The Shee an Gannon and the Gruagach Gaire

The Shee an Gannon and the Gruagach Gaire

A five-headed giant, twelve brutal slayings and a laugh so loud the whole world heard it. This week we have a special treat. An Irish tale collected in Joseph Jacobs ‘Celtic Fairy Tales‘. Shee an Gannon […]

The Lambton Worm – An English Legend by Joseph Jacobs

The Lambton Worm – An English Legend by Joseph Jacobs

This week we are celebrating our English heritage and have chosen for you the traditional English legend of The Lambton Worm. The legend originated in County Durham in North East England around the River Wear. It […]

The Lambikin – An Indian Fairy Tale by Joseph Jacobs

The Lambikin – An Indian Fairy Tale by Joseph Jacobs

The Lambikin was published in 1890 as part of a collection of Indian Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs, what starts out as a seemingly innocent little fairy tale ends up taking a turn for the worse, […]

Catskin – An English Cinderella Tale

Catskin – An English Cinderella Tale

Catskin is an English Cinderella tale collected by Joesph Jacobs from his book More English Fairy Tales. It is identified as a Cinderella tale as it shares the ‘persecuted heroine’ theme. It tells the tale of a young […]

Tom Tit Tot by Joseph Jacobs – An English Rumpelstiltskin Tale

Tom Tit Tot by Joseph Jacobs – An English Rumpelstiltskin Tale

Tom Tit Tot is the English variant of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale collected by Joseph Jacobs in his English Fairy Tales, published in 1890. Like the German tale, the name-guessing game is crucial to the story. […]

Jack and the Beanstalk – An Old English Fairy Tale

Jack and the Beanstalk – An Old English Fairy Tale

Jack and the Beanstalk is an old English fairy tale. It has been written many, many time by different folklorists and storytellers throughout history. Early appearances include The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean […]

Johnnie and Grizzle – The English Hansel and Gretel

Johnnie and Grizzle – The English Hansel and Gretel

To celebrate National Storytelling Week we are kicking off our new and exciting project; Fortnightly Fairy Tale – whereby we will be sharing with you a wonderful fairy tale, on a fortnightly basis. To receive these fabulous folklore stories from times […]