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Fairy Tales Of The Slav Peasants And Herdsmen | by Aleksander Borejko Chodzko, Emily J. Harding



Very few of the twenty fairy tales included in this volume have been presented before in an English dress; this will doubtless enhance their value in the eyes of the young folk, for whom, principally, they are intended. It is hoped that older readers will find some additional interest in tracing throughout the many evidences of kinship between these stories and those of more pronounced Eastern origin...

TitleFairy Tales Of The Slav Peasants And Herdsmen
AuthorAleksander Borejko Chodzko, Emily J. Harding.
PublisherGeorge Allen
Year1896
Copyright1896, George Allen
AmazonFairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen (Illustrated Edition)

From the French Translated and Illustrated by Emily J. Harding.

-Note By The Publisher
Very few of the twenty fairy tales included in this volume have been presented before in an English dress; this will doubtless enhance their value in the eyes of the young folk, for whom, principally,...
-The Abode Of The Gods. I. The Two Brothers
ONCE upon a time there were two brothers whose father had left them but a small fortune. The eldest grew very rich, but at the same time cruel and wicked, whereas there was nowhere a more honest or ki...
-II. Time And The Kings Of The Elements
THERE was once a married pair who loved each other tenderly. The husband would not have given up his wife for all the riches in the world, while her first thought was how best to please him. So they w...
-III. The Twelve Months
THERE was once a widow who had two daughters, Helen, her own child by her dead husband, and Marouckla, his daughter by his first wife. She loved Helen, but hated the poor orphan, because she was far p...
-The Twelve Months. Continued
Gather them quickly, Marouckla, said Tchervene. Joyfully she thanked the months, and having filled her apron ran happily home. Helen and her mother wondered at seeing the strawberries, which fill...
-The Sun Or The Three Golden Hairs Of The Old Man Vsevede
CAN this be a true story? It is said that once there was a king who was exceedingly fond of hunting the wild beasts in his forests. One day he followed a stag so far and so long that he lost his way. ...
-The Sun Or The Three Golden Hairs Of The Old Man Vsevede. Part 2
Immediately upon the receipt of this letter introduce the bearer to the princess our daughter. I have chosen this young man for my son-in-law, and it is my wish they should be married before my retur...
-The Sun Or The Three Golden Hairs Of The Old Man Vsevede. Part 3
Suddenly a blast of wind howled round the palace, and the Sun entered by a western window. He was an old man with golden hair. I smell human flesh, cried he, I am sure of it. Mother, you have so...
-Kovlad. I. The Sovereign Of The Mineral Kingdom
ONCE upon a time, and a long long time ago it was, there lived a widow who had a very pretty daughter. The mother, good honest woman, was quite content with her station in life. But with the daughter ...
-II. The Lost Child
LONG long ago there lived a very rich nobleman. But though he was so rich he was not happy, for he had no children to whom he could leave his wealth. He was, besides, no longer young. Every day he and...
-The Lost Child. Continued
As on the night before, he burst into tears, waved his arms, and suddenly disappeared. Next morning she told the nobleman all that had happened except the sad impression her answers had made upon t...
-The Maid With Hair Of Gold
THERE was once a king so wise and clever that he understood the language of all animals. You shall hear how he gained this power. One day an old woman came to the palace and said, I wish to speak ...
-The Maid With Hair Of Gold. Part 2
Without stopping to think, the young man dismounted, and with his sword slew his horse to provide food for the young birds. They thanked him heartily, and said, If ever you should be in distress, cal...
-The Maid With Hair Of Gold. Part 3
Ah, if my little ravens were but here, perhaps they would help me, he said aloud. Suddenly there was heard a rushing noise, as of wings overhead, and then down came the ravens calling Krak, krak...
-The Journey To The Sun And The Moon
THERE were once two young people who loved each other dearly. The young man was called Jean, the girl, Annette. In her sweetness she was like unto a dove, in her strength and bravery she resembled an ...
-The Dwarf With The Long Beard
IN a far distant land there reigned a king, and he had an only daughter who was so very beautiful that no one in the whole kingdom could be compared to her. She was known as Princess Pieknotka, and th...
-The Dwarf With The Long Beard. Part 2
' Dappled Horse with Mane of Gold, Horse of Wonder ! Come to me. Walk not the earth, for I am told You fly like birds o'er land and sea. Finish your work of mercy by burying me here, so that I may ...
-The Dwarf With The Long Beard. Part 3
While the prince was awaiting the answer to his challenge he heard a great noise in the clouds, and looking up saw the dwarf preparing to aim at him from a great height. But he missed his aim and fell...
-The Flying Carpet, The Invisible Cap, The Gold-Giving Ring, And The Smiting Club
IN a cottage near the high-road, and close to the shores of a large lake, there once lived a widow, poor and old. She was very very poor, but her mother's heart was rich in pride in her son, who was t...
-Flying Carpet, Invisible Cap, Gold-Giving Ring, Smiting Club. Part 2
You are right, one man alone is a small thing, but by adding one grain to another the measure overflows. If all those who are capable of bearing arms will help the king, there is no doubt that he wil...
-Flying Carpet, Invisible Cap, Gold-Giving Ring, Smiting Club. Part 3
The very old man, to whom he had given the bream, was guiding the vessel with an oar. My good old man, is it you? How did you manage to save me? asked the astonished fisherman. I came to your...
-Flying Carpet, Invisible Cap, Gold-Giving Ring, Smiting Club. Part 4
In the palace shouts of joy had succeeded the cries of fear which had been heard but a short while ago. Every one was happy, and every one congratulated the king upon his victory, as sudden and comple...
-Flying Carpet, Invisible Cap, Gold-Giving Ring, Smiting Club. Part 5
The old man spread out his arms towards him, and having blessed him drew him up, saying, Now you are free again, hasten to save your king, his daughter your bride, and their kingdom. After he had lef...
-Flying Carpet, Invisible Cap, Gold-Giving Ring, Smiting Club. Part 6
The fisherman put on his invisible cap and went into the garden in search of the negroes. Before going up to them he addressed the magic words to his golden ring, and after a short thunderstorm a show...
-The Broad Man, The Tall Man, And The Man With Eyes Of Flame
IT was in those days when cats wore shoes, when frogs croaked in grandmothers' chairs, when donkeys clanked their spurs on the pavements like brave knights, and when hares chased dogs. So you see it m...
-The Broad Man, The Tall Man, And The Man With Eyes Of Flame. Continued
Now this was the moment the princess was waiting for. Quickly changing herself into a dove, she flew towards the window. If it had not happened that one of her wings touched Tail's hair he would not h...
-The History Of Prince Slugobyl Or, The Invisible Knight
THERE was once a king who had an only son, called Prince Slugobyl. Now this young prince loved nothing better than travelling; so fond of it was he that when he was twenty years old he gave his father...
-The Spirit Of The Steppes
In ancient days there lived a king and queen; the former was old but the latter young. Although they loved one another dearly they were very unhappy, for God had not given them any children. They fret...
-The Spirit Of The Steppes. Part 2
Many a prince came from afar and entered the lists as suitor for the hand of Sudolisu, but none succeeded in winning her love. Those who bore with good temper and resignation the disappointment of bei...
-The Spirit Of The Steppes. Part 3
The sun then rose upon a distant land where Prince Junak, mounted on a powerful steed and clad in golden armour, assembled his forces to fight against the giant Kostey. Thrice he had dreamt of the bea...
-The Spirit Of The Steppes. Part 4
Junak did what was required of him, and threw the fish back into the water. It plunged and disappeared, but he paid little attention to it, so occupied was he with his own thoughts. In the far distanc...
-The Prince With The Golden Hand
THERE once lived a king and queen who had an only daughter. And the beauty of this princess surpassed everything seen or heard of. Her forehead was brilliant as the moon, her lips like the rose, her c...
-The Prince With The Golden Hand. Part 2
His growth, too, was not like that of other children. When but three days old, he stepped out of his swaddling-clothes and left his cradle. And he was so strong that when his parents entered the room ...
-The Prince With The Golden Hand. Part 3
The prince dismounted, left his horse to graze, and having crossed himself began to follow the pin-cushion up steep and rocky paths. When he had got half-way there the north wind began to blow, and th...
-The Prince With The Golden Hand. Part 4
What is your business here, stranger? he shouted: and the sound of his voice was like unto a lion's roar. I am your enemy, and I want your blood, replied the prince calmly. Your boldness am...
-Imperishable
ONCE upon a time, ever so many years ago, there lived a little old man and a little old woman. Very old indeed were they, for they had lived nearly a hundred years. But they took neither joy nor pleas...
-Imperishable. Part 2
He marvelled to hear her speak human language, and loosened the noose. When she had taken breath she said, Knight, if you give me my liberty you shall never repent it. My husband, the Dappled Horse w...
-Imperishable. Part 3
All were soon asleep except Niezguinek. He had been warned beforehand by his horse of the danger that threatened them, and now he got up quietly and changed the positions of the twenty-four beds, so t...
-Imperishable. Part 4
I am quite willing, answered the king. Then, having placed his prisoner in charge of his guards, he made Niezguinek general, and placed him at the head of a division of his army; the eleven brothers...
-Imperishable. Part 5
Since the disappearance of the guzla the sword had been placed on guard before the house, and whoever came near it was cut to pieces. Niezguinek traced a circle with holy chalk, and placing himself...
-Imperishable. Part 6
I do not want your riches, answered Niezguinek, but in exchange for your freedom give me the diamond key which belongs to the silver ship with the golden masts, for in that vessel dwells Princess S...
-Ohnivak
A CERTAIN king had a beautiful garden which contained a number of very rare trees, but the most rare of all was an apple tree. It stood in the middle of the garden, and produced one golden apple every...
-Ohnivak. Part 2
For answer the prince let fly an arrow from his crossbow, but it is impossible to say whether he hit the fox for it vanished and did not appear again. The second brother, without meeting with any a...
-Ohnivak. Part 3
Insolent thief, cried the enraged monarch, how is it that you have escaped the vigilance of the guards and have dared to lay hands upon my horse with the golden mane? It is really disgraceful. ...
-Ohnivak. Part 4
And having thus spoken he turned a somersault over the stump of a fallen tree which lay in the forest: while, to the prince's amazement, he was immediately transformed into a young girl exactly resemb...
-Ohnivak. Part 5
Just so, replied the red fox, for I am greatly in need of some kindness. Now if you will fetch me some of the Water of Death, and some of the Water of Life, from the Red Sea, I will let your nestli...
-Tears Of Pearls
ONCE upon a time there lived a very rich widow, with whom lived three children - a handsome stepson; his sister, who was marvellously beautiful; and her own daughter, passably good-looking. Al...
-Tears Of Pearls. Continued
Now a beautiful story is soon told, but the acts of which it is the sum pass more slowly. After many adventures of little importance he reached the capital of a kingdom by the sea, and there obtain...
-The Sluggard
ON the banks of a certain river, where there was always good fishing, lived an old man and his three sons. The two eldest were sharp-witted, active young men, already married; the youngest was stupid ...
-Kinkach Martinko
ONCE upon a time there was a poor woman who had an only daughter, named Helen, a very lazy girl. One day when she had refused to do a single thing, her mother took her down to the banks of a stream an...
-The Story Of The Plentiful Tablecloth, The Avenging Wand, The Sash That Becomes A Lake, And The Terrible Helmet
NOW it once happened that one of the king's herdsmen had three sons. Two of these lads were supposed to be very sharp-witted, while the youngest was thought to be very stupid indeed. The elder sons he...
-The Story Of The Plentiful Tablecloth. Part 2
When it had uttered these words the oak ceased to speak, and the fool, thanking her, bowed, and turned towards home. On his way he wondered to himself how he should tell his brothers, and what they wo...
-The Story Of The Plentiful Tablecloth. Part 3
The fool sat down on the grass, and spreading out his tablecloth, said: O Tablecloth, who for the poor, The hungry, and thirsty, makes cheer, May he who begs from door to door Feed off you with...
-The Story Of The Plentiful Tablecloth. Part 4
O marvellous, wonderful, lake-forming Band, For my safety, and not for my fun, Bear me in a boat on thy waves far from land, So that I from my foes need not run. There was a shimmering in the air...









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