Fairy Tales and Folklore
Fairy tales and folklore are stories that have been passed down through generations. In Aesop’s Fables, a popular group of folktales, the main characters include animals, the sun, the wind, household items and people. Most fairy tales involve mythical creatures like mermaids, dragons, fairies, and giants. Typically, folklore and fairy tales contain a moral message.
Hans Christian Anderson is famous for his fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 150 languages. Born in Denmark in 1805, he displayed great intelligence from the time he was a young child. His first story was published in 1822. Some of Anderson’s most famous stories are "The Little Mermaid", "The Ugly Duckling", and "Red Shoes". In particular, The Ugly Duckling was based on his own life. He began writing his fairy tales in 1835. Anderson became so famous for his work that he even kept company with royalty and met Charles Dickens in 1847. Dickens later published David Copperfield, which had a character based on Anderson in it.
Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published some of the most gruesome fairy tales in the world. The pair grew up in Germany and lived a good life until their father died, after which the family struggled. They were inseparable their whole lives and both worked at the University of Gottingen. Although they did not write the stories, they collected them so they wouldn’t be lost. Among their published works are "Sleeping Beauty", "Snow White", "Rapunzel", "Cinderella", and "Hansel and Gretel". The first fairy tale book was published in 1812 and the last in 1818.
- Grimm's Fairy Tales: Contains more than 200 of the Grimm fairy tales.
- Three Little Pigs Around The World: Different versions of the timeless classic.
- The Ugly Duckling: One of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales.
- The Cinderella Project: An archive of different versions of Cinderella.
- Fairy Tales And Fables: A list of links to many pages about fables and fairy tales.
- Hans Christian Andersen: Online text of more than 100 of Hans Christian Andersen’s tales.
- Fairy Tales From Asia: Some of the most famous fairy tales from Asia.
- Aesop’s Fables: An archive of many Aesop’s fables.
- Tortoise And The Hare: One of the most famous stories by Aesop.
- The Fox And The Lion: Discusses the fable and its lesson.
Fairy tales and folklore are loved in every country with some people even dressing up in costumes during the holidays and it’s because of the lessons they teach.