Ole Lukoie

Ole Lukoie There's no one on earth who knows so many stories as Ole Lukoie-he certainly can tell them! When night comes on and children still sit…

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The Bishop of Börglum and his Men

The Bishop of Börglum and his Men We are up in Jutland, near the wild marsh. We can hear the North Sea, hear it tossing about, for it is quite…

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Lucky Peer

Lucky Peer In the most fashionable street in the city stood a fine old house; the wall around it had bits of glass worked into it, so that when the…

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The Sweethearts

The Sweethearts or The Top and the Ball A top and a ball were lying together in a drawer among a lot of other toys. The top said to the ball, "Since…

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The Phoenix Bird

The Phoenix Bird Beneath the tree of knowledge in the garden of paradise stood a rosebush. And here, in the first rose, a bird was born. His plumage…

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The Story of the Year

The Story of the Year It was in the latter part of January, and a heavy snowfall was driving down. It whirled through the streets and the lanes, and…

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The Daisy

The Daisy Now listen to this! Out in the country, close by the side of the road, there stood a country house; you yourself have certainly seen many…

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Grandmother

Grandmother Grandmother is so very old; she has so many wrinkles, and her hair is completely white, but her eyes shine just like two stars; yes, yet…

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The Goblin and the Grocer

The Goblin and the Grocer There was a student, who lived in the garret and didn't own anything. There was also a grocer, who kept shop on the ground…

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The Candles

The Candles There was once a big wax candle who had the highest opinion of his merits. "I," he said, "am made of the purest wax, cast in the best…

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A Leaf from Heaven

A Leaf from Heaven High up in the thin, clear air there flew an angel bearing a flower from the garden of heaven. As he kissed it, a tiny leaf…

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Thirty-third Evening

Thirty-third Evening "I am very fond of children," said the Moon, "especially the little ones, who are so amusing. When they are not thinking of me…

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The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes There was once a little girl, very nice and very pretty, but so poor that she had to go barefooted all summer. And in winter she had…

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The Gardener and the Noble Family

The Gardener and the Noble Family About four miles from the city stood an old manor house with thick walls, towers, and pointed gables. Here lived,…

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The Snail and the Rosebush

The Snail and the Rosebush Around the garden ran a hedge of hazelnut bushes, and beyond it lay fields and meadows with cows and sheep; but in the…

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Kept Secret but not Forgotten

Kept Secret but not Forgotten There was once an old mansion with a moat and drawbridge. The drawbridge was more often up than down; not all visitors…

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The Bell

The Bell In the narrow streets of the big town, toward evening when the sun was setting and the clouds shone like gold on the chimney tops, people…

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The Rose Elf

The Rose Elf In the midst of a garden there grew a rose bush, quite covered with roses, and in the most beautiful of them all there lived an elf-an…

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Vänö and Glänö

Vänö and Glänö Near the coast of Zealand, off Holsteinborg castle, there once lay two wooded islands, Vänö and Glänö, on which were…

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The Storks

The Storks On the roof of the last house in a little village was a stork's nest. The mother stork sat in it with her four young ones, who stuck out…

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