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Fians, Fairies, And Picts (1893) Hardcover – September 10, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1166496279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1166496272
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,585,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mithril on April 11, 2011
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This was a curious book containing a discussion of the historical and folkloric evidence which forms the basis of the theory that two cultural groups (the Fians and the Picts) not only existed, but turned into the fairies of contemporary stories through the slow altering of tales, language, and perceptions. It was presented to the Folk-Lore Society in 1892, but after further discussion they decided not to publish it as a paper, and instead it was released as this book you are even now considering (except more on paper and less electronically).

I'm not sure how well the discussions would hold up against current cultural, historical and archaeological evidence, but it was a really interesting read, and clearly exhibits some of the best reasoning of that time. There is a light underlying tone of ethnocentrism towards the 'civilized' people of Great Britain, but nothing inexcusable for the time in which this was first written.

My only complaints are:
A) The foot notes are not linked
B) There are no illustrations

A is a mild irritation (though linking would have improved the experience), but B is really quite frustrating because almost half the book deals with discussing the plates in great detail--only there are no plates for the kindle reader to refer back to. If the pictures had been there I'd have given it the full five stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Summer Fey Foovay on June 23, 2011
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Fians, Fairies and Picts by David MacRitchie was one of the first of the free Kindle books I grabbed, and THE first I read beginning to end. It is a scholarly treatise, written in 1892 to be presented to the Folklore Society. The writer postulates that the people referred to old stories, and histories, as Fians or Picts are the same people - or closely related to - fairies. His argument, based on even older written and oral folklore, is very persuasive. He also offers as evidence the mound dwellings found in many places in Europe. These dwellings, which even now are often referred to as fairy mounds, were apparently underground, or barely above ground houses of primitive people who must have been quite small in stature judging by the size of the doors, archways and tunnels leading into and throughout the mounds. Thus he believes fairies were certainly a race of humans, related to or actually the Picts or Fians, and most likely "dwarfs" or people of small stature.

I found it interesting that someone so learned a few hundred years ago has reached the same tentative conclusions as I have concerning the fairy race. I, too, believe they are based on an actual race of people (or several races in different places) who did exist. I believe (and this writer does, also) that what likely happened is that over time the race was absorbed into other groups of people as the lands they lived on were invaded and conquered.

The references and footnotes have given me a lot to seek out and see what I can find! Especially the extensive descriptions of the mound dwellings. I wish the drawings and diagrams were with the Kindle edition of the book, but they were not reproduced.

Oh well, it gives me something to research. And I love research.
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By tahoelyn on June 26, 2014
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Informational, though not factual
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The Kindle version is nice, however the plates with the pictures do not show up on the Kindle and there are references to the plates throughout the book. It is a nice book, but I would love to see the plates included Nice book though.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne D. Biancaniello on April 22, 2011
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I agree with the previous reviewer. interesting book but the author's thesis is layed out, in great detail, in the long inroduction. Would have been more generous with the stars if it had illustations. I was greatly dissapointed with this because they are a necessary element in the analysis of the subject.
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