Fairy Tale Friday- The Boots of Hunain and Zirak and Ring-dove

This week’s fairy tales are connected to Ramadan and Eid. I’m not a follower of the Muslim faith, but I thought I’d put them out now for those celebrating! 🙂

The Boots of Hunain

One morning, a desert traveller rode into town and notice a pair of boots. He really wanted to buy them. The cobbler, Hunain said that they were the finest boots he’d ever made and were worth three times the amount. The traveller insisted that the price was too much, but no matter how much they argued, the traveller could not get the price down. The traveller told him he was greedy and that his camel was worth more than the boots. He then stormed out of the shop.

Hunain was insulted by the man’s rudeness. Later, when he saw the traveller on his camel, Hunain grabbed the boots and followed him. He watched the route the traveller was going and took a shortcut to get ahead of him. A mile along the trail Hunain placed one of the boots down and one a mile later. Then he hid behind a sand dune. As the traveller walked past, he found the first boot. He said that one would be no good for him, so continued. The traveller came across the second boot and decided to tie up his camel and go back for the other one- getting beautiful boots for nothing.

As soon as the traveller was out of sight, Hunain untied the camel and rode it home. Chuckling ‘Fair’s Fair’ along the way! Cheeky Hunain!

Zirak and Ring-dove

Ring-dove and her sisters found some sunflower seeds in the morning. They started pecking at them, not realising that there was a net in the grass beneath their feet. Suddenly the net closed around them and Ring-dove and her sisters were trapped. They flapped around in panic. Ring-dove told her sisters to stay calm and to work together to escape. Ring-dove suggested that they should flap their wings together to lift the net off the group and fly out of the bird-catchers reach. When Ring-dove called, they all flapped together. As the bird-catcher went to grab the net, Ring-dove and her sisters rose from the ground and flew over his head and away. Ring-dove and her sisters flew to the nearest town as they believed that the bird-catcher couldn’t get them there. She had a plan to set them free. The bird-catcher did follow them, but got totally lost in the town’s streets.

Ring-dove’s sisters complained that they were still in danger from cats and dogs in the busy town. Ring-dove told her sisters to trust her. She had a friend called Zirak who was a little brown mouse. She asked for his help and he began to chew the net around his friend, Ring-dove. Her sisters were insistent that he should help them first. He ignored them and kept trying for Ring-dove’s safety. She asked Zirak to save her sisters first. Zirak told her that her sisters were selfish. Ring-dove said that if he was tired he would still save his good friend, but if he saved her first and then grew tired, he might not save them.  Zirak agreed with this. He said he didn’t care about her sisters, but her kindness made him love her even more. Zirak chewed until the sisters were free and then he freed his dear friend. Ring-dove and Zirak said their goodbyes and then a cat threatened the birds so they had to hurry home!

Next Fairy Tale Friday- Anansi and Turtle


Fairy Tale Friday- Prince Fire Flash and Prince Fire Fade

This week’s fairy tale is a Japanese story. It centres around two brothers.

Prince Fire Flash was a fisherman and his brother, Prince Fire Fade was a skilled hunter. One day Prince Fire Fade suggested that they swap work for the day. Prince Fire Flash wasn’t keen on the idea, but he went with it. Both of them weren’t very successful. Prince Fire Fade had lost the fish hook in the sea. He made five hundred fish hooks out of his sword, but Prince Fire Flash refused to accept them. He made another five hundred but Prince Fire Flash was too angry. He wanted his own.

Prince Fire Fade was very upset. The Wise Old Man came along and asked him why he was so unhappy. Prince Fire Fade told him the story of the fish hook. The Wise Old Man gave Prince Fire Fade a boat made out of plaited bamboo leaves. He told him to sail out until the boat began to sink. Under the sea he’d meet the Sea King’s daughter who would tell him what to do.

Prince Fire Fade did exactly that. He came across Princess Pearl who he was fascinated by. Princess Pearl saw Prince Fire Fade’s reflection in the well. She ran to tell her father. Her father knew of Prince Fire Fade because he was such a great hunter. They invited him to stay. Prince Fire Fade settled into life with Princess Pearl and her family. They fell in love and he forgot the reason why he had come.

A few years later, Princess Pearl questioned her husband as to why he had such a faraway look in his eyes. He told her of his brother’s lost fish hook. The princess offered her help. She summoned the creatures of the sea and asked them to find the fish hook belonging to Prince Fire Flash. A lobster explained the Tai had been complaining of something stuck in his throat. It turns out that it was the fish hook. Princess Pearl managed to release the Tai of the fish hook. Prince Fire Fade knew it was time to return the fish hook to his brother.

Prince Fire Fade was given two jewels by the Sea King. One ruled the flow of the tide and the other the ebb. The Sea King explained that if Prince Fire Flash was still angry, then he could bring out the tide-flowing jewel and he will be drowned. If he asks for forgiveness, the tide-ebbing jewel would save him.

Prince Fire Flash was still angry with him, so out came the tide-flowing jewel. As the sea surrounded Prince Fire Flash he begged for forgiveness. The tide-ebbing jewel saved him. The brothers reunited. Prince Fire Fade build a house and Princess Pearl came to live there, bringing the news that she was going to have a baby!

Next Fairy Tale- The Boots of Hunain


Fairy Tale Friday- The Goshawk and The Brave Lady

This week’s fairy tale is another Scottish one! This time it’s a forbidden love fairy tale.

It centres around Jean of Mortonhall and William of Aikenwood. It is based around a time when Scotland and England were bitter rivals. Jean’s father, the Earl of Mortonhall had eight pretty daughters. He warned them that neither of them were to even smile at a Scotsman. They would never be allowed to visit Scotland and if a Scotsman entered through his gate they would be killed.

Jean was the youngest and prettiest of her siblings. A while back she had got lost whilst riding and wandered over the border into Scotland. She had met a handsome man named William. They fell in love, but of course, their love was forbidden. William was a brilliant hunter who often went out with his hounds and horses. He had a goshawk too. The goshawk could tell that William was pining for Jean. They decided that the goshawk would send a message of love to Jean since William couldn’t do it. Jean got the message and felt desperate to meet William. She sent back a message to tell him to listen out for bells.

Jean convinced her father, that when she died, her body would be carried to rest in Scotland. Jean then spoke to her sisters, who promised that if she should die then a shroud would be made of the finest cloth and each one of the sisters would fasten a silver bell onto it.

Jean then took a very strong sleeping potion and returned to her bedroom. The potion was so potent that he family were convinced she had died. They respected her wishes and covered her in the finest cloth and silver bells, then carried her over the borders to Scotland.

William heard the bells and after the funeral party had left, he took Jean’s hands in his. The colour came back to Jean’s face and she awoke, happy to be reunited with the man she loved!

Next Fairy Tale- Prince Fire Flash and Prince Fire Fade

Fairy Tale Friday- The Water Kelpie

This Scottish tale is all about a young boy named Kyle. He was from quite a poor family with the only food being available to him and his family being what they grew on a strip of land between their cottage and the shores of the loch. Kyle overheard his mother speaking to his father about spring sowing. Kyle’s father said he was too old to drag the plough and Kyle too young. His mother worried, wondering what to do. Kyle’s father wanted to use a horse to pull the plough, but his wife disagreed. She said it wasn’t a horse outside, but a water kelpie. She begged him not to try to mount the water kelpie as legend had it that no man could tame the water kelpie. Unfortunately, Kyle’s father was insistent and ended up being dragged under by the water kelpie.

Kyle went to the loch to try and get some fish for dinner. He came across an old woman who explained she was freezing at night because her bones ached. Being a good boy, he brought her his father’s plaid to give to her. The woman said she didn’t take anything without giving anything and gave Kyle her shawl telling him it could be better to sit upon a plaidie than wrap it around you. That day, Kyle caught a fish.

The next day the woman returned again near the loch. She told Kyle how hungry she was and he kindly gave her bread that was meant to be for his breakfast. In return, the woman gave Kyle a lump of salt in a pouch. She said salt could be used to kill rather than to cure. That day, Kyle caught 2 fish.

On the third day, Kyle wondered what on earth the woman would want next. The woman wanted a stout rope to pull her bucket from the well. He have her the plough rope as he could not push the plough. The woman gave Kyle a bridle for a horse and told him iron is not only used to make a pot.  That day, Kyle caught 3 fish.

Kyle’s mother told him to take notice of what the old woman had told him. Later in the week, the water kelpie showed itself again. Kyle was determined to beat the water kelpie, but his mother warned him of the legend. Kyle was eager to try. When his mother fell asleep, he put the worn shawl around his shoulders, took the horse bridle and climbed out of the window towards the loch.

He remembered the woman’s words. He took the shawl and placed it over the creature’s back. Then he grabbed its mane and mounted the kelpie. The kelpie grew bigger and bigger. His mother had awoken by then and begged him to jump off. He said he would not until the kelpie ploughed the field. The kelpie snorted and reiterated the legend that no man could ride a water kelpie and live. Kyle remembered the salt and used it against the water kelpie. The salt made the water kelpie enraged. Kyle used the iron part of the horse bridle to slip into the kelpie’s mouth. This immediately tamed the kelpie and it became obedient.

Kyle used the water kelpie to plough the fields and fields for miles around Loch Ness. When the fields were done he released the water kelpie into the loch.

This shows that the legend was true- no man could master the water kelpie, but a boy could!

Next Fairy Tale- The Goshawk and The Brave Lady

Fairy Tale Friday- The Wee Bannock

I’m taking it back to my heritage today with a Scottish Folk and Fairy Tale. It is incredibly like The Gingerbread Man, but I think it’s got a much nicer ending. Selkirk, a town in the borders of Scotland, is famous for its bannocks which are more like fruitcakes than oatmeal bannocks that are more traditional.

You can see a bannock here.

If you know the story of The Gingerbread Man then you know this story. However, as I mentioned, the ending is better in my opinion! The bannock is made and then runs away from many people that want to eat it. All of the people that the wee (little) bannock ran away from, really had no need to eat a bannock. It was just greed. However, the bannock comes across two poor, hungry children. He allows himself to be eaten because they do need him. How sweet is that!

Next Fairy Tale- The Water Kelpie

Fairy Tale Friday- Spring and Autumn

This fairy tale was all about a princess who was so beautiful she was called Dear Delight Of The World. Everyone from Princes, warriors and Gods went to gaze at the princess and offer her gifts. Each one of them wanted her to be their ride. The princess listened to her admirers, but none of them captured her heart. She would merely shake her head and then they’d go away.

The God of Autumn was determined to win her heart. He was handsome, brave and strong, but she didn’t want anything to do with him. When she turned him down, he was gutted and couldn’t understand why. His brother, The God of Spring, who was with him said that he’d propose to her the next day. The God of Autumn roared with laughter. The God of Spring was so infatuated that he didn’t care.

The brothers had a bet that if she accepted Spring’s proposal then Autumn would give them a cask of rice wine. If not, Spring would have to give Autumn the cask. Spring accepted.

He went to his mother and asked for her help with preparing for his proposal to the Princess. His mother saw love in his eyes and got to work finding a new robe, sandals and a bow and arrow. She used magically made him his items ready for the big day. When his mother handed him the items, he thought they looked dull but didn’t want to be ungrateful. He thanked his mum and set off.

When arriving at the palace, the God of Spring looked dull, especially to the Princess’s maids. When the Princess looked at Spring, she saw all the magic and beauty that his mother had put into the items and immediately accepted his proposal.

Autumn was incredibly jealous and refused to fulfil the bet. He wished them a lifetime of misery.  When their mother found out about Autumn’s anger, she cut a hollow cane of bamboo and filled it with salt and stones. Then she wrapped the bamboo with leaves and hung it up above the fire. She spoke the words that when green leaves fade and die, so shall he, her Autumn son.

That’s why, the story says, Spring is fresh and merry and Autumn is the saddest time.

Next Fairy Tale- The Wee Bannock

Fairy Tale Friday- The Cracked Pot

This week’s fairy tale was an Indian story. It’s a cute little story about a water-bearer who walked down to the stream with two large pots hanging from a poke across his shoulders, to get water for his master’s house.

The water-bearer walked for many years until he was old a bent and ready for a younger man to take over. One of the pots had started to crack. Just as the man was about to pass on his job, the cracked pot asked why he had never been replaced. The water-bearer took the pot to the stream to answer the question. Along the way, he pointed out the flowers that grew on the pot’s side of the path. The water-bearer told him that he planted them because he knew the pot would always water them. He told the pot, that it was the pot’s flaws that helped him appreciate the beautiful flowers. That’s why he never replaced the pot!


Next Fairy Tale- Spring and Autumn