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FOLK LORE

AND

LEGENDS

GERMANY

W. W. GIBBINGS 18 BURY ST., LONDON, W.C. 1892

UNIFORM WITH THIS VOLUME.

" These dainty little books. " STANDARD.

FOLK LORE AND LEGENDS.

FIRST SERIES.

1. GERMAN. 2. ORIENTAL. 3. SCOTLAND. 4. IRELAND.

SECOND SERIES.

1. ENGLAND. 2. SCANDINAVIAN. 3. RUSSIAN. 4. NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN.

" They transport us into a romantic world. " TIMES.

PREFATORY NOTE

It is proposed that this shall be the first of a series of little volumes in which shall be presented in a handy form selections from the Folk lore and legends of various countries. It has been well said that "the legendary history of a nation is the recital of the elements that formed the character of that nation; it contains the first rude attempts to explain natural phenomena, the traditions of its early history, and the moral principles popularly adopted as the rules for reward and punishment; and generally the legends of a people may be regarded as embodying the popular habits of thought and popular motives of action." The following legends of Germany cannot, we think, fail to interest those who read them. Some of the stories are invested with a charming simplicity of thought which cannot but excite admiration. Others are of a weird, fantastic character fitted to a land of romantic natural features, of broad river, mountain, and deep forest. The humorous, the pathetic, the terrible, all find place in the German folk tales, and it would be difficult to rise from their perusal without having received both amusement and instruction. The general lesson they convey is the sure punishment of vice and the reward of virtue; some way or another the villain always meets with his desert. In future volumes we shall deal with the legends of other countries, hoping that the public will bear us company in our excursions.

CONTENTS

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Gaffer Death, 1

The Legend of Paracelsus, 6

Hans in Luck, 9

The Grey Mare in the Garret, 17

The Water Spirit, 21

Peter Klaus, 31

The Legend of Rheineck, 36

The Cellar of the Old Knights in the Kyffhauser, 48

The Fisherman and his Wife, 53

The Mouse Tower, 62

The Dancers, 66

The Little Shroud, 70

The Arch Rogue, 72

Brother Merry, 82

Fastrada, 100

The Jew in the Bush, 104

The Elves, 110

The Conclave of Corpses, 114

Legends of Rubezahl, or Number Nip, 120

The Hunter Hackelnberg and the Tut Osel, 131

The Alraun, 136

The Goose Girl, 140

Hans Jagenteufel, 149

The Waits of Bremen, 152

The Flaming Castle, 158

The Monks at the Ferry, 161

Doctor All Wise, 168

The White Maiden, 172

The Sturgeon, 176

St. Andrew's Night, 183

INTRODUCTION

The value of national stories and legends has in late years become very widely recognised. Folk lore has recently received a large amount of attention, and the thought and labour bestowed upon the subject have been rewarded by results which prove that its investigators have entered upon no unfruitful, however long neglected, field... Continue reading book >>




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