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Serbian Fairy Tales | by Elodie L. Muatovich



"The Bear's Son" and sixteen more Serbian fairy tales

TitleSerbian Fairy Tales
AuthorElodie L. Muatovich
PublisherRobert M. Mcbride & Co.
Year1918
Copyright1918, Robert M. Mcbride & Co.
AmazonSerbian Fairy Tales
Serbian Fairy Tales 1Serbian Fairy Tales 2

Translated From The Serbian By Madame Elodie L. Muatovich

Serbian Fairy Tales 3
-The Bear's Son
Once upon a time a bear married a woman, and they had one son. When the boy was yet a little fellow he begged very hard to be allowed to leave the bear's cave, and to go out into the world to see what...
-The Golden Apple-Tree And The Nine Peahens
Once upon a time there lived a king who had three sons. Now, before the king's palace grew a golden apple-tree, which in one and the same night blossomed, bore* fruit, and lost all its fruit, though n...
-The Golden Apple-Tree And The Nine Peahens. Part 2
But it was of no use; the prince slept on as if he were dead. Then she said to the servant, Tell your master to-morrow he can see us here again, but never more. With these words the peahens flew awa...
-The Golden Apple-Tree And The Nine Peahens. Part 3
After the dragon had dined he mounted his horse, and in a few moments came up with the runaways. Then he took the queen from the king's son and said to him, Go now, in God's name! This time I forgive...
-Papalluga; Or, The Golden Slipper
As some village girls were spinning whilst they tended the cattle grazing in the neighbourhood of a ravine, an old man with a long white beard - so long a beard that it reached to his girdle - approac...
-Satan's Jugglings And God's Might
One morning the son of the king went out to hunt. Whilst walking through the snow he cut himself a little, and the drops of blood fell on the snow. When he saw how pretty the red blood looked on the w...
-Good Deeds Are Never Lost
In days gone by there lived a married couple who had one only son. When he grew up they made him learn something which would be of use to him in afterlife. He was a kind, quiet boy, and feared God gre...
-Good Deeds Are Never Lost. Continued
When the king heard this he exclaimed, That girl is my only child, and the accursed Turks took her and her old nurse. You, since you are her husband, will be the heir to my crown. But go - go at once...
-The Wicked Stepmother
There was once on a time a stepmother who hated her stepdaughter exceedingly, because she was more beautiful than her own daughter whom she had brought with her into the house. By-and-by the father le...
-Bird Girl
Once upon a time lived a king, who had only one son; and when this son grew up, his father sent him to travel about the world, in order that he might find a maiden who would make him a suitable wife. ...
-Sir Peppercorn
Three brothers once upon a time went out into the neighbouring forest to choose some trees fit for building. Before going, however, they told their mother not to forget to send their sister into the w...
-Sir Peppercorn. Part 2
Gathering up the pieces of iron, he now carried them to a third smith, who undertook to make him a good strong mace, and demanded a ducat for doing so. Next morning Peppercorn went for the mace and, a...
-Sir Peppercorn. Part 3
Yard-high-forehead-and-span-long-beard was quite content at this, and, sitting down, soon finished the whole ox. When he had ended his dinner he got up and went away. Shortly afterwards Sir Peppercor...
-Sir Peppercorn. Part 4
Peppercorn took care to do as the princesses had told him. He stole very quietly into the room where Yard-high-forehead-and-span-long-beard was lying, and when he was near the bed he sprang up suddenl...
-Sir Peppercorn. Part 5
Peppercorn, however, did not stop long to think about the matter, but quickly drew his wonderful sword and killed the monster. It happened that the giant-bird was just coming back, and when she saw Pe...
-Bash-Chalek; Or, True Steel
Once upon a time there was a king who had three sons and three daughters. At length old age overtook him, and the hour came for him to die. While dying he called to him his three sons and three daught...
-Bash-Chalek; Or, True Steel. Part 2
Coming to a small lake they resolved to rest there that night; and having made a fire they placed their things near it, and prepared to sleep. Then the second brother said, This night I will keep gua...
-Bash-Chalek; Or, True Steel. Part 3
Then he called to the other eight giants, Your brother is in the city; come, one after the other, so that I can let you also down into the city! And the giants, not knowing what had happened to the ...
-Bash-Chalek; Or, True Steel. Part 4
One day the king went out hunting, and said to his son-in-law, Remain here in the palace, and take these nine keys, and keep them carefully. If you wish, however, added he, you can open three or fo...
-Bash-Chalek; Or, True Steel. Part 5
After long travelling about the world he arrived at a great city, and, as he rode through the streets, a girl called to him from a kiosk: Here, son of the king! Dismount and come into the courtyard!...
-Bash-Chalek; Or, True Steel. Part 6
But True Steel learned their flight directly, and ran after them. When he reached them, he fixed an arrow to his bow, and cried to the king's son, Do you prefer to die by the arrow or by the sword? ...
-The Biter Bit
Once upon a time there was an old man who, whenever he heard anyone complain how many sons he had to care for, always laughed and said, I wish that it would please God to give me a hundred sons! Th...
-The Biter Bit. Part 2
There were great rejoicings in his household when he told how successful he had been in his search, and that he really had found a hundred girls ready and willing to be married; and these hundred, too...
-The Biter Bit. Part 3
The giant brought out a tray on which stood a sparrow, a, turtle-dove, and a quail. Thereupon the giant brought out a tray on which stood a sparrow, a turtle-dove, and a quail, and said to the ol...
-The Trade That No One Knows
A long while ago there lived a poor old couple, who had an only son. The old man and his wife worked very hard to nourish their child well and bring him up properly, hoping that he, in return, would t...
-The Trade That No One Knows. Part 2
Oh, that matters nothing! exclaimed the son. Now I only know the condition, it's all right! The next morning the young man set out on his travels through the world in search of a man who could tea...
-The Trade That No One Knows. Part 3
After travelling for a long time, the young man came at last to the palace of the king whose daughter he wished to marry. When he saw the palace, he was exceedingly sad, and remembered the words of th...
-The Three Suitors
In a very remote country there formerly lived a king who had only one child - an exceedingly beautiful daughter. The princess had a great number of suitors, and amongst them were three young noblemen,...
-The Golden-Haired Twins
Once upon a time, a long, long while ago, there lived a young king who wished very much to marry, but could not decide where he had better look for a wife. One evening as he was walking disguised thr...
-The Golden-Haired Twins. Continued
So the new bed was cut to pieces and thrown into the fire. But whilst the boards were blazing and crackling, two sparks from the fire flew into the courtyard, and in the next moment two beautiful lamb...
-The Dream Of The King's Son
There was once a king who had three sons. One evening, when the young princes were going to sleep, the king ordered them to take good note of their dreams and come and tell them to him next morning. ...
-The Three Brothers
I There was once upon a time an old man whose family consisted of his wife and three sons. They were exceedingly poor, and finding that they could not possibly all live at home, the three sons went o...
-The Three Brothers. Part 2
II In the meantime the sons had been working each in a different part of the world. When, however, they had been away from their home nine years, they all, as if by common consent, conceived an arden...
-The Three Brothers. Part 3
III Let us first follow the youngest brother in his wanderings. He travelled, with his attendant animals, all that day and the following night without stopping, and the next day saw before him a king...
-The Three Brothers. Part 4
No sooner had he discovered her than the old woman begged him to allow her to come down to the fire and warm herself a little. So he told her she might come down and warm herself as soon as she please...
-The Three Brothers. Part 5
Wondering greatly, he exclaimed, Old woman, you are growing bigger and bigger, Hy, hy! my son, said she, coughing and shivering, I am only warming myself. But when he saw that she was already as...
-The Three Brothers. Part 6
After travelling a very long time, his good fortune brought him to the cross-roads where he had parted with his brothers. Instantly he rushed to the oak to see if the knives were still sticking in it,...
-The Three Brothers. Part 7
IV The three brothers built three fine palaces for themselves, and lived therein some time unmarried. At length, however, they began to think what would become of all their property after their death...
-The Shepherd And The King's Daughter
A long time ago there lived a poor woman who possessed nothing in the world except one son and four lambs. The boy took the lambs out to graze every morning, and brought them home every night. One day...
-The Shepherd And The King's Daughter. Part 2
If it is so, rejoined the cunning gipsy, I myself will also go to the palace with you. The young man was glad to have company on the road, and so he and the gipsy travelled on together until they...
-The Shepherd And The King's Daughter. Part 3
Now the black men, though they had been quite shocked at first to see the white man, began to think they also would like to be white; so they said they were willing to pay him as much as he liked to a...









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