• Betrothed and Beheaded: Siya and Maadi

    Betrothed and Beheaded: Siya and Maadi

    Siya and Maadi Siya and Maadi are ill-fated lovers popularized in legends from the Wagadou Empire. To listen to the episode, Betrothed and Beheaded, please click here. I chose this story because I read Love in Colour: Mythical Tales from Around the World Retold by Bolu Babalola. The anthology draws from different BIPOC myths and… Read more

  • Daughter of the Sword

    Daughter of the Sword

    daughter of the sword South Africa This coming-of-age story comes from Ethel L. McPherson of Cape Town. She credits her stories as retellings from Zulu and Sesotho translations by the Nursery Tales of Bishop Callaway, published in 1868 and the Treasury of Basuto Folklore by M.Jacottet. The birth of a daughter A long time ago,… Read more

  • The Story Bag

    The Story Bag

    The Story Bag. In the spirit of the Lunar New Year, our story will be from Korea! Lunar New Year has many different names and countries like China, Korea, Vietnam, and Malaysia all celebrated January 22nd, 2023! We do cover the story of the Moon Goddess from the Mid-Autumn festival so if you want more… Read more

  • Sparrow Shorts: The Cottager and His Cat

    Sparrow Shorts: The Cottager and His Cat

    The Cottager and His Cat Happy New Year, Travellers! Welcome back to the Enchanted Forest. I hope you all had a lovely holiday season and are as eager as we are for another exciting year full of new and old stories! This week, Fox is out in the winter wonderland, searching high and low for… Read more

  • The Oak King and the Holly King

    The Oak King and the Holly King

    Greetings Travellers! Welcome back to Tales from the Enchanted Forest with your animal companions Fox and Sparrow! This blog post is dedicated to our last episode of 2022, the Legend of the Holly King and the Oak King. We have taken all the various retellings of this story and created a yuletide patchwork story to… Read more

  • Why the Sea is Salt

    Why the Sea is Salt

    Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe have an odd Christmas story featuring ham, an outhouse and a magic quern that churns out whatever your heart desires. Come join us for a pointlessly fun winter tale to find a Norse explanation for why the Sea is Salt! Show notes, sources and Five Fantastic Finds included! Read more

  • Chang’e and Hou Yi: The Lady of the Moon

    Chang’e and Hou Yi: The Lady of the Moon

    Chang’e and Hou Yi are two popular characters from Chinese legends, with him as the famed archer and her as the Lady of the Moon. Read about their love story and all the variations of the tale. Read more

  • The Mermaid Wife and Other Selkie Stories

    The Mermaid Wife and Other Selkie Stories

    The Mermaid Wife and other Selkie stories covers the Scottish story as well as sources, fun facts about mermaids and migratory folktales! Read more

  • Aesop’s Fables

    Aesop’s Fables

    Fantasy encompasses a wide, wide spectrum of writing. We have beast fables, we have gothic, we have tales of vampires and werewolves, and we have sword and sorcery; we have epics from Homer, and there is just so much out there that we put under the umbrella of ‘fantasy.’ – Robin Hobb Mel Shaw’s painting,… Read more

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