Legend FAQs:

Q: Is legend a genre of folklore that consist of a narrative that features human actions perceived both by teller and listeners to take place within human history and demonstrating human values?

A: Yes, and which possesses certain qualities that give the tale verisimilitude.

Q: Is legend comparatively amorphous?

A: Yes, and Helmut de Boor noted in 1928.

Q: Is legend simply a longstanding rumour?

A: Yes.

Q: Is legend in realistic mode, rather than the wry irony of folktale?

A: Yes, Wilhelm Heiske remarked on the similarity of motifs in legend and folktale and concluded that, in spite of its realistic mode, legend is not more historical than folktale.

Q: Is legend a loanword from Old French that entered English usage circa 1340?

A: Yes.

Q: Is legend retold as fiction?

A: Yes, and its authentic legendary qualities begin to fade and recede: in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving transformed a local Hudson River Valley legend into a literary anecdote with "Gothic" overtones, which actually tended to diminish its character as genuine legend.