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Thread #166583   Message #4007084
Posted By: GUEST,Starship
03-Sep-19 - 05:05 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Rome she casts her shadow - oak-ash-thorn
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rome she casts her shadow - oak-ash-thorn
About halfway down the page a paragraph begins: "In Something of Myself, Kipling traced the origins of these stories to a book he . . ." It's worth reading because it speaks to what you surmise; namely, that he was influenced by folklore, and sometimes in a big way.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/rudyard-kipling