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
In literature, Mother Goose (French: Ma Mère l’Oye) is the archtypical countrywoman, the teller of fairy tales and nursery rhymes.
No specific writer has ever been identified with the name, the first known mention of which appears in an aside … Read more
Once upon a time, one Lucian the Greek was filled with a desire to see strange countries, and especially to discover whether there was any opposite shore to the ocean by which he lived.
So having purchased a vessel, he … Read more
Fairy Tales; Their Origin And Meaning
With Some Account Of Dwellers In Fairyland
John Thackray Bunce
Chapter 1: Origin Of Fairy Tales
Chapter 2: Kindred Tales From Divers Lands
Chapter 3: Dwellers In Fairyland : Stories From … Read more
Ages upon ages ago, says the German grandmother, when angels used to wander on earth, the ground was more fruitful than it is now. Then the stalks of wheat bore not fifty or sixty fold, but four times five hundred … Read more
Giambattista Basile (died circa 1637) was the Conte di Torrone, a soldier and government official, who is known for publishing a collection of fairy tales, titled Lo cunto de li cunti (Neapolitan dialect for The Story of Stories), or Il … Read more
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
Little Red Riding Hood is a folktale that has changed much in its history. It may be a children’s story, but it contains within it themes of sexual intercourse, violence and even cannibalism. The tale makes the clearest contrast between … Read more
There were once a man and a woman who had long in in vain wished for a child. At length the woman hoped that God was about to grant her desire. These people had a little window at the back … Read more
We are going into Fairy Land for a little while, to see what we can find there to amuse and instruct us this Christmas time. Does anybody know the way? There are no maps or guidebooks, and the places we … Read more