Since the time of the Romantics, folklore has been thought of as something beautiful, wild and free. Folklore may of course be all or any of these three things at times, but not always. What gets studied is, necessarily, a fraction of actually existing folklore, and while that sample may include things admittedly more false than true, and more domestic rather wild, our biggest blind spot as researchers would seem to be about folklore which is ugly. The supposed beauty of folklore is often tied up with related ideas about the ancient, the supernatural, and the ethno-specific, all further biases, and perhaps more insidious ones. To gain a more representative picture of actually existing folklore, including folklore, we require an ugly folkloristics.