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LadyinRetirement
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PostSubject: Any ideas about how I can research mythical beasts?   Sat 02 Nov 2013, 15:54

Hi,
Ice Dragons and Soup Dragons aside, does anybody know any websites or reference books where I can find out about the above subject?  I found these articles online http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052970203880704578089210833124732 and http://www.theequinest.com/a-brief-history-of-the-unicorn/ and plan to contact the respective webmasters to see if I can use any of their information (put "in me own words" and acknowledging the source of course - I'm not "into" plagiarism).  It was a subject I was thinking of using as a basis for a shorthand practice reading. I don't make any money out of the shorthand readings I cobble together and I generally use Wikipedia as my source material  as it is "open source". It being nearly 4.00 pm on a Saturday I can't get to the local library before Monday at the earliest.  By the way Nordmann, I used some of the information you gave about Abhartagh in a reading, though I haven't sent it off yet.  If you'd rather I didn't I'll change the passage and wax lyrical about "True Blood" et al (though I've never seen that magnum opus; did catch a few episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" back in the day though).


I remember another fictional dragon from childhood programmes (Pongo, the baby dragon in "The Rubovian Legends").
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PostSubject: Re: Any ideas about how I can research mythical beasts?   Sat 02 Nov 2013, 22:14

Abhartach's origins in Derry and the legend that grew up about him are well summarised in this essay on a website dedicated to the O'Kane family's genealogy. As a traditional legend it is not "protected" information or the intellectual property of anyone, though as you say it is always best to phrase things in your own words.

The Abhartach legend: Ó Catháin genealogy site

Regarding mythical beasts there is a comprehensive list of legendary animals on Wikipedia with links to the relevant pages:

Wikipedia: List of legendary creatures

Hope this helps, LiR
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PostSubject: Re: Any ideas about how I can research mythical beasts?   Sat 02 Nov 2013, 22:56

Wikimisleadia has missed my fave one - BwBach
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PostSubject: Re: Any ideas about how I can research mythical beasts?   Sun 03 Nov 2013, 12:55

Thanks for this information chaps.  The only problem with Wikipedia is it's only as good as the people who post on it (I understand why Gilgamesh calls it "Wikimisledia").  I do refer to it quite often as it's open source and free - it's just sorting the wheat from the chaff .....

I've only just come back on line after yet another outage .. must dash .. ironing beckons, aren't I lucky? No don't answer that .....
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PostSubject: Re: Any ideas about how I can research mythical beasts?   Sun 03 Nov 2013, 12:59

I had a look at some of the entries for the legendary creatures. It all seems kosher to me.
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PostSubject: Re: Any ideas about how I can research mythical beasts?   Sun 03 Nov 2013, 13:21

Wasn't casting aspersions on your recommendations, Nordmann.  Must away - it's just started raining again so I'll probably lose my broadband connection yet again ....
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PostSubject: Re: Any ideas about how I can research mythical beasts?   Sun 03 Nov 2013, 22:17

Didn't think you were, ma'am.

I actually like Wikipedia - it's improved in leaps and bounds in the last few years since they tightened up editorial control. I find the people who diss it these days are the same ones who diss Ryan Air. They're confusing the product with what it emulates.
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