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The Wonderful Birch The Wonderful Birch

The Wonderful Birch
ONCE upon a time there were a man and a woman, who had an only daughter. Now it happened that one of their sheep went astray, and they set out to look for it, and searched and searched, each in n different part of the wood. Then the good wife met a witch, who said to her:'If you spit, you miserable creature, if you spit into the sheath of my knife, or if you run between my legs, I shall change you into a black sheep.'The woman neither spat, nor did she run between her legs, but yet the witch changed... Fairy Tales - Post by : lloven2 - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 1621

The Norka The Norka

The Norka
ONCE upon a time there lived a King and Queen. They had three sons, two of them with their wits about them, but the third a simpleton. Now the King had a deer park in which were quantities of wild animals of different kinds. Into that park there used to come a huge beast--Norka was its name--and do fearful mischief, devouring some of the animals every night. The King did all he could, but he was unable to destroy it. So at last he called his sons together and said, 'Whoever will destroy the Norka, to him will I give the... Fairy Tales - Post by : Donbaba - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 2441

The Enchanted Pig The Enchanted Pig

The Enchanted Pig
ONCE upon a time there lived a King who had three daughters. Now it happened that he had to go out to battle, so he called his daughters and said to them:'My dear children, I am obliged to go to the wars. The enemy is approaching us with a large army. It is a great grief to me to leave you all. During my absence take care of yourselves and be good girls; behave well and look after everything in the house. You may walk in the garden, and you may go into all the rooms in the palace, except the... Fairy Tales - Post by : mlmpro - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 1647

Princess Rosette Princess Rosette

Princess Rosette
ONCE upon a time there lived a King and Queen who had two beautiful sons and one little daughter, who was so pretty that no one who saw her could help loving her. When it was time for the christening of the Princess, the Queen--as she always did-- sent for all the fairies to be present at the ceremony, and afterwards invited them to a splendid banquet.When it was over, and they were preparing to go away, the Queen said to them:'Do not forget your usual good custom. Tell me what is going to happen to Rosette.'For that was the name... Fairy Tales - Post by : joelmon - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 3293

Brother And Sister Brother And Sister

Brother And Sister
BROTHER took sister by the hand and said: 'Look here; we haven't had one single happy hour since our mother died. That stepmother of ours beats us regularly every day, and if we dare go near her she kicks us away. We never get anything but hard dry crusts to eat--why, the dog under the table is better off than we are. She does throw him a good morsel or two now and then. Oh dear! if our own dear mother only knew all about it! Come along, and let us go forth into the wide world together.'So off they started... Fairy Tales - Post by : dcmarketer - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 1419

The Master Thief The Master Thief

The Master Thief
THERE was once upon a time a husbandman who had three sons. He had no property to bequeath to them, and no means of putting them in the way of getting a living, and did not know what to do, so he said that they had his leave to take to anything they most fancied, and go to any place they best liked. He would gladly accompany them for some part of their way, he said, and that he did. He went with them till they came to a place where three roads met, and there each of them took his... Fairy Tales - Post by : berle1 - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 2632

The Black Thief And Knight Of The Glen The Black Thief And Knight Of The Glen

The Black Thief And Knight Of The Glen
IN times of yore there was a King and a Queen in the south of Ireland who had three sons, all beautiful children; but the Queen, their mother, sickened unto death when they were yet very young, which caused great grief throughout the Court, particularly to the King, her husband, who could in no wise be comforted. Seeing that death was drawing near her, she called the King to her and spoke as follows:'I am now going to leave you, and as you are young and in your prime, of course after my death you will marry again. Now all the... Fairy Tales - Post by : Michael_D_Price - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 3064

The Death Of Koshchei The Deathless The Death Of Koshchei The Deathless

The Death Of Koshchei The Deathless
IN a certain kingdom there lived a Prince Ivan. He had three sisters. The first was the Princess Marya, the second the Princess Olga, the third the Princess Anna. When their father and mother lay at the point of death, they had thus enjoined their son: 'Give your sisters in marriage to the very first suitors who come to woo them. Don't go keeping them by you!'They died, and the Prince buried them, and then, to solace his grief, he went with his sisters into the garden green to stroll. Suddenly the sky was covered by a black cloud; a terrible... Fairy Tales - Post by : spazz896 - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 1051

Soria Moria Castle Soria Moria Castle

Soria Moria Castle
THERE was once upon a time a couple of folks who had a son called Halvor. Ever since he had been a little boy he had been unwilling to do any work, and had just sat raking about among the ashes. His parents sent him away to learn several things, but Halvor stayed nowhere, for when he had been gone two or three days he always ran away from his master, hurried off home, and sat down in the chimney corner to grub among the ashes again.One day, however, a sea captain came and asked Halvor if he hadn't a fancy... Fairy Tales - Post by : empower - Date : July 2010 - Author : Andrew Lang - Read : 2783