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So he decides to marry Catherine instead of his bride and they lived happily ever after. I wonder what the ex felt about this whole thing. The Hermit and the King's Daughter: so, it's the flying ship story, except the guy is brainless. He has people with very specific skills, but when he's given very specific tasks he doesn't think to use those skills? The Water of Life: three brothers and a sister build a palace and a church, but are told that they're missing the Water of Life, the Tree of Beauty, and a Talking Bird.

To get them, hey have to climb a mountain covered with stones who were once people, and who jeer them as they walk up.

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If at any time they turn around they also become stone. The three brothers fail, but the sister succeeds and then the Prince marries her the end. The Wounded Lion: he's actually a prince who's cursed into being a lion by a giant and the only way to reverse the curse is to make a jacket for the giant out of a princesses' hair.

Good thing the prince has a sister who can volunteer her hair But in the end the girl frees the prince and they get married. I wonder if the girl's master ever got his animals back the giant stole them. The Man Without a Heart: seven brothers are sick of having to do housework, so six of them go looking for wives. On the way an old man asks them to find him a wife, but they ignore him. They find seven sisters, and on the way back the old man demands the youngest as wife, and when they refuse he turns them into stone and takes the girl.

She seems cool with it, but worries that he'll die and she'll be stuck alone in the woods, to which the old man replies that he's a wizard and his heart is hidden so he can't die. Soon, the youngest brother arrives and the girl tells him about the heart. He searches for it and gets some help from animals on the way, then kills the heart which was a bird. He free the brothers and sisters and everyone marries. The Two Brothers: they catch and release a magical fish who grants them horses and armor.

Older brother saves a princess from a dragon, but ventures on for almost 8 years before marrying her. Soon after the marriage he leaves her to fight a witch and gets killed. Younger brother finds out, and comes to the palace to figure out what happened. Princess thinks he's her husband because they look similar? He rescues older brother with the help of random hermit, but is killed by older brother who thinks he fucked his wife. When he finds out younger brother didn't, he feels bad and resurrects him with the witch's magical ointment.

Master and Pupil: a youth pretends he can't read and learns to be a magician, then uses his shape-shifting abilities to con people. The magician hears about this and they fight, but the youth eventually wins. We're supposed to believe he never uses his powers again. Read a similar story, only the wizard had a princess and her court imprisoned as animals and objects. The Golden Lion: two brothers try to find a princess in a castle, but fail and the king kills them. The youngest brother listens to a beggar-woman who suggests he build a Trojan lion. He sneaks into the palace where he shares two lines of dialogue with the princess and she agrees to help him.

He them goes to the king, finds the princess, and they get married. The king was a dick. The Sprig of Rosemary: a woman finds a magical underground palace and marries the prince, but is told not to touch a certain chest. She does and finds her husband's magical snake-skin.

The palace crumbles around her. She seeks her husband via Sun, Moon, and Wind, and gets a magical gift from each. She finds him without a memory of her and about to marry an ugly princess, but she manages to infiltrate the castle and jog his memory. Then they get married and no one has a problem with it? The White Dove: two princes are forced to promise their youngest, unborn brother to a witch. She comes to collect the prince many years later and gives him impossible tasks.

He is assisted by a princess-turned-dove, who was either herself a witch or learned all the tricks during her imprisonment. They escape, using more magic, and live happily ever after. It's probably very useful in negotiations to have a witch-wife. Oh, you don't want to sign the treaty? Oops, the Queen just turned your soldiers into turnips, would you care to reconsider?

The Troll's Daughter: the troll is a great magician who captured all the wild animals and has all his neighbors indebted to him. He also hid his daughter all alone at the bottom of the ocean. A young man starts working for the troll, spending the first year as a rabbit, the second year as a raven, and the third as a fish--which is when he meets the daughter who tells him the complex steps necessary to kill her father and free her.

The youth follows those steps and kills the troll, at which point all the neighboring kinds make him emperor. Fathers: don't imprison your daughters. They will find a way to kill you. Esben and the Witch: more like Esben who himself is some sort of witch and his 11 ungrateful brothers. I want to know more about the mom. Did she teach him magic? Princess Minon-Minette: three fairies each raise a royal child. King S is raised by Inconstance, who teaches him nothing useful and there's almost a civil war, but his mad playing calms everyone down.

Then he goes looking for a wife and meets a princess who's so light that she gets carried away by the wind. He decides not to marry her. Another fairy raised Minon-Minette, and wants her to marry S, because he's a good dude? So she makes him help her, but afterwards he can't win the princess he has no game , so the fairy gives him a silk string and he goes away.

A third fairy gets upset that Minon-Minette doesn't want to marry her charge, and curses the princess to unhappiness until insert improbable event here. S wonders into the Iron King's land and gets imprisoned, but escapes thanks to the magical string. Minon-Minette hears about this and goes to war against the Iron King, but the fairy who cursed her captures her. But the princess' fairy sneaks her a magical fan which flies into the air, where she meets S, who had been using the magical string?

They go to war against the Iron King. Maiden Bright-Eye: she feeds a magical dude and he gives her beauty and coins-falling-out-of-mouth. Then the ugly stepsister beats the magical dude and gets ugliness and toads. Then the king wants to marry the pretty sister because her brother works for him. But the stepsister kills her on the way and marries the king, who finds out she's ugly and is terribly upset with the brother, who was aware of what's going on the whole time.

Everything could have been resolved with the brother speaking up. The Merry Wives: the tailor's wife, the carpenter's wife, and the smith's wife are all friends, but always argue about whose husband is the stupidest. Finally, they have a contest, where the tailor's wife convinces her husband to be a dog, the carpenter's wife convinces her husband he's dead, and the smith's wife convinces him to go to the carpenter's funeral in his birthday suit.

The carpenter's wife wins. King Lindorm: first, the child-is-a-serpent and gets rescued by a lady who makes him take his skins off. Second, the stepmother wants to destroy the stepdaughter. Third, the king is away at war and through switched letters is told his children are whelps, and then in another switched letter the queen is supposed put to death. Fourth, queen in disguise helps an unrelated stranger with getting his soul back.

Fifth, king comes back and goes to look for his queen but doesn't recognize her when he sees her. Lastly, the evil stepmother is killed. But what happened to the king's younger brother, who thought he was the rightful king his whole life? The Jackal, the Dove and the Panther: the Jackal eats a baby dove, almost murders a heron, and then eats up 10 baby panthers and gets the mother killed. The Little Hare: more like different stories thrown together.

The liver is so salty that the wife drinks ALL the water. He's a shit. The Sparrow with the Slit Tongue: a kind man has a mean wife. When he saves a sparrow and keeps it as a pet the wife grows jealous and hurts the sparrow before chasing it away. The husband fails to find it, until one day he finds a house where a maiden lives claiming she's the sparrow.

She hosts him as they catch up and gives him a gift.

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When he comes home the wife scolds him, but she also wants a gift and he tells her where to go. Instead of jewels the sparrow gives the wife some poison serpents. First he acquires and loses three magical objects. Secondly he and his two older brothers sell some figs to the king, but each brother meets a magical man and as only Ciccu is nice to him, only he gets rewarded. So the king gives Ciccu a job, where he apparently befriends a talking, all-knowing horse. By this point the brothers hate him and give the king ideas for tasks to send Ciccu to accomplish.

The last one involves kidnapping a bride and retrieving her items, and ends with jumping into an oven. The king dies and Ciccu gets to marry the bride and become king because who cares about succession? And the bride's parents never looked for her? Jan 18, Dave rated it it was ok. This book has folktales and fairy tales from various sources, though most of them are from Europe. There are just a few stories from Japan and South Africa. On the whole, the stories felt a bit bland. Even though they're all pretty short, they still felt like they took too long.

Many of the stories were translated into English from earlier German translations or from German originals. Maybe that has something to do with it; there's nothing like a poor translation especially when there's a pivot l This book has folktales and fairy tales from various sources, though most of them are from Europe. Maybe that has something to do with it; there's nothing like a poor translation especially when there's a pivot language involved to take all the life out of a story. I'm not sure where the illustrations came from, but they definitely show some cultural bias and a lack of cultural knowledge.

For example, in "Uraschimataro" [sic], while the titular character is depicted with Asian features, Otohime is shown as a blonde European indistinguishable from any Western tale. The princess from "The Cat's Elopement" is given Asian features, as is the old woman from "The Slaying of the Tanuki", so there is a deal of inconsistency in the art. In addition, the illustrator seems to have no idea what a tanuki looks like; here it is shown as some sort of horned goblin with a long snout and a long, furry tail. Another all to common example of cultural bias is how the back of the book describes the tales.

The origins of the tales are given by region Scandinavia , country Japan, Sicily , or even sub-region Catalonia , but the tales from South Africa are just described as "African", as if the second-biggest continent in the world were a singular, homogeneous mass. I know the original is from the late 19th century, but this edition was just reissued in At least update the blurb.

The claim that Lang's versions of these stories are "generally conceded to be the best English versions" is another bit of copy that might have to be Oct 30, Bethany rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction , fairytales-and-fairytale-retellings. Although admittedly I skimmed through the second to last and read like maybe a word or two of the very last one. But I did actually read every one of the other stories. You know in rereading these It's been many years since the last time i went through these I have discovered there is a lot of casual murder in these stories.

Like a lot. Anyway Recommended? Er not this particular one. But if you're r 2. But if you're reading the series like I'm trying to do sure. Feb 06, Ju rated it liked it. Interested to read more of the fairy books. There were a few cons that I saw beforehand, as these are fairytales written before the 19th century and adapted in the 19th century.

These cons include sexism aglore and some casual racism as well. There were a few in this book that really held my attention well, while there were others that just really didn't work. Feb 24, Mary Alex rated it liked it. I was unable to finish because my Nook somehow flipped this book back to the beginning. But from the few stories I had managed to read, it's full of magic, drama, danger, backstabbing and romance. A nice collection of stories I loved this book of classic fairytales.

Some stories didn't interest me much, but others I loved. Many in this collection were Danish with a mix of prince and princess love stories as well as animal fables. Great little stories to read on the run. Aug 25, Vicky rated it it was ok.

I read about half of the stories, and they were all disturbing, depressing, or gross. So many stories about men with three sons! It got very repetitive. The illustrations were beautiful though. Mar 06, Erik rated it really liked it. Ah, the fifth book in the collection. This one isn't one of my favorites, as I prefer the selections from the others. This is the first book where we begin to see more non-European stories. This story contains several Japanese stories and two African stories.

There's also a plethora of Danish stories, half by the famous Hans Christian Andersen including The Snow Queen and the other half from oral tradition. There's also many Sicilian stories, which excites me as I am half Sicilian through my m Ah, the fifth book in the collection. There's also many Sicilian stories, which excites me as I am half Sicilian through my mom.

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Unfortunately, there's only one French story Princess Minon-Minette. I don't have anything against Denmark or its people, but I prefer a little variety. There aren't any stories that I particularly disliked, but a lot of them didn't really catch my attention. It's still a good book, though. Mar 22, Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara rated it liked it Shelves: ebook , fairy-tales-folk-tales-n-mythology.

He would hardly make one bite, and, after all, how do we know we are not throwing away 'What a wretched little creature! He would hardly make one bite, and, after all, how do we know we are not throwing away our luck! Put him back into the sea. It will be much better. You know if he is lying to us we can always catch him again. It is quite worth while trying.

Sicilianische Malirchen. Andrew Lang embarked on a mission to compile fairy tales from various cultures in with the publication of his Blue Fairy Book. At this time fantasy writing, and fairy tales in particular, were losing favor in England to give way to the idea that children should be exposed to more realistic fiction. Not wanting fairy tales to be lost, Lang began his ambitious project, culminating in 12 books, all with a different color name. The Pink Fairy Book, published in , is a compilation French, Ger Andrew Lang embarked on a mission to compile fairy tales from various cultures in with the publication of his Blue Fairy Book.

A number of these tales are rather violent, much in the manner of the original Grimm tales. In fact, an introduction warns that some of them may not be appropriate for children today, especially young children.

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Nevertheless, I enjoyed most of these tales, along with the opportunity to read literature I had never heard of before. The Folio Edition is a gorgeous collector's book with many beautiful color illustrations. As with all Folio books, paper and binding are of the highest quality. Apr 06, Ashley rated it really liked it. Despite the really dated and pretty racist foreword that really turned me off at the beginning, the stories gathered in this book were quite charming and sometimes more than a little creepy. I have vague recollections of many of the stories included, some from when I possibly got my hands on a copy of this very book as a child, others from recent readings of other collections of fairy tales.

Some of the illustrations, like of the tanuki, also seemed weirdly familiar though laughably off when s Despite the really dated and pretty racist foreword that really turned me off at the beginning, the stories gathered in this book were quite charming and sometimes more than a little creepy. Some of the illustrations, like of the tanuki, also seemed weirdly familiar though laughably off when seen now as an adult familiar with Japanese culture and what tanuki actually are!

My favorite story hands down is The Princess in the Chest. This story is pretty scary when you think about it and would be downright terrifying to me had I heard it as a child. It even comes with its own warning in the foreword! Overall, if you can get past the nasty beginning, this collection of stories has everything you might look for in fairytales. I really liked it a lot in the end.

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Readers also enjoyed. Short Stories. About Andrew Lang. Andrew Lang. Andrew Gabriel Lang was a prolific Scots man of letters. He was a poet, novelist, and literary critic, and a contributor to anthropology. He now is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The wild and beautiful landscape of his childh Andrew Gabriel Lang was a prolific Scots man of letters. The wild and beautiful landscape of his childhood had a great effect on the young Lang and inspired in him not only a life-long love of the outdoors but a fascination with local folklore and history.

The Borders is an area rich in history and he grew up surrounded by tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert the Bruce. Amongst his many later literary achievements was his Short History of Scotland. A gifted student and avid reader, Lang went to the prestigious St Andrews University now holding a lecture series in his honour every few years and then to Balliol College, Oxford.

He would later write about the city in Oxford: Brief Historical and Descriptive Notes , published in Moving to London at the age of 31, already a published poet, he started working as a journalist.

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His dry sense of humour, writing style and huge array of interests made him a popular editor and columnist and he was soon writing for The Daily Post , Time magazine and Fortnightly Review. It was whilst working in London that he met and married his wife Leonore Blanche Alleyne. The Fairy Books Amongst the most famous of Andrew Lang books are The Rainbow Fairy Books , growing from Lang's interest in myths and folklore which continued to grow as he and Leonore travelled through France and Italy hearing local legends.

In the late 19th century, interest in the native fairy tales of Britain had declined and there were very few books recounting them for young readers. In fact fairy tales and magical stories in general were being attacked by some educationalists as being harmful to children. It was to challenge this notion that Lang first began collecting fairy stories for the first of his coloured fairy books, The Blue Fairy Book.

Whilst other folklorists collected stories directly from source, Lang set about gathering those stories which had already been recorded. This gave him time to collect a much greater breadth of fairy tales from all over the world, most from well-known writers such as the Brothers Grimm, Madame d'Aulnoy and others from less well known sources. Whilst Lang also worked as the editor for his work and is often credited as its sole creator, the support of his wife, who transcribed and organised the translation of the text, was essential to the work's success.

The Blue Fairy Book was published in to wide acclaim. The beautiful illustrations and magical tales captivated the minds of children and adults alike. The success of the first book allowed Lang and Leonore to carry on their research and in they published The Red Fairy Book , which drew on even more sources and had a much larger print run.

Between and they published twelve collections of fairy tales, each with a different coloured binding, with a total of stories collected, edited and translated. The books are credited with reviving interest in folklore, but more importantly for Lang, they revolutionised the Victorian view of fairy tales - inspiring generations of parents to begin reading them to children once more.

Last Works At the same time as he was producing the Fairy Books, Lang continued to write a wide assortment of novels, literary criticism, articles and poetry. However, as literary critic Anita Silvey noted, 'The irony of Lang's life and work is that although he wrote for a profession The House in the Wood. Uraschimataro and the Turtle.


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