The three snake-leaves

There was once on a time a poor man, who could no longer support his only son...

The white snake

A long time ago there lived a king who was famed for his wisdom through all the land...

The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean

In a village dwelt a poor old woman, who had gathered together a dish of beans and wanted to cook them...

The Fisherman and His Wife

There was once on a time a Fisherman who lived with his wife in a miserable hovel close by the sea, and every day he went out fishing...

The Valiant Little Tailor

One summer’s morning a little tailor was sitting on his table by the window; he was in good spirits, and sewed with all his might...

The Riddle

There was once a King’s son who was seized with a desire to travel about the world, and took no one with him but a faithful servant...

The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage

Once on a time a mouse, a bird, and a sausage became companions, kept house together, lived well and happily with each other, and wonderfully increased their possessions...

Mother Holle

There was once a widow who had two daughters —-one of whom was pretty and industrious, whilst the other was ugly and idle...

The Seven Ravens

There was once a man who had seven sons, and still he had no daughter, however much he wished for one...

The Singing Bone

In a certain country there was once great lamentation over a wild boar that laid waste the farmer’s fields, killed the cattle, and ripped up people’s bodies with his tusks...

The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs

There was once a poor woman who gave birth to a little son; and as he came into the world with a caul on, it was predicted that in his fourteenth year he would have the King’s daughter for his wife...

The Louse and the Flea

A louse and a flea kept house together and were brewing beer in an egg-shell. Then the little louse fell in and burnt herself...