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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.105 - The Elfin Hall

This is one of Hans Christian Andersen’s more obscure stories. It begins with several lizards gossiping eagerly about a ruckus taking place on the nearby elfin mound. 785 more words

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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.104 - Four of the Fearless

To be the protagonist of a fairy tale is to have the deck stacked against you, with suffering around pretty much every corner and an debatable definition of ‘happy’ waiting at the end. 3,338 more words

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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.103 - The Sun Princess and the Prince

I encountered this Lithuanian fairy tale in Folk tales From the Soviet Union: The Baltic Republics, compiled by Robert Babloyan and Mirlena Shumskaya and published in 1986. 3,100 more words

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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.102 - The Blackstairs Mountain

Not to be confused with ‘The Legend of Black Mountain‘, this Irish fairy tale is from Ruth Manning-Sanders’ collection A Book of Witches. A little girl and her widowed grandmother live on a hilltop; the windows of their cottage look out across a valley to the looming bulk of the Blackstairs Mountain, where witches are known to live. 628 more words

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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.101 - The Valiant Little Tailor

In this Grimm brothers story, a tailor purchases jam. That doesn’t sound like the beginning of anything other than lunch, but it’s summer and the tailor, having incautiously left his bread and jam unattended, finds the party crashed by a swarm of flies. 1,390 more words

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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.100 - An Adoration of Dragons

Cue the curse-breaking and mass reanimations! Since starting this project two years ago I’ve spent one hundred Tuesdays reviewing fairy tales and if you aren’t equipped to get that joke by now, I do not know what to do with you people. 4,343 more words

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Fairy Tale Tuesday No.99 - The Juniper Bush

There are times when I find a fairy tale that’s too wonderfully peculiar not to review, and this Swedish story – taken from Ruth Manning-Sanders’ A Book of Cats and Creatures – is a perfect example. 1,348 more words

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