Saturday, May 11, 2013

Public Domain VI : Ballads, Folktales, Fairytales and Legends

The Golden Slipper

Serbian Fairy Tales
It has been awhile since I posted a collection of public domain books. Here is the sixth in the installment that will continue to for who knows how long! This one offers a collection of ballads, poetry, prose, folktales, legends and fairy tales. I hope you find something delicious to tell among these tasty offerings.

A Book of New England Legends and Lore in Prose and Poetry by Samuel Adams Drake 1901. Delve into both these imaginative tales from the New England region of the United States.

Ancient Tales and Folk-lore of Japan by Richard Gordon Smith, 1918. A collection of “historical legends and folktales from Japan. Themes include ghosts; unrequited love across social boundaries; Shinto landscape, tree and ocean spirits; and tales driven by Bushido and Buddhist ethics.”

Czechoslovak Fairy Tales by Parker Fillmore, 1919. “The old king reached into his pocket, drew out a golden key, and handed it to the prince.” So begins the story of Longshanks, Girth and Keen, one of the many tales that await you within.

Fairy Legends of the French Provinces, 1883 – Thirty-four lovely stories filled with charm and enchantment.

Mighty Mikko: Finnish Folk and Fairy Tales by Parker Fillmore, 1922. Trolls, princesses, animals and a sixteen part nursery epic await you among the pages of this book.

Myths of the Cherokee by James Mooney, 1903. Myths, Wonder Stories, Historic Traditions and Legends will whisk you away.

The Russian Story Book by Richard Wilson, 1916. Fifteen tales, several featuring the hero Ilya, others with Nikita the Footless, the Cake-Baker and more.

Serbian Fairy Tales by Elodie L. Muatovich, 1918. Seeking some longer stories to share? This book offers a number of tales in three, four and six parts.

Silesian Folk Tales (the Book of Rübezahl) by James Lee and James Thomas Carey, 1915.In legends Rübezahl is a giant, gnome or mountain spirit. He is friendly with good people but if you ridicule him he will take his revenge. Sometimes he is the trickster in folktales.
Stories from the Ballads Told to the Children by Mary Macgregor, 1923. The stories of Young Tamlane, Thomas the Rhymer and others await you.

And if you missed the previous blog posts of public domain story collections here are the links for posts 1-5.

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Beverly Cottman said...

Thanks Karen! The blog posts and resources have been life savers (or at least reputation savers) for me on several occasions. I have always been able to find just what I needed. So you are not "shouting down a hole."
Your efforts are greatly appreciated by this storyteller.

Karen Chace said...

Hi Beverly,

Your lovely note brought a smile to my face. Thank you so much for sharing your time and letting me know the blog has helped you find what you need from time to time. Notes like yours keep me going. :)


Jill Johnson said...

May I second Beverly's comments? Your research has saved my bacon more than once - and you have spurred me to do more and better research for myself. Many thanks!!

Karen Chace said...

And thank you Jill for starting my day on a bright note! Happy to have "saved your bacon more than once." :)