Long before the appearance of writing, ancient peoples had stories that described the origin of the world, about gods and about heroes who performed unusual feats in the name of justice and good.
These legends reflect the first and rather primitive ideas of people about the world, which seemed incomprehensible, mysterious and full of miracles.
Legends are one of the typesFairy-tale prose. Most likely, the first such folk tales appeared long before the written speech and were first transmitted from generation to generation in the form of oral traditions. Subsequently, stories about the magical transformations and heroic deeds of the heroes began to be written down on paper, but with new incredible details.
The center of the traditional legend is usuallyA legend about a historical person or event that took place in reality. The materials for creating legends were, of course, chosen not by ordinary events and biographies of ordinary people. Legends most often describe fame-filled deeds and deeds of those who in fact immortalized their name in history. Over time, legends often received an additional social, religious or moralizing meaning.
Folklore researchers believe that events andPersonalities, reflected in the legends, in many cases were not completely fictional. The creation of the legend began with an ordinary narrative of what was really happening.
Passing from mouth to mouth, the story overgrew himIncredible and fabulous details, exaggerations and artistic fiction. An example is the famous legend of King Arthur, who proved his noble origin and right to the throne, pulling a magic sword thrust into the stone, which no one could cope with before.
Originating in primitive times, legends inMany were intertwined with myths and religious beliefs of people. In the legendary events, the deities and mysterious beings with supernatural power often take part. Some legends became so popular that they often went to music, this gave the oral histories a special charm.
The images of the legendary heroes reflected the aspirationsPeople, their ideas about war, strife, justice and unearthly love. Centuries passed, the true details of the events that formed the basis of this or that legend were gradually erased, but the moral strength of the actions of the heroes and the greatness of their exploits did not change from this. And today, legends about the exploits of knights and folk heroes inspire writers and directors to create epic works that tell of the distant and heroic past of mankind.