Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Public Domain VIII: Myths, Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales

From the Hoodie-Crow
from the
Lilac Fairy Book by
Andrew Lang
“I like a good story well told. That’s the reason I’m sometimes forced to tell them myself.”
- Mark Twain

It doesn’t seem possible put it seems I haven’t shared a public domain post since 2015! There have been seven before this one and the links to those resources may be found at the end of the page. In this post you will find nature myths, tales of water-sprites, elves, devils, goblin, pourquoi tales and so much more.

I know there will be something special there for you that will jump off the page shouting, “Pick me! Tell me!” When you do, I would love it if you would share your discovery with me.

The Book of Nature Myths by Florence Holbrook, 1904. Fifty-nine stories nature myths including Why the Peacock’s Tail Has a Hundred Eyes, and many more.

Folk-lore and Legends of Germany by Anonymous, 1892. Water-sprites, dancers, elves and more are found between the virtual covers of this book.

Korean Folk Tales: Imps, Ghosts and Fairies by James S. Gale, 1913. Visit with Ten Thousand Devils, The Awful Little Goblin, and more mysterious creatures from Korea.
The Norwegian Fairy Book by Clara Stroebe, 1922. Meet The Troll-Wife, The Young Fellow and the Devil, or The Pastor and the Sexton, and then make your way through the other 34 stories from Norway.

Myths and Legends of Flowers, Trees, Fruits and Plants by Charles M. Skinner, 1911. This book offers many stories, some very short, others more fully formed; a helpful book for background information when you are planning a nature program.

Rumanian Bird and Beast Stories, by M. Gastor, Ph.D., 1915. Dozens of Pourquoi tales at your fingertips.

Tales Of The Fairies And Of The Ghost World by Jeremiah Curtin, 1895. Fitzgerald, O’Donohue, Kerry and Connors are just a few of the men and their stories included in the volume of 30 Irish tales.

The Talking Thrush and Other Tales of India collected by W. Crooke and retold by W.H. Drouse, 1922. The jackal, tortoise, goat, and monkey are just a few of the animals you will meet in these 43 tales from India.

Told in the Coffee House: Turkish Tales collected by Cyrus Adler and Allan Ramsay, 1898. According to the author, “Some of the stories…areadaptations of those already known in Arabic and Persian literature, but the Turkish mindgives them a new setting and a peculiar philosophy.”
Viking Tales by Jennie Hall, 1902. “These Norse stories have… three values…
the love of truth, the hardy endurance, the faithfulness to plighted word, that
make them a child's fit companions.” 

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