Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Public Domain Folktales VII : Fairytales, Folktales, Legends and Myths From Around the World

The Princess Imprisoned in the Summerhouse
by H.J. Ford, 1892
from Andrew Lang's Green Fairy Book
“Pay heed to the tales of old wives. It may well be that they alone keep in memory what it was once needful for the wise to know.”- J.R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

It has been far too long since I posted a collection of public domain books. Here is the seventh in the installment that will continue to for as long as there are stories to share!

Below you will find tales from France, Korea, Serbia, India and more. It always amazes me that we have an endless supply of wonder tales at our fingertips.

I hope you find something wonderful to add to your spring and summer storytelling repertoire.

The Animal Story Book by Andrew Lang, 1914

Eskimo Folktales by Knud Rasmussen, 1921

Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts and Ghost-Gods collected and translated by W.D. Westervelt, 1916.

Korean Imps, Ghosts and Fairies
by James S. Gale, 1913

The Man who Married the Moon: and other Pueblo Indian folk-stories by Charles Fletcher Lummis, 1894.

Myths and Legends of All Nations translated and edited by Logan Marshall, 1914.
Old French Fairy Tales by Comtesse De Segur, 1920.
Serbian Fairy Tales by Elodie L. Muatovich, 1919
The Talking Thrush and Other Tales of India collected by W. Crooke and retold by W.H. Drouse, 1922.

Tales of the Sun or Folktales from Southern India
collected by Mrs. Howard Kingscote and Paṇḍit Naṭêsá Sástrî, 1890

Twenty-Three Tales by Leo Tolstoy

The Writings of Lafcadio Hearn, 1922
Village Folktales of Ceylon by Henry Parker, 1914

Welsh Fairy-Tales and Other Stories collected and edited by P.H. Emerson, 1891.

Below is an invaluable resource, now available on line, to assist you when researching stories by theme.

Motif-Index of Folk-Literature by Stith Thompson. A classification of narrative elements in Folktales, Ballads, Myths, Fables, Mediaeval Romances, Fabliaux, Jest-Books and Local Legends. These books are fully searchable.

Volume I: A - C 

Volume 2:  D - E

Volume 3:  F- H

Volume 4:  J - K

Volume 5:  L - Z

And if you missed the six previous blog posts of public domain story collections go to:

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