Definition of folklore:
legends, folk wisdom, legend, traditional lore, superstitions, customs, myth, ballad lore, folkways, lore, mythos, oral tradition, oral literature, fables, tradition, knowledge, mythology, folk tales.
- "A Book of Myths", Jean Lang.
If any good American were distressed by the absenteeism of our authors, I should first advise him that American literature was not derived from the folklore of the red Indians, but was, as I have said once before, a condition of English literature, and was independent even of our independence.- "Short Stories and Essays From "Literature and Life"", William Dean Howells.
However, in spite of all this intermingling and of the different forms of the same story, it is possible for an intelligent and sensitive criticism, well informed in comparative mythology and folklore, to isolate what is very old in these tales from that which is less old, and that in turn from that which is still less old, and that from what is partly historical, medieval or modern.- "The High Deeds of Finn and other Bardic Romances of Ancient Ireland", T. W. Rolleston.