Changeling Tales

Changeling Tales

Changeling Tales is a YouTube channel dedicated to fairy tales and their histories! Here you can rec

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MR. VINEGAR...and his encounters with pirates and bad bargaining. (1890, Full Story Read Through) 26/04/2021

‘Mr. Vinegar’ is a plain enough English folk tale - it bears the typical stamps of teaching a lesson to the reader, and a plot with situational repetition. What makes it interesting are the aspects that make it unique, such as the odd inclusion of a parrot - this points to an unknowable history on the origins of this story, and what it might have been in earlier versions. Check out the story and my theory on its origins (and why there is a parrot) in my newest video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shJvuxvJ1JQ

MR. VINEGAR...and his encounters with pirates and bad bargaining. (1890, Full Story Read Through) Halloo, and welcome to Changeling Tales! Haven to old and obscure fairy tales, and those who love them~In this video I will be taking a look at an English fo...

EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON...or 'no consent to be had'. (1843, Full Story Read Through) 12/04/2021

If you know fairy tales beyond what Disney showed you growing up, you have probably heard of ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’. One of the most well-known Norse fairy tales, it was curated and recorded by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in the early 1840s. These two men are to Norway what the Brothers Grimm are to Germany - famous scholars and collectors of fairy tales, who travelled their respective countries interviewing the elderly and writing down the ‘old wives tales’ that otherwise may have been forgotten. Out of all of the stories they recorded, this one is not only the most popular, but probably the most timeless - after all, it reflects many older tales and tropes, proving that some ideas and plot lines that fascinated people thousands of years ago are still intriguing to this day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hHrm3M2Oqk

EAST OF THE SUN AND WEST OF THE MOON...or 'no consent to be had'. (1843, Full Story Read Through) Halloo, and welcome to Changeling Tales! Haven to old and obscure fairy tales, and those who love them~In this video I will be taking a look at the popular N...

PRINCE HYACINTH AND THE DEAR LITTLE PRINCESS...and the Large Nose. (1750s, Full Story Read Through) 29/03/2021

The 1600s and 1700s in France were years of great creativity and thought, and marked a major change in why stories were told and how stories were told. There had always been folk tales passed down orally from one generation to the next, but in this period, many writers (a majority of them women), set their pens to paper and began devising fairy tales of their own creation, some of which have stood the test of time. These stories blended morality, romance, and adventure, sometimes with entertaining and absorbing results, and sometimes…well. Sometimes you got stories like ‘Prince Hyacinth and the Dear Little Princess’. Not to say that this odd story about an exceptionally large nose (the title is misleading) is not interesting and entertaining in its own right - it reflects the values of the time period it came from, and does its best to teach readers a lesson not commonly found in children’s tales. Hear this gem from history for yourself in my newest video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xDOG-oXvo0

PRINCE HYACINTH AND THE DEAR LITTLE PRINCESS...and the Large Nose. (1750s, Full Story Read Through) Halloo, and welcome to Changeling Tales! Haven to old and obscure fairy tales, and those who love them~In this video I will be taking a look at the French fa...

THE HALF CHICK...or 'be kind or be punished'. (1892, Full Story Read Through) 15/03/2021

In this week's video, we will be taking a look at an origin story: 'The Half-Chick', or 'Medio Pollito'. It is a traditional Spanish children's tale with roots in either Mexico or Spain (or both), and has a strong moral aspect to it. Check out this version from Spain below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fKjsUcARCo

THE HALF CHICK...or 'be kind or be punished'. (1892, Full Story Read Through) Halloo, and welcome to Changeling Tales! Haven to old and obscure fairy tales, and those who love them~In this video I will be taking a look at the Spanish f...

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK...or 'who is the real villain here?' (1890, Full Story Read Through) 09/03/2021

This week's video is on the popular story, 'Jack and the Beanstalk'! This story is just one branch off of a theme/framework that has been around since ancient times (kid steals nice things from an ogre/giant). While 'Jack and the Beanstalk' itself has not changed much in the past few hundred years, what you might not know is that there are TWO versions of this story which remain prominent to this day. Which version did you grow up with? Find out more in my reading below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkfCgQaJnCk

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK...or 'who is the real villain here?' (1890, Full Story Read Through) Halloo, and welcome to Changeling Tales! Haven to old and obscure fairy tales, and those who love them~In this video I will be looking at the popular fairy t...

MR. MIACCA...or the cannibal around the corner? (1890, Full Story Read Through) 01/03/2021

When you’re browsing through YouTube, do you ever see titles like ‘THE TRUE DARK HISTORY of ‘such and such’ FAIRYTALE!’ Well…the vast majority of stories pre-television and the Disney era were dark, compared to what stories children are hearing/seeing today. Fairy tales and folk tales shift and change and adapt to the beliefs and desires of the contemporary tellers and listeners of the tales, and so, in a society that values bringing children stories of happiness and light-hearted fantasy, there is no longer a place for stories like ‘Mr. Miacca’ to be shared. ‘Mr. Miacca’ is a perfect example of tales parents told to scare their children into behaving, a practice that has, for the most part, been abandoned (or has it?). Were there any fearsome people/creatures that your parents told you about to scare you into being good when you were a child? Comment about it below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVVH0zoAe2E

MR. MIACCA...or the cannibal around the corner? (1890, Full Story Read Through) Halloo, and welcome to Changeling Tales! Haven to old and obscure fairy tales, and those who love them~In this video I will be looking at the English folk ta...

THE OLD WOMAN AND HER PIG...and many other stubborn things. (1890, Full Story Read Through) 22/02/2021

One of the most popular and lasting forms of folk tales used over the centuries is what is known as a ‘chain-narrative’, or ‘cumulative tale’. Even today, it is still the most popular framework for children’s stories, due to its typically short length and use of repetition. This week’s story, ‘The Old Woman and Her Pig’, is an old English folk tale that exhibits this style to the point of comedic exaggeration – find out more about it in my newest video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J8TGCt1ahE

THE OLD WOMAN AND HER PIG...and many other stubborn things. (1890, Full Story Read Through) Halloo, and welcome to Changeling Tales! Haven to old and obscure fairy tales, and those who love them~In this video I will be looking at 'The Old Woman and ...

THE BUN...or the Russian Gingerbread Man? (1913, Full Story Read Through) 16/02/2021

Most of the stories that we know today were either devised/written by popular authors within the past few centuries, or were derived from folk tales that have been passed down over the generations from times so long ago that no one remembers where they came from, or how they came about in the first place. This week’s story falls into the latter category – ‘The Bun’ is the Russian variation of the common ‘runaway baked good’ theme. If you grew up in North America, you probably know the story as ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Find out more about this story’s evolution and resulting versions across Europe and North America in my newest video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwXg_RtDlCI

THE BUN...or the Russian Gingerbread Man? (1913, Full Story Read Through) Halloo, and welcome to Changeling Tales! Haven to old and obscure fairy tales, and those who love them~In this video I will be looking at 'The Bun', and in p...

THE BLUE BIRD...and all the audacity in the land. A Classic Romance. (1697, Full Story Read Through) 08/02/2021

Did you know that a woman came up with the term ‘fairy tale’, and started the genre as we know it today? Madame d’Aulnoy led a passionate life, defying the bounds of an arranged marriage to attain personal freedom (and getting kicked out of France for it), and later, attempting to help her best friend (unsuccessfully) escape from an abusive husband. After 15 years of travelling around Europe, she returned to Paris and wrote fairy tales and histories to entertain the courts. ‘The Blue Bird’ is one of her most well-known stories, inspired, it is said, by court intrigues and love affairs that she witnessed (or was part of?) in her travels. Listen to ‘The Blue Bird’ by following the link below, and lose yourself in a grand story of the perseverance of love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcToYYDMUCs

THE BLUE BIRD...and all the audacity in the land. A Classic Romance. (1697, Full Story Read Through) Halloo, and welcome to Changeling Tales! Haven to old and obscure fairy tales, and those who love them~In this video I will be looking at 'The Blue Bird', an...

THE BRONZE RING...or 'no one is nice when they have power'. (1889, Full Story Read Through) 02/02/2021

What do a sultan, the son of a gardener, a magician, and three heroic mice have in common? They all want the ring of power… No, this isn’t ‘Lord of the Rings’, but tales about rings of power are, as the saying goes, ‘as old as time’. Find out who wins ‘The Bronze Ring’ in my newest video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m89PC7LM1io

THE BRONZE RING...or 'no one is nice when they have power'. (1889, Full Story Read Through) Halloo, and welcome to Changeling Tales! Haven to old and obscure fairy tales, and those who love them~In this video I will be looking at 'The Bronze Ring', ...

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS...and the crafty fox? (1892, Full Story Read-Through) 19/01/2021

‘The Three Little Pigs’… that’s the one with “I’ll huff and puff and blow your house down”, right? Not in the 1800s it wasn’t! How did the villain destroy the first two pigs’ houses then? Find out below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmCXvFNC68g

THE THREE LITTLE PIGS...and the crafty fox? (1892, Full Story Read-Through) Halloo, and welcome to Changeling Tales! Haven to old and obscure fairy tales, and those who love them~In this video I will be looking at how 'The Three Litt...

Introduction to the Changeling Tales Channel 17/01/2021

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Changeling Tales page! Thanks for stopping by 😊

Here you can find fun facts and information about fairy tales and their (often dark) histories, and receive updates on my new videos/readings. Nearly all fairy tales have changed significantly over relatively short periods of time - Changeling Tales is all about sharing stories as they used to be, and questioning the changes that took place through the lens of Western society and culture. Feel free to post and comment your thoughts on the material and engage in discussion!

Below is a link to my video introducing the YouTube channel and what you can expect to find there. If you have an interest in storytelling, or learning more about these tales that have been passed down over many generations, then have a listen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4BZgK-nIBs

Introduction to the Changeling Tales Channel Welcome to Changeling Tales, and the world of Fairy Tales!Here you will find a wee bit of information on what you can expect to find in this channel and its ...

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