The Christmas Star

"Come now, my dear little stars," said Mother Moon, "and I will tell you the Christmas story." Every morning for a week before Christmas, Mother Moon used to call all the little stars around her and tell them a story.   ... Read more

Symbolism in Little Red Riding Hood

extract from The Origins and Meaning of Fairy Tales, chapter6. Now about the story of Cinderella. We saw something of her in the first chapter: How she is Ushas, the Dawn Maiden of the Aryans, and the Aurora of the   ... Read more

Chapter 1: Origin Of Fairy Tales

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

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

Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang (March 31, 1844 - July 20, 1912) was a prolific Scots poet, novelist, and literary critic but is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, St Andrews University   ... 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

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 Little Red Riding Hood

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

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