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What was the first use of the phrase "Happily Ever After"?

Happily Ever After Although I don't think it is sci-fi or fantasy, this expression appears in the 1702 English translation of the Italian Boccaccio's Il Decamerone, listed as the Oxford English ...
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Fairy tale from childhood

What you have is a mishmash of fairy tales. "Squeezing water from a stone" is from "The Brave Little Tailor" The giant, rinding the little man so bold, began to be somewhat more respectful, and ...
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Fairy tale princess turning suitors into stone

This was "The Fable of the Three Princes" - an Isaac Asimov short story with some vaguely Wodehouse-ish humour, published in his short-story collection Magic. "I believe the maid turned into the ...
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Book about whispering (wicked) mermaid

This actually sounds like The Odyssey, one of the two great Ionian Greek epics by the blind poet Homer. In Book 12, Odysseus (better known in many countries by his Latinized name Ulysses) encounters ...
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Seeking what I think was a European folktale

This is one of the Dänische Volksmärchen ["Danish Folk Tales"] by Svend Grundtvig, published in 1878. It's famous enough to merit a reference in The Golden Bough; “Where is my daughter?” asked the ...
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Fairy tale where the protagonist uses candles stuck to the back of crabs to convince someone the Rapture has happened

Sounds like The Master Thief by The Brothers Grimm. Here's an excerpt from the full tale, with the most relevant sections of text bolded: When night had fallen he went with a long sack on his back, a ...
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Dictionary or Encyclopedia of Fantasy or Fairy Tales from the 1960s

Byfield's Book of Weird (1967) by Barbara Ninde Byfield, also called The Glass Harmonica: A Lexicon of the Fantastical1. A quote from the book: Dragons drag: they are lazy, sluggish and prefer to ...
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Fairy tale movie/series where a villain is dispatched with a poisoned comb

I think this is The 10th Kingdom. It is a mini series, and Wikipedia puts its run time at 6.5 to 7 hours, depending on the edits. It somewhat follows the story of Snow White, with some other fairy ...
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Original version of Hansel and Gretel

According to The Disturbing True Story Behind Hansel and Gretel, the Grimm version is just one of the collections of that tale. The version you refer to seems to be The Little Boy and the Wicked ...
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Childrens Anthology with the first chapter of the Hobbit and a Moomintroll story

This could be The Golden Treasury of Children's Literature, first published in 1947 by Bryna and Louis Untermeyer, with various editions and volumes published since then. According to this link, ...
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Childrens Anthology with the first chapter of the Hobbit and a Moomintroll story

A WorldCat search for a book with both Jansson and Tolkien in the author credits identifies Children's classics to read aloud, published in 1992. The contents include; Under the hill (from The ...
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What was the first use of the phrase "Happily Ever After"?

I suspect that the Grimm Brothers are the source. Their 1812 story of Rapunzel ends like this (translated from German) He led her into his kingdom, where he was received with joy, and for a long ...
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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'm pretty sure you're describing No Rest for the Wicked, which started in 2003 and appears to have stalled as of 2012. One difference from what you recall is that November (the central protagonist) ...
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Fairy tale from childhood

I wonder if you're conflating more than one story here. The part about squeezing water out of a stone sounds like it comes directly from "The Brave Little Tailor", a Brothers Grimm story. From ...
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Seeking what I think was a European folktale

EDIT: Looks like both of the below are variations on a fairy tale called The Troll's Daughter, included by Andrew Lang in The Pink Fairy Book. From Wikipedia summary: Deep in the sea, he found a ...
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Two boys pursued through the woods by a fire-eyed monster who tears up trees

The Spooky Thing (1960) by William O. Steele Two ill-tempered brothers mend their ways after an encounter with an awesome creature in the woods. Adapted from a Tennessee folk tale called Chicky-Licky-...
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What was the first use of the phrase "Happily Ever After"?

While it's not fantasy or science fiction, the earliest citation of that exact formula I've found is 1708 in Pierre Bayle's Miscellaneous Reflections, Occasion'd by the Comet which Appear'd in ...
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A fairytale movie with couple meeting in dreams

Seems like "Sorellina e il principe del sogno" (TV Movie, 1996) Alisea and her brothers have been captured by Azaret, an evil wizard. Alisea escapes the castle and meets the young Prince ...
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Fairy tale from childhood

This could be from a compilation of fairy tales. Parts of it (the bit about the cheese and squeezing water from a stone as a challenge to/from the giant) comes from The Brave Little Tailor An Excerpt: ...
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Late 1990s to early 2000s movie or TV series that involved a talking goose/duck

Might this be Fantaghirò or Cave of the Golden Rose, first film of the Fantaghirò series? For many centuries two kingdoms have been at war with each other, though neither side remembers what the war ...
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What was the first use of the phrase "Happily Ever After"?

I found some earlier less exact matches than some others here, and while not technically answering the question regarding the exact phrase "happily ever after", the question may not actually be more ...
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Identifying characters from Wayne Anderson's Cartoon

I think the girl, if she is not the protagonist, is Alice. Note that her eyes are closed; she is asleep under the tree. Although she is not wearing a ribbon in her hair or Alice's traditional ...
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Seeking a fairy tale about a monster named "Rope-Nose"

We think its (or is in) Mishka-Pishka-and-Fishka-Galician-Tales-Eric-Kimmel-1976 see below for how...ignore bit about Wade Wellman. (Not directly the story you're looking for but it might suggest ...
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Book about a girl with a birthmark shaped like a wheel who runs away from home

Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross, first book of the Beau Rivage series, which seems to consist of two books and some short stories. Found by searching for book birthmark "spinning wheel" (...
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Fantasy book filled with short disturbing stories

The book is: Short & Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales by Robert D. San Souci. I found this thread because I was looking for the last tale you mentioned about the wife/witch cat paw with water and ...
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Why were the Grimm fairy tales sanitized?

An excerpt from the "1810 Grimm Manuscripts" by Oliver Loo pg 285: "For the Brothers Grimm, the Runge Märchen were the theoretical and practical ideals after which they tried to model their ...
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Man sells his soul in exchange for gold, can't bathe for years

There is also another one called The Wager by Donna Jo Napoli about a rich man called Don Giovanni who after a tidal wave loses everything, he then meets A well-dressed stranger who gives him a magic ...
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Collection of "New Fairy Tales" from early to mid 90s

I found not one, but two books that I was conflating together. The way I found them was by trolling various used bookstores for probably the last 15 years. Both were found within the last 6 months. ...
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Hansel and Gretel as told from the (good) witch's perspective

Making an answer on my own question just so this can be closed since it was answered in the comments. @Kreiri found the book, which is "The magic circle" by Donna Jo Napoli. Many thanks again, I've ...
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