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Who says you're too old for a good fairy tale? Reading original versions of folktales and fairy tales from around the world every Monday through Friday, this podcast is for everyone who has a love of the mystery that surrounds us and the ways we try to explain it.

Who says you're too old for a good fairy tale? Reading original versions of folktales and fairy tales from around the world every Monday through Friday, this podcast is for everyone who has a love of the mystery that surrounds us and the ways we try to explain it.
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Who says you're too old for a good fairy tale? Reading original versions of folktales and fairy tales from around the world every Monday through Friday, this podcast is for everyone who has a love of the mystery that surrounds us and the ways we try to explain it.

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English


Episodes

The Islands of Flowers - A Portuguese Folktale

6/17/2019
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You know that I can't pass up a good origin story, right? 'The Islands of Flowers' is a very, very good one about the origin of the Azores. Title: The Islands of Magic: Legends, Folk and Fairy Tales from the Azores Author: Elsie Spicer Eells Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:05:18

Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse - An English Folktale

6/14/2019
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'Titty Mouse and Tatty Mouse' is an English folktale that is profoundly sad, beginning with two lovely mice and a countryside tableau and ending with none of this. From: English Fairy Tales Author: Flora Annie Steel Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:07:14

Tattercoats - An English Folktale

6/12/2019
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Take one part "The Goosegirl", one part "Cinderella", and mix it with a little 'Pied Piper' and you'll get the English folktale of 'Tattercoats'. From: English Fairy Tales Author: Flora Annie Steel Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:09:59

The Golden Ball - An English Folktale

6/10/2019
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If you think you have family issues may I refer you to the English folktale of 'The Golden Ball'. Now this poor girl has family issues. Luckily she also has a true love, which is almost always better in folklore. From: English Fairy Tales Author: Flora Annie Steel Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:08:33

The Sparrow and The Two Children - An Armenian Folktale

6/7/2019
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The Armenian folktale of 'The Sparrow and The Two Children' is much, much more than another story about a wicked stepmother trying to kill off her stepchildren. It's all about showing kindness, especially to animals. From: English Fairy Tales Author: Flora Annie Steel Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:08:11

Mind or Luck, Which? - An Armenian Folktale

6/5/2019
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The Armenian folktale of 'Mind or Luck, Which?' has some strong thematic ties to the story of Job in the Old Testament. Two sides arguing with a man caught in the middle and in the end, nobody actually wins. From: The Golden Maiden and other folk tales and fairy stories told in Armenia Author: A. G. Seklemian Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:06:34

A Wise Weaver - An Armenian Folktale

6/3/2019
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In the Armenian tale of 'A Wise Weaver' we have a rather ingenious man save his kingdom from invasion and then politely decline the King's job offer. From: The Golden Maiden and other folk tales and fairy stories told in Armenia Author: A. G. Seklemian Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:06:42

A Story About Three Youths All Skilled in Certain Things and How They Used That Skill to Circumvent a Difficulty - A Nigerian Folktale

5/31/2019
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In 'A Story About Three Youths All Skilled in Certain Things and How They Used That Skill to Circumvent a Difficulty' we see the familiar trope of threes played out in a unique manner. Instead of three challenges to overcome we see three different ways to overcome a single challenge. From: Hausa Folk-Lore Author: Maalam Shaihua, tr. by R. Sutherland Rattray Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject. Img...

Duration:00:05:27

The Story of The Boy and The Old Woman and How the Wasp Got His Small Waist - A Nigerian Folktale

5/29/2019
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In the Nigerian tale of 'The Story of The Boy and The Old Woman and How the Wasp Got His Small Waist' we learn not why the wasp is, but rather why he's shaped the way he is. And the reason, according to the Hausa, is quite a tale. From: Hausa Folk-Lore Author: Maalam Shaihua, tr. by R. Sutherland Rattray Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:04:16

The Story of a Slave, By Name 'The World' - A Nigerian Folktale

5/27/2019
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In 'The Story of a Slave, By Name 'The World'' we meet an adulterous woman and her lovers, including a slave who cannot hold his tongue. From: Hausa Folk-Lore Author: Maalam Shaihua, tr. by R. Sutherland Rattray Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:08:30

The Wonders of The World - A Jewish Folktale

5/24/2019
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In the last of Aunt Naomi's tales of King Alexander, 'The Wonders of The World', we get to see the world through the eyes of Alexander the Great. And Alexander makes a great discovery in the process. From: Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends Author: Aunt Naomi (pseud. Gertrude Landa) Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:12:48

The Land of Darkness and The Gate of Paradise - A Jewish Folktale

5/22/2019
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In 'The Land of Darkness and The Gate of Paradise', King Alexander learns the wisdom of the Queen of The Amazons and discovers the River of Life and The Garden of Eden. From: Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends Author: Aunt Naomi (pseud. Gertrude Landa) Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:11:37

The Vision of Victory - A Jewish Folktale

5/20/2019
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This week the podcast is bringing you the three tales of King Alexander's Adventures from "Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends". This first story, 'The Vision of Victory' introduces us to King Alexander and introduces King Alexander to the Jews. From: Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends Author: Aunt Naomi (pseud. Gertrude Landa) Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:09:49

Legend of The Corn - An Arikara Folktale

5/17/2019
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If you've every wondered "who was the first person to try to eat corn" the Arikara tribe has the answer in 'The Legend of The Corn'. From: Myths and Legends of the Great Plains Author: Unknown Editor: Katharine Berry Judson Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:08:28

How The World Was Made - A Cherokee Folktale

5/15/2019
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I'm a sucker for creation tales, but the Cherokee tale of 'How The World Was Made' is now my absolute favorite. It is the very first creation story I've found that fully accepts that there are unknowns in the story and I love that about it. From: Myths and Legends of the Great Plains Author: Unknown Editor: Katharine Berry Judson Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:09:01

The Baker's Dozen - A North American Folktale

5/13/2019
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Sometimes folklore can help to answer a question that you've held since childhood, like why is a baker's dozen thirteen? In 'The Baker's Dozen' Charles Skinner gives us a reason filled with saints, cakes and a Dutch baker in Albany, NY. From: Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land Author: Charles M. Skinner Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:06:48

The Idiot - An Armenian Folktale

5/10/2019
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'The Idiot' is an Armenian travel tale all about a real doozy of an idiot, even if his idiocy isn't fully apparent from the start. From: The Golden Maiden and Other Folk Tales and Fairy Stories Told in Armenia Author: A. G. Seklemian Illustrators: Ella Dolbear and Elizabeth Geary Help keep The Folktale Project ad-free by becoming a supporter on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/join/folktaleproject.

Duration:00:09:14

The Tricks of a Woman - An Armenian Folktale

5/8/2019
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With 'The Tricks of a Woman' it's surely all about historical perspective. You can see this as a tale to warn men of the cunning nature of women, but I like to see it as a woman putting a cocky man in his place.

Duration:00:06:27

The Maiden of The Sea - An Armenian Folktale

5/6/2019
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In 'The Maiden of The Sea' (our first tale ever from Armenia) we meet "the baby" my very favorite character ever. And I can almost guarantee that you'll love him too!

Duration:00:08:34

Blondine - A French Folktale

5/3/2019
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Our final French story of the week, 'Blondine' is part one of a Patreon supporter special, the complete story of 'The Story of Blondine, Bonne-Biche, and Beau-Minon'.

Duration:00:09:28