Category Archives: Tales /märchen

Stories which are not regarded as possibly true.


The working mule who ate too much

Background: The informant was born and raised in Western North Carolina. He has lived in North Carolina his whole life. He wanted to share some Western North Carolina stories. He explained that this is just a silly joke story that “you’d be setting around and talking to folks maybe after game of golf or tennis,… Continue Reading »

“NĀRANJ O TORANJ” AND A TROLL IN THE WELL

MAIN PIECE: Informant: I am gonna be live remembering this… So what I know is it’s called “Nāranj o Toranj.” And nāranj… Means like… Orange, kind of? I think? I have no idea what toranj means. But maybe that’s a name. Um… But there’s something to do with it… So there’s this prince. And his… Continue Reading »

The Tale of Salmon Boy

Main Piece: The way that I heard it— so I heard different versions of it over time, like all my teachers told me slightly different stories. Um one of the field trips we went on in elementary school was going to the salmon hatchery which is the place where you hatch salmon…as I’m sure you… Continue Reading »

Tale of Golem (Kid’s Version)

Main Piece: Collector (me): So like, what’s the version [of Golem] you first grew up with and are most familiar with? Informant: So the first one I heard is not gonna be the most common, but the first one I heard, but it’s like trying to teach little Jewish kids “Don’t be a kvetcher,” which… Continue Reading »