Folklore Stories A-Z

Folklore Stories A-Z

A Phantom Toe

A Phantom Toe

I am not a superstitious man, far from it, but it appeared to me totally impossible to go into that room and disbelieve in ghosts.
Androclus and the Lion

Androclus and the Lion

Androclus, a runaway slave, befriends a lion with a thorn in its paw.

Arachne and the Weaving Contest

The goddess Athena challenges Arachne to a weaving contest to prove who is the superior craftsperson.
Armadillo's Song

Armadillo’s Song

There once lived an armadillo who loved music more than anything else in the world. After every rainfall, the armadillo would drag his shell over to the large pond filled with frogs and he would listen to the big green frogs singing back and forth, back and forth to each other in the most amazing voices.
Attack of the Mammoth

Attack of the Mammoth

A man and his family were constantly on the move, hunting for beaver. They traveled from lake to lake, stream to stream, never staying any place long enough for it to become a home. The woman sometimes silently wished that they would find a village and settle down somewhere with their little baby, but her husband was restless, and so they kept moving.
Bearskin meets the old man's daughters

Bearskin and the Devil

A soldier makes a deal with the Devil in exchange for a lifetime of riches. If he can manage the impossible terms...
Aesop Fable: Belling the Cat

Belling the Cat

The mice are looking for a way to guard themselves from the cat.
Black Bartelmy's Ghost

Black Bartelmy’s Ghost

Black Bartelmy was an evil, surly buccaneer who murdered his wife and children and went to sea with a band of pirates as nasty as he. He roamed the Atlantic coast, murdering and pillaging and laying waste to the countryside as he passed...
The Bloody Knife: A Nova Scotia Ghost Story

Bloody Knife

Many and many a year ago, two Micmac warriors from rival villages got into a terrible argument. Harsh words were exchanged, and then knives were pulled. The warriors battled back and forth on the banks of a small creek...
Bloody Mary, Quite Contrary

Bloody Mary, Quite Contrary

“Mary, Mary…” the half-heard whisper woke her in the darkness before dawn. Darkness. How appropriate. These days, it seemed as if her whole life was in darkness.
Cow's Head by S.E. Schlosser

Cow’s Head

Soon after her father's remarriage, Oksana found that all the housework fell to her while her step-sister Olena idled her days away....
Dungarvon Whooper

Dungarvon Whooper

It was a cold winter and the snow was deep in the woods surrounding the logging camp near the Dungarvon River. But there was plenty of game to be found if you were a good hunter, so the men didn't go hungry. The camp cook was a jolly fellow, and quite rich for a logger. He kept his life savings in a money belt that he wore at all times...
Echo and Narcissus

Echo and Narcissus

Echo, doomed forever to repeat the words of others, falls in love with the self-centered Narcissus.
Ghost Train

Ghost Train

I was a railway fireman back in those days, working on the CPR line in Alberta. I did a hard day's work and earned me a fair wage. I was young then, and my pretty little bride was just setting up housekeeping in the little cottage that was all we could afford. Life was good, and I thought everything would continue rolling along that way...
Godfather Death

Godfather Death

When a thirteenth child is born to a poor family, the father makes Death the little boy's godfather.
Halcyone the Queen

Halcyone and Ceyx

Halycone, the Queen of Thessaly, wanders along the bleak sea-beach and watching for the brown sail of her husband the King, who has gone to seek council from the oracle.
Hansel and Grethel: A Grimm Fairy Tale

Hansel and Gretel

Once upon a time there dwelt near a large wood a poor woodcutter, with his wife and two children by his former marriage, a little boy called Hansel, and a girl named Grethel. He had little enough to break or bite; and once, when there was a great famine in the land, he could not procure even his daily bread
Hercules and the Wagoner

Hercules and the Wagoner

A farmer gets stuck in the mud and calls on Hercules to help him out of his predicament.
How Odin Lost His Eye

How Odin Lost His Eye

Father Odin longed to become the wisest being in the world, so he resolved to win a draught from Mimer's well.
The boy sets out on a journey to learn about the shivers

If Only I Could Shiver

A boy sets out on a journey to learn what it means to be frightened (have the shivers.)