Folk-lore and Legends: German

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Gaffer Death -- The Legend of Paracelsus -- Hans in Luck -- The Grey Mare in the Garret -- The Water Spirit -- Peter Klaus -- The Legend of Rheineck -- The Cellar of the Old Knights in the Kyffhauser -- The Fisherman and his Wife -- The Mouse Tower -- The Dancers -- The Little Shroud -- The Arch Rogue -- Brother Merry -- Fastrada -- The Jew in the Bush -- The Elves -- The Conclave of Corpses -- Legends of Rubezahl, or Number-Nip -- The Hunter Hackelnberg and the Tut-Osel -- The Alraun -- The Goose-Girl -- Hans Jagenteufel -- The Waits of Bremen -- The Flaming Castle -- The Monks at the Ferry -- Doctor All-Wise -- The White Maiden -- The Sturgeon -- St. Andrew's Night.

This is an anonymous collection of German folk stories, mythology, and fairy tales compiled by an unknown individual. From the preface: “It is proposed that this shall be the first of a series of little volumes in which shall be presented in a handy form selections from the Folk-lore and legends of various countries. It has been well said that "the legendary history of a nation is the recital of the elements that formed the character of that nation; it contains the first rude attempts to explain natural phenomena, the traditions of its early history, and the moral principles popularly adopted as the rules for reward and punishment; and generally the legends of a people may be regarded as embodying the popular habits of thought and popular motives of action." The following legends of Germany cannot, we think, fail to interest those who read them. Some of the stories are invested with a charming simplicity of thought which cannot but excite admiration. Others are of a weird, fantastic character fitted to a land of romantic natural features, of broad river, mountain, and deep forest. The humorous, the pathetic, the terrible, all find place in the German folk-tales, and it would be difficult to rise from their perusal without having received both amusement and instruction. The general lesson they convey is the sure punishment of vice and the reward of virtue; some way or another the villain always meets with his desert. In future volumes we shall deal with the legends of other countries, hoping that the public will bear us company in our excursions.”