Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksFrench fairy tales

The Golden Branch

Once upon a time there was a King who was so morose and disagreeable that he was feared by all his subjects, and with good reason, as for the most trifling offense he would have their heads cut off. This King Grumpy, as he was called, had one son, who…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksGerman fairy tales

The Golden Lads

A poor man and his wife lived in a little cottage, where they supported themselves by catching fish in the nearest river, and got on as best they could, living from hand to mouth. One day it happened that when the fisherman drew in his net he found in it…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksGerman fairy tales

The Golden Mermaid

A powerful king had, among many other treasures, a wonderful tree in his garden, which bore every year beautiful golden apples. But the King was never able to enjoy his treasure, for he might watch and guard them as he liked, as soon as they began to get ripe they…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksDanish fairy tale

The Green Knight

There lived once a king and queen who had an only daughter, a charming and beautiful girl, dearer to them than anything else in the world. When the princess was twelve years old the queen fell sick, and nothing that could be done for her was of any use. All…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksSpanish fairy tale

The Half-Chick

Once upon a time there was a handsome black Spanish hen, who had a large brood of chickens. They were all fine, plump little birds, except the youngest, who was quite unlike his brothers and sisters. Indeed, he was such a strange, queer-looking creature, that when he first chipped his…

Andrew Lang’s Fairy BooksCeltic fairy tales

The Hoodie-Crow

Once there lived a farmer who had three daughters, and good useful girls they were, up with the sun, and doing all the work of the house. One morning they all ran down to the river to wash their clothes, when a hoodie came round and sat on a tree…