Posting about John Howe, playing in Blizack's excellent Dragon Warriors game, and reading through my recently purchased Pendragon 5th Edition rules, has rekindled my love of proper European, more specifically British, folklore.
For some reason certain sections of the fantasy literature crowd (particularly those on the left) have looked down their noses at anything drawing on such fare, calling it derivative, conversative, pastoral and reactionary. (Mostly this is directed at Tolkien.) I say those people are agitprop-obsessed idiots. I have, however, fallen prey in recent years to a disdain for 'eurocentric' fantasy - it's partly what creating Yoon-Suin was motivated by. Now that I've scratched that itch, however, I think I'm ready to go back to the fold. I am after all a European, raised in England, of Scots-Irish parents. European mythology is my heritage, by God. Screw Sword & Sorcery and High Fantasy, I want Romance!
Here's a 25 word blurb for what I'd like to do:
Scotland, heaths, moors, meadows, celts, picts, redcaps, giants, knights, romanticism, chivalry, nockers, boggarts, Tolkien, Mallory, faeries, devils, enchantresses, dragons, castles, wizard-knight, Lewis, woodwoses, fauns, menhirs.
Sounds like either Pendragon or MERP, really.