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The Giants of Galtares

The Giants of Galtares | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
A short story inspired by Amadis of Gaul. 
An illumination by Loyset Liédet for Froissart’s Chronicles about the Hundred Year’s War.
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A blending of old and new, as the fiction of the Middle Ages continues to inspire authors today.

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Fairy tales, folklore, and myths from around the world, plus the occasional dash of history.
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Once Upon A Blog...: Steampunked Cinderella by Goro Fujita

Once Upon A Blog...: Steampunked Cinderella by Goro Fujita | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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Wow! Gorgeous art.

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Once Upon A Blog...: An Irish Fairy Tale for St. Patrick's Day: "Jamie Freel & the Young Lady"

Once Upon A Blog...: An Irish Fairy Tale for St. Patrick's Day: "Jamie Freel & the Young Lady" | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it

Fairy Tale News - when fairy tale people and things cross over into our world...

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Such a fun story. One of my favorites.

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A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella

A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
We take a stroll through just a little of the cultural history of Cinderella, the shoe-wearing, prince-finding, stepmother-vexing heroine who's been around for hundreds of years — at least.
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Think you know this fairy tale? Think again. There are so many variants.

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Eva Rider's curator insight, March 15, 3:16 AM

This beloved story is indeed 100s of years old and Grimm's version  "Ashenputtel is a much darker story than Charles Perrault's lighter more "fairy tale" version. This is the one we are more familiar with as it was the foundation of the Disney animation we knew and loved. Now, remade live and still magical as ever.

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Down and dirty fairy tales: How this rediscovered stash of darker-than-Grimm stories destroys our Prince Charming myths

Down and dirty fairy tales: How this rediscovered stash of darker-than-Grimm stories destroys our Prince Charming myths | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
The translator of a newly discovered trove of 150-year-old tales on the gender-bending surprises found there
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Great interview with renowned folklore and fairy tale scholar Maria Tatar.

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Myth & Moor: "Into the Woods" series, 36: The Speech of Animals

Myth & Moor: "Into the Woods" series, 36: The Speech of Animals | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Animal tales are often told not just as simple entertainments but as teaching stories, or as part of healing rites intended to foster a proper relationship between humankind and the natural world. Today, in our rapidly urbanizing society, this teaching/healing aspect of myth -- and, by extension, of Mythic Arts -- has become more important than ever, while we stare ecological disaster in the face and while more and more animal species fall under threat of extinction.
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Terri Windling, noted editor and writer, shares her insights into the ways in which communication between humans and animals can be found in folktales and fairy tales from around the world. She notes, "Animal tales are often told not just as simple entertainments but as teaching stories, or as part of healing rites intended to foster a proper relationship between humankind and the natural world. Today, in our rapidly urbanizing society, this teaching/healing aspect of myth -- and, by extension, of Mythic Arts -- has become more important than ever, while we stare ecological disaster in the face and while more and more animal species fall under threat of extinction."

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Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education

Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
"How far superior an education that stresses independent action and personal responsibility is to one that relies on drill, external authori
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Einstein's famous advice about fairy tales may itself be folklore. This article examines the evidence. See also: http://blogs.loc.gov/folklife/2013/12/einsteins-folklore/

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the freedom to think our own thoughts allows responsible action

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​9 Roman Gods Who Weren't Just Rip Offs Of Greek Gods

​9 Roman Gods Who Weren't Just Rip Offs Of Greek Gods | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
We know that the ancient Greeks had a massively entertaining sets of gods and goddesses. So it's no wonder that when Rome conquered Greece, they replaced their own dull pantheon with renamed versions of Zeus, Athena, and the others. But not all Roman gods were Greek copies — here are a few of the more important ones.
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We all know that the Greek pantheon was co-opted by the Romans, but we  don't often learn much about those Roman gods that didn't have Greek origins. Here are some brief overviews of nine.

 

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Updating Centuries-Old Folklore With Puzzles And Power-Ups

Updating Centuries-Old Folklore With Puzzles And Power-Ups | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
The developers of the video game Never Alone hope it can teach people about Native Alaskan folklore and traditions while still being fun to play.
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What a creative way to share traditional culture with today's youth.

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The Princess and the Witch by Kat Howard | Fantasy Magazine

The Princess and the Witch by Kat Howard | Fantasy Magazine | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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"The literary fairy tale . . . has always been part of the literature of subversion, a genre of protest."

 

The subversive aspect of fairy tales, in combination with the universality of the stories, lends itself extremely well to modern retellings and reworkings.

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"Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit" opens at GMHS - News - Georgetown Record - Georgetown, MA

"Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit" opens at GMHS - News - Georgetown Record - Georgetown, MA | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
In this whimsically eccentric “Law and Order” takeoff by playwright Jonathan Rand, each cast member is portraying fairytale characters and
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Paper Cut Light Boxes Illuminate Fantastical Fairy Tale Scenes

Paper Cut Light Boxes Illuminate Fantastical Fairy Tale Scenes | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Hari & Deepti, also known as the artists Harikrishnan Panicker and Deepti Nair, have created a world of monsters, animals, and rounded cartoon-like characters, all that interact together amongst detailed landscapes. Using narrative storytelling as an inspirational theme, the pair transform s ...
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Magical...

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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.
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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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Tales of Faerie: The Female Voice in Folklore and Fairy Tale

Tales of Faerie: The Female Voice in Folklore and Fairy Tale | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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Just found this wonderful blog about fairy tales, thanks to this post in Enchanted Conversation: http://www.fairytalemagazine.com/2014/05/you-know-you-fairy-tale-blogger-when.html

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KrautBlog: Rumpelstiltskin: The Initial Version

KrautBlog: Rumpelstiltskin: The Initial Version | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
"One thing could be said about Ulrich with certainty: He loved mathematics because of the people who could not stand it." (Robert Musil, The Man Without Properties, m.t.)
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The original story of Rumpelstiltskin, as first noted by the Grimm Brothers, differs greatly from the published version.

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Marina Warner wins £400K Holberg Prize

Marina Warner wins £400K Holberg Prize | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Despite her books, Warner never thought of herself as academic, she tells Matthew Reisz
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"Dame Marina Warner, now professor of English and creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London, was named on 12 March as the 11th winner of the Holberg Prize, established by the Norwegian parliament in 2003 for scholars who have 'made outstanding contributions to research, either within [the arts and humanities, social sciences, law and theology] or through interdisciplinary work'."

 

Among her contributions are those she has made to our understanding of myth and fairytale. Congratulations, Marina Warner!

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6 Ways to Celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day

6 Ways to Celebrate Tell a Fairy Tale Day | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Tell a Fairy Tale Day
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What a wonderful day! What fairy tales have you told today?

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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, February 27, 2:29 PM

Fairy tales aren't just for kids.  The stories adults and organizations tell are often heavily influenced by them.  Try some of the techniques noted above and see which tale resonates with your story or if they prompt some new stories.

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Cinderella (Aschenputtel) - Lotte Reiniger (1922) - YouTube

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Lotte Reiniger was an early animator, 10 years before Disney, in fact, whose work with silhouette animation put her at the top of the field.

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Little Red Riding Hood Lecture - YouTube

Little Red Riding Hood Lecture - YouTube | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
This is a lecture I gave on "Little Red Riding Hood" on a snow day when we could not meet for class. The first part of the lecture, given in class and not re...
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Theodora Goss is an author, poet, and college professor whose insight into fairy tales is not to be missed.

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Step into the fairytale world of the Brothers Grimm with these amazing landscape photos

Step into the fairytale world of the Brothers Grimm with these amazing landscape photos | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
German photographer Kilian Schönberger captures ethereal landscapes inspired by Brothers Grimm fairytales.
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Gorgeous images.

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The Shocking True Stories Behind Your Favorite Classic Fairy Tales

The Shocking True Stories Behind Your Favorite Classic Fairy Tales | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Numerous fairy tales, and the legends behind them, are actually watered-down versions of uncomfortable historical events. These darker stories might be too terrifying for today's little lambkins, as well as some adults!...
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Eva Rider's curator insight, November 9, 2014 2:06 AM

Interesting article on the origin of fairy tales, but whether it is so or not, they still remain Archetypal tales of the human journey to wholeness.

Aladin Fazel's curator insight, March 21, 3:55 AM

Anyway, the Happy-End is the most important thing!   

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Two Nerdy History Girls: Friday Video: A Medieval Hedgehog Tale

Two Nerdy History Girls: Friday Video: A Medieval Hedgehog Tale | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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I love the video which retells the medieval interpretation of hedgehog behavior. The hedgehog dolls used in the animation are just wonderful.

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In Search of Aesop - historical figure or myth?

In Search of Aesop - historical figure or myth? | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Fables substitute animals, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature rather than humans as characters to teach a moral lesson. Come journey with me in search of Aesop.
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Aesop's stories were very much a part of my childhood. But, was there a single human being behind those stories, or are the stories about Aesop more legend than fact?

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Fairytales Come To Life In Magical Photos by Russian Photographer Margarita Kareva

Fairytales Come To Life In Magical Photos by Russian Photographer Margarita Kareva | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
Margarita Kareva is a Russian-based photographer which specializes in fantasy art photography. Her dream-like photographs capture pure beauty in a way that few others can. She ads some surreal elements to her shots that make the photographs really stand out, combining Photoshop manipulation with real props.
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Stunningly beautiful images with fairy tale imagery. Worth seeing!

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Tales of Faerie: Gender roles in two Swedish fairy tales

Tales of Faerie: Gender roles in two Swedish fairy tales | Fairy tales, Folklore, and Myths | Scoop.it
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Here's an interesting take on gender roles in fairy tales, using two Swedish stories, one with a male protagonist and one with a female, as examples. The blog author, Kristin, admits to wariness in response to "feminist readings [of fairy tales] that deem sword weilding (sic) types of bravery, or other stereotypically male actions, as 'better.'"

 

I'll admit that I enjoy fairy tales in which female protagonists take an active role, but I agree with Kristin that we should not equate that only with traditionally male activities. Making choices, especially when those choices are difficult, is the important element.

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