Mermaids the myths legends and lore is a fun an informative book about mermaids and mermaid lore i would not call it encyclopedic or exhaustive but it does cover a good deal of information that spans continents which is to say non european deities and lore make an appearance which i appreciated very much. Mermaids the myths legends and lore author skye alexander edition illustrated publisher simon and schuster 2012 isbn 1440538573 9781440538575 length 224 pages subjects. 15 myths legends and facts about mermaids a mermaid is a female creature which is half human and half fish an entity born from the imagination of man it is but a legend mermaids have often been mentioned in legends and folklore stories each giving an individual twist to the identity and characteristics of the organism. The word mermaid is derived from a combination of mere an old english word meaning sea and maid as in woman according to old sea faring legends mermaids would often deliberately sing to sailors to try and enchant them with the secret and malevolent intent of distracting them from their work and causing their ships to run disastrously aground
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