“It is quite easy to see why a legend is treated, and ought to be treated, more respectfully than a book of history. The legend is generally made by a majority of the people in the village who are sane. The book is generally written by the one man in the village who is mad.”
—Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton, English novelist and philosopher (1874-1936)
Long live the legends! Actually it doesn’t matter if we wish the legends well or not, they will live on in spite of our approval or disapproval because they contain core truths. Legends are often true in a deep sense; they deliver messages that resonate with people across time despite the fact that they are not literal non-fiction as we moderns like to define it.