THE WOOING OF BECFOLA (IRISH FAIRY TALES) by James Stephens

CHAPTER I We do not know where Becfola came from. Nor do we know for certain where she went to. We do not even know her real name, for the name Becfola, “Dowerless” or “Small-dowered,” was given to her as a nickname. This only is certain, that she disappeared from the world we know of,…

OISIN’S MOTHER (IRISH FAIRY TALES) by James Stephens

CHAPTER I EVENING was drawing nigh, and the Fianna-Finn had decided to hunt no more that day. The hounds were whistled to heel, and a sober, homeward march began. For men will walk soberly in the evening, however they go in the day, and dogs will take the mood from their masters. They were pacing…

Ivan Popyalof (Russian Fairy Tales) by W. R. S. RALSTON

Once upon a time there was an old couple, and they had three sons. Two of these had their wits about them, but the third was a simpleton, Ivan by name, surnamed Popyalof. For twelve whole years Ivan lay among the ashes from the stove; but then he arose, and shook himself, so that six…

Marya Morevna (Russian Fairy Tales) by W. R. S. RALSTON

In a certain kingdom there lived a Prince Ivan. He had three sisters. The first was the Princess Marya, the second the Princess Olga, the third the Princess Anna. When their father and mother lay at the point of death, they had thus enjoined their son:—“Give your sisters in marriage to the very first suitors…

The Norka (Russian Fairy Tales) by W. R. S. RALSTON

Once upon a time there lived a king and queen. They had three sons, two of them with their wits about them, but the third a simpleton. Now the King had a deer-park in which were quantities of wild animals of different kinds. Into that park there used to come a huge beast—Norka was its…