It is said that a particular feature of Romanian culture is the relationship between folklore and classical education and the arts. This is, in part, attributed to the rural character of Romanian life that has produced an exceptionally vital and creative traditional culture. Romanian folklore tales were the main literary genre until the 18th century, being both a source of inspiration for literary writers and a traditional way of framing storytelling.
Strong folk traditions have survived to this day due to that same rural character of Romanian communities. Romania's rich folk traditions have been nourished by many sources, some of which predate the Roman occupation.
The adaptations in this book come from the nineteenth century tradition of translation and interpretation from a variety collectors and collections. These include tales from Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books, translations of older tales by Lucy Byng in Roumanian Stories, tales collected by Mite Kremnitz in Roumanian Fairy Tales, and Carmen Sylva’s (the then Queen of Romania), Legends from River & Mountain.
Truth be told these are some of the most engaging stories that I’ve read for a long time. That tradition, that vitality, really shines through in these traditional tales, and I’m sure, like me, you will fall just a little bit in love with some of these wonderful characters.
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About the Author
I obtained a degree in History from Leeds University before wandering rather haphazardly into the emerging world of business computing in the late nineteen-eighties.
A little like my sporting father, I followed a succession of amateur writing paths alongside my career in technology, including working as a freelance journalist and book reviewer, my one claim to fame being a by-line in a national newspaper in the UK, The Sunday People.
I also spent 10 years treading the boards, appearing all over the south of the UK in pantos and plays, in village halls and occasionally on the stage of a professional theatre or two.
Following the sporting theme, and a while after I hung up my own boots, I worked on live TV broadcasts for the BBC, ITV, TVNZ, EuroSport and others as a rugby "Stato", covering Heineken Cups, Six Nations, IRB World Sevens and IRB World Cups in the late '90's and early '00's.
I try to combine my love of storytelling with a passion for information technology, and am currently Vice President - Technology with a major UK FinTech company.
You can find out more about Clive's work and contact me at: https://www.boyonabench.com
Table of Contents
THE FAIRY OF THE LAKE
THE SERPENT ISLE
MOTHER’S DARLING JACK
VÎRFUL CU DOR
THE POOR BOY
THE TWO STEP-SISTER
THE MORNING STAR AND THE EVENING STAR
THE STAG’S VALLEY
THE PEA EMPEROR
THE DEAD POOL
THE WITCH’S STRONGHOLD
THE OLD WOMAN AND THE OLD MAN
THE VOICE OF DEATH
THE CAVE OF JALOMITZA
THE WONDERFUL BIRD
THE ENCHANTED PIG
THE FAIRY OF THE DAWN
YOUTH WITHOUT AGE AND LIFE WITHOUT DEATH
THE LITTLE PURSE WITH TWO HALF-PENNIES
MOGARZEA AND HIS SON
THE GIRL WHO PRETENDED TO BE A BOY
THE PRINCESS AND THE FISHERMAN
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