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The Marvellous Musician The Marvellous Musician

The Marvellous Musician
THERE was once upon a time a marvellous musician. One day he was wandering through a wood all by himself, thinking now of one thing, now of another, till there was nothing else left to think about. Then he said to himself:'Time hangs very heavily on my hands when I'm all alone in the wood. I must try and find a pleasant companion.'So he took his fiddle out, and fiddled till he woke the echoes round. After a time a wolf came through the thicket and trotted up to the musician.'Oh! it's a Wolf, is it?' said he. 'I've not the... Fairy Tales - Post by : The_Ezine_Team - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 3127

The Seven Foals The Seven Foals

The Seven Foals
THERE was once upon a time a couple of poor folks who lived in a wretched hut, far away from everyone else, in a wood. They only just managed to live from hand to mouth, and had great difficulty in doing even so much as that, but they had three sons, and the youngest of them was called Cinderlad, for he did nothing else but lie and poke about among the ashes.One day the eldest lad said that he would go out to earn his living; he soon got leave to do that, and set out on his way into the... Fairy Tales - Post by : Sarah - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 2810

Bushy Bride Bushy Bride

Bushy Bride
THERE was once on a time a widower who had a son and a daughter by his first wife. They were both good children, and loved each other with all their hearts. After some time had gone by the man married again, and he chose a widow with one daughter who was ugly and wicked, and her mother was ugly and wicked too. From the very day that the new wife came into the house there was no peace for the man's children, and not a corner to be found where they could get any rest; so the boy thought that... Fairy Tales - Post by : candlestick - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 3529

Minnikin Minnikin

Minnikin
THERE was once upon a time a couple of needy folk who lived in a wretched hut, in which there was nothing but black want; so they had neither food to eat nor wood to burn. But if they had next to nothing of all else they had the blessing of God so far as children were concerned, and every year brought them one more. The man was not overpleased at this. He was always going about grumbling and growling, and saying that it seemed to him that there might be such a thing as having too many of these good... Fairy Tales - Post by : doyle - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 2660

Farmer Weatherbeard Farmer Weatherbeard

Farmer Weatherbeard
THERE was once upon a time a man and a woman who had an only son, and he was called Jack. The woman thought that it was his duty to go out to service, and told her husband that he was to take him somewhere.'You must get him such a good place that he will become master of all masters,' she said, and then she put some food and a roll of tobacco into a bag for them.Well, they went to a great many masters, but all said that they could make the lad as good as they were themselves, but... Fairy Tales - Post by : MarkB - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 2831

The Nettle Spinner The Nettle Spinner

The Nettle Spinner
IONCE upon a time there lived at Quesnoy, in Flanders, a great lord whose name was Burchard, but whom the country people called Burchard the Wolf. Now Burchard had such a wicked, cruel heart, that it was whispered how he used to harness his peasants to the plough, and force them by blows from his whip to till his land with naked feet.His wife, on the other hand, was always tender and pitiful to the poor and miserable.Every time that she heard of another misdeed of her husband's she secretly went to repair the evil, which caused her name to be... Fairy Tales - Post by : patriccl - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 3035

The Enchanted Canary The Enchanted Canary

The Enchanted Canary
IONCE upon a time, in the reign of King Cambrinus, there lived at Avesnes one of his lords, who was the finest man--by which I mean the fattest--in the whole country of Flanders. He ate four meals a day, slept twelve hours out of the twenty-four, and the only thing he ever did was to shoot at small birds with his bow and arrow.Still, with all his practice he shot very badly, he was so fat and heavy, and as he grew daily fatter, he was at last obliged to give up walking, and be dragged about in a wheel-chair, and... Fairy Tales - Post by : viraltools.com - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 921

Dapplegrim Dapplegrim

Dapplegrim
THERE was once upon a time a couple of rich folks who had twelve sons, and when the youngest was grown up he would not stay at home any longer, but would go out into the world and seek his fortune. His father and mother said that they thought he was very well off at home, and that he was welcome to stay with them; but ho could not rest, and said that he must and would go, so at last they had to give him leave. When he had walked a long way, he came to a King's palace. There... Fairy Tales - Post by : ntibbs - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 1909

The Three Dwarfs The Three Dwarfs

The Three Dwarfs
THERE was once upon a time a man who lost his wife, and a woman who lost her husband; and the man had a daughter and so had the woman. The two girls were great friends and used often to play together. One day the woman turned to the man's daughter and said:'Go and tell your father that I will marry him, and then you shall wash in milk and drink wine, but my own daughter shall wash in water and drink it too.'The girl went straight home and told her father what the woman had said.'What am I to do?'... Fairy Tales - Post by : candyman340 - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 1516

The Golden Branch The Golden Branch

The Golden Branch
ONCE upon a time there was a King who was so morose and disagreeable that he was feared by all his subjects, and with good reason, as for the most trifling offences he would have their heads cut off. This King Grumpy, as he was called, had one son, who was as different from his father as he could possibly be. No prince equalled him in cleverness and kindness of heart, but unfortunately he was most terribly ugly. He had crooked legs and squinting eyes, a large mouth all on one side, and a hunchback. Never was there a beautiful soul... Fairy Tales - Post by : exit9to5 - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 3092

The True History Of Little Golden Hood The True History Of Little Golden Hood

The True History Of Little Golden Hood
YOU know the tale of poor Little Red Riding-hood, that the Wolf deceived and devoured, with her cake, her little butter can, and her Grandmother; well, the true story happened quite differently, as we know now. And first of all the little girl was called and is still called Little Golden-hood; secondly, it was not she, nor the good grand-dame, but the wicked Wolf who was, in the end, caught and devoured.Only listen.The story begins something like the tale.There was once a little peasant girl, pretty and nice as a star in its season. Her real name was Blanchette, but she... Fairy Tales - Post by : Tuddy - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 4110

The Ratcatcher The Ratcatcher

The Ratcatcher
A VERY long time ago the town of Hamel 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 broad daylight through the streets, and swarmed so, all over the houses, that people at last could not put their hand or foot down anywhere without touching one. When dressing in the morning they found them in their breeches and petticoats, in their pockets and in their boots; and when they wanted a morsel to eat, the voracious horde had swept away... Fairy Tales - Post by : sweetsuccess - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 3026

Drakestail Drakestail

Drakestail
DRAKESTAIL was very little, that is why he was called Drakestail; but tiny as he was he had brains, and he knew what he was about, for having begun with nothing he ended by amassing a hundred crowns. Now the King of the country, who was very extravagant and never kept any money, having heard that Drakestail had some, went one day in his own person to borrow his hoard, and, my word, in those days Drakestail was not a little proud of having lent money to the King. But after the first and second year, seeing that they never even... Fairy Tales - Post by : wynningwaays - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 2189

Kari Woodengown Kari Woodengown

Kari Woodengown
THERE was once upon a time a King who had become a widower. His Queen had left one daughter behind her, and she was so wise and so pretty that it was impossible for any one to be wiser or prettier. For a long time the King went sorrowing for his wife, for he had loved her exceedingly; but at last he grew tired of living alone, and married a Queen who was a widow, and she also had a daughter, who was just as ill-favoured and wicked as the other was good and beautiful. The stepmother and her daughter were... Fairy Tales - Post by : alesf - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 1324

The Six Sillies The Six Sillies

The Six Sillies
ONCE upon a time there was a young girl who reached the age of thirty-seven without ever having had a lover, for she was so foolish that no one wanted to marry her.One day, however, a young man arrived to pay his addresses to her, and her mother, beaming with joy, sent her daughter down to the cellar to draw a jug of beer.As the girl never came back the mother went down to see what had become of her, and found her sitting on the stairs, her head in her hands, while by her side the beer was running all... Fairy Tales - Post by : why97 - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 1394

The Voice Of Death The Voice Of Death

The Voice Of Death
ONCE upon a time there lived a man whose one wish and prayer was to get rich. Day and night he thought of nothing else, and at last his prayers were granted, and he became very wealthy. Now being so rich, and having so much to lose, he felt that it would be a terrible thing to die and leave all his possessions behind; so he made up his mind to set out in search of a land where there was no death. He got ready for his journey, took leave of his wife, and started. Whenever he came to a... Fairy Tales - Post by : Bruce_Springste - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 1512

The Three Princesses Of Whiteland The Three Princesses Of Whiteland

The Three Princesses Of Whiteland
THERE was once upon a time a fisherman, who lived hard by a palace and fished for the King's table. One day he was out fishing, but caught nothing at all. Let him do what he might with rod and line, there was never even so much as a sprat on his hook; but when the day was well nigh over, a head rose up out of the water, and said: 'If you will give me what your wife shows you when you go home, you shall catch fish enough.'So the man said 'Yes' in a moment, and then he caught... Fairy Tales - Post by : jardo - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 1771

Graciosa And Percinet Graciosa And Percinet

Graciosa And Percinet
ONCE upon a time there lived a King and Queen who had one charming daughter. She was so graceful and pretty and clever that she was called Graciosa, and the Queen was so fond of her that she could think of nothing else.Everyday she gave the Princess a lovely new frock of gold brocade, or satin, or velvet, and when she was hungry she had bowls full of sugar-plums, and at least twenty pots of jam. Everybody said she was the happiest Princess in the world. Now there lived at this same court a very rich old duchess whose name was... Fairy Tales - Post by : venkata - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 1305

The Little Good Mouse The Little Good Mouse

The Little Good Mouse
ONCE upon a time there lived a King and Queen who loved each other so much that they were never happy unless they were together. Day after day they went out hunting or fishing; night after night they went to balls or to the opera; they sang, and danced, and ate sugar-plums, and were the gayest of the gay, and all their subjects followed their example so that the kingdom was called the Joyous Land. Now in the next kingdom everything was as different as it could possibly be. The King was sulky and savage, and never enjoyed himself at all.... Fairy Tales - Post by : James - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 1258

Jack And The Beanstalk Jack And The Beanstalk

Jack And The Beanstalk
JACK SELLS THE COWONCE upon a time there was a poor widow who lived in a little cottage with her only son Jack.Jack was a giddy, thoughtless boy, but very kind-hearted and affectionate. There had been a hard winter, and after it the poor woman had suffered from fever and ague. Jack did no work as yet, and by degrees they grew dreadfully poor. The widow saw that there was no means of keeping Jack and herself from starvation but by selling her cow; so one morning she said to her son, 'I am too weak to go myself, Jack, so... Fairy Tales - Post by : knopka - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 1374