A crow enlists the help of a woman, instructing her to pluck a feather to make magical wishes. The feather gives her the power to refuse suitors and cook delicious meals. The Enchanted Quill is one of 500 fairy tales preserved in a collection that belonged to historian folklorist Franz Xaver von Schönwerth in the 1860s.
With Vanessa Richardson
You think you know the story…But do you really? Every other Saturday, Tales presents ancient fairy tales the way they were originally told: orally, and unadulterated. Tales is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media production. Ad-free archives of episodes six months or older are now available through Stitcher Premium.
Disney’s Frozen has nothing on this dark and devastating Danish fairy tale. “The Snow Queen” was first published in 1844 by Hans Christian Andersen and has since been adapted into movies, television shows, operas and ballets. Two children, Gerda and Kay, battle the Snow Queen and try to find a balance between good versus evil.
Rooted in both African and Native American legend, Br’er Rabbit, is a collection of folklore first published in 1881 by Joel Chandler Harris. Br’er Rabbit represents not only enlightenment and rebellion against authority, but also deceit, greed, spite and even homicidal rage.
This well known warning teaches us that liars are not believed even when they speak the truth, but do you know the outcomes of weaving tall tales?
Sinbad is back on his ship and setting sail for Persia, hopefully one of his most lucrative trips yet. However, it is not money that Sinbad is looking for… but love.
Confronted with stormy seas, monsters and pirates, Sinbad the fearless sailor, must attempt to steal the magical, “Book of Peace.” Will he complete his journey after being shipwrecked in Basra?
Hurt and unable to fly, it seems like Peter Pan is out of luck. Will anyone be there to come to his aid when he needs it the most?
Not only does a jealous Tinkerbell attempt to murder Wendy, but we find out about a much darker side to Peter Pan.
In this version, young Peter flies to an island and introduces himself as Peter the Bird. Upon learning he is not a bird, but human, he loses faith in his ability to fly. Stuck on the island, Peter asks the birds for help in hopes of returning home to his mother. When he finally returns to the window of his home and sees her, he discovers that in life, there are no second chances.
Once he completed the twelve labors and paid his debt to society, Hercules married Deianira. Their marriage was a happy one until he accidentally put on a poison tunic. The pain was so intense, Hercules decided that he would rather die than endure the torturous poison. But in death, he would find something he never thought he’d find.
After strangling his music teacher Linos in a fit of rage, Hercules was confronted by two beautiful women, Vice and Virtue. He was to choose a path for the rest of his life. One would be a path of hardship leading to glory. The other a path of pleasure and irresponsibility. Which path would he choose?
One day, Toshiro the wood cutter wandered into a remote part of the forest to cut wood and drank from a nearby pond. In his reflection, he saw a man only 25 years old - the water had transformed him. His wife, Chizue insisted that she should drink from the same pond, to become as young as her husband - but she never returned. Toshiro returned to the pond, only to find a terrible surprise.
In this early version of the Rapunzel fairy tale, young Persinette is locked away in a tall tower away from men and told by her mother to never cut her beautiful golden hair. When a prince hears her beautiful singing and is drawn to the tower, Persinette must decide whether to heed her mother’s warning or believe the charming prince.
Thumbelina is a girl no bigger than a human thumb. Due to her small stature, she is very attractive to animals, who try to kidnap and marry her. Among her suitors: a toad, a beetle, and a mole. Yet, the one with whom she connected most was the swallow she nursed back to health. Would the swallow allow Thumbelina to be taken by another animal, or would they live happily ever after?
The Emperor requests that his kitchen maid, Mei, bring to him the nightingale whose melody is so sweet that she can make your heart dance. Mei finds the bird, and the Emperor is so impressed that he invites the bird to stay and sing forever. But when the Emperor receives a wind-up bird who sings a different and more beautiful song, he doesn't realize that the choice between them will become a matter of life and death.
Momotaro is a brave Japanese boy adopted by a childless couple, after they find him inside of a peach. Years later, Momotaro says goodbye to his family to defeat the Oni (demons or ogres) who live on a distant island. With the help of a dog, a pheasant, and a monkey, Momotaro finds their castle. Will Momotaro’s bravery be enough to defeat the black magic of the Oni?
A soldier returning from battle steals a magical Tinderbox from a witch. He uses the Tinderbox to bring himself more riches than he could have ever imagined. But what he wanted more than anything, was a chance to meet the Princess. So he used the Tinderbox to not only meet the princess, but also to become King.
After having his first revenge plot foiled, Massood, captain of the thieves, swore revenge against Ali Baba, the man who killed 37 of his men. What Massood didn’t account for was that Ali Baba was not their killer. But he would soon figure out who was.
Massood, captain of the thieves, concocts a plan to get even with Ali Baba for stealing riches from his cave. Posing as a weary oil merchant, he asks Ali Baba for a place to stay and store his 37 jars of oil. But not all the jars are full of oil...
Ali Baba, a modest wood chopper, finds a stolen fortune in a magical cave, but can't keep the secret from his greedy brother. The next time he visits the cave, he is greeted not by robbers, but by the corpse of his dead brother. Will Ali Baba be next?