The Grey Fairy Book

by Andrew Lang

The Grey Fairy Book

This book is a collection of traditional tales. The collection was assembled by Scottish folklorist Andrew Lang although authorship of the stories is unknown. Lang published several collections of traditional tales, collectively known as <em>Andrew Lang's Fairy Books</em>.

Source: Lang, A. (Ed.). (1906). The Brown Fairy Book. London: Longmans, Green & Co.

Cannetella doesn’t wish to be married, but agrees to do so if her father finds a man to fit her outrageous demands. Her insistence leads her to trouble, when her husband treats her poorly. She manages an escape, but her husband pursues her, using magic to try to capture her once more.
The Daughter of Buk Ettemsuch
One of seven daughters is the only to obey her father’s orders. She is left alive to escape, but finds herself living as the daughter of an ogre. A prince asks for her hand, but the ogre forbids her to speak unless he addresses her with the special words.
A Fairy’s Blunder
A thoughtless fairy enchants a fountain without considering the effects of the enchantment. Beyond destroying the town, the mistake takes effect against the young wards of another fairy. The fairies try to discover a way to undo the mistake and reunite the young lovers.
Long, Broad, and Quickeye
A young prince is offered whatever he likes best, but to his father’s dismay, he chooses a princess who is trapped by an enchantment. On his way to reach her he meets with three men, each with a special skill. Together the four men are able to work together against the magician’s spell.
The Ogre
A simple boy is driven into the world by his mother’s treatment of him. He meets with an ogre, who treats him well and assists him. The ogre allows him to visit his family, but his ignorance leads him into trouble twice. The third visit brings more wisdom, and the rewards that come with his new knowledge.
The Twin Brothers
A fisherman and his wife wish for sons. An old woman tells the wife how to get the sons she wishes for. When the twins grow, they wish to go into the world. The first brother goes on adventures, until the signs of distress bring his brother to his aid.
The Unlooked-For Prince
A king who has not been able to have children makes a promise, only to find that he has given up his only child. The prince determines to find a way out of the promise, and completes several tasks with the help of the princess.
  • Year Published: 1906
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: England
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 4.0
  • Word Count: 22,306
  • Genre: Fairy Tale/Folk Tale
  • Keywords: adventure, brothers, deception, family, freedom, knowledge, love, magic, obedience, survival
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