books



no previous pagepage up: Fairy Tales
  
next page: Fairy Tales Of The Slav Peasants And Herdsmen | by Aleksander Borejko Chodzko, Emily J. Harding

Myths And Folk-Tales Of The Russians, Western Slavs, And Magyars | by Jeremiah Curtin



A Few tens of years ago it was all-important to understand and explain the brotherhood and blood-bond of Aryan nations, and their relation to the Semitic race; to discover and set forth the meaning of that which in mental work, historic strivings, and spiritual ideals ties the historic nations to one another. At the present time this work is done, if not completely, at least measurably well, and a new work awaits us, to demonstrate that there is a higher and a mightier bond, - the relationship of created things with one another, and their inseverable connection with That which some men reverence as God, but which other men call the Unknowable, the Unseen. This new work, which is the necessary continuation of the first, and which alone can give it completeness and significance, will be achieved when we have established the science of mythology.

TitleMyths And Folk-Tales Of The Russians, Western Slavs, And Magyars
AuthorJeremiah Curtin
PublisherSampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington (Limited).
Year1890
Copyright1890, Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington (Limited).
AmazonMyths and Folk-Tales of the Russians, Western Slavs, and the Magyars

To Francis James Child, PH.D., LL.D., Professor of English in Harvard University', Cambridge, Mass.

My dear Professor Child,

It is more than a quarter of a century since you began for Harvard that collection of myths, folk-tales, and ballads, in all European languages, which has grown under your hand to such proportions that it is now, perhaps, the most complete of its kind in either hemisphere.

This work was begun by you through a clear perception of what was needed for laborers in a most important field of inquiry, and achieved by tireless and patient care in seeking and finding.

Your labors as a scholar are honored abroad as at home, and your work on English and Scottish ballads will endure as a monument of skill and devotion.

During your career as Professor you have been true to the ideals of Harvard scholarship and life, adding to them meanwhile something of your own.

Whoso adds to or freshens the spirit of our revered Alma Mater deserves well of the country; for Harvard, now in the second half of the third century of her existence, is the oldest witness and, so far, the most eloquent that we have to the collective and continuous striving of Americans towards a higher life.

To you, - the distinguished Professor, the earnest scholar, the faithful friend, - I, one of thousands who have listened to your instruction, dedicate this volume, gathered from a field in which you take so much delight.

Jeremiah Curtln.

Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of Ethnology.

Washington D. C. October 23, 1890.

Part I: Introduction

-Introduction
A FEW tens of years ago it was all-important to under-stand and explain the brotherhood and blood-bond of Aryan nations, and their relation to the Semitic race; to discover and set forth the meaning o...
-Introduction. Part 2
As to the collection of these myths and beliefs, the following may be stated: - There is everywhere a sort of selvage of short tales and anecdotes, small information about ghosts and snakes, among ...
-Introduction. Part 3
The hunted man hastens, runs westward by the bank of the river, runs till he comes to two aunts who are witches. They promise to help him and kill the pursuer. Soon after, when the old man has shorten...
-Introduction. Part 4
The following Indian myth, in which we know exactly who the actors were, illustrates this fact very well. I give the myth from memory, and in a compressed form, making first the statement that in a pa...
-Introduction. Part 5
It happened in history that the Teutonic branch of the Aryans fell heir to the Roman civilization of the West, and acquired the administrative experience and pride of power personal to lords of the ea...
-Notes
Letters in the Russian names and titles in this volume have the following values: - In this volume Russian names and titles without printed accents are accented on the penult. Names and titles ...
-Notes. Continued
Vassilissa Golden Tress, Bareheaded Beauty. Page 124. (Part viii. p. 367). [Written down by Bronnitski] The name of the Tsar Svaitozar means light-shining, resplendent. The wise blacksmit...

Part II: Russian Folk-Tales

-The Three Kingdoms, The Copper, The Silver, And The Golden
IN a certain kingdom in a certain land lived a Tsar, - Bail Bailyanyin. He had a wife, Nas-tasya, Golden Tress, and three sons, - Pyotr Tsare-vich, Vassili Tsarevich, and Ivan Tsarevich. The Tsaritsa ...
-The Three Kingdoms, The Copper, The Silver, And The Golden. Part 2
Ivan rolled the ball; wherever it went he followed. Whether it was long or short, he saw a golden castle gleaming like fire; at the gate was a crowd of terrible serpents fastened to golden chains, and...
-The Three Kingdoms, The Copper, The Silver, And The Golden. Part 3
Ivan Tsarevich let his mother down first on the linen, then Yelena the Beautiful and her two sisters. The brothers were standing below waiting, and they thought to themselves, Let us leave Ivan Tsare...
-The Three Kingdoms, The Copper, The Silver, And The Golden. Part 4
Yelena the Beautiful saw the shoes and knew what had happened. Surely, she thought, the spirits made these for Ivan Tsarevich. - How didst thou make these? asked she of the shoemaker. Oh! I kn...
-Ivan Tsarevich, The Fire-Bird, And The Gray Wolf
IN a certain kingdom, in a certain land, lived Tsar Vwislav Andronovich; he had three sons, - Dmitri Tsarevich, Vassili Tsarevich, and Ivan Tsare-vich. Tsar Vwislav had a garden so rich that in no lan...
-Ivan Tsarevich, The Fire-Bird, And The Gray Wolf. Part 2
Ivan Tsarevich climbed over the wall into the garden, saw the Fire-bird in the golden cage, and was greatly tempted by the cage. He took the bird out, and was going back; but changed his mind, and tho...
-Ivan Tsarevich, The Fire-Bird, And The Gray Wolf. Part 3
Ivan Tsarevich while sitting on the Gray Wolf with princess Yelena the Beautiful came to love her with his heart, and she Ivan Tsarevich; and when the Gray Wolf arrived at the kingdom of Tsar Afron, a...
-Ivan The Peasant's Son And The Little Man Himself One-Finger Tall, His Mustache Seven Versts In Length
IN a certain kingdom in a certain land there lived a Tsar, and in the courtyard of the Tsar was a pillar, and in the pillar three rings, one gold, one silver, and the third copper. One night the Tsar ...
-Ivan The Peasant's Son And The Little Man Himself. Continued
Night passed, morning came; the good youth began to eat, drink, and be merry. Ivan the peasant's son rose up from the merry-making and said to his comrades, Do ye wait here. He turned into a cat, an...
-The Feather Of Bright Finist The Falcon
THERE lived an old man with his old wife. They had three daughters. The youngest was such a beauty that she could neither be told of in a tale nor described with a pen. Once the old man was going to t...
-The Feather Of Bright Finist The Falcon. Continued
The elder sisters were clearly malicious. They planned to put hidden knives for the evening on the window of their sister's room, so that Bright Finist the Falcon might cut his colored wings. They did...
-The Pig With Gold Bristles, The Deer With Golden Horns, And The Golden-Maned Steed With Golden Tail
THERE lived a Tsar, and he had a daughter, Tsarevna, Priceless Beauty, not to be told of in a tale nor described with a pen. The Tsar issued a call throughout all towns that whoever would kiss the Tsa...
-The Pig With Gold Bristles, The Deer With Golden Horns, The Golden-Maned Steed With Golden Tail. Continued
They offered him a thousand for the pig, and two and three and more; but the simpleton would not consent. I will not take a hundred thousand, said he. Oh, let us have him, please; take what seem...
-Water Of Youth, Water Of Life, And Water Of Death
IN a certain kingdom in a certain land there lived a Tsar; that Tsar had three sons, - two crafty, and the third simple. Somehow the Tsar had a dream that beyond the thrice ninth land, in the thirtiet...
-Water Of Youth, Water Of Life, And Water Of Death. Continued
Oh, worm! said the giant to Ivan Tsarevich, whither art thou riding? I am going to the thirtieth kingdom; I want to see the beautiful maiden from whose hands and feet healing water flows. ...
-The Footless And Blind Champions
IN a certain kingdom, in a certain land, there lived a Tsar with his Tsaritsa. They had a son, Ivan Tsarevich, and Katoma of the Oaken Cap was appointed tutor to care for and guard Ivan. The Tsar a...
-The Footless And Blind Champions. Part 2
Listen, dog's meat! answered Uncle Katoma. To-morrow Ivan Tsarevich will ride thee to the marriage: see to it when they lead thee to the broad court, when the Tsarevich approaches and puts his hand...
-The Footless And Blind Champions. Part 3
Once the footless asked: Is it possible that we shall live all our lives without company? I have heard that in a certain town there is a rich merchant with his daughter, and the daughter is very char...
-The Three Kingdoms
IN that ancient time when God's world was full of wood-demons, witches, and river-maidens, when rivers of milk were flowing between banks of jelly, when over the fields roast partridges were flying, t...
-Koshchei Without-Death
IT happened that once there lived in a certain land a Tsar and a Tsaritsa. They had a son, Ivan Tsare-vich. When an infant the maidens rocked him; but do what they might, they could not rock him to sl...
-Koshchei Without-Death. Part 2
Thou art a good youth, of kind speech. I am living toward the end of the eighth ten of years, and of that beauty I have never heard. Before thee on the road lives my elder sister, - mayhap she knows;...
-Koshchei Without-Death. Part 3
The champions saw Ivan Tsarevich and began to ridicule him: Oh, thou country clown, is such a beauty as this for thee? Thou art not worth her middle finger! They said this once, they said it twic...
-Koshchei Without-Death. Part 4
Oh, Koshchei Without-Death, thou seest thyself how I honor thee! Oh, simple woman, I was joking! My death is out there, fastened in the oak fence. Next day Koshchei went away. Ivan Tsarevich...
-Vassilissa Golden Tress, Bareheaded Beauty
THERE lived a Tsar Svaitozar. This Tsar had two sons and a beauty of a daughter. Twenty years did she live in her bright chamber. The Tsar and Tsaritsa admired her, and so did the nurses and maidens; ...
-Vassilissa Golden Tress, Bareheaded Beauty. Continued
Vassilissa the Beautiful was wary; she feared the serpent might see them. They had barely entered when the silver pillar groaned, the stairways opened, all the roofs glittered; the whole castle began ...
-The Ring With Twelve Screws
THERE lived in a village a son with his mother, and the mother was a very old woman. The son was called Ivan the Fool. They lived in a poor little cottage with one window, and in great poverty. Such w...
-The Ring With Twelve Screws. Continued
There was no help for it. The Tsar had to go to Ivan the Fool's castle. They became acquainted, and after that Ivan the Fool went to the Tsar. The Tsar had a most beautiful young Tsarevna of a daughte...
-The Footless And The Blind
IN a certain kingdom, in a certain state, lived a terrible Tsar. He was famed through all lands, - a terror to kings and princes. The Tsar took a thought to marry, and published an order in every town...
-The Footless And The Blind. Part 2
What an unfortunate man, thought Nikita; for fifty roubles he suffers such torment! And he said to the blacksmiths: Listen, brothers: I 'll pay you for him; let the old man go. Agreed, good ...
-The Footless And The Blind. Part 3
After dinner Nikita said to the terrible Tsar: Does the young woman please thee, or shall we go for another? No, Nikita, there is no use in travelling for nothing; there is not a better than thi...
-Koshchei Without-Death (2)
THERE was a Tsar who had one son, and when the Tsarevich was an infant his nurses and maids used to sing to him, Baiyu, baiyu, Ivan Tsarevich; when thou 'It grow up a man thou 'It find thee a bride i...
-Koshchei Without-Death (2). Continued
Long and long did they ride, till they saw two shepherds herding a flock. Whose herd is that? The herdsmen answered: This is the herd of Koshchei Without-Death. Bulat and Ivan Tsarevich aske...
-Go To The Verge Of Destruction And Bring Back Shmat-Razum
IN a certain kingdom there lived a wifeless, unmarried king, who had a whole company of sharpshooters. They went to the forests, shot birds of passage, and furnished the king's table with game. Among ...
-Go To The Verge Of Destruction And Bring Back Shmat-Razum. Part 2
Oh, your Majesty, I have seen the sharpshooter's wife; there is not such a beauty in the whole world! I am thinking of her all the time; I can neither eat nor drink, with no herb can I charm away my ...
-Go To The Verge Of Destruction And Bring Back Shmat-Razum. Part 3
But where was I to go, your Majesty? Some fool might have spent ten years in sailing over the seas and got nothing; but I, instead of spending six years, did the work in ten days. Would you be please...
-Go To The Verge Of Destruction And Bring Back Shmat-Razum. Part 4
Oh, my dear son-in-law, of that wonder even I have not heard! Wait a moment; maybe my servants have. She went out on the balcony and called in a loud voice. Presently all kinds of beasts ran up, ...
-Go To The Verge Of Destruction And Bring Back Shmat-Razum. Part 5
Late, my master; thy cap is now three thousand miles behind. Towns and villages, rivers and forests, just flashed before the eye; as Fedot was flying over a deep sea Shmat-Razum said: If thou wi...
-Marya Morevna
IN a certain kingdom in a certain land lived Ivan Tsarevich. He had three sisters. The first was Marya Tsarevna; the second, Olga Tsarevna; the third, Anna Tsarevna. Their father and mother were dead....
-Marya Morevna. Part 2
Ivan Tsarevich remained three days with them, and then said: I have no time to visit longer; I am going to seek my wife, Marya Morevna, the fair Korolyevna. Said the Eagle: It is hard for thee t...
-Marya Morevna. Part 3
He went farther, saw in the forest a swarm of bees. I 'll take some honey, said he. The queen-bee called out, Touch not my honey, Ivan Tsarevich; in time I will serve thee. He left the honey...
-Yelena The Wise
IN a certain kingdom, in a certain land, the Tsar had a golden company; in this company served a soldier, Ivan by name, a hero in appearance. The Tsar took him into favor and began to reward him with ...
-Yelena The Wise. Continued
Ivan took the wings quietly, came from under the bush, and cried with a loud voice: But now ye are in my hands! The beautiful women sprang out of the pond, put on their clothes, came to the good ...
-The Seven Simeons, Full Brothers
THERE lived an old man and his old wife; they lived many years, to a great age. Then they began to pray to God to give them a child who in their old age might help them to work. They prayed a year, th...
-The Seven Simeons, Full Brothers. Continued
The Tsar said in answer: My friends, ye tell me the truth. Then he turned to Simeon the thief and asked: Well, Simeon, canst thou go to the thrice-ninth land, to the thirtieth kingdom, and steal fo...
-The Enchanted Princess
IN a certain kingdom a soldier served in the mounted guard of the king. He served twenty-five years in faithfulness and truth; and for his good conduct the king gave orders to discharge him with honor...
-The Enchanted Princess. Continued
The good hero slept out his half year, - moved not a finger; and when he woke he sprang straight to his feet, looked on both sides. The waves are rolling; no end can be seen to the broad sea. He stand...
-Vassilissa The Cunning And The Tsar Of The Sea
A PEASANT sowed rye, and the Lord gave him a wonderful harvest. He could barely bring it in from the field. He drew the bundles home, threshed the grain, and poured it into bins; his granary was full ...
-Vassilissa The Cunning And The Tsar Of The Sea. Part 2
As a cart-wheel, answered the merchant. The eagle shook his wings and threw the merchant, let him fall, gave him to feel mortal terror, and caught him before he had reached the water, - caught hi...
-Vassilissa The Cunning And The Tsar Of The Sea. Part 3
The messengers returned, and reported all to the Tsar of the Sea. Let him give me what he has at home but knows it not; I will put his palace in the golden casket. There was no other way, and so ...
-Vassilissa The Cunning And The Tsar Of The Sea. Part 4
What task is that! That is a pleasure, - -the task is ahead. Go thy way; pray to God and lie down to rest; the morning is wiser than the evening; toward daylight all will be ready. Just at midnig...

Part III: Chekh Folk-Tales

-Chekh Myths And Folk-Tales. Boyislav, Youngest Of Twelve
ONCE there was a king who groaned many a day; doctors came from far and near, but they could not cure him. At last his condition was such that one day all thought he must die. The following night he h...
-Boyislav, Youngest Of Twelve. Part 2
At the second castle a still more beautiful princess ran toward him, greeted him with still greater gladness, led him into a chamber, seated him at a table, and brought the most savory food and drink,...
-Boyislav, Youngest Of Twelve. Part 3
Boyislav promised this. When they had come to Green Island, the road sank in the sea, and the horse hurried toward the city. The horse remained in a meadow outside the gates. Boyislav went to the pala...
-Boyislav, Youngest Of Twelve. Part 4
Hurry not, said the horse; for it would be better for thee not to go. Why? asked Boyislav with wonder. Because thy father has uttered sentence of death against thee. I do not believe...
-Boyislav, Youngest Of Twelve. Part 5
The king called the five princes who went with Boyislav, and asked if they had been on White Island. Of course! answered the truthless princes; and the eldest one shamelessly added that he had fr...
-The Table, The Pack, And The Bag
BEFORE times long past, there lived in a little cottage an old father, with his three sons. The eldest son was called Martin; the second, Mihal; and the third, Yanek. Martin, the father used to s...
-The Table, The Pack, And The Bag. Part 2
Now let us go, cried Martin; some one may come, and then we shall suffer. They started from the castle as fast as they could. Yanek went too, and took as he was going only one piece of money from ...
-The Table, The Pack, And The Bag. Part 3
When he had eaten to his content he took his table and his pack and went on. It was inclining toward evening, and Yanek had to look for a night's lodging. But this made him small trouble; it was warm ...
-The King Of The Toads
MANY and many a year ago there was a cottage by the sea, and in this cottage lived a fisherman who caught fish in the sea. By the king's command he was allowed to take fish, not when he liked, but onl...
-The King Of The Toads. Part 2
After dinner the fisherman's wife hurried to the king with the fish. When she came to the palace, she asked the first man she met where the king was, but got as answer: I don't keep the king! She we...
-The King Of The Toads. Part 3
Serve thee, answered the two in one voice; then all three vanished in an instant, and to this day no man knows whither. The cook came to his senses first; but seeing the chamberlain and the princ...
-The King Of The Toads. Part 4
The old man raised his head, and seeing the king, said: Welcome; at last I see a human face! The king approached him and asked: Who art thou, and what does this empty palace mean? I am a ki...
-The Mouse-Hole, And The Underground Kingdom
BEFORE times long past there reigned a king somewhere, and he had three sons. When they had grown up, and were trained as befits princes, they came one day to their father and said: Our kingly father...
-The Mouse-Hole, And The Underground Kingdom. Part 2
Dear Yarmil, - I love thee unspeakably; but be thou patient, as I am patient. A gift for thy father thou hast in the pan; give it to him, but tarry not long at home. Put me back in the pan. Yarmil ...
-The Mouse-Hole, And The Underground Kingdom. Part 3
Then he nodded to Yarmil, who gave with trembling hand his diamond casket. Scarcely had the king looked at it when he exclaimed: Thy princess must be rich beyond measure; thy casket is at any time wo...
-The Mouse-Hole, And The Underground Kingdom. Part 4
The king was rejoiced most of all. He conducted the bride to the banqueting-hall, where there was a multitude of guests, and with tears of delight he exalted the happiness of his favorite son; but the...
-The Mouse-Hole, And The Underground Kingdom. Part 5
Yarmil's courage fell. That moment the white lady from the white castle appeared suddenly before him and said: Bind thy horse's hoofs with thy coat, and go very carefully over the bridge. The giant w...
-The Cuirassier And The Horned Princess
IN a certain town were encamped a regiment of cuirassiers, and they had a very unpleasant life. Twelve men of them agreed to desert, - three sergeants and nine from the ranks. They carried out their p...
-The Cuirassier And The Horned Princess. Part 2
The princess was glad to find some one again with whom to play cards and whom she might overcome. She had him brought in without delay. The game began. The man lost; but he didn't mind that, for whene...
-The Cuirassier And The Horned Princess. Part 3
Oh, I was where ye will not be to your dying day, brothers! How didst thou prosper? Badly, badly. Where hast thou the cap and the mantle? Oh, that woman took them from me! Wo...
-The Treacherous Brothers
THERE was a king, and he had seven sons, - young men strong and healthy as deer, except the seventh, the youngest, whose name was Jalmir. He was in his twentieth year, and still a nurse had to care fo...
-The Treacherous Brothers. Part 2
But where art thou going? inquired one of the brothers. To see the world, answered Jalmir. We too, cried the others; so thou must go with us. Jalmir bowed to them, and in silence agre...
-The Treacherous Brothers. Part 3
The sorceress soon saw their flight, and pursued; but as they had crossed the boundary of her castle lands she had power over them no longer, and with work undone was forced to go home, where she curs...
-The Treacherous Brothers. Part 4
When the white steed was beyond the boundary of the castle land, he said to Jalmir: Open the cage and let the bird fly. But shall I not bring it to the king? Only do what I ask, said the s...
-The Treacherous Brothers. Part 5
Jalmir did in silence according to the steed's words; and to his astonishment, before they came to the castle the rope and the net were finished. Now attend to my words, said the steed when he ha...
-The Treacherous Brothers. Part 6
Jalmir saw a great fish on the beach which was trying in vain to get back to the water. Help it, said the steed; and Jalmir, springing to the ground, helped the fish. The fish sank under the wate...
-The Treacherous Brothers. Part 7
When the morning sun rose people shouted Fire! in the castle. All ran to the garden to put it out; but the princess standing in her window cried, Be quiet! That is my golden castle. Soon after ...
-The Treacherous Brothers. Part 8
Bear me to that place then, said Jalmir, with a voice of entreaty. The eagle's brother caught him in his strong talons, and was soon flying with him high in the air; so high that Jalmir saw his n...

Part IV: Magyar Folk-Tales

-Magyar Myths And Folk-Tales. The Poor Man, And The King Of The Crows
THERE was once a very poor man, and he had two lean cows. The two cows were to the poor man as their mother's breast to children; for not only did they give milk and butter, for which he got a few cop...
-The Poor Man, And The King Of The Crows. Part 2
I am looking for the black castle of the King of the Crows. Has my lord elder brother never heard of it in his world-beautiful life? Haho, poor man! How not heard of it? Are we not the servants ...
-The Poor Man, And The King Of The Crows. Part 3
As he travelled and journeyed, he came to a great wild wood; and having grown hungry, he said: Grind, my dear mill. Straightway the table was spread, not for one, but for two persons. The mill knew ...
-The Useless Wagoner
THERE was once in the world a king, and he had a Useless Wagoner who never and never did anything but frolic in the tavern. The whole standing day and all the ocean-great night there was nothing for h...
-The Useless Wagoner. Continued
When all the hares had come together he drove them home. The king stood at the gate and let them in singly, counting, One, two, three . . . ninety-nine, a hundred. Not one was missing. Next da...
-Mirko, The King's Son
ONCE there was a king, and he had three sons. The king rejoiced in his three sons, and resolved to have them instructed in a befitting manner, so that he might leave good heirs to the kingdom. Therefo...
-Mirko, The King's Son. Part 2
Mirko called a mason, went with him to the seventh cellar, found the hollow place in the wall, took out the horn, and carried it away. Then standing on the square before the palace, he sounded towards...
-Mirko, The King's Son. Part 3
With that she swept on, and in an instant stamped again. Open thy eyes! What dost thou see? I see behind me, said Mirko, a faint light, in front of me is darkness so dense that when I hold my ...
-Mirko, The King's Son. Part 4
Thereupon they mounted their steeds, and set out for the realms of the old king. They went on easily till they reached the glass mountain, where the Hero of the Plain stopped, and said: My dear young...
-Mirko, The King's Son. Part 5
Mirko ran down straightway to see how much his strength had increased. He picked up the club, whirled it around his head, and let it go so that it came down just in front of Doghead. Doghead's horse s...
-The Reed Maiden
THERE was once a king, and he had two sons. The king sent his eldest son to marry. He went, and chose the elder sister of the Reed Maiden. When he brought home his wife the king was satisfied with the...
-The Reed Maiden. Part 2
The king's son gave heartfelt thanks for the kindness shown him, then went up on the great unclimb-able mountain that supported the heavens. When he had reached the top he took out the three golden ha...
-The Reed Maiden. Part 3
They sailed and sailed through the airy heavens till they were weary; then they tied their boat to the tree with diamond blossoms, silver leaves, and golden apples. They sat on a golden bench under th...
-The Reed Maiden. Part 4
Since he could not resist this devil's boring, this mighty curiosity, he took out the third and last reed to split it; but the magic steed reached back, and taking the reed from the king's son, did no...
-Kiss Miklos, And The Green Daughter Of The Green King
THERE was once a poor man, and he had three sons. When the poor man was on his deathbed, he called his three sons, and this was his word and speech to them: My dear sons, if I do not tell, still mayh...
-Kiss Miklos, And The Green Daughter Of The Green King. Part 2
Our Kiss Miklos had barely finished his speech when the steed of the sun was on the bridge, bearing the twenty-four-headed dragon and the shining sun. The steed of the sun stumbled on the golden bridg...
-Kiss Miklos, And The Green Daughter Of The Green King. Part 3
Now they journeyed and travelled through forty-nine kingdoms, till at last Miklos saw from a distance that an unmercifully great mouth, one jaw of which was on earth and the other thrown up to the hea...
-Kiss Miklos, And The Green Daughter Of The Green King. Part 4
God keep thee, Great Drinker! On what journey art thou, renowned Kiss Miklos? On what journey? Haho! better thou hadst not asked. I am going for the Green Daughter of the Green King. Hast t...
-Kiss Miklos, And The Green Daughter Of The Green King. Part 5
Swift Runner stopped at the old woman's words, and they went on together, - went on till they came to a nice shady place, where the old woman found this to say: Let us sit down in this shady place; l...
-Kiss Miklos, And The Green Daughter Of The Green King. Part 6
Then they began at the wine. Miklos and his comrades, except Great Drinker, rolled forth one keg of wine, knocked the bottom out, and went to drinking. That keg was enough for them, but not enough for...
-Kiss Miklos, And The Green Daughter Of The Green King. Part 7
Well, look in the deep sea. Far Seer looked again; in the turn of an eye he surveyed the deep sea, but saw not the princess. She is not in the deep sea, said Far Seer. Well, if she is not i...
-Kiss Miklos, And The Green Daughter Of The Green King. Part 8
The bride remained alone; she took the lamp and turned straight to the cellar. The great iron doors opened before her and closed behind. When she had passed the seven iron doors and entered the cellar...
-Kiss Miklos, And The Green Daughter Of The Green King. Part 9
At daylight the Lead Friend was sick. He had lost his strength, he could not move his hands or his feet, and lay groaning on his lead couch like a man who had been pressing a straw-bed for seven years...
-The Hedgehog, The Merchant, The King, And The Poor Man
WHERE there was, where there was not, it is enough that there was once a merchant, there were also a king, and a poor man. One day the merchant went out to hunt, and he travelled and journeyed till...
-The Hedgehog, The Merchant, The King, And The Poor Man. Part 2
The poor man put on his coat, put the two thalers in his pocket, went to the market, bought the black cock and the cast-away, thrown-away saddle for two prices; each one for two small bits of money. ...
-The Hedgehog, The Merchant, The King, And The Poor Man. Part 3
1 The Prussian king, - King of Prussia. High queen, answered the old woman, what is the use in delay or denial? They were two untimely, hairy monsters, and to save thee from terror at sight of t...
-The Hedgehog, The Merchant, The King, And The Poor Man. Part 4
The king in one way or another agreed, and the old woman went, not to see the garden, but to bring the two children to evil destruction; the wicked creature tried but succeeded not, for her weapons br...
-The Hedgehog, The Merchant, The King, And The Poor Man. Part 5
What must I do? asked the little boy. Nothing else, answered the old witch, than this: In such and such a place is an enchanted castle, and thence it would be necessary to bring the world-swee...
-The Hedgehog, The Merchant, The King, And The Poor Man. Part 6
The princess had barely come out of the enchanted castle when she heard behind her frightful thundering, hammering and blowing, swearing and cursing, with threats; they shouted after her: Wait, thou!...









TOP
no previous pagepage up: Fairy Tales
  
next page: Fairy Tales Of The Slav Peasants And Herdsmen | by Aleksander Borejko Chodzko, Emily J. Harding