Legends and Sagas
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from Exclusively Slavonic Sources
by A. H. Wratislaw
This collection of Slavic folktales at first glance appears to
have all of the usual suspects of European Märchen.
Evil stepmothers: check; plucky youths overcome impossible odds to marry
kings' daughter: check; dimwitted peasants given magical gifts: check.
What makes this book special are some tales and motifs that hint
at even older lore.
Number 27 is for all intents
and purposes identical to the Native American 'Earth Diver' creation myth.
In 47, man is created from a drop
of God's sweat.
There are two tales of a global flood in 48 and
In 36 there is a very dark 'Abraham and Isaac' story
which goes a bit further than the Bible.
In 51, there is a story of a hundred-leaved
rose bush which resembles images from the Kabbalah and Yogic lore.
And number 59 is the tale of St. Patrick in a
All in all, a great anthology of eastern European folklore.
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
VIII. Godmother Death
IX. The Four Brothers
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
XVI. Cudgel, Bestir Yourself!
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
XII. 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
XXXV. The Lord God as an Old Man
XXXVI. Bulgarian Hospitality
XXXVIII. The Golden Apples and the Nine Peahens
XXXIX. The Language of Animals
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
LII. Kraljevitch Marko
LIII. The Daughter of the King of the Vilas
LIV. The Wonder-Working Lock
LV. The She-Wolf
LVII. The Friendship of a Vila and of the Months
LVIII. The Fisherman's Son
LIX. The White Snake
LX. The Vila