Slavic Fairy Tales, Folk Tales and Fables
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About: Slavic folk tales and fairy tales are abundant and enduring. Slavic folklore arose from the need to give meaning to the hardships of life, and to understand the brutal world around them, the foreboding forests, the thunderous seas, and the wars that raged.
Steeped in dark myth and wild legends, Slavic folk tales paint a world of witchcraft and sorcery, a land of superstition. They were more than fairy stories; they were a way of life. True, Slavic myths provided adult entertainment around the campfire at night, but the stories were also the basis and the bond of a community’s values, beliefs and traditions. Even to this day, heroes from folk tales are honored with holidays and widely celebrated throughout the Slavic regions of Russia, Ukraine and Romania.
Christianization affected Slavic mythology as gods and goddesses were replaced with religious icons, and vampires and werewolves were fought now by a holy brotherhood of Christian believers. For the Slavs though, much to the vexation of the Priests, Christianity was more of an addition to their ancient beliefs than an actual replacement.
Wide and wonderful tales, Slavic folklore is full of mysterious and frightening beings and intrepid heroes. Spirits and demons may be fickle, one day friend and one day foe, with no rhyme or reason. Slavs must be quick on their feet and wise in their hearts to outwit the monsters that haunt their land. Popular authors of Slavic folk tales include Aleksander Chodzko, whose collection Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen features 20 tales of Slavic origin. Parker Fillmore’s The Laughing Prince also features tales from the region.
- The Broad Man, the Tall Man, and the Man with Eyes of Flame
- Beauty and the Horns - The Story of an Enchanted Maiden
- The Best Wish - The Story of Three Brothers and an Angel
- The Dwarf with the Long Beard
- The Dragon's Strength - The Story of the Youngest Prince Who Killed the Sparrow
- The Death of Koshchei the Deathless
- The Enchanted Canary
- The Enchanted Knife
- The Enchanted Peafowl - The Story of the Golden Apples, the Wicked Dragon, and the Magic Horse
- The Emperor Trojan's Goat's Ears
- The Flying Carpet, the Invisible Cap, the Gold-Giving Ring and the Smiting Club
- The Finest Liar in the World
- The Goat's Ears of the Emperor
- The Girl in the Chest - The Story of the Third Sister Who was Brave and Good
- Long, Broad and Quick-Eye
- The Laughing Prince: The Boy Who Could Talk Nonsense
- The Little Lame Fox - The Story of the Youngest Brother Who Found the Magic Grape-Vine and Married the Golden Maiden
- The Little Singing Frog - The Story of a Girl Whose Parents were Ashamed of Her
- Lord and Master - The Story of the Man Who Understood the Language of the Animals
- Kovlad - 2. The Lost Child
- The Nightingale in the Mosque - The Story of the Sultan's Youngest Son and the Princess Flower o' the World
- The Spirit of the Steppes
- The Sluggard
- The Story of the Plentiful Tablecloth, the Avenging Wand, the Sash that Becomes a Lake and the Terrible Helmet
- The Story of Three Wonderful Beggars
- The Silver Tracks - The Story of the Poor Man Who Befriended a Beggar
- The Sun; Or, The Three Golden Hairs of the Old Man Vsévède
- Tears of Pearls
- The Three Treasures of Giants
- Two in a Sack
- The Abode of the Gods - 1. The Two Brothers
- The Abode of the Gods - 2. Time and the King of the Elements
- The Abode of the Gods - 3. The Twelve Months
- The Wonderful Hair - The Story of a Poor Man Who Dreamed of an Angel
- The Wonderful Hair
- The Wonderful Birch
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