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PREFACE

THE Editor takes this opportunity to repeat what he has often said before, that he is not the author of the stories in the Fairy Ebooks; that he did not invent them `out of his own head.' He is accustomed to being asked, by ladies, `Have you written anything else except the Fairy Ebooks?' He is then obliged to explain that he has not written the Fairy Ebooks, but, save these, has written almost everything else, except hymns, sermons, and dramatic works.

The stories in this Violet Fairy Ebook, as in all the others of the series, have been translated out of the popular traditional tales in a number of different languages. These stories are as old as anything that men have invented. They are narrated by naked savage women to naked savage children. They have been inherited by our earliest civilised ancestors, who really believed that beasts and trees and stones can talk if they choose, and behave kindly or unkindly. The stories are full of the oldest ideas of ages when science did not exist, and magic took the place of science. Anybody who has the curiosity to see the `Legendary Australian Tales,' which Mrs. Langloh Parker has collected from the lips of the Australian savages, will find that these tales are closely akin to our own. Who were the first authors of them nobody knows -- probably the first men and women Eve may have told these tales to amuse Cain and Abel. As people grew more civilised and had kings and queens, princes and princesses, these exalted persons generally were chosen as heroes and heroines. But originally the characters were just `a man,' and `a woman,' and `a boy,' and `a girl,' with crowds of beasts, birds, and fishes, all behaving like human beings. When the nobles and other people became rich and educated, they forgot the old stories, but the country people did not, and handed them down, with changes at pleasure, from generation to generation. Then learned men collected and printed the country people's stories, and these we have translated, to amuse children. Their tastes remain like the tastes of their naked ancestors, thousands of years ago, and they seem to like fairy tales better than history, poetry, geography, or arithmetic, just as grown-up people like novels better than anything else.

This is the whole truth of the matter. I have said so before, and I say so again. But nothing will prevent children from thinking that I invented the stories, or some ladies from being of the same opinion. But who really invented the stories nobody knows; it is all so long ago, long before reading and writing were invented. The first of the stories actually written down, were written in Egyptian hieroglyphs, or on Babylonian cakes of clay, three or four thousand years before our time.

Of the stories in this ebook, Miss Blackley translated `Dwarf Long Nose,' `The Wonderful Beggars,' `The Lute Player,' `Two in a Sack,' and `The Fish that swam in the Air.' Mr. W. A. Craigie translated from the Scandinavian, `Jasper who herded the Hares.' Mrs. Lang did the rest.

Some of the most interesting are from the Roumanion, and three were previously published in the late Dr. Steere's `Swahili Tales.' By the permission of his representatives these three African stories have here been abridged and simplified for children.

A TALE OF THE TONTLAWALD

LONG, long ago there stood in the midst of a country covered with lakes a vast stretch of moorland called the Tontlawald, on which no man ever dared set foot. From time to time a few bold spirits had been drawn by curiosity to its borders, and on their return had reported that they had caught a glimpse of a ruined house in a grove of thick trees, and round about it were a crowd of beings resembling men, swarming over the grass like bees. The men were as dirty and ragged as gipsies, and there were besides a quantity of old women and half-naked children.

One night a peasant who was returning home from a feast wandered a little farther into the Tontlawald, and came back with the same story. A countless number of women and children were gathered round a huge fire, and some were seated on the ground, while others danced strange dances on the smooth grass. One old crone had a broad iron ladle in her hand, with which every now and then she stirred the fire, but the moment she touched the glowing ashes the children rushed away, shrieking like night owls, and it was a long while before they ventured to steal back. And besides all this there had once or twice been seen a little old man with a long beard creeping out of the forest, carrying a sack bigger than himself. The women and children ran by his side, weeping and trying to drag the sack from off his back, but he shook them off, and went on his way. There was also a tale of a magnificent black cat as large as a foal, but men could not believe all the wonders told by the peasant, and it was difficult to make out what was true and what was false in his story. However, the fact remained that strange things did happen there, and the King of Sweden, to whom this part of the country belonged, more than once gave orders to cut down the haunted wood, but there was no one with courage enough to obey his commands. At length one man, bolder than the rest, struck his axe into a tree, but his blow was followed by a stream of blood and shrieks as of a human creature in pain. The terrified woodcutter fled as fast as his legs would carry him, and after that neither orders nor threats would drive anybody to the enchanted moor.

A few miles from the Tontlawald was a large village, where dwelt a peasant who had recently married a young wife. As not uncommonly happens in such cases, she turned the whole house upside down, and the two quarrelled and fought all day long.

By his first wife the peasant had a daughter called Elsa, a good quiet girl, who only wanted to live in peace, but this her stepmother would not allow. She beat and cuffed the poor child from morning till night, but as the stepmother had the whip-hand of her husband there was no remedy.

For two years Elsa suffered all this ill-treatment, when one day she went out with the other village children to pluck strawberries. Carelessly they wandered on, till at last they reached the edge of the Tontlawald, where the finest strawberries grew, making the grass red with their colour. The children flung themselves down on the ground, and, after eating as many as they wanted, began to pile up their baskets, when suddenly a cry arose from one of the older boys:

`Run, run as fast as you can! We are in the Tontlawald!'

Contents:

  1. A TALE OF THE TONTLAWALD
  2. THE WOODCUTTER IN THE TONTLAWALD
  3. The Tontlawald
  4. Now The OLD MAN Disappeared after Dinner
  5. THE FINEST LIAR IN THE WORLD
  6. THE BEST BEE
  7. THE STORY OF THREE WONDERFUL BEGGARS
  8. THE FAIRIES CATCH THE BABY
  9. THE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN SOOTHES THE SERPENT-KING
  10. SCHIPPEITARO
  11. DEFEAT OF THE MOUNTAIN-SPIRIT BY THE YOUTH AND SCHIPPEITARO
  12. THE THREE PRINCES AND THEIR BEASTS (LITHUANIAN FAIRY TALE)
  13. The LION & THE FOX COME TO THE RESCUE
  14. The faithful Beasts wept round The dead body of The Prince
  15. The Witch and The Prince
  16. THE GOAT'S EARS OF THE EMPEROR TROJAN
  17. THE NINE PEA-HENS AND THE GOLDEN APPLES
  18. UnDER The GOLDEn APPLE TREE
  19. The Dragon flies off with the Empress.
  20. THE LUTE PLAYER
  21. THE LUTE PLAYER
  22. THE GRATEFUL PRINCE
  23. The Prince meets a Strange man in the wood
  24. HOW THE BLACK COW WAS TRICKED
  25. The FLIGHT ALONG THE Hedge OF PEAS
  26. DANGERS FOLLOWING
  27. THE CHILD WHO CAME FROM AN EGG
  28. Your heart is heavy with two sorrows
  29. THE FAIRY AND DOTTERINE PASS UNSEEN THROUGH THE CAMP OF THE ENEMY
  30. STAN BOLOVAN
  31. STAN BOLOVAN MEETS HIS FAMILY
  32. STAN BOLOVAN OUTWITS THE DRAGON
  33. THE DRAGON ALARMED
  34. THE TWO FROGS
  35. THE STORY OF A GAZELLE
  36. THE GAZELLE BRINGS THE DIAMOND TO THE SULTAN
  37. THE GAZELLE BRINGS CLOTHES TO HIS MASTER
  38. The Gazelle cuts off the Serpent's Heads
  39. ThE GAZELLE
  40. HOW A FISH SWAM IN THE AIR AND A HARE IN THE WATER.
  41. TWO IN A SACK
  42. Two Out of a Sack
  43. IN FUTURE LEAVE THE STICK ALONE; TWO OUT OF THE SACK
  44. THE ENVIOUS NEIGHBOUR
  45. THE FAIRY OF THE DAWN
  46. The EMPEROR Whose RIGhT eye LaUGHeD while his LeFT eye wept
  47. PETRU HAS TO TURN BACK
  48. THE BATTLE WITH THE WELWA IN THE COPPER WOOD
  49. Among the Flowers were lovely maidens calling to him with soft voices
  50. The Whirlwind seizes the wreath
  51. PETRU WAKES THE GIANT UP}
  52. MORNING-GLORY THE FAIRY OF THE DAWN
  53. THE ENCHANTED KNIFE
  54. The Princess at the curtain
  55. THE ENCHANTED KNIFE
  56. JESPER WHO HERDED THE HARES
  57. A hare for a kiss
  58. THE UNDERGROUND WORKERS
  59. THE UNDERGROUND WORKERS
  60. THE HISTORY OF DWARF LONG NOSE
  61. JEM FOLLOWS THE OLD WOMAN
  62. HANNAH DOES NOT RECOGNISE JEM
  63. THE GOOSE FINDS THE MAGIC HERB
  64. THE NUNDA, EATER OF PEOPLE
  65. The Nunda, Eater of People
  66. the PRince FinDs the Nunda
  67. THE STORY OF HASSEBU
  68. Hassebu to the Serpent-King
  69. THE MAIDEN WITH THE WOODEN HELMET
  70. THE IMPUDENT YOUNG MEN
  71. THE GIRL WITH THE WOODEN HELMET
  72. THE MONKEY AND THE JELLY-FISH
  73. THE MONKEY BROUGHT TO OTOHIME
  74. THE HEADLESS DWARFS
  75. A DWARF WAS IN THE BELL
  76. Hans fights the headless Dwarfs
  77. THE YOUNG MAN WHO WOULD HAVE HIS EYES OPENED
  78. What The Young Man Saw in The Wood
  79. THE BOYS WITH THE GOLDEN STARS
  80. The Stepmother digs a Grave for the Babies
  81. The Boys With The Golden Stars
  82. The Punishment of the Stepmother
  83. THE FROG
  84. THE WITCHES LAUGHING
  85. THE PRINCESS WHO WAS HIDDEN UNDERGROUND
  86. THE GIRL WHO PRETENDED TO BE A BOY
  87. THE PRINCESS CHARGES THE LION
  88. Fet-FRuneRs & ILiAne escpe from the Mother of the Genius
  89. THE STORY OF HALFMAN
  90. THE PRINCE WHO WANTED TO SEE THE WORLD
  91. The Prince feeds the baby from his flask
  92. FOR A MOMENT THE DOVE'S HEAD BECOMES THAT OF A BEAUTIFUL GIRL
  93. VIRGILIUS THE SORCERER
  94. VIRGILIUS AND THE EVIL SPIRIT
  95. FEBILLA'S PUNISHMENT
  96. THE COPPER HORSE
  97. VIRGILIUS THE SORCERER CARRIES AWAY THE PRINCESS OF BABYLON
  98. MOGARZEA AND HIS SON
  99. MOGARZEA & HIS SON ``WHERE DO YOU COME FROM?''
  100. The BOY PIPeS TO the Elves
  101. MOGARZEA & HIS SON RETURN HOME

 

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