The Story of Grettir the Strong by William Morris

An old hero tale from the Norse sagas. No boy can read the adventures of these heroes without feeling a quickened interest in the early days of our race. Translated with Eiríkr Magnússon

Author: William Morris
Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 93,868 / 270 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.7
LoC Category: PN

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Added to site: 2005.03.29 10108

Genres: Myth, Fantasy

w, the story of Spes and Thorstein Dromund (of which more anon) must be considered; yet whoever added it to the tale did so with some skill considering its incongruous and superfluous nature, for he takes care that Grettir shall not be forgotten amidst all the plots and success of the lovers; and, whether it be accidental or not, there is to our minds something touching in the contrast between the rude life and tragic end of the hero, and the long, drawn out, worldly good hap and quiet hopes for another life which fall to the lot of his happier brother.

As to the authorship of our story, it has no doubt gone through the stages which mark the growth of the Sagas in general, that is, it was for long handed about from mouth to mouth until it took a definite shape in men’s minds; and after it had held that position for a certain time, and had received all the necessary polish for an enjoyable saga, was committed to writing as it flowed ready made from the tongue of the people. Its style, in common with that of

The Arabian Nights by Unknown

Little excuse is needed, perhaps, for any fresh selection from the famous “Tales of a Thousand and One Nights,” provided it be representative enough, and worthy enough, to enlist a new army of youthful readers. Of the two hundred and sixty-four bewildering, unparalleled stories, the true lover can hardly spare one, yet there must always be favourites, even among these. We have chosen some of the most delightful, in our opinion; some, too, that chanced to appeal particularly to the genius of the artist. If, enticed by our choice and the beauty of the pictures, we manage to attract a few thousand more true lovers to the fountain-book, we shall have served our humble turn. The only real danger lies in neglecting it, in rearing a child who does not know it and has never fallen under its spell.

Author: Unknown
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 116,011 / 318 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.5
LoC Category: PZ

Downloads: 9,782
Added to site: 2007.03.28 16399

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction and Literature, Short Story Collection, Young Readers

are as much concerned as I; therefore, I propose that we should contrive measures and act in concert: communicate to me what you think the likeliest way to mortify her, while I, on my side, will inform you what my desire of revenge shall suggest to me.” After this wicked agreement, the two sisters saw each other frequently, and consulted how they might disturb and interrupt the happiness of the queen. They proposed a great many ways, but in deliberating about the manner of executing them, found so many difficulties that they durst not attempt them. In the meantime, with a detestable dissimulation, they often went together to make her visits, and every time showed her all the marks of affection they could devise, to persuade her how overjoyed they were to have a sister raised to so high a fortune. The queen, on her part, constantly received them with all the demonstrations of esteem they could expect from so near a relative. Some time after her marriage, the expected birth of an heir gave great joy to the que

The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

What the Rose did to the Cypress — Ball-Carrier and the Bad One — How Ball-Carrier finished his Task — The Bunyip — Father Grumbler — The Story of the Yara — The Cunning Hare — The Turtle and his Bride — How Geirald the Coward was Punished — Habogi — How the Little Brother set Free his Big Brothers — The Sacred Milk of Koumongoe — The Wicked Wolverine — The Husband of the Rat’s Daughter — The Mermaid and the Boy — Pivi and Kabo — The Elf Maiden — How Some Wild Animals became Tame Ones — Fortune and the Wood-Cutter — The Enchanted Head — The Sister of the Sun — The Prince and the Three Fates — The Fox and the Lapp — Kisa the Cat — The Lion and the Cat — Which was the Foolishest? — Asmund and Signy — Rubezahl — Story of the King who would be Stronger then Fate — Story of Wali Dad the Simple-hearted — Tale of a Tortoise and of a Mischievous Monkey — The Knights of the Fish.

Author: Andrew Lang
Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 99,525 / 262 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.7
LoC Category: PZ

Downloads: 6,070 4220

Genres: Young Readers, Fantasy

Fox and the Lapp ‘ from the very north of Europe, where it is dark for half the year and day-light for the other half. The Lapps are a people not fond of soap and water, and very much given to art magic. Then there are tales from India, told to Major Campbell, who wrote them out, by Hindoos; these stories are ‘Wali Dad the Simple-hearted,’ and ‘The King who would be Stronger than Fate,’ but was not so clever as his daughter. From Brazil, in South America, comes ‘The Tortoise and the Mischievous Monkey,’ with the adventures of other animals. Other tales are told in various parts of Europe, and in many languages; but all people, black, white, brown, red, and yellow, are like each other when they tell stories; for these are meant for children, who like the same sort of thing, whether they go to school and wear clothes, or, on the other hand, wear skins of beasts, or even nothing at all, and live on grubs and lizards and hawks and crows and serpents, like the little Australian blacks.

The tale of ‘What the Ros

Sprookjes by The Grimm Brothers

Author: The Grimm Brothers
Language: Dutch
Wordcount: 60,356 / 178 pg
LoC Category: PZ

Downloads: 3,320
Added to site: 2007.09.10 18164
Genres: Young Readers, Fantasy, Short Story Collection

zelf voor zijn ezel wou zorgen, zou wel niet veel te verteren hebben; maar toen de vreemde een paar goudstukken uit zijn zak haalde, en verzocht daar wat goeds voor zijn avondmaal voor in te slaan, zette hij groote oogen op, en ging zelf om het beste te halen, wat er te krijgen was. Na den maaltijd vroeg de gast wat hij schuldig was; de kastelein schreef met dubbel krijt, en zei, dat er nog een paar goudstukken bij moesten. De jongen greep in zijn zak, maar zijn goudstukken waren op. »Wacht een oogenblikje, kastelein,« zei hij, »ik zal even geld gaan halen,« en hij ging, maar nam het tafellaken meê. Daar begreep de waard niets van, en hij sloop hem nieuwsgierig achterna. De gast had de staldeur gegrendeld, en daarom keek hij door een reet. De vreemde spreidde het tafellaken onder den ezel en riep: »Brikklebrit!« en oogenblikkelijk begon den ezel goud te spuwen, van voren en van achteren, dat het wel een regen van goud leek. »Te deksel!« dacht de waard, &ra

The Bride of Dreams by Frederik van Eeden

Translated by Mellie von Auw

Author: Frederik van Eeden
Language: English
Wordcount: 90,639 / 259 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55.5
LoC Category: PN

Downloads: 3,626 2470
Genres: Fiction and Literature, Fantasy

ow we must pass without comment. Little as I was, I knew full well that the priests were on my mother’s side and that my father fought against a coalition. But with my mother I felt a sense of warmth, gentleness and tenderness, and had already been won over to her side long before I knew what the contest was about. Her beauty, which I heard praised; the deference I saw her met with; her sanctity, which I recognized as a great power, which my father, otherwise yielding to nothing or no one, dared only resist with faltering mockery; the sphere of suffering and tears in which she lived – all this drew my chivalrous heart to her. I considered my father a great man, a giant who dared anything and could get whatever he pleased – but for this very reason would I defend my mother against him. I went to church with her faithfully, and strictly followed her admonitions to piety, and the frivolous jokes which my father sometimes made on that score I proudly and heroically met with profound gravity.

But this chivalrou

British Goblins by Wirt Sikes

In a certain sense Wales may be spoken of as the cradle of fairy legend. It is not now disputed that from the Welsh were borrowed many of the first subjects of composition in the literature of all the cultivated peoples of Europe.

Author: Wirt Sikes
Published: 1880
Language: English
Wordcount: 128,499 / 385 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.5
LoC Category: GR

Downloads: 5,786
Added to site: 2010.12.19 29956

Genres: Fantasy, Short Story Collection

other. But some effort of this sort is imperative, and we must do the best we can with our materials. Stories of the class of Grimm’s Witchelmänner (Kinder und Hausmärchen) will be recalled by the legend of Rowli Pugh as here told. The German Hausmänner are elves of a domestic turn, sometimes mischievous and sometimes useful, but usually looking for some material reward for their labours. So with the English goblin named by Milton in ‘L’Allegro,’ which drudges,

To earn his cream-bowl duly set.


[12] Until recently, Welsh women retained their maiden names even after marriage.


The Ellylldan is a species of elf exactly corresponding to the English Will-o’-wisp, the Scandinavian Lyktgubhe, and the Breton Sand Yan y Tad. The Welsh word dan means fire; dan also means a lure; the compound word suggests a luring elf-fire. The Breton Sand Yan y Tad (St. John and Father)[13] is a double ignis fatuus fairy, carrying at its finger-ends five lights, which spin round like a wheel. The negroes of the southern seaboard states of America invest this goblin with an exaggeration of the horrible peculiarly their own. They call it Jack-muh-lantern, and describe it as a hideous creature five feet in height, with goggle-eyes and huge mouth, its body covered with long hair, and which goes leaping and bounding through the air like a gigantic grasshopper. This frightful apparition is stronger than any man, and swifter

The Arabian Nights Entertainments, vol 3 by Anonymous

Author: Anonymous
Language: English
Wordcount: 149,870 / 408 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65
LoC Category: PN
Series: Aldine Arabian Nights Entertainments

Downloads: 5,770 12

Genres: Fantasy, Short Story Collection

Nothing would be wanting to complete my happiness and crown my joy, would you but speak one single word to me, by which I might be assured that you thought yourself at all obliged. But how can you speak to me if you are dumb? and alas! I feel but too apprehensive that this is the case. How can I doubt, since you still torment me with silence, after having for a whole year in vain supplicated you to speak? If it is possible for me to obtain of you that consolation, may heaven at least grant me the blessing of a son by you, to succeed me. I every day find myself growing old, and I begin already to want one to assist me in bearing the weight of my crown. Still I cannot conceal the desire I have of hearing you speak; for something within me tells me you are not dumb: and I beseech, I conjure you, dear madam, to break through this long silence, and speak but one word to me; after that I care not how soon I die.”

At this discourse the fair slave, who, according to her usual custom, had hearkened to the king

The Arabian Nights Entertainments, vol 4 by Anonymous

Author: Anonymous
Language: English
Wordcount: 138,677 / 390 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.7
LoC Category: PN
Series: Aldine Arabian Nights Entertainments

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Genres: Fantasy, Short Story Collection

Contents of Volume IV.

The Story of the Enchanted Horse

The Story of Prince Ahmed, and the Fairy Perie Banou

The Story of the Sisters Who Envied Their Younger Sister

Story of the Three Sharpers and the Sultan

The Adventures of the Abbdicated Sultan

History of Mahummud, Sultan of Cairo

Story of the First Lunatic

Story of the Second Lunatic

Story of the Retired Sage and His Pupil, Related to the Sultan by the Second Lunatic

Story of the Broken-backed Schoolmaster

Story of the Wry-mouthed Schoolmaster

Story of the Sisters and the Sultana Their Mother

Story of the Bang-eater and the Cauzee

Story of the Bang-eater and His Wife

The Sultan and the Traveller Mhamood Al Hyjemmee

The Koord Robber

Story of the Husbbandman

Story of the Three Princes and Enchanting Bird

Story of a Sultan of Yemen and His Three Sons

Story of the First Sharper in the Cave

History of the Sultan of Hind

Story of the Fisherman’s Son

Story of Abou Neeut and Abou Neeuteen; Or, the Well-intentioned and the Double-minded

Adventure of a Courtier, Related by Himself to His Parton, an Ameer of Egypt

Story of the Prince of Sind, and Fatima, Daughter of Amir Bin Naomaun

Story of the Lovers of Syria; Or, the Heroine

Story of Hyjauje, the Tyrannical Gtovernor of Coufeh, and the Young Syed

Story of Ins Alwujjood and Wird Al Ikmaun, Daughter of Ibrahim, Vizier to Sultan Shamikh

The Adventures of Mazin of Khorassaun

Story of the Sultan the Dervish, and the Barber’s Son

Adventures of Aleefa Daughter of Mherejaun Sultan of Hind, and Eusuff, Son of Sohul, Sultan of Sind

Adventures of the Three Princes, Sons of the Sultan of China

Story of the Good Vizier Unjustly Imprisoned

Story of the Lady of Cairo and Her Four Gallants

The Cauzee’s Story

Story of the Merchant, His Daughter, and