Every culture has stories. Folklore encompasses the myths, beliefs and customs of a specific community, passed down through the years from generation to generation. It is an oral tradition that manifests in rituals, stories, jokes and proverbs and serve as a guide for how to behave or dictates social customs. Myths are part of folklore. They are stories, often from thousands of years ago that tend to feature supernatural beings or events. The story of the Cyclops is an example of myth -- a Cyclops was a giant, one eyed creature that roamed around ancient Greece.

Do all folktales have a moral?

Most folktales have a moral lesson that reflects the values of the culture that they come from. Folktales have typically been passed down through generations of families over an extended period of time. The stories within folktales are similar from one country to the other.

How does folklore affect culture?

Folklore affects culture in the form that the stories assert identity within a group, challenge cultural norms, as well as provide examples of ways to live a good life. The term folklore is used to describe large and deeply significant ideas or beliefs within a culture.

How do myths start?

Myths typically began to be recorded as soon as the technology of writing began to be used. The first texts were hymns to the gods and collections of mythological stories that then became organized and explained how various elements within the world were created. Myths also explore occurrences of daily life.

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3’ | 91.5 cm (max)
1850 (Christmas Elves)
Christmas Elves
91.500
1850.00
910
3D
Christmas Elves
Dracula
122000
6’4” | 1.93 m
Dracula (novel, 1897), Dracula (film, 1931)
Dracula
193.000
1897.00
122000
3D
Dracula
5’5” | 1.65 m
1849 (A Christmas Legend)
Mrs. Claus
165.000
1849.00
10100
3D
Mrs. Claus
Nosferatu
153000
6’3” | 1.91 m
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)
Nosferatu
191.000
1922.00
153000
3D
Nosferatu
6’ | 1.83 m (varies)
1823 (A Visit from St Nicholas)
Santa Claus
183.000
1823.00
161000
3D
Santa Claus
6’ | 1.83 m
28’8” | 8.75 m
1823 (A Visit from St Nicholas)
Santa’s Sleigh
183.000
875.000
1823.00
4100
3D
Santa’s Sleigh
6’2” | 1.88 m
1957 (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!)
The Grinch
188.000
1957.00
293000
3D
The Grinch
Thor
518000
6’3” | 1.91 m
Journey into Mystery #83 (August, 1962)
Thor
191.000
1962.00
518000
3D
Thor
6’2” | 1.88 m
The Wolf Man (1941)
Wolf Man
188.000
1941.00
5100
3D
Wolf Man
Wolf Man
Series of illustrations of the Wolf Man in assorted postures with overall height labeled

The Wolf Man is the second werewolf movie from Universal Pictures, released in 1941, and supremely more popular than its predecessor Werewolf of London. In this film, Larry Talbots is transformed into a werewolf after being bit by one while trying to protect his love interest’s friend. After being bitten, Larry is informed by a gypsy that he will turn into a werewolf since he was bitten and lived. This proves to be true, and throughout the rest of the film Larry struggles with his werewolf desire to kill and his human desire to not. Larry is finally killed by his own father when he attacks his love interest. As he dies, he transforms back into his human form and his father and lover mourn his tragic end.

The Wolf Man, portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolf Man (1941), is 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

The Wolf Man is the second werewolf movie from Universal Pictures, released in 1941, and supremely more popular than its predecessor Werewolf of London. In this film, Larry Talbots is transformed into a werewolf after being bit by one while trying to protect his love interest’s friend.

The Wolf Man, portrayed by Lon Chaney Jr. in The Wolf Man (1941), is 6 foot 2 inches (1.88 m) tall.

Wolf Man
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Lon Chaney Jr.
First Appearance
The Wolf Man (1941)

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Wolf Man front (arms raised), side (walking), side (sniffing)

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Santa Claus

Santa Claus is also known as Father Christmas and Saint Nicholas. He lives in the North Pole with his wife Mrs. Claus. He has a large workforce, the Christmas Elves, who help to make gifts and prepare for their busiest night of the year, Christmas Eve.  On this night, Santa loads up his sleigh, and flies around the world delivering presents to every child (the ones who celebrate Christmas). The sleigh is pulled by his twelve reindeer, led by Rudolph and his bright red nose, which lights up the night sky. Santa Claus is a very jolly man who enjoys a mince pie and a glass of sherry (UK) or cookies and milk (US).

Santa Claus varies in height, but is commonly depicted as 6’ (1.83 m) tall. In the 1837 poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore, Saint Nicholas is described as a 'jolly elf' with small features that may imply that he is actually the size of an elf instead of an adult man.

Series of elevation drawings of Santa Claus in multiple poses and measured with overall height
Santa Claus is also known as Father Christmas and Saint Nicholas. He lives in the North Pole with his wife Mrs. Claus. On Christmas Eve night, Santa loads up his sleigh, and flies around the world delivering presents to every child (the ones who celebrate Christmas).

Santa Claus varies in height, but is commonly depicted as 6’ (1.83 m) tall. In the 1837 poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore, Saint Nicholas is described as a 'jolly elf' with small features that may imply that he is actually the size of an elf instead of an adult man.

Series of elevation drawings of Santa Claus in multiple poses and measured with overall height
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Other Names: Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Santa

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First Appearance
1823 (A Visit from St Nicholas)

Drawings include:
Santa Claus front, front (waving), side, side (bag), front (presents), side (reaching)

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Nosferatu
Collection of dimensioned illustrations of Nosferatu in various standing postures

Nosferatu is an illegal adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, created by Prana-Film. Nosferatu stars a vampire named Count Orlok who resides in 19th century Transylvania, but requests to buy a house in Germany from Thomas Hutter’s estate company. Once Thomas Hutter arrives at Count Orlok’s estate to sell him his new house, a series of suspicious circumstances arise that lead to Hutter’s discovery that Count Orlok is a vampire. However, he realizes too late, after selling him a house next door to his own in Germany. Count Orlok moves to his new home and is tempted into a blood-sucking trance by Hutter’s wife, Ellen. This turns out to be his downfall as he is too distracted by sucking her blood to realize the rising of the sun and vanishes in a puff of smoke.

Nosferatu, portrayed by Max Schreck in Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922), is 6 foot 3 inches (1.91 m) tall.

Nosferatu is an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, created by Prana-Film. Nosferatu stars a vampire named Count Orlok who resides in 19th century Transylvania, but buys a house in Germany. A series of suspicious circumstances arise that lead to the discovery that Count Orlok is a vampire.

Nosferatu, portrayed by Max Schreck in Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922), is 6 foot 3 inches (1.91 m) tall.

Nosferatu
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Max Schreck
First Appearance
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922)

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Nosferatu front, side, side (leaning)

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Santa’s Sleigh

Santa’s Sleigh is Santa’s most important piece of equipment. In the run up to Christmas, Santa’s elves help load the sleigh with presents for every boy and girl in the world (the ones who celebrate Christmas), making sure they are secure and in the correct order for delivery. They rein up Santa’s twelve magical reindeer to pull the sleigh, so on Christmas Eve night, Santa can ride the sleigh into the sky. The sleigh is led by the reindeer Rudolph, who has a bright red nose that lights up their way.

Santa’s Sleigh is 6’ (1.83 m) tall with an overall length of 28’8” (8.75 m).

Collection of drawings of Santa's Sleigh measured with overall height and length
Santa’s Sleigh is Santa’s most important piece of equipment. In the run up to Christmas, Santa’s elves help load the sleigh with presents for every boy and girl in the world (the ones who celebrate Christmas). They rein up Santa’s twelve magical reindeer to pull the sleigh through the sky.

Santa’s Sleigh is 6’ (1.83 m) tall with an overall length of 28’8” (8.75 m).

Collection of drawings of Santa's Sleigh measured with overall height and length
Santa’s Sleigh
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Writer: Clement Clarke Moore

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1823 (A Visit from St Nicholas)

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Santa’s Sleigh side (flying)

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Dracula
Drawings with labeled height of Dracula in poses ranging from the front, side, and with an open cape

Dracula, a vampire spawned from the imagination of Bram Stoker and the namesake of his 1897 novel, is the most iconic vampire of all time. The story of Dracula and some of his key characteristics became the basis for a whole genre of literature and films to come. Dracula is a vampire that lives Transylvania, but moves to England to partake in his favorite activity of blood sucking and spreading the undead curse. Once in England, however, he is hunted by a group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Dracula is the basis for Nosferatu, an illegal adaptation of the story due to violations of copyright laws that the studio tried to avoid by slightly altering the story.

Dracula is popularly depicted at 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall, but was originally portrayed by Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931) at 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Dracula, a Transylvanian vampire spawned from the imagination of Bram Stoker and the namesake of his 1897 novel, is the most iconic vampire of all time. The story of Dracula and some of his key characteristics became the basis for a whole genre of literature and films to come.

Dracula is popularly depicted at 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall, but was originally portrayed by Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931) at 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Dracula
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Bela Lugosi (6’1” | 1.85 m)
First Appearance
Dracula (novel, 1897), Dracula (film, 1931)

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Dracula front, side, front (cape open)

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