Short Fairy Tales

Tales of handsome princes and beautiful princesses;
fearsome beasts and wicked witches; daring quests and courageous deeds; romantic love, wonder, magic and adventure.

The Girl In The Butterfly Coat

“That coat you are wearing is the butterfly coat and is only ever given to friends of the butterflies. It has powerful magic and will always protect you”.

A rose petal, a red ribbon and a kiss. (A fairytale)

Once upon a time there was a young girl called Esme who lived with her cruel stepmother.

A Tale Of Two Friends – A Short Fairytale

Once upon a time there were two little girls named Tira and Tiara.

Amarinda

Once upon a time, a young peasant woman called Amarinda fell in love with a boy, a field worker, called Nevitt, who lived in a neighbouring house and they were married in a beautiful moonlit wedding.
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Autumn Gold or ‘Honesty Is the Best Policy’

the biggest, most beautiful royal carriage that either the Aunt or the cousins had ever seen, drawn by six white horses.

Caravantina or The Girl Who Never Grew Up

Once upon a time there were three little peasant girls named Moelle, Andrietta and Caravantina and they always used to steal apples and pears from the garden of an old woman who everyone said was a wi

The Four Odd Sons

Once upon a time, a couple who could have no children prayed to the green goddess of Nature for a strong, handsome son.

The Greatest Treasure In All The World (Inspiration Point)

Once, many centuries ago, a little girl was born named The Oracle of Gold who had the power to see, just using her mind, where treasure was hidden, whether it be precious metals or jewels or even pape

Tonkatina

Once there was a witch named Nannykotta who, though she was more powerful than any witch in the whole world, never grew older and would never die, was still unhappy because she couldn’t have childre

The Princess In The Mask

The good hearted look beautiful
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The 4 Mirrors

There was once a wealthy merchant of Lovingia who owned a fleet of trading ships and used them to transport fine fabrics and spices and other exotic goods from far and wide.

Short Fairy Tales 1: The Singing Princess

Once upon a time, a long time ago, in a little village, a poor peasant farmer’s wife gave birth to seven children; all of them girls.

Short Fairy Tales 2 : The Princess And The Doll - Part 1

Once upon a time, a long time ago there was a young princess named Adelia who lived in a large palace and had two very loving parents but then, high on the uppermost reaches of heaven in the golden pa

Short Fairy Tales 2: The Princess And The Doll - Part 2

“I should have smashed that doll when I had it in my hands”, said Methyr angrily

Fairylynne

Once, long ago and far away, in a little ivy covered cottage at the edge of a forest, lived a poor woodcutter, his wife and their little daughter whose name was Fairylynne.

The Music Box – Part 1

a young nobleman called Frederick who was very deeply in love with the princess and had sworn to himself to do anything to ensure her happiness

The Music Box – Part 2

all the colours of the rainbow agreed, “Love has conquered all”.

The Legend of The Robin

A long time ago, a handsome young Saxon nobleman named Oswyn fell in love with a beautiful Norman lady named Honnourée; the wife of a wealthy and powerful Norman baron; the Baron de Mortain.

The Princess and The Passage Of Time

Then the carnival continued, though it was not a Winter Carnival anymore but a Carnival to celebrate the return of the Spring.

The Toymaker Of Baghdad

Once upon a time in the far off city of Baghdad there lived a toymaker whose only daughter the Sultan wanted to make his wife but she did not want to marry the old Sultan and so, secretly, the toymake

The Moonlight Gown

Then an orchestra began to play and, bowing before her, the Prince asked, “Would you honour me with this dance, please Princess”.
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The Three Treasures of Jeremiah

There was once, a long time ago, a poor peasant lad called Jeremiah Hughes who was very much in love with the beautiful daughter of a rich lord but she would not marry him because he had no money.

Little Green Ribbon (A tale of kindness and gratitude)

There was once a little girl called Little Green Ribbon because of the green silk ribbon she always wore in her long, wavy brown hair.

The Spider Prince

she was so happy that she gave the spider a kiss.

The Legend of Jin- An Oriental Fairytale

Jin was amazed by the young woman who was so beautiful and yet so powerful

The Fairy Child

Once, a long time ago, a baby girl was abandoned in the forest and would probably have been eaten by wolves if Bahoo, the King of all Fairyland had...

The Doll Father (A short fairy tale)

Once, a long time ago in a faraway land, there lived a little boy called Brin. He lived in a little shack in the woods because his mother and father...

Octoberina

Once, in a distant kingdom, long ago, a princess was born who had blazing red hair on one side of her head and bright golden hair upon the other and...

The Princess and The Tiger

Once; I think it was in India or perhaps Sumatra or some other exotic and far, distant land, a prince left his princess to go into the forest. The...
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The Stone Child (A Christmas Fairytale)

Once there was a little girl called Agnetha who lived with her wicked aunt Hezabel and her two horrid and very ugly cousins. Agnethas wicked aunt was...

The Tale of the 3 Brothers

There once was an aging king called Thurom who had three sons called Nadyn, Roseryn and Sovrum and, gathering them together before him, he said to...
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The 4 Sides Of The Earth

Once there was a poor young man who lived in a little cottage in the woods and, one day, when he opened his cottage door he saw a little baby lying...
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The Lebukken Expert (Fairy Tale)

There is a kind of creature called a Lebukken; a type of mischievous sprite , who is particularly famous for being uncatchable. Catch a Lebukken in a...

The Maiden In The Mirror

There was once, long ago in a far-away kingdom, a very vain witch who had a magic mirror that would always make her look far more beautiful than she...
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The Brother and Sister

Once, in a far-distant country, a Queen gave birth to two children; a boy named Orisson and a girl named Thiora but they were both so weak and ill...
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The Mare-Maid's Treasure

One warm, summer’s day, a long time ago, a young man named Jerwin was gathering firewood in the forest near to his house when he happened to spy a...

The Good Fairy and The Bad Fairy

Once, there were two brothers; two fairies; one, called Goodun, who was always doing good and one, called Baddun who was always working mischief and...

The Rose Hearted Princess - Part 1

Once, in the far off and exotic land of Zamarkand, a baby princess was born with a red rose growing out of her heart and through her chest. It was...

The Rose Hearted Princess – Part 2

Now, with the golden bottle containing the magical healing elixir safely in his possession, Faziq made his way back homeward. But, as he was riding...
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The Maiden and The Madrinog

There was once a young princess who so loathed the idea of getting married that she decided to set three tasks which she presumed must be impossible...

The Rich Man's Reward

One Easter, a long time ago, a miser was sitting down to eat a hardboiled egg when a beggar came up to him and asked him if he would share the egg...

Cutina

Once there was a princess who had to jump everywhere. She would have to jump out of bed and jump across her room and even jump, one step at a time,...
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The Giant's Daughter

Once a young man named Cedric was in the market place with his friends when he saw a woman who he thought was the most beautiful woman he had ever...
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The Tree Father

Once, a poor woodcutter went into the forest and started to cut down a tree but then, to his surprise, he heard the tree cry out, “Stop woodcutter...
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The Voice & The Angel

Once, in ages past, when kings and queens in golden palaces ruled the world and magic was still a common thing there was a Princess called Arranella...

The Three Truly Fabulous Things

Once a travelling showman dressed in a brightly coloured patchwork suit, with a green feather in his cap came to a village, playing a flute and...
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Generous Gemmalina

Once there was a poor girl called Gemmalina who lived with her old sick Grandmother and her little brother and sister in a run down cottage and, one...
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Merry-Anne and The Three Doors

Once there was a poor girl named Merry – Anne who lived with her step mother in a little rundown house in a poor part of town. Her step mother was...
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The Prince with the kindest heart (A fairy tale)

The Red Prince, the Blue Prince and the Yellow Prince all desired to marry the Green Princess and they were constantly competing for her affections...

The Child Who Thought That Up Was Down

There once was a poor child who had known nothing but cruelty and neglect. Her step mother you see was a terrible woman who, every time she beat her...

The Ruby Heart

Once, a long, long time ago, an old man and woman were outside their little stone cottage when they saw a fairy that was caught upon a spiders web...

Tomathan, the Clumsy

Once, a long time ago; so long ago that your great, great grandfather would not even have been born; there was a young man named Tomathan who was...
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The Magic Healing Sword

Once there was a poor blacksmith who was approached by an old woman with a broken sword. “Mend the blade of this sword, blacksmith”, said the old...

The Tale of Theodoric

Once, in a castle high up in the tyrolean mountains, there lived a wizard with a gigantic alphorn made out of the horn from the head of a giant...

The Child of The Princess

Once, in a little village in the countryside, a poor peasant girl named Ammabella dreamt of being a princess; of living in a palace and of marrying a...

The Magic Wedding Ring

Once upon a time there was a boy named Ronnel who was head over heels in love with a girl in his village and so deeply wanted to marry her. But the...
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A pair of paper wings

Once upon a time a little girl, called Icarina, lost both her parents and she had to live with her cruel aunt, a witch named Margella, and her three...

The Faithful Beauregard (Or Buttons Gets The Girl)

Once there was a very poor peasant lad named Beauregard who loved an equally poor peasant girl named Elsa and longed to marry her. But in spite of...

The She-Beast

Three brothers there were, long ago and in a far away land; one who was great in power and strength; one who was great in intellect and cunning and...
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Valissa and The Hands That Cared

There was once a little six year old girl named Valissa who was very, very happy and the reason why she was so happy was because she had two parents...

The Ugly One And The Plague of Perfection

There was once a sorceress named Fiore who had attained immense power through the devoted study of a white book; an ancient book of magical arts but...

The Pretty Amazon

There was once an Amazon girl named Alma who was very, very, very beautiful. Unfortunately for her; within the culture of her people, physical...

Princess Back -To- Front

Once upon a time a young woman was cursed by an old wizard because she spurned his advances. “I curse you”, he said, “To say and do the opposite of...
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The Fire Queen

One Autumn day, long ago, the fire queen was travelling through the land as fast as wildfire spreads when she came to a house, outside of which,...

The Envious Peahen

There was once a peahen who was very jealous of her husband’s beautiful bright tail feathers. “Just look at him”, she’d say, bitterly, “Strutting up...

Prince Handsome

There once was a woman who stayed young and lived forever by draining the life of the land around her. She lived in a large beautiful castle but...

The Animal Brothers

Once a woman gave birth to three boys and a girl but the three boys were not human. The oldest of the three boys was a rat and so the mother chased...
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The Rosebud of Saragossa

Once upon a time, in Zaragoza in the north of Spain, from an old Gypsy woman, a man, named Umberto, bought a magical rosebud; a living rosebud that...

Coppercurls

One cold and windy November day, a big brown bear was in its cave trying to sleep because bears always sleep through the winter. But the bears cave...

The Mer-Prince

Once upon a time, a long time ago, the brother of a king killed his brother and took his throne and his wife as his queen and then, fearing that the...

The Shadow and The Lamp of Scarlet

There once were two red coated soldiers who were very good friends and, in battle, one of them was shot through the chest with a bullet and, while he...

The Snow Prince (Short Christmas Fairytale)

Once upon a time, beneath a tall tree in the middle of a snowy field stood a snowman with coal lump eyes and a carrot nose but unlike an ordinary...
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Magnetina- The Most Attractive Girl In The World

Once upon a time there was a young maid who was very sad because she was always being teased by her cruel step mother and step sisters who, jealous...
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The Deal With Death

There once was a young man, named Rozerto who was in love with a woman named Vivia and longed so much to have her love that he said to himself, I...
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Princess Samuel

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a little girl whose parents, sadly, didn’t want a little girl; they wanted a little boy but then because...

Jack And The Dream That Came True (Short Fairy Tale)

Once upon a time, the mother of a young lad named Jack had a very peculiar dream; almost a nightmare and when she awoke the next morning she told her...

The Enchanted Clothes

Once upon a time a poor peasant girl dressed in rags, with no shoes or socks upon her feet and her hair all tangled but with dreams of being a lady,...
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The Girl and The Giant (A short Fairytale)

Once upon a time, a young maid was walking through the woods when she came upon a field full hundreds and hundreds of pure golden flowers. “Oh there...

Song for a Princess

Once a Prince wrote a song for his wife as a declaration of his love for her, a song about her eyes and how they shone like the stars; about their...
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The Magicalendar (Fairy tale)

Once upon a time, a long time ago, an old man who was dying made a will leaving all of his money, land and property to his beloved son, his only heir...
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The Balloon Boy and The Clockwork Girl

Once, two poor little orphans, a brother and a sister, seeing a tree in a garden upon which lollipops were hanging like fruit, climbed over the wall...

The man; his Wife, the bad cook and the Giant

Once upon a time, there was a man, named Gordon, whose wife was a terrible cook. The bread rolls and cakes that she made were as hard as rocks and...

What Am I?

A king who prided himself upon his intellect once made an official declaration, offering his daughters hand to anyone who could devise a riddle which...
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The Jewels of Jeweliana

Once a couple had a child; a little girl called Jeweliana and her mother, for her sixth birthday gave her a present of a beautiful golden necklace; a...

The Keepsake

Once there was a young couple, a prince and princess named Orwen and Avin and the prince gave the princess a beautiful golden locket containing a...

The Brave Young Boy and the Beast that None could see.

Once upon a time, in a far off kingdom, the palace of a great king was attacked by a ferocious but completely invisible beast with a terrible roar...
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The House Without Mirrors

Deep in a dark wood was an old house and one day a young maiden named Shara was wandering through the woods when she heard all rustling leaves upon...
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The three sons from three different fathers

Once upon a time, a long time ago, a beautiful woman had three sons with three different but very handsome fathers; one of them with black skin who...

Valentina

One Valentine’s day, a long time ago; a young orphan girls wicked Aunt and her three ugly cousins, because they were jealous of her beauty and charm...

Hans and The Three Princess’s

Once, in the house of a witch, an evil witch who turned to stone whenever the sun came up, there were three princess’s, identical to each other in...

The Sleepless Prince

Once a little boy, a Prince, named Moreus was in the forest when he came upon a cave where an old white robed man was sleeping and he woke the old...
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Solarina (Story inspired by the Solar Eclipse)

There once was a girl called Solarina who lived with a wicked aunt called Mizrabelle who would make her dress in rags and sleep on a cold floor and...

The Witch’s Quandry

A cruel witch once kidnapped a little girl, a princess and, locked her within a tower and though the door of the tower was not locked, when she tried...

The House In The Cellar

Once there was a boy and girl, Lowra and Dorrance who were deeply in love; in fact they were engaged to be married. But then one day an old witch...

The Archers and The Dreamers

There was once, in the land of Believe it or not, two tribes called the Archers and the Dreamers. The Dreamers would put on painted wings and fly;...
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The Glass Boy

Once, a long time ago in a land far away, a queen gave birth to a boy that was made of polished glass and the boy was so delicate that his parents...
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Mia and Maya

Long ago and far away, in a little cottage, lived two little girls named Mia and Maya who had parents that loved them very much. But then sadly there...

The Prince and The Deer Girl

In the fairy realm there are many types of fairies and one kind are deer-people. You may sometimes catch sight of a deer maiden while in the forest...

The Girl, the dog, the cat and the mouse

Once there was a young girl called Ebda who had three pets; a dog, a cat and a mouse who got on very well together and loved the girl very much...
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Charliana

Once, in a long ago time and a faraway country; an evil hearted witch called Haglia, sprouting raven wings upon her back, abducted a little baby girl...

Legend of the Sunset (Or the Sun king’s search for a bride)

One hot summer, many summers ago; the Sun king came down from his golden kingdom in the sky riding upon his winged golden chariot, seeking one of the...

The Wind-Up Fairy

Once upon a time, two young friends name Rafello and Vinnio were in the forest when they saw a man dressed in star covered robes and a pointed, star...

The Duchess And The Dandelion

Long ago, the evil wizard of Darkness who was the half brother and enemy of the Golden wizard of the Sun kidnapped a beautiful young maiden named...
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The Princess and The Panda

Long ago, in China, a baby girl, a Princess, named Lou Lee was kidnapped by an evil wizard, named Fang Fu who took her to his paper pagoda and bound...
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The Legend of The Prince In The Underworld

Once, a long time ago, a Prince of Persia named Amour was dying of a terrible illness and his wife Romantia begged of death, "If you let my husband...

The Blue Rose (Short Fairy Tale)

Once, a young man named Santian asked the woman he loved whose name was Narissa if there was anything she wanted that he could get for her to show...

The Tale Of Little Blue Bonnet (Red Riding Hood-esque tale)

There was once a little girl who everyone called little blue bonnet because of the blue hat she always wore. And one day, little blue bonnet was...

Liam and The Leprechaun

Once, a long time ago, in Ireland, two friends named Neil and Liam caught a Leprechaun in the forest as he was sitting under a tree mending, as...

Maryshka and The Red Door

Once there was a poor little orphan girl called Maryshka who, because her parents had both been eaten by a fierce purple dragon leaving her with...

Ivan Ivanovich (Story loosely based on Russian Folktales)

There was once a Prince of Russia named Ivan Ivanovich Ivanov who fell in love with a young peasant girl called Evgenia and tried to woo her by...

Abdulla and The Half-Magic Lamp

There once was a poor young man named Abdulla who within a cave found half a magic lamp and when he rubbed the half a magic lamp then half a genie...
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Yuki-Onna : The Snow Maiden (Tale based upon Japanese folklore)

Long ago, in Japan, in the region of Tohoku that is far to the North, there lived a young woodcutter named Makoto who had two elder brothers and one...
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The Wise Child

One December, long ago, in a little village in lower Saxony, what is now a part of modern Germany, the people of the village recieved word that the...
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The Midnight Spell

There was once a Witch, called Drucinda, who was getting very old but she had read in her witches book of spells that if she could get a young woman...

The Horse That Would Only Go North

There was once a horse that would only go North. It was a beautiful white mare and swift as the wind and so it had many owners but no matter who...
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A Trail Of Stars

Once there was a girl called Pearl, an orphan who lived with her wicked Aunt and her three ugly cousins. They didn't call her Pearl, however, because...

The Boy with Frogs Legs

Once upon a time, because it was a hot summers day, a young woman went swimming in a lake but, unfortunately, the lake was home to mermaids who did...

Christopher, The Witch and The Wise Worm In The Wooden Apple

Once upon a time there was a poor boy named Christopher after the saint who, because his mother and father had died, had no one to care for him and...

El Sombreron (Based upon a Guatemalan folktale)

Long ago in the land of Guatemala, there was a young girl named Susana; a very beautiful girl with large brown eyes and long dark hair and because...

The Eternal Flame

Once upon a time, a long time ago, a prince, returning from abroad, brought back his princess the present of a magic flaming candle. "I was told by...

The Fate Of The Three Sisters

Once, three sisters met an old fortune teller on the road to town and the two eldest ones pestered her to tell their fortunes. But when the fortune...

The Tale Of King Solomon's Crown

King Solomon had a magic crown which made anyone who wore it wise. But no man could wear it because the moment that a man put on the crown he became...

The Blossom Tree (A fairy tale)

Long ago, in Japan a young girl called Sakura was kidnapped by an old witch and kept as her prisoner so that the witch could sap her youthful life...

The Rabbits Egg (An Easter Tale)

Once upon a time there was a little girl called Daisy whose mother and father loved her very much and always taught her the motto, "As Springtime...

Four Letters

A man went to a Wizard to buy a magic spell but the man only had 4 pennies in his pocket and so the wizard said to him, "For four pennies I can't...

Grow up, grow up

Once upon a time a young man name Timothy Tom was passing by a house in the forest when he happened to spy a most astonishing thing; an old witch was...

A big pot of nothing -

Once upon a time, a miserly old skinflint, within his will, left his poor Nephew Cuthbert a big pot of nothing. "Instead of leaving money to my lazy...

Coal Black and the 13 Goblins (Hope this is not racially offensive; it is not meant to be).

Once upon a time, in the middle of a dense forest there was a little village and, every Summer, on the 5th of June, the people of that village would...

The Beggars Choice

Once upon a time a poor beggar was walking through the forest when a glimmer of gold caught his eye and, looking round, to his astonishment he saw a...

The True Blue Rose

Once upon a time there was a king who was dying and had never seen a blue rose and so he promised the hand of his daughter to anyone who could bring...

The Key of Keys

Once upon a time, in the country of Andora, a tyrranous king asked a keymaker to make him a special key that would open any lock in the world. And at...

Agnetha who was raised by a Troll

Once upon a time a Troll mother, called Trolletha, while giving birth, lost her child and so she went out and, making herself invisible, stole a...

Semyon and The Samovar

Long ago, in Russia, there was an old man who had three sons and, upon his death bed, to the eldest son he left all of his land; to the second eldest...

The Lady In The Lighthouse

A long time ago, a princess named Merlinda was abducted by cruel kidnappers and locked in a tower by the edge of the sea. But the Princess would...
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Summer and The Miser

Once, a golden staircase descending from the sun, Mother Summer, dressed in a golden bikini and wearing a big golden sun hat, golden sunglasses and...
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The 3 Good Luck Charms

Along time ago, in the Kingdom of Navarre, a mother with 3 daughters called Haroldine, Jessipha and Judiette died and left her daughters 3 boxes with...

The Girl Who Would Not Do As She Was Told

Please do not read this story. This story is not for you. Its only for naughty children who don't do as they are told. Oh, you are reading it? Well...

Bjorno

There was once a boy called Bjorno who, at the age of 5 was made an orphan when his mother and father were eaten by a lioness and he was forced to go...

The Boy With The Grovelin On His Back

Once, in a far away kingdom, there was a tree, in the branches of which little imp like creatures called Grovelins lived and children were warned by...

The Prince Of No Land

Once upon a time a king ordered that his daughter choose a husband to marry and, because she did not want to marry, she threw a ring off of a ship...

Cintinella: The Girl Who Wept Diamonds

Once upon a time a little peasant girl named Cintinella was born who, when she cried wept diamonds from her eyes and because she could do this an...

The Itch That None Could Scratch

Once an old witch, fancying a pretty young maid that he saw gathering berries in the forest put a curse upon her. Pointing a back scratcher at her,...

The Knight And The Candle That Burned At Both Ends

Once a witch called Mercilla, because she wanted him to do her bidding, put a slow working curse upon a knight who rode past her house. "At the...

The Magic Bird

Once upon a time, it was in China, some say, a woman found a magic golden bird in the forest that had a broken wing and, taking pity upon the bird,...

Kyrielle And The Wooden Soldier

There was once a little orphan girl called Kyrielle who lived with her cruel stepmother and step sisters. One day, however, her stepmother sent her...

The Souvenir of a dream (Journey IP)

There was once a man who, whenever he dreamed that he had travelled to a certain place, would always bring back something from the dream with him. If...

Sky Blue and Rose Pink

Once there was a poor young orphan boy named Sky Blue who fell deeply in love with a girl named Rose Pink, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy lord...

What will you give me?

There once was a boy called Hans who, because his mother died leaving him penniless, set out with only a piece of cheese in his pocket but as he was...

The Legend of Nakito

Once upon a time an orphan boy was raised in a monastery by the monks; a boy called Nakito. But then one day the monastery was attacked by Kanganga...

The Power of Love

Once, an infant boy was born and when his mother took him in her arms a beam of sun burst from his heart and shone, like a golden kiss, upon her face...

The Grickle

Once, in a far away country there lived an old woman who had three sons called Jack, Jacob and Joseph. And one day, their mother was working in the...

Jack and the Bear

Once upon a time there was a young lad called Jack and Jacks mother sent him into the forest to pick cooking apples for an apple pie. As he was...

Rose Red

Long ago a little girl, the daughter of a queen, was born with fiery red hair and eyes of green and because her red hair reminded her mother of the...

The Gingerbread Man and Woman

Once a baker baked a Gingerbread man and woman; the gingerbread man with shorts and a shirt of blue icing; the gingerbread woman with yellow icing...

The Giant Leaf Of Autumn

Once upon a time, two little children, a little boy and girl called Jev and Vitaliya were wandering through the forest when, on the ground, they...

The Thorn of Tomathy

Once, a long time ago in the land of Arbaria, a royal child was born who was named Tomathy and when he was placed before the altar of the Universal...

The Rebellious Tools

Once upon a time a little girl called Curlylocks was abducted by a wicked witch and taken to her house, bound and gagged. Then the witch said to the...

The Perfect Princess

Once upon a time, a long time ago there was a girl named Caramella. She was called Caramella by her mother because she was as sweet as a caramel...

The Pearl Warrior

There once was a boy who lived in a darkened cave without sunlight for many months and he was chained up to the cave but somehow; through some magic...

The Boy With 9 lives

Once, a long time ago, a baby boy was born with the number 9 upon his back and, at first, his mother was mystified by the strange birthmark but then...
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The Prince And The Parrot

Once upon a time a Prince called Sharoon married a Princess called Ambra but in doing so, he spurned a witch called Harrida who wanted to marry him...

Jet Black

Long ago, in a kingdom of Africa there lived a King and Queen who could not have children and, because the Queen longed deeply for a son she asked a...

The Earthserpent

Once there was a young boy called Hallam who dreamed of being a heroic warrior, of slaying a fearsome beast and marrying a princess but the boy was...
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The Magic Feather

Once upon a time there was a man, named Armelio, who was so poor that he had no food to eat and so, instead he imagined that he had food and, cooking...

The Dragon Prince

Once upon a time, a witch, plotting to seize a throne, married a king but, in order to inherit the throne, she needed to get rid of the kings only...
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Jobert and Ronathan

Once, a long time ago, a mother had twin sons named Jobert and Ronathan who she loved very dearly and every night she would sing a lullaby to them in...

The Wicked Stepmother

Once, a snake slithered into a royal bedroom and bit a queen upon her bigtoe while she was sleeping, killing her in an instant. The snake had been...

A Yuletide Tale

It was a cold, snowy yuletide eve and, in the great hall of King Olaf, hung with hollywreaths and jingling bells, he was celebrating with his guests...
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Frozen Beauty

Long ago the golden Queen of Summer and the Silver Queen of Winter had a dispute over who was most beautiful and to settle the dispute they went to...
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The Advent Calendar

One winters night, a long time ago, as a little girl called Lucy lay in bed dreaming of Santa Clause and a Merry Christmas, an old witch, growing...

The Princess Who Wished For Snow

Long ago, in the Sultanate of Rum. A princess named Abdulina was told by her father, the Sultan that, because he needed an heir, she must choose an...

Ragolezzo

Once upon a time, there was an unruly boy named Ragolezzo, a boy who'd been abandoned by his mother and father and was always getting into trouble...
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The Legend Of New Years Eve

A long time ago, on New Years Eve, time stopped altogether; a witch, camed Chronella because she was afraid of getting older and dying made a magic...

The Magic Longship

Once, long ago, there was a viking prince called Hrothgar who set out to sea in his dragon headed longship with a crew of 40 brave viking warriors...

The Man Who Couldn't Stop Walking

There was once a man called Almeddin who, when he was travelling through the desert one day, found a crystal cave in which a beautiful woman was...

The Boy With Lambs Wool

Once the wife of a shepherd gave birth to a boy covered, from head to toe, in fleece just like a lamb calling him Agnellus which means lamb. But even...

The Boa Boy

Once, a hunter was in the jungle when he met a strange and beautiful woman and, seduced by her beauty, he let her embrace him. But then the woman...

The Heavy Sack

There was once a poor boy named Joe who lived with his mother in a little cottage near the edge of a great field and, because they couldn't pay their...

The Prince And The Stone

Once upon a time a prince left his princess to go upon an important journey to a foreign land, promising that upon his return he would bring her back...

The Kingdom of Mice

Once a little boy, whilst rambling across a field stumbled upon a kingdom of little brown mice. They all lived in little brightly painted houses as...
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The Blue Velvet Bird

In a wonderful land of emerald; in a crystal castle that glowed amber in the light of an orange, crescent shaped sun lived a prince of silver and a...

The Princess In The Moonlight

Dame Fortune spins her wheel and some she blesses with good fortune and others with ill fate. For example, once a little girl named Tyrolina was born...

Rose White

Once upon a time, an evil witch named Vlodwen, picking a white rose from her garden, turned the flower into a daughter called Rose White and forbid...

The Pumpkin Prince

Have you ever had butterflies in your stomach each time you tried to talk to someone you were in love with? Well then, count yourself lucky that that...

Green Apples

Once upon a time there was a young peasant girl named Nerissa who was sitting in the forest and wishing aloud, "Oh wouldn't it be nice if I could...
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The Tale Of Tommy And The Magic Tortoise

Before I begin my tale I would like to show you something that might be of interest. Infront of you I place an ordinary, transparent box. And,...

The Wishing Rod

Once there were two little girls called Sandy and Sue; two orphan girls who, after their parents had died, had been forced to live with their Aunt...
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The Palace Of Love

Once there was a prince, named Prince Arpeggio, who gave up everything for love. You see, one day, he met a peasant girl named Zadora and fell deeply...
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The Lovespoon (A Fairytale for St David's Day)

Once upon a time, in Wales, a poor man gave the woman he hoped to marry a lovespoon he had carved out of wood. And on the lovespoon was carved a key...
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The Change Of Heart

Once there was a king named Victor the first who was a cruel and brutal tyrant who treated all his poor subjects terribly; taxing them to the brink...

The Contest of Angels

Once there were three little orphan girls called Paula, Laura and Sue who lived with their cruel, wicked Aunt, Immelda. And they were walking through...

The Spirit House

Once upon a time a woodcutter cut down a tree in the forest but when he did a little green man, a tree Spirit called a Knoll, leapt out of it and...

Beauty And The Machine

Once an evil wizard called Gorth turned his kind brother Axion into a machine man. And Axion had incredible strength and power; could lift up a house...

The Growing Boxes

There once was an old wizard who had three sons called Balder; Sven and Eric And, upon his deathbed, he gave each of his three sons a small box that...

All The Worlds Quarry

There once was a poor robber named Brixham who, seeing an old house in the woods, thought to rob it and, inside one of its rooms, he saw a large...

Prince Trinden And The Mariog

When greedy or materialistic people die, so the people of Ardolla say, they turn into Mariogs or "Spirits who steal". Often when something goes...
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The Jigsaw Man

Once a little homeless orphan boy, called Romas, was wandering in the woods when he heard a voice saying, "Help me, please". And looking in the...

The Coconut Boy

There once was a poor boy who lived by climbing up coconut trees and picking cocoanuts for selling. And one day he heard that the daughter of the...
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The Three Princesses

Once a queen gave birth to three baby girls but though they were each as beautiful as an August day, one could not hear and one could not see and one...

The Princess And The Golden Bird

Once, upon her 18th birthday, a Queen gave her daughter, Princess Rosette a present of a magic golden cockateel that, she said, would predict the...

Floradora

There once was a prince who built a big statue in honour of the green fairy but this so angered her jealous and evil half sister the red witch that...

The Deaf Prince

Once upon a time; a queen died and her husband remarried but his new queen was an evil witch who, as soon she had a crown upon her head, turned...

The Princess, indestructible

Once, in a happy Kingdom far, far from here, a queen who was expecting a child was visited by the green Goddess of Nature who, with the touch of a...

The Prince With The Glass Eye

Once upon a time, in a far away kingdom there was a beautiful princess who was afraid to go to sleep at night because whenever she did she would have...

Rose Red and her rescuers

Once upon a time, a little girl named Rose Red because of her long red hair lived with a dog, a cat, a bird and a mouse in a little cottage in the...
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How the ribbon dance was invented

You may have seen the famous chinese ribbon dance and even have heard that it started over a 1000 years ago when the Emperor Tang had a dream of a...

The Love Knot

Once upon a time a prince and princess were married and, as was customary in their kingdom, they tied the two ends of a piece of rope together to...
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The Magical Mirror Of Mirabella

Once there was a girl called Mirabella who had been raised from infancy by her evil stepmother and her stepmother put a magic mirror in the hall of...

Melodine

In a long lost kingdom and a long forgotten time there was a girl with a beautiful voice, like harps and nightingales or the way love would sound if...

Simon, the shapeshifter

Long ago there was a rebel leader called Simon, the shapeshifter who fought against a cruel and tyrannous king called Harald the Ironheart and,...

The River Island

Once there was an island in the middle of a river where a witch held a princess as her captive and a prince who wanted to rescue her tried and tried...

The Crown Of Gilda

There was once a poor husband and wife, named Rothbert and Gilda who lived in a small cottage at the edge of a forest and one day, while she was out...
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The Wild Service Tree

Once upon a time there was a garden where no bird dared to twitter, no flower dared to bloom and no child dared to play. Infact not even the sun...
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The Perfect Princess

Once there was a Prince of a kingdom of perpetual night. It had not always been a kingdom of perpetual night but had been cursed by an evil witch...

Jason-Jason

There was once a boy called Jason-Jason who had been born with the power duplicate anything; wether it be a pile of rocks or a pile of gold...

The Princess And The Eclipse

Once, a long time ago, a black prince named Prince Luno and a white princess named Princess Solaya fell in love but the father of the white princess...

The Giant Birthday Cake

Once, a king ordered that a giant birthday cake be baked for him although all the people of his kingdom were starving. "My finest architects should...

Maritza And The Golden Invitation

There once was a girl, named Maritza who had a fairy of bad luck and a fairy of good luck. And the fairy of bad luck made her parents die in an...
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The Forgotten Princess

Once a Princess named Rosephine was riding on her horse when she saw an old woman gathering wood in the kings forest and she shouted at the old woman...
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Miracella (pronounced Mirachella)

One day a poor girl called Miracella had a dream in which her late mother spoke to her and told her to go to the princes ball. "Go to the princes...

The Boy And The Bird

Once a man died, leaving his son nothing except a talking bird who could say only three things, "Keep going", "Don't give up" and "Have courage". And...

The Barnyard Heroes

Once upon a time, two daughters of a farmer were abducted by an evil gang of 100 robbers. And the farmer and his wife were distraught because the...

The Scaredragon

Once there was a village that was always being attacked by a dragon and so the villagers, inspired by the scarecrows in their fields decided to build...

The Pennyaire

There was once a poor peasant boy named Triskle who was in love with a girl named Lalinda but he had nothing to his name except five copper pennies...
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The Golden Balalaika

Long ago, in Russia, there lived a young ambitious man called Peter who loved a beautiful young woman named Anna. They had grown up together and so...

The Gifts Of The Prince

There was once a beautiful princess named Rodanna and she was loved by a prince named Jaykus. But the Princess had a jealous gnome guardian called...

The Mark Of The Three Stars

Once, in a far away place and a long ago time, a prince married a princess named Ariazaria who had the strange birthmark of three stars upon her back...

Princess While- you-wait

There was once a poor orphan girl named While - you- wait who lived with her stepmother. And while her father had been alive the stepmother had been...

The Lost Prince

Once a poor man named Laucan played a game of Shibara against a witch named Chatria. The man threw down his first shibara pot and it broke into 5...

The Pilot, The Soldier and The Sailor

Once there was a princess who had three brave and bold suitors; a pilot, a soldier and a sailor And the pilot said to the princess, "I will fly to...

The Golden Island

There was once a king called Argex who was desperate to travel to the moon so that he could make a trade agreement with the moon people. "They...
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The Island Princess

Once there was a girl named Marilla who lived with her mother, Zilice, on an island surrounded by dense fog on all sides. Her mother was actually a...
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The Prince And The Garden Of Perpetual Autumn

Once upon a time, a long time ago; a princess named Almonda was kidnapped by an ogre and his wife and locked in room at the top of their towerhouse...

Will and The Wident

Long ago there lived a monster called a Wident; a giant of wideness. Though no taller than an ordinary human being, its head was as wide as the...
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The Beggar King

Once upon a time, some wealthy looking men stopped infront of a beggar who was begging upon the street and told him that they wanted to make him the...
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The Secret Of The Golden Lake

Long ago a young man, named Gidron, found a magic lake that, if anything was submerged in it, would turn that thing instantly to gold. And bringing...
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The Runaway Doll

Once a king asked a toy maker to make his daughter a living doll, paying him 3 hundred gold coins to do the job. And, because such a task was beyond...

The tale of the three little rabbits

One day a little rabbit wearing shoes made of copper was hopping along through the woods when he met a big bad wolf. And the wolf, leaping upon him,...

The Princess And The Potion

Once a witch abducted a young princess and locked her in a tower and gave her some bread and a cup of water with love potion in them, saying, "Drink...

The Girl with One Shoe

Once, a long time ago, a soothsayer predicted that, when a prince grew up, he would marry a girl that would turn up at his palace wearing one shoe...
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The Growing Hill

Once upon a time there was a peculiar thing called a growing hill; a magical hill that grew taller the higher you climbed up it and children were...

The Swift Prince

Once a queen named Catria became pregnant with a little boy but an evil fairy called Mizbeth cursed the child, saying, "He will die when he reaches...
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The 3 Sisters and The Ogre

Once there were three beautiful girls; Windia, Rainia and Sunnia, who lived together in the cottage they had inherited from their parents. And one...

The Journey To The Moon

Long ago, the Emperor of China ordered his chief engineers and alchemists to construct a giant gunpowder powered rocket to take him to the moon. "I...
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The Shaman Guardian

Once, along time ago, in Venezuela, a man who was a widower with two little daughters fell in love with a beautiful mysterious woman he met in the...
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The Bell and The Blacksmith

Once there was a town in Andorra which was attacked by a dragon with three heads, one that spewed out fire, one that belched out clouds of poison gas...
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The Magic Carrot

Once a wicked witch kidnapped a princess and held her prisoner in her cottage. But then, one day, wishing to make rabbit stew, she picked a carrot...
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The Golden Lion

The world of men lay between the warm kingdom of light and the cold queendom of darkness and the queen of darkness wanted to slay the Golden lion who...

The Fabulous Tale Of Tommy Talker

There was once a boy named Tommy Talker who had the remarkable power to speak to and understand all kinds of inanimate objects. Even as a baby, Tommy...

The Golden Boy

There was once a boy called Lee who who lived in a little run down cottage in the woods with his poor mother. And one day an old woman who, passing...

The Three Tree-Toppers

One December, long ago, a King called Olov told an ornament maker to make him an angel for the top of his Christmas tree and the ornament maker made...

The Neery

There once was a little creature called a Neery; a kind of winged fairy that for 364 days of the year was invisible to human beings but that always...

The dragon and old father time (Westernization of A Chinese New Year Myth)

Once, it is said; long, long ago, New years Eve was not a time for celebration or joy but a time of great fear, panic and despair. That is because,...

Donald, The Dowser

Long ago there lived a poor boy called Donald who, hearing that people could find buried treasure with a dowsing rod made of witch hazel, decided to...

The Troll Prince

Long ago, a wizard, in order to steal the throne of a handsome young prince, crept into his bed chamber and, whilst he and his wife were lying asleep...

The Search For Jessinda

Once upon a time a Gnorf, which is something between a gnome and a dwarf asked an old man if he would pay him a pound for every apple he picked for...
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The Golden House

Once, a poor boy was walking through the forest when he found a golden key lying on the ground and, picking it up he thought. "Where there is a...

Take it back! Take it back!

Once a young woman, named Doreen heard a fairy who was caught in a pitcher plant and rescued the fairy from the plant and, out of gratitude the fairy...