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

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

a poem by Robert Browning   I. Hamelin town's in Brunswick, ...  ... 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

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

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 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

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 Ears Of Wheat

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

The Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm (Gebrüder Grimm), Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859), were born in Hanau, near Frankfurt, in the German state of Hesse. Throughout their lives they remained close friends. They were educated at the Friedrichsgymnasium in Kassel and later both   ... Read more

Charles Perrault

Charles Perrault (January 12, 1628 - May 16, 1703) was a French author. Charles Perrault was born in Paris, France to a wealthy bourgeois family. He attended the best schools and studied law before embarking on a career in government   ... Read more

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