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Fairy Tales (Part Two: Non-European Collections)

One Thousand and One Nights (or, Arabian Nights)

Aladdin’s mother took the lamp, and said to her son: “Here it is, but it is very dirty; if it was a little cleaner I believe it would bring something more.” She took some fine sand and water to clean it; but had no sooner begun to rub it, than in an instant a hideous genie of gigantic size appeared before her, and said to her in a voice like thunder: “What wouldst thou have? I am ready to obey thee as thy slave, and the slave of all those who have that lamp in their hands; I and the other slaves of the lamp.”

Russian Fairy Tales, edited by William Ralston Shedden-Ralston

The Baba Yaga will pursue you, but you must lay your ear on the ground, and when you hear that she is close at hand, first of all throw down the towel. It will become a wide, wide river. And if the Baba Yaga gets across the river, and tries to catch you, then you must lay your ear on the ground again, and when you hear that she is close at hand, throw down the comb. It will become a dense, dense forest; through that she won’t be able to force her way anyhow.

American Fairy Tales, L. Frank Baum

“Why cannot you blow me a dog out of glass?” he asked, presently.
"I can," declared the glass-blower; "but it would not bark at people, you know."
"Oh, I’ll fix that easily enough," replied the other. "If I could not make a glass dog bark I would be a mighty poor wizard."

Japanese Fairy Tales, edited by Yei Theodora Ozaki

On turning back he was much surprised to see that the monster dragon had entirely disappeared and in its place was a strange-looking man, who was bowing most ceremoniously to the ground. His red hair streamed over his shoulders and was surmounted by a crown in the shape of a dragon’s head, and his sea-green dress was patterned with shells.

Indian Fairy Tales, edited by Joseph Jacobs

Her beauty bewitched him, so he fell on his knees, begging her to return with him as his bride; but she only laughed, saying seven Queens were quite enough even for a King to manage. However, when he would take no refusal, but implored her to have pity on him, promising her everything she could desire, she replied, “Give me the eyes of your seven Queens, and then perhaps I may believe you mean what you say.”

Fairy Tale Meme.

5 Enchanted Objects [1/5]

The Magic Lamp is commonly linked with the story of Aladdin, from the anthology One Thousand and One Nights. Known as the home of the genie, it represents both Aladdin’s rise to wealth and his downfall when the lamp falls out of his hands and into the hands of a wicked sorcerer. In some versions, the genie is eventually freed from the lamp but he continues to serve Aladdin, with whom he has become friends.