Stories from Europe

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Dimian the Peasant

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He was harsh by nature, this Dimian, and wanted everything to go his own way. If any one talked or acted against him, Dimian's fists were soon prepared for answer.

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Donkey-Skin

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The young Princess threw herself at the feet of the King her father and conjured him not to constrain her to consent to his unnatural desire.

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East o’ the Sun and West o’ the Moon

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The lassie set out on her way, and walked many, many days, till she came to a lofty rock. Under it sat an old hag, and played with a gold apple which she tossed about.

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Elidor, or the Golden Ball

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There appeared to the boy two little men, saying: ‘If thou wilt come with us, we will lead thee into a land full of sports and delights.’

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Elves in Scotland: Changelings

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One night John Roy was going over the mountains, when he fell in with a company of Elves, whose mode of travelling clearly indicated that they were carrying a person off with them.

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Elves in Scotland: Descent and Form

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They are doomed to wander amid mountains and lakes till the day of judgment, in ignorance of their sentence whether they shall be pardoned or condemned, but they fear the worst.

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Elves in Scotland: Dwellings and Mode of Life

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Joy and mirth reign in such assemblies of the fairies; for they are particularly fond of dancing, and it is one of their chief occupations.

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Elves in Scotland: Elf bolt, weapons, and utensils

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Whoever finds an elf bolt should preserve it with much care, as the possessor of it is always secured against death from such a weapon.

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Elves in Scotland: Good Neighbours

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The farmer was agreeably surprised to find that the sack out of which he had already sown a large field did not diminish, and was still the same in weight and size as when he met the fairy.

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Elves in Scotland: Relation with Men

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The wife of a farmer in Lothian had fallen into the hands of the fairies, and, during the probationary year, sometimes appeared on a Sunday, among her children, combing their hair.

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Elves in Scotland: Sea Elves

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His guide produced an enormous knife, and he already thought that his end was come; when the latter quieted his fears, and asked him if he had never before seen the knife?

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Elves in Scotland: Spiteful Tricks

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A thick fog concealed the road, and confused his senses. Every stone was, in the farmer's eyes, as large as a mountain; every little brook seemed to flow in an opposite direction.

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Elves in Scotland: the Brownie

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So cheap and useful a servant is naturally very valuable, but cannot be obtained with money. He continues in a family so long as a member of it survives.

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Elves in Scotland: the Elf bull

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The elf bull is small in comparison with the real one; of a mouse colour, has upright ears, short horns and legs; his hair is short, smooth, and shining like an otter.

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Elves in Scotland: Their Skills

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Every fairy unites in his own person the most various trades: he is his own weaver, tailor, and shoemaker.

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Father Frost

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The Frost knew all about the weakness of human beings; he knew very well that few of them are really good and kind.

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Goody Two Shoes

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One day, as Margery was coming home from the next village, she met with some wicked, idle boys, who had tied a young raven to a staff. She offered at once to buy the raven for a penny, and this they agreed to.

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Goody Two‑Shoes

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Her father was a very respectable farmer but misfortunes and persecutions ruined this worthy man, and was the source of all poor Margery’s troubles.

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Hansel and Gretel

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The old woman, although her behavior was so kind, was a wicked witch, who lay in wait for children, and had built the little house on purpose to entice them.

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How the Cobbler cheated the Devil

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In the days when strange things used to happen in the world, and the devil himself used sometimes to walk about in it in a bare-faced fashion, he came to a very small town where he resolved to stay a while to play some of his tricks.

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