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Come gather round, a story I have to tell
It should be familiar, you ought know well
Of things past, I give life anew
Of things to come, I know not false from true
Who am I you say, I ask you the same
Speak my name right, the answer you shall claim


Hint 1:

While some call them unoriginal, many would be lost without my tales.

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  • $\begingroup$ "ought know" or "ought to know"? $\endgroup$ Sep 25, 2019 at 8:39
  • $\begingroup$ I intentionally omitted the "to" for flavor thinking it would still be acceptable (grammatically). The change would not affect the answer. $\endgroup$
    – greysaff
    Sep 25, 2019 at 8:44

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Bouncing off the earlier comments, are you an

echo

This spectre is

quite familiar and repeats past (not future) sounds anew. The last two lines refer to the echo repeating what you say, even the word echo itself.

Hint:

Bats, dolphins and whales use echoes for navigation.

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    – greysaff
    Sep 26, 2019 at 7:29
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Is it

MEMORY?

Come gather round, a story I have to tell

Memories tell a story.

It should be familiar, you ought know well

When we retain memories of something, it's familiar to us.

Of things past, I give life anew

Reliving the past ...

Of things to come, I know not false from true

... but no knowledge of the future.

Who am I you say, I ask you the same
Speak my name right, the answer you shall claim

I think I remember this answer ...

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  • $\begingroup$ Wow! However, I feel the intended answer better fits the puzzle, particularly the last two lines of the riddle. $\endgroup$
    – greysaff
    Sep 25, 2019 at 8:49
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Are you:

HISTORY?

Come gather round, a story I have to tell.
It should be familiar, you ought know well

History - which has (i.e. contains) the word 'story' within it - is something you study in school, hence it is familiar and something everybody who has ever been to school should be aware of.

Of things past, I give life anew

History concerns things that have already happened - it is the study of the past. Talking of history can metaphorically make you feel like you are bringing events from long ago back to life.

Of things to come, I know not false from true

It is not - and cannot be - the study of the future; it knows nothing about things that have not happned yet...

Who am I you say, I ask you the same

If you want to know who someone from the past was, you can generally find out as the things they did, where they lived, etc. are all preserved by history - books, encyclopedias, census records, birth/death/marriage registers, the Internet... History asks 'who was this person?' and also knows the answer!

Speak my name right, the answer you shall claim

The word 'history' sounds like 'his story', which is precisely what the narrator is telling us!

As for the title:

'The spectre of history' is a common phrase, often used with 'looms large' when somebody has a lot to live up to because of their predecessors' past achievements or when things that happened in the past continue to haunt them and appear to prevent them achieving something... (Think every Manchester United manager after Alex Ferguson!)

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  • $\begingroup$ Oh my, another wonderful take. I guess I made the riddle too vague? :D Same with Rand al'THor's answer though, the intended solution better matches the last two lines. $\endgroup$
    – greysaff
    Sep 25, 2019 at 9:24
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Is it:

Folklore

Come gather round, a story I have to tell

It's literally a story to tell

It should be familiar, you ought know well

Well it's a traditional stories, you ought to know some

Of things past, I give life anew
Of things to come, I know not false from true

It's about things of the past, but been retold over time true or not

Who am I you say, I ask you the same

It varies depending on your understanding

Speak my name right, the answer you shall claim

Not sure if this is a hint or not, but well Folklore is a combination of 2 specific words

Update hint 1:

Some can say many folklore tales have so many variation that lost it originality. It can be use to pass beliefs so people don't lost.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nope. I'll add a hint before the day ends in my hemisphere so do try again. $\endgroup$
    – greysaff
    Sep 26, 2019 at 2:17
  • $\begingroup$ @greysaff okay, hint 1 did nothing for me, I can rationalized and say my answer fit. I think it's still too vague $\endgroup$
    – Sinh
    Sep 26, 2019 at 6:44
  • $\begingroup$ Well, aren't riddles supposed to be vague? And don't think too literally about the stories :D Seriously though, while the current answers do somehow fit, it's in the last two lines where the intended answer has an advantage. $\endgroup$
    – greysaff
    Sep 26, 2019 at 6:56
  • $\begingroup$ Hmm I see, I just really hope that hint 1 can give me a new perspective. Thanks for clarifying some point $\endgroup$
    – Sinh
    Sep 26, 2019 at 7:06

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