also be just as easy to read straight through – and every bit as enjoyable as any of Pratchett’s novels.
The folklore of Discworld takes all the myths, legends and rituals of Pratchett’s now famous discoid world and links them all back to their “round world” counterparts and holds the reader’s interest from start to finish – personally, I could hardly wait to find out what little gem would come next as I perused the pages.
A must for all Pratchett fans and also a lovely addition to the collection of anyone who loves folklore in general.
Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite