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A fairy tales is a fanciful tale of legendary deeds and creatures, usually intended for children. For example, the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel.

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An old fairy tale about magic place where all wishes were coming true

I am trying to identify the earliest reliable source or mentioning of the following fairy tale, which I remember not very well. The story describes a magical place (probably with a tree in it) where ...
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A collection of Russian Fairy Tales, much more than 60 years old

This is a very, very old memory. I got it as a present when I was still in elementary school (or, maybe, it was a present of graduation, at its very end) : a beautiful illustrated hardcover book of ...
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Late 1990s to early 2000s movie or TV series that involved a talking goose/duck

I'm trying to identify a movie or TV series I've seen as a child/teen (so in late 1990s / early 2000s, though this could be an older production that got re-broadcasted). I'd gladly get some help, here'...
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Book of Irish fairy stories, including a story about a girl who rescues her father from selkies after he harms one

When I was young I often listened to books on tape during car rides. One that I have fond memories of was an audiobook with a collection of Irish folk/fairy stories. I was hoping someone would know ...
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Webcomic set in a world of fairy tales. Included an overly clingy Beast, a psycho Red Riding Hood, and The Girl With the Silver Hands

I was recently reading a new webcomic, and it made me briefly recall another webcomic I read, probably in the early 2000s, maybe on Keenspace or Keenspot. It was set in a world where the fairy tales ...
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Original version of Hansel and Gretel

I've read on the Internet that, supposedly, the original version of Hansel and Gretel had a part where Hansel dies and is cooked into a meal by Gretel. Is that true? If so, is there a PDF of it online ...
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Fairy tale where the protagonist uses candles stuck to the back of crabs to convince someone the Rapture has happened [closed]

When I was a child, somewhere in the mid 1980s to the mid 1990s, I encountered a pamphlet describing The Rapture (I grew up in a very Baptist part of Kentucky) which described piles of clothing found ...
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A sequel to the Pied Piper of Hamelin

I remember a children's fantasy book published by or before about 1960 which was sort of a sequel to the Pied Piper of Hamelin. I am not sure if I read the book or only read the description of it on ...
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Fairy tale movie/series where a villain is dispatched with a poisoned comb

I remember something I saw on TV years ago. I have no idea how to search this without giving a bunch of clues that I remember. It was a fairy tale movie. It had a long duration - it was either a movie ...
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A fairytale movie with couple meeting in dreams

I recently remembered a movie I watched about 15 years ago as a kid, and have been trying to find out the name without luck. What I remember about it: I think it was like a fairytale. It was ...
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Hansel and Gretel as told from the (good) witch's perspective

I've been trying to find this book for some time now, I read it some 10-15 years ago in a library so it could be a bit older.. It's more so a fairy tale than actual fantasy but still. It's the well ...
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Two boys pursued through the woods by a fire-eyed monster who tears up trees

Short story or folktale from before 1972. Could be decades earlier. Two boys are pursued by monster who says something like, "Rum, rum, Sally Drum! Tearing up trees and throwing them as I come!" ...
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Dictionary or Encyclopedia of Fantasy or Fairy Tales from the 1960s

I remember seeing an illustrated dictionary or encyclopedia of fantasy stories or fairy tales in a book store during the period of 1961-1968. I remember a few details about some of the entries. The ...
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Childrens Anthology with the first chapter of the Hobbit and a Moomintroll story

I read The Hobbit in 1963 after reading a large format children's illustrated anthology which had a Tove Jansson Moomintroll story or chapter and the first chapter of The Hobbit along with other ...
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What was the first use of the phrase "Happily Ever After"?

Fairy tales and children's stories often end with some variation of "...and they lived happily ever after." I was wondering who first decided to use this wording, or when it was first written down. ...
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Book about whispering (wicked) mermaid

A friend of mine just told me about a book about a person named aulice/olice or something like that who want to boat in a river in which whispering mermaids try to enchant people to drown. I only ...
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Fairy tale from childhood

I vaguely remember this story, and am very curious as to what it is as nobody I have asked seems to recognise it. Here is what I remember: There is a field of apple trees with a giant in them. A man ...
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Fairy tale princess turning suitors into stone

I read this fairy tale when I was a kid, around 30 years ago. I've now tried searching for this story, checking the usual suspects (brothers Grimm and H.C.Andersen), but haven't found anything ...
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Seeking what I think was a European folktale

In the 1980s, I heard a recording of a story (probably on an LP) that was either a retelling of an actual European folktale or a modern story written to sound like a classic fairy tale. I don't ...
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Identifying characters from Wayne Anderson's Cartoon

Here is a piece of famous artwork by Wayne Anderson called 'Out of the Darkness'. This poster looks like a mash up of cartoons drawn from different fairy tales and other kids stories. Can you help me ...
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Seeking a fairy tale about a monster named "Rope-Nose"

When I was young, around 1980, my father read me a story about a monster named "Rope-Nose," who had (unsurprisingly) a long nose that was flexible like a rope. I'm not sure if it was an authentic ...
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Book about a girl with a birthmark shaped like a wheel who runs away from home

I read this really good book recently, but can't seem to remember the name. It's about this girl who has a birth mark of a spinning wheel. She decides to run away from her home, for reasons explained ...
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Looking For 78 rpm Childrens' Records With Fairy Tales and Classical Music

When I was a kid, we still had my mother's 78 rpm record player and her collections of childrens' albums from her own childhood in the 1950s. There were a lot of old 10-inch records with it, but ...
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What Japanese myths/beliefs are referenced in Ponyo, and why was tasting blood relevant?

I rewatched Ponyo recently, and there are quite a few briefly touched on, but not thoroughly explained, mystical elements that left me wondering rather I was missing part of the allusions. I'm not ...
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Title of a fantasy movie with girl in red armour

I remember bits and pieces of a strange fairytailish movie I saw as a child. Couldn't get it out of my mind ever since. I remember at the beginning that there was a king and a queen who had a daughter,...
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What is the proper reading order for the Grimm Fairy Tales? [duplicate]

I have recently gotten into the Zenoscope Grimm Fairy Tales. I have read 1-12 of the trade paper backs, the Dream Eater saga, and Myths and Legends. However, as I'm reading, I'm noticing the order ...
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Girl lives with witch who tries to marry a prince in place of the girl

This is what I recall about the book: It was about a young girl whose parents died at sea, when the ship they were sailing on sank during a storm. The young girl is living with a cruel woman whom I ...
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Identify this gory anti-war version of Valiant Little Tailor

As a kid I stumbled upon this book which depicted a version of Valiant Little Tailor (or possibly Jack the Giant Slayer), but with a rather odd twist for a children's book. After the tailor defeats ...
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Collection of "New Fairy Tales" from early to mid 90s

I had a book of so-called modern fairy tales that were written by popular authors of the day. The book was published in the early to mid 90s, and I bought it from the Sci-fi book club. Some of the ...
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YA Novel with a Teenage Girl and a Child Changeling

I read this book maybe fifteen years ago. It may have been contemporary for the time or a bit older. I remember it referenced a number of old fairy stories, although I wasn't familiar with them at the ...
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What is the definition of true love?

In 'Once upon a time' series there is the myth of true love. Rumplestiltskin declares himself really interested to it: I'm a fan of true love, dearie. And more importantly... what it creates. ...
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Poem or short story: silver cocklebur(r)?

Does anyone know of a short story, or possibly a poem, that involves a silver cockleburr? The story has a fairy tale vibe. I think the protagonist is a young woman. There's somewhere she's not ...
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Is the story of Fiona based on an actual fairy tale?

The story of Shrek and its sequels contain and reference many different fairy/folk tales. However, I am not familiar with the story of Fiona - a woman imprisoned in a dragon-guarded castle who is ...
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Fantasy book filled with short disturbing stories

6/4/2015 Still have not located book but thank you all for trying to help. A special thanks to Hypnosifl and scary who have provided the best leads for this extremely elusive book. Okay I'm going to ...
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How could a simple magic potion work for Emma to remember again

In Season 3, in the mid-season finale, all the people from Storybrooke had to go back to the Fairytale land, and Emma and Henry were left in the real world. It was said they would have a happy life ...
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Why were the Grimm fairy tales sanitized?

The wiki article is not all that helpful. It says the volumes were criticized because adults did not think they were suitable for children. The rest of the paragraph, unfortunately, is all ...
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Was Prince Adam really 11 when he was transformed?

In Beauty and the Beast (1994 Disney version) we can deduce the age of Prince Adam (the Beast) when he was first transformed, to be 11. This is from two things: "The rose, which was truly an ...
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Man sells his soul in exchange for gold, can't bathe for years

I know the title question for this is somewhat vague, so I apologize for that in advance, but I'm looking for the name of a fairy tale/legend that I saw on TV probably close to 30 years ago (circa ...
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Were the witch and the stepmother in Hansel and Gretel the same person?

I just read Hansel and Gretel for the first time. After the children kill the witch and return home to their father it says: ... and now they had nothing to fear, for their wicked stepmother was ...
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A fish with a [human] face will bring a tsunami. Is this an actual Japanese wives' tale?

In the movie Ponyo when Sōsuke brings the fish he rescued to the nursing home his mom works at and shows it to the old ladies in wheelchairs, the grumpy old lady screams that a fish with a [human] ...
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