The Pied Piper

A VERY long time ago the town of Hamelin in Germany was invaded by bands of rats, the like of which had never been seen before nor will ever be again.  They were great black creatures that ran boldly in   ... Read more

Chapter 2: Kindred Tales From Divers Lands: Eros And Psyche

Once upon a time there lived a king and a queen, who had three beautiful daughters. The youngest of them, who was called Psyche, was the loveliest; she was so very beautiful that she was thought to be a second   ... Read more

About the Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a folk tale, among others written down by the Brothers Grimm in their collection of fairy tales. It tells about a disaster in the town of Hamelin, Germany, that supposedly occurred on June 26,   ... Read more

Christmas Every Day

The little girl came into her papa's study, as she always did Saturday morning before breakfast, and asked for a story. He tried to beg off that morning, for he was very busy, but she would not let him. So   ... Read more

Chapter 5: Dwellers In Fairyland: West Highland Stories

In a very delightful book which has already been mentioned, Campbell's "Popular Tales of the West Highlands," there are many curious stories of fairy folk and other creatures of the like kind, described in the traditions of the west of   ... Read more

The Shoes of Fortune

I. A BEGINNING Every author has some peculiarity in his descriptions or in his style of writing. Those who do not like him, magnify it, shrug up their shoulders, and exclaim--there he is again! I, for my part, know very   ... Read more

About Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel is a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, in which the children of a poor wood cutter are lost in the forest, have a close encounter with a witch of the most unpleasant kind, and eventually make   ... 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 Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin is the title character of an 1857 fairy tale (called Rumpelstilzchen in the original German) by the Grimm Brothers. In return for his life-saving services, a beautiful maiden, promises a strange dwarf her first born child. When her first   ... Read more

The Horn Of Plenty

Aeneus, King of Aetolia, had a daughter whose name was Deianira. So beautiful was the maiden that her fame spread throughout the world, and many princes came to woo her. Among these were two strangers, who drove all the other   ... Read more

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