Sixty Slavonic Folktales

A charming set of folktales gathered from Bohemia to the Russian Steppes, beautifully translated by A.H. Wratislaw.


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A full list of contents is as follows:


Bohemian Stories
I.—Long, Broad, and Sharpsight
II.—‘The Three Golden Hairs of Grandfather Allknow’
IV.—Intelligence and Luck
V.—The Jezinkas
VI.—The Wood-Lady
VII.—George With the Goat

Moravian Stories
VIII.—Godmother Death
IX.—The Four Brothers

Hungarian-Slovenish Stories
X.—The Three Lemons
XI.—The Sun-Horse
XII.—The Golden Spinster
XIII.—Are You Angry?

Upper and Lower Lusatian Stories
XIV.—Right Always Remains Right
XV.—Little Red Hood

Kashubian Story
XVI.—Cudgel, Bestir Yourself!

Polish Stories
XVII.—Prince Unexpected
XVIII.—The Spirit of a Buried Man
XIX.—The Pale Maiden
XX.—The Plague-Swarm


White Russian Stories
XXI.—The Frost, the Sun, and the Wind
XXII.—Little Rolling-Pea
XXIII.—The Wonderful Boys

Little Russian Stories (From Galicia)
XXIV.—God Knows How to Punish Man
XXV.—The Good Children
XXVI.—The Devil and the Gipsy
XXVII.—God and the Devil

Little Russian Stories (From South Russia)
XXVIII.—The Beautiful Damsel and the Wicked Old Woman
XXIX.—The Snake and the Princess
XXX.—Transformation Into a Nightingale and a Cuckoo
XXXI.—Transmigration of the Soul
XXXII.—The Wizard

Great Russian Stories
XXXIII.—The Lime-Tree
XXXIV.—Ilya of Murom and Nightingale the Robber


Bulgarian Stories
XXXV.—The Lord God as an Old Man
XXXVI.—Bulgarian Hospitality
XXXVIII.—The Golden Apples and the Nine Peahens
XXXIX.—The Language of Animals

Serbian Stories
XL.—The Lame Fox
XLI.—The Sons’ Oath to Their Dying Father
XLII.—The Wonderful Hair
XLIII.—The Dragon and the Prince

Serbian Stories From Bosnia
XLV.—The Birdcatcher
XLVI.—The Two Brothers

Serbian Stories From Carniola
XLVII.—The Origin of Man
XLVIII.—God’s Cock
XLIX.—Kurent the Preserver
L.—Kurent and Man
LI.—The Hundred-Leaved Rose

Croatian Stories
LII.—Kraljevitch Marko
LIII.—The Daughter of the King of the Vilas
LIV.—The Wonder-Working Lock
LV.—The She-Wolf

Illyrian-Slovenish Stories
LVII.—The Friendship of a Vila and of the Months
LVIII.—The Fisherman’s Son
LIX.—The White Snake
LX.—The Vila

Slavonic Fairy Tales

Poland, Russia, Bohemia, and Servia have contributed stories to this little collection. It may be said that the Bohemian tales, perhaps through the genius of the poets who have preserved them, have, in their original form, more art, more grace, more completeness of outline, than the others. Those from Poland reflect the passive virtues and genial warmth of the peasants whose lives they illustrate. A greater simplicity, amounting even to childishness, will be found to characterise the Russian stories. Those from Servia are in some features unique, and may be found the most interesting of the series. The exalted imagination of the Servian race is allied with keen and homely sense, and their vigorous and beautiful romances called forth the admiration of Goethe. It is hoped that these varied characteristics may not wholly have evaporated in translation. [From the Preface.]


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This delightful book contains forty tales from the Slavonic lands, entitled as follows:

Carried Away by the Wind
Why is the Sole of Man’s Foot Uneven?
The Snow-Child
The Demon’s Dance
The Plague-Omen
Story of Gol Voyansky
Lidushka and the Water Demon’s Wife
The Hare’s Heart
The Wonderful Hair
Story of Vasilisa with the Golden Tress,and of Ivan the Pea
The Emperor Trojan’s Goat’s Ears
The Language of Animals
The Evil Eye
Huntsman the Unlucky
How to Choose a Wife
The Plague
Golden Hair
The Plague and the Peasant
Handicraft above Everything
Ivan Kruchina
Right and Wrong
Yanechek and the Water Demon
Spirit Treasures
Just Earnings are Never Lost
Story of Little Simpleton
The Maiden who was Swifterthan the Horse
The Book of Magic
The Wise Judgment
The Maiden who was Wiserthan the King
The Long-desired Child
The Wicked Wood-Fays
The Wonderful Bird
Wisdom and Fortune
The Three Brothers
The Brownie, or House Spirit
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