Myths are the oldest stories of all, and the ones that come from the deepest and most powerful part of the human spirit. They help us to explain the world around us and to make sense of our place within it.
Closely linked to myths are legends, stories about people who may have once lived, but who have, over the years, grown larger than life. Through the ages, stories that have been woven around these heroes have glorified them and their deeds to such an extent that they now seem almost like gods in people's minds.
The myths and legends in this book come from many different cultures all over the world. They are all filled with adventure, magic, mystery, and the wonders of the human heart and spirit. They are a gift to us from our most distant ancestors for us to enjoy and treasure for all time.