Hansel and Gretel

Once upon a time, there dwelt near a large wood a poor woodcutter, with his wife and two children by his former marriage, a little boy called Hansel, and a girl named Gretel.  He had little enough to break or   ... Read more

Chapter 4: Dwellers In Fairyland:

Now we come to an entirely new region, in which, however, we find, under other forms, the same creatures which have already been described. From the sunny East we pass to the cold and frozen North. Here the Scandinavian countries   ... Read more

How Indian Corn Came Into The World – An Ojibbeway Legend

Long, long ago, in a beautiful part of this country, there lived an Indian with his wife and children. He was poor and found it hard to provide food enough for his family. But though needy he was kind and   ... Read more

Hans Christian Anderson

Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark, on the April 2, 1805. He was the son of a sickly young shoemaker of twenty-two and his several years older wife. The whole family lived and slept in one little room. Hans Christian   ... Read more

About Cinderella

Cinderella is a fairy tale embodying a classic folk tale myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward, which received literally hundreds of tellings before modern times. The best-known version was written by the French author, Charles Perrault in 1697, based on a   ... Read more

About Rapunzel

Rapunzel is a traditional fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm, an allegory of a young girl's sexual awakening that is often told to children, in spite of its barely covert eroticism. An influence for Grimm's Rapunzel was Petrosinella, written by   ... Read more

The Spirit Of The Corn – An Iroquois Legend

There was a time, says the Iroquois grandmother, when it was not needful to plant the corn- seed nor to hoe the fields, for the corn sprang up of itself, and filled the broad meadows. Its stalks grew strong and   ... Read more

Chapter 6: Conclusion: Some Popular Tales Explained

This brings us towards the end -- that is, to show how some of our own familiar stories connect themselves with the old Aryan myths, and also to show something of what they mean. There are four stories which we   ... Read more

Chapter 3: Dwellers In Fairyland: Stories From The East

We have said something about the people and the countries which gave birth to our Fairy Stories, and about the meaning of such tales generally when they were first thought of. Then they were clearly understood, and those who told   ... Read more

Other Cinderella Stories

extract from The Origins and Meaning of Fairy Tales, chapter1. It would take a very great book to give many examples of the myths and stories which are alike in all the Aryan countries; but we may see by one   ... Read more

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