Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths
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Fairy tales, folklore, and myths from around the world, plus the occasional dash of history.
Curated by Pamela D Lloyd
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Tales of Faerie: The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces

Tales of Faerie: The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

" Famous for wearing out rapidly, early silk and brocade shoes from the 18th Century weren’t very long-wearing without protective overshoes. They were straight-lasted (meaning no left or right) and skinny, quite an uncomfortable mix"

Pamela D Lloyd's insight:

Today, with sturdy shoes that will last a year or more available in stores around the world, the idea of shoes that wear out in a single night sounds magical. To the fathers of past centuries, obligated to purchase dancing shoes for their unwed daughters, it might have seemed more nightmarish. Even the daughters themselves, forced to dance in ill-fitting, thin-soled slippers if they were to dance at all, may have found the idea tortuous.

 

Does this story resonate for you? Do you imagine the girls complicit in their nightly excursions to the dance floor, delighted to keep the secret from the court? Or, does this story sound sinister, with girls dragged unwilling from their beds and magically forced to endure hours of dancing in increasingly painful shoes, all the while prevented from sharing the secret? If you're like me, it's the tension between these two extremes that makes this story, dare I say it, dance.

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Eva Rider's curator insight, October 16, 2015 12:58 AM

Tales of faerie and princesses dancing the night away until the soles of their shoes are worn bare and their the feet must touch the  ground.. from magic to reality. What does it tell us of the magical world of fantasy, imagination and truth of being.

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Rejected Princesses

Rejected Princesses | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Women too awesome, awful, or offbeat for the movies. Updated Wednesdays.
Pamela D Lloyd's insight:

Thanks, io9, for bringing this site to my attention. Princesses (well, mostly) whose stories are so extreme that Disney is unlikely to ever try, even with rewrite-ala-Little-Mermaid, to turn into movies.

 

Although, there are one or two that might have possibilities. You never know...

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The Princess and the Goblin - Wikisource, the free online library

The Princess and the Goblin - Wikisource, the free online library | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Pamela D Lloyd's insight:

While this isn't, technically, a fairy tale, it is one of my favorites. I read this as a child and re-read it to my children, and I still love it. Now, thanks to one of those children who, now grown, remembered it fondly enough to want to re-read it himself, I've learned that it is available for free through WikiSource. I hope you enjoy this wonderful story by the noted fantasist and sometime fairy tale author George MacDonald.

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The Turnip Princess: a newly discovered fairytale

The Turnip Princess: a newly discovered fairytale | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, the historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth collected fairytales in Bavaria, which were locked away in an archive until now … here is one of the newly discovered stories – The Turnip Princess...

Via Heidi Dahlsveen, Галина Косаговская
Pamela D Lloyd's insight:

I love the turnip magic in this. Such fun!

 

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