Celtic Fairy Tales
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Tales of Other
Fairy Tales for Kids
Dutch Fairy Tales
Tales Every Child Should Know
Tales from the cold northen villages and forests where Europe meets
Asia. Each Fairy Tale Story
is like a dark poem of a land shrowed under the Midnight Sun of the
Translated By Zeluna.net
I love how playful the frost fairies come across in this fairy tale.
There is a tendancy in Russian stories to depict them as dour, but in
this story they skip through the forest and plan their mischief.
A sheepherd is so good at playing a flute that those who hear it must
dance. A skill he uses to get revenge on an employer who mistreated him.
Similar to a number of other European fairy tales in which a man tricks
a creature by offering them all the tops of turnips and roots or rye.
The difference is that as with Asian fairy tales this fairy tale
depicts an animal rather then a troll or devil.
This story depicts a girl who enters an alternative world at the bottom
of a well where she works hard and earns her fortune.
and the Fox
A fox saves a little girl who gets lost in the forest and is rewarded.
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a tricky fox who torments a wolf. This fairy tale shows the transition
from Asia where they are fairy like figures to Europe.
Frost, and the Sun
Russian Fairy Tale shows the importance of carefully choosing who to
show respect to as there are many forces of nature which are each
The tale of a girl who's father takes her out to Baba Yaga to be the
Goat's Kids and the Wolf
A wolf tricks a goat's kids and devours them but the goat gets its
Fox and the Sick Lion
A sick lion tears appart all his guests except for the clever fox.
Man and the Fox
An old man climbs with his wife up to the sky on a magic bean stalk and
he seeks revenge on a fox. This appears to be two seperate tales put
together in a strange way.
Fox and the Wolf's Honey
A fox steals a wolf's honey.
Soldier's Christmas Carol
Some soldier's use caroling as a way to steal a Christmas goose.
and the Quail
A wolf learns that a bird in the hand is better then a small herd of
Old Man and the Wolf
An wolf keeps demanding that an old farmer feed him until the old
More Tales From
the Mari-El Region of Russia
From Russian Fairy
Tales by W.R.S. Ralston,
The Folk-tale in general, and the Skazka in particular--Relation
of Russian Popular Tales to Russian Life--Stories about
Courtship, Death, Burial and Wailings for the Dead--Warnings
against Drink, Jokes about Women, Tales of Simpletons--A rhymed
Skazka and a Legend 15
A girl meets a stranger at a party, he is kind to her and all the
guests and they soon fall in love, and that is when the trouble begins.
A dark russian folk tale of cannabalism, death and rebirth.
A mans wife dies leaving his baby with no source of food, a short
Russian Folk Tale of how even in death those who love may try
return and the horror that may resault.
THE DEAD WITCH
In this Russian Folk Tale a witch dies, leaving her daughter with
specific instructions on how to deal with the body, as she knows that
the demons are comming for the body.
An old mans wife dies, and he wishes to bury her but the priest of the
town is greedy and refuses to allow him to bury her at the grave, or to
preform a funeral without money. So the man must bury her himself, in
the process of doing so he is gifted with money which the priest
attempts to steal and in the process looses his humanity. This folktale
is a warning against greed, and of the dark plight of the Russian
A Merchant goes broke and uses his cross as culateral to get a loan,
and soon discovers that the power of the cross will not only require
him to pay all debts and keep all promises but that it will aid him in
doing so. This Russian Fairy tale helps to set the stage for all that
A man dies leaving his son to care for his family, soon the son meets
the devil and is invited to dine with him. While dining with the devils
the youth has the oppertunity to free his father from the devils
grasp.This is a strange Russian Fairy Tale showing the need to wlways
give blame where do, and of how the devil may snatch any soul.
A man tricks his wicked wife into a deep pit, later as he is checking
the pit he by accedent frees and imp, who agrees to help him trick
people into giving him money. A the end of this Russian Folk Tale the
peasent must find a way to be free of the imps evil.
A women attempts to gain power and learns a lesson about it, A Russian
Folktale about the relationship between women and men.
The story of a hard working orphan boy, who takes pitty on the
defenseless. And of a merchant who thinks greedy thoughts and is
punished for his sins of averous. Another Russian foktale which shows
the need for truthfulness in all dealings.
A poor man lends a rich man a small amount of money, but the wealthy
man goes to great lengths to avoid paying up, just as the poor man goes
to great lengths to get his money. A funny Russian Folk tale of
reversed tables with the rich trying to get out of a loan.
FOOL AND THE BIRCH-TREE
A foolish brother sells his ox to a tree, thinking that the tree is
speaking to him, as is usual in such stories his brothers make fun of
him and the fool ends up with a great wealth.
A folktale about how the spiders came to save the world from flys, and
gnats, and how a spider took pitty on a single fly.
SMITH AND THE DEMON
An interesting aspect of Russian Folktales and folklore is shown by
this fairy tale for it is about a smith who tortures a picture of a
demon. As it turns out that in turn causes pain to a real demon, who
punishes the smith for his actions. This story shows in the dark world
of Russian Fairy Tales one must pay respect to evil as well as good.
_Principal Incarnations of Evil._
On the "Mythical Skazkas"--Male embodiments of Evil: 1. The
Snake as the Stealer of Daylight; 2. Norka the Beast, Lord of
the Lower World; 3. Koshchei the Deathless, The Stealer of Fair
Princesses--his connexion with Punchkin and "the Giant who had no
Heart in his Body"--Excursus on Bluebeard's Chamber; 4. The Water
King or Subaqueous Demon--Female Embodiments of Evil: 1. The Baba
Yaga or Hag, and 2. The Witch, feminine counterparts of the
A boy builds a great mace with his father and then sets out to slay a
family of snakes which is blocking out the sun, but part way through
the battle he must call on his brothers for aid and they must use all
their cunning to achieve victory. One of the more adventuresome
A king is tormented by a monster which eats the animals in his garden
so his youngest son battles the beast which flees into the other world.
In this Russian Folktale the hero must travel into the strange other
world to gain victory over his enemy.
One of the more intresting pieces of folklore for in this fairy tale it
is the women who is strong and carries the man to her home. In this
story with some Blue Beard elements the Prince looses his wife when he
frees a monster from a closet she tolde him never to enter and must set
out to regain her with the help of his brother in laws.
A boys mother is taken by Koshchei an immortal monster, and he must
travel far to free her from the man. And when he does find her he
discovers he must travel even further to find an egg which holds the
Key to Koschei's death. A common theme for a folk tale for an immortal
to have his heart or some other thing hidden in a far away place.
A unique Russian Fairy Tale about a girl which marries a water snake
and has two children and would perhaps have lived happily ever after
until a tragedy strikes.
WATER KING AND VASILISSA THE WISE
A King spares an eagle who agrees to give him a favor, and over time
the eagle grows to be giant. Through happenstance the Kings sun is left
in the wilderness to meet Baba Yaga and Vasilissa the Wise. This
Russian fairy tale has many twists and turns, as it seems to move
through a number of motifs.
Female Personification of Evil in Russian Folk Tales.
A girls wicked step mother is related to Baba Yaga, and the mother
sends her step daughter to be eaten by her aunt Baba Yaga. A Russian
folktale which introduces Baba Yaga as an aristocratic figure with
servents, a dark fairy tale of cannabalism, as will as of aid through
friends and pity.
A sort of Cinderella story in which the wicked step sisters send
Vasilissa out one day to be eaten by Baba Yaga whom they know. But
Vasilissa has help from a magical doll which her mother gave her on her
death bed. This is a long Russian Fairy Tale in which the main
character must enter and serve Baba Yaga to servive.
Much the same as many stories a witch is bringing death to a village
and a Cossack slices off her arm allowing her to be identified later,
however this story is unique in that the witch rather then being a
monster or beast is a women all in white as her manifestation of death.
WITCH AND THE SUN'S SISTER
Prince Ivan Must find a home, yet at first all he comes to say they
will soon die causing him to cry. He eventually finds a home with the
suns sister. However as with all fairy tales he must travel forth to
discover what has happened to his old home. However on
to his old home his sister tries to eat him.
One-eyed Likho, a story of the Polyphemus Cycle--Woe, the Poor
Man's Companion--Friday, Wednesday, and Sunday personified
as Female Spirits--The Leshy or Wood-Demon--Legends about
Rivers--Frost as a Wooer of Maidens--The Whirlwind personified as
a species of Snake or Demon--Morfei and Oh, two supernatural
In this story a smith realizes he has not yet seen evil so he sets out
to find it with a taylor, and as with all people in Russian Fairy Tales
those who search for evil will find true evil for the taylor is
devoured by and the Smith looses his hand to a witch with one eye.
A poor man struggles hard for a loaf of bread from his rich brother
then watches as his brother provides feasts to guests. Soon the man
discovers that his companion is woe itself.
A women is punished by Mother Friday for disrespecting the day itself,
and so the women must beg for forgivness.
In this Russian Folk Tale a women is punished for spinning on Wensday.
A short story about an arguement that ends in a race between two
rivers, to the Caspian Sea.
Another short story of the rivelry between two rivers.
METAMORPHOSIS OF THE DNIEPER, THE VOLGA, AND THE DVINA
A folktale of how three people turned into the three rivers Dnieper,
Volga, and The Dvina
A Wicked step mother has her husband take his daughter (her step
Daughter) into the wilderness to marry the Frost, but the girl is so
kind that Frost takes pity on her and gives her gifts. So the women
asks the man to take out her wicked step daughters, to see Frost they
being wicked however freeze to death.. In the Harsh winters of Russia
the cold makes sounds, of the trees cracking, and so this very real
force is given a nature.
BLIND MAN AND THE CRIPPLE
A prince and his wise man set out to marry a Princess who set tasks to
get married, and the wise man helps the prince finish these tasks.
However the Princess even in maraige is cruel and always thinking of
ways to get rid of the Prince but the wise man always helps the prince.
However the Princess manages one day to get the wise mans feet cut off
then she leaves him in the woods, where he meets a blind hero, and
together they live, and face down Baba Yaga. One of the longer Russian
stories with a more complex plot.
HELENA THE FAIR
In this story a man dies asking his son to read prayers by
grave but only the youngest will do so as is common in folktales he is
small and weak. But his comes up from the grave to help him win the
princess by calling a magical horse for him.
MAGIC AND WITCHCRAFT.
The Waters of Life and Death, and of Strength and Weakness--Aid
given to Children by Dead Parents--Magic Horses, Fish,
about Brides won by a Leap, &c.--Stories about Wizards and
Witches--The Headless Princess--Midnight Watchings over Corpses--The
Fire Bird, its connexion with the Golden Bird and the Phoenix
EMILIAN THE FOOL
A pike is captured by a fool and offers to grant him magical powers in
return for its life.
In this Fairy Tale story a boy sees a witch take her head off and in
revealing her secret he causes her to die, and must face her undead
wrath to keep her dead and survive himself.
SOLDIER'S MIDNIGHT WATCH
A soldier unknowingly flirts with an evil witch, and then discovers
that she will attempt to kill him in the night from a Grandfather.
However he learns how to defeat her in turn.
A wizard dies and has his daughter in laws come to his grave where he
strangles one, then the other must come, but she uses a cross to defeat
him. A short Russian folk tale of dark magic.
Slavonic Ideas about the Dead--On Heaven and Hell--On the
Jack and the Beanstalk Story--Harmless Ghosts--The Rip van
Winkle Story--the attachment of Ghosts to their Shrouds and
Coffin-Lids--Murderous Ghosts--Stories about Vampires--on the
name Vampire, and the belief in Vampirism
An old man plants a cabbage which grows to the sky, and in climbing it
his wife falls to the ground and dies, the a fox comes and offers to
heal the women. Fairty tales such as this rarely have happy endings in
FIDDLER IN HELL
A fiddler stumbles into hell where he meets an old man who is being
punished for greed, and is then captured by the fiends of hell. The
fiddler is set to play until his strings break and then is escorted to
the surface to get some more strings. In this Russin Fairy Tale we the
fiddler must outsmart the fiends and then keep his promise to free the
RIDE ON THE GRAVESTONE
A Traveling Artisan meets an old friend who has been dead many years
and dines with him all night, then in the morning discovers the truth.
A man goes to invite a dead friend to his wedding, however when he
visits the dead friend 300 years pass by.
Some girls dare another to go take a picture from a grave, the girl
does this at takes a corpses shroud as well, however corpses do not
like to be robbed.
A man steals an undeads coffin lid as the corpse goes out to kill. Then
he blackmails the corpse into helping him bring the people back to life.
A soldier is beset by a corpse which chases him into the
territory of another corpse and they fight over who will get to eat
him. A short folktale.
DOG AND THE CORPSE
A mans dog saves him by attacking a corpse that is
trying to eat him, and rather then help the dog the man runs away a
coward forever earning the wrath of the dog.
SOLDIER AND THE VAMPIRE
weird sort of vampire which steals
its blood as a
human would not for food but out of anger and spite. The soldier must
defeat this dark creature.
1. _Saints, &c._
Legends connected with the Dog,
the Izba, the Creation of
the Rye, the Snake, Ox, Sole, &c.; with Birds, the Peewit,
Sparrow, Swallow, &c.--Legends about SS. Nicholas, Andrew,
George, Kasian, &c. 329
2. _Demons, &c._
Part played by Demons in the Skazkas--On "Hasty Words," and
Parental Curses; their power to subject persons to demoniacal
possession--The dulness of Demons; Stories about Tricks played
upon them--Their Gratitude to those who treat them with Kindness
and their General Behavior--Various Legends about Devils--Moral
Tale of the Gossip's Bedstead
THE PROPHET AND NICHOLAS
Elijah keeps trying to curse a faithful servent of Nicholas however
Saint Nicholas works to protect the farmer from the misfortune.
PRIEST WITH THE GREEDY EYES