The stories that we heard as small children, were usually folktales and fairy stories. Tales that our parents and their parents heard when they were young, passed down through the generations. Folktales were stories of hopes and dreams, of encounters with giants; wicked witches and goblins that inflict harm. Or kind fairies and dragons who restore peace and order. These were our first experiences of life's changing patterns and through which we were able to know good from evil; kindness from cruelty and the difference between ambition and despair. Because most of these folktales and fairy stories were created before many people could read or write, they had to be passed on by word of mouth, consequently they were never the same twice in the telling.
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A folktale also spelled folk tale is a story or legend forming part of an oral tradition. Folktales are generally passed down from one generation to another and often take on the characteristics of the time and place in which they are told. Folktales speak to universal and timeless themes, and help folks make sense of their existence or cope with the world in which they live. A Baker's Dozen Saint Nicholas teaches a lesson to a stingy baker. Alicia The ghost of Alicia still haunts her home. Allison's Alligator Someone is eating all of Allison's apples! Can you guess who it is?
Rights Contact Subscribe. Folktales or folk tales are stories passed down through generations, mainly by telling. Different kinds of folktales include fairy tales or fairytales , tall tales, trickster tales, myths, and legends.
As we grow older, it can be easy to forget the draw fairy tales had for us as children. Once we realize that happily ever afters in real life always involve compromise, it's harder to suspend our disbelief as easily for tales of fairies, sleeping beauties, and charming princes. But these 12 fairy tales for adults are a reminder that magic—and fantastic peril—are around us all the time, if we only open our eyes.