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We’re sharing some new delightful Christmas tales from France, Germany and other regions. Enjoy these legends of Christmas trees, present-giving, Christ and more.

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"Hannah does not recognize Jem." Illustration by H.J. Ford, published in The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang (1906), Longmans, Green and Co.

Get to Know German Folklore: Lesser Known German Tales

The world of German folklore and fairy tales contains beloved fairy tales like The Piped Piper, or Rumpelstiltskin but what about Germany’s lesser-known stories? The folklore of Germany is vast. Plenty of treasures lie within the collections.

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Art by Mikalojus Konstantinos Ciurlionis (1909). "Fairy Tale Castle."

Publish Your Own Stories on Fairytalez

With our website, readers have been able to enjoy beloved fairy tales like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Thumbelina and many more; now it’s time to take our love of stories to new heights. Fairytalez is proud to announce a new self-publishing feature where anyone can share their original fairy tale and folk lore stories with the world!

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"The lad in the bear skin and the King of Arabia's daughter." Illustration by Kay Nielsen, published in East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the Norse Illustrated by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe (1914), George Duran Company.

A Prince Who is a Beast: The Search for the Lost Husband in Fairy Tales

Chances are, you’ve probably read fairy tale or folk tale that is known as type “The Search for the Lost Husband,” and may not even know it. For example, the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast relates to this type. What does it mean if a tale is classified “The Search for the Lost Husband”?

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This photograph depicts the Hans Christian Andersen statue in Central Park

Hans Christian Andersen and Three of His Fairy Tales You May Not Know

Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark, and each year, literature enthusiasts celebrate his birthday. Andersen’s more than 160 fairy tales gave the world so many memorable characters and stories, several of which would go on to be retold in movies, television, and books. From The Little Mermaid to the Steadfast Tin Soldier, Hans Christian Andersen stories have stood the test of time.

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