Fairy-Tales

“Something really ‘higher’ is occasionally glimpsed in mythology: divinity, the right to power (as distinct from its possession), the due worship; in fact ‘religion.’”--J. R. R. Tolkien

Here is a Heidi Anne Heiner's wonderful fairy-tale site SurLaLune. It has annotated fairy-tales, ebook editions of classic fairy-tale collections, famous illustrations, and other information useful for teachers or parents for finding and teaching fairy-tales.

Here is one of my favorites The Juniper Tree, which begins:

"Ah," said the woman, and sighed right heavily, and looked at the blood before her, and was most unhappy, "ah, if I had but a child as red as blood and as white as snow!" And while she thus spake, she became quite happy in her mind, and felt just as if that were going to happen. Then she went into the house and a month went by and the snow was gone, and two months, and then everything was green, and three months, and then all the flowers came out of the earth, and four months, and then all the trees in the wood grew thicker, and the green branches were all closely entwined, and the birds sang until the wood resounded and the blossoms fell from the trees, then the fifth month passed away and she stood under the juniper-tree, which smelt so sweetly that her heart leapt, and she fell on her knees and was beside herself with joy, and when the sixth month was over the fruit was large and fine, and then she was quite still, and the seventh month she snatched at the juniper-berries and ate them greedily, then she grew sick and sorrowful, then the eighth month passed, and she called her husband to her, and wept and said, "If I die then bury me beneath the juniper-tree." Then she was quite comforted and happy until the next month was over, and then she had a child as white as snow and as red as blood, and when she beheld it she was so delighted that she died."

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