In ancient times, many years before tomorrow and long before forever...



Folktales Retold by David and Tish Andresen



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Folktales

Adventure

Romance

Witchcraft

 

Folktales for Children and Adults

Brave Knights

Here you will find the best of rare, classic folktales from the peoples of Central Asia, Russia, and Siberia.  Many are being published for the first time in English.  All are sure to please, thrill, excite, and keep you in suspense until the very end.  Expertly translated and retold in modern English for readers in the Western world.  All titles are available for Amazon's Kindle e-book reader.  Suitable for children, adults, and lovers of folktales from across the world.
 

A brief word:  I am now working on several new epics from Russia.  This summer and fall  (2017) will see them appear on this site for your enjoyment.  Send me an email if you have questions, comments, or suggestions.  Our address is:  info@folktaleworld.com

   Our Books Available As Listed Below:

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Slavic epic of a warrior
whose time has passed.

"The Sacred Mountains of ancient Rus are high and rugged.  the gorges fearsome and deep."

"The Story of Svyatogor" is one of the oldest epics of the Slavic people of Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, and much of Eastern Europe.  It chronicles in heroic language the life and fate of an aged, forlorn warrior whose time has come and gone.  He taunts heaven about his great strength.  He kills his bride-to-be.  He meets a younger warrior, and together they travel to a sacred mountain adorned with a giant coffin.  There Svyatogor meets his fate.

Violence.  No sex or foul language.

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The ancient epic of a noble people.  Definitely worth reading.

"He slaked his thirst with water from the roiling sea and he hunted in the land of snow-capped peaks.  A brave and powerful warrior was he, this man called Altai-Buchai."

Altai-Buchai is the epic of the Altay people of Siberia, the very people who are the forbears of modern Turkish language speakers the world over.  This ancient story tells of a king who is kind to his people, has great herds of cattle, lives in an idyllic setting among the high Altay mountains, but is betrayed by his wife and sister.  His prized stallions, hunting dogs, and falcons conspire to save him and his son.  A fast-paced story of treachery, adventure, vengeance, and ultimate salvation.

Violence.  No sex or foul language.

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"Ural released Shulgan, turned to the gathered people and said, “Death was standing before our very eyes...."

In this fifth and concluding episode of "Ural the Brave", an aged man gives sage advice about the desire to live forever. An unexpected turn of events confronts Ural as he battles evil.  Humay pays homage to Ural's bravery... and memory. Ural's sons bring bounty to the people in this final episode of the World Heritage epic of the Bashkir people of Siberia.

Violence.  No sex or foul language.

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"Humay returned to the castle and descended into the black dungeon with many questions for the dragon, Zarkum."

This fourth episode of "Ural the Brave" sees Ural conquering evil, a joyful reunion with his sons, a final encounter with his evil brother, and the promise of redemption and eternal life for all.  A bright future seems to await humankind in this episode of the World Heritage epic of the Bashkir people of Siberia.

Violence.  No sex or foul language.

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"A servant girl came running into the castle.  Out of breath, she said a strange warrior was at the gates."

In this episode we witness the heroic rescue of the beautiful swan maiden, Ahilu and her return to her sister, Humay. The two brothers, Ural and Shulgan, are also reunited.  A huge double wedding is planned.  But evil lurks to spoil all that is good in this episode from the World Heritage epic of the Bashkir people of Siberia.

Violence.  No sex or foul language.

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"When the fine wedding celebrations ended, Ural continued his journey.  He followed a crooked, twisting path and crossed many rivers and lakes."

The adventure of "Ural the Brave" continues as he encounters dragons and evil doers in his quest to defeat Death.  Along the way he vanquishes fearsome enemies and marries a beautiful maiden.  Meanwhile, his brother, Shulgan, has taken a different path.  He, too, encounters trickery and deceit, finally being cast into a dungeon to await the end of his days. This World Heritage epic of the Bashkir people is brought to you in a fresh translation and retelling in modern English.  This is the second episode in a five-part series being published over the next several months.

Violence.  No sex or foul language.

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"Long, long, so long ago there was a place where no human foot had ever trod..."

An adventure filled epic that explores man's quest for eternal life in a world of deception, cruelty and killing. Two very different brothers violate their father's trust and are sent from their idyllic home on a quest to find and destroy Death and to discover the Spring of Life. Over the years they encounter many obstacles, fierce dragons, cruel tyrants, wise men, suffering people, and beautiful maidens. This World Heritage epic of the Bashkir people is brought to you in a fresh translation and retelling in modern English.  This is the first episode in a five-part series being published over the next several months.

Violence.  No sex or foul language.

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"In times now long forgotten a man and wife lived in a distant village."

So begins this collection of two intriguing Tatar tales.  The first, "Safa and the Devil Shaitan", chronicles a father's curse that falls on  his son to overcome.  In it swans become maidens who help the hero, Safa, vanquish the devil, Shaitan.  The second tale, "Rose and the Forest Witch", tells of a poor girl who is kidnapped by the son of a witch and how she undergoes many trials as she flees homeward.  A magical story with incantations and narrow escapes.

Minor violence.  No sex or foul language.

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"My tale begins in times so ancient that I alone remember them."

Beyond the Seventh Sea is an exciting high-adventure folktale from Siberia in which a poor young boy encounters obstacles, magic, beautiful maidens, perplexing life riddles, and many adventures as he tries to make his way home to care for his aging parents.  How does it end?  Does he succeed?  A rare folktale from the Tatar people of Russia.  Retold in modern English

Minor violence.  No sex or foul language.

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"Long ago, when peace reigned on Earth..."

Tuman Kiskil is a splendid epic from the Tuvan people of Siberia.  A young hero is orphaned and enslaved by an evil khan. He is rescued by the brave stallion, Tuman Kiskil. Together they have many adventures as the young hero searches for his intended bride. Unique and rare story.  Retold in modern English for a Western audience.
 
Some violence.  No sex or foul language.

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"In ancient times, many years before tomorrow and long before forever..."

The Golden Feather
is a tale from the Tatar people of Central Russia.  It tells how a poor boy is mistreated by his stepmother only to be saved by the stallion his real mother left him when she died. Together boy and stallion escape.  Along the way they find a magic golden feather that brings adventure, perils, and great success. A fast-moving traditional Tatar folktale told in modern English that will keep both children and parents on the edge of their seats.

No violence, sex, or foul language.

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"The mellow flute whispers softly in the night as I begin my story."

Gulaim: Warrior Maiden of Sarkop
is the exciting epic story from the Karakalpak people of Central Asia.  Gulaim, a valiant warrior maiden, and her forty warrior sisters battle to save their land from foreign invaders. This is a rare example in folklore of women serving as the defenders of their land. Told in modern English. Fast moving and gripping.  Definitely worth reading just for the imagery and style.

Violence.  No sex.  No foul language.

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"In times too old for anyone to remember..."

The Crooked Birch Tree
is a collection of six funny and fast-moving short tales from the Tatar people of Siberia and Central Asia. Excellent for reading to children at bedtime. Each story has a moral and has been expertly retold in modern English.

The stories are "The Crooked Birch Tree", "The Three Daughters", "The Two Lazy Brothers", "Shurale, the Wood Demon", "The Boastful Rich Man", and "The Clever Soldier."

No serious violence.  No sex.  No foul language.

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Many More Stories to Follow... Check Back From Time to Time!

The Authors

David Andresen

Tish Andresen



This site authored by David Andresen
Email:  info@folktaleworld.com

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Mongol Warriors

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About us...

These extraordinary folktales were translated from Russian and retold in English by David Andresen.  David has more than 40 years experience in translating all types of written and oral materials for government, businesses, non-profit organizations, and private individuals.  He has also taught Russian at universities and colleges.  He served seven years as the US publisher of the "Economic Life of the Russian Far East."  His interest in folktales dates from the 1970's when he began collecting and translating folklore from across the republics of the former Soviet Union.

Until the moment of her death in early fall 2013, Tish Andresen continued to play a key role in editing, revising, and consulting on each title's content.  Her long experience as a children's librarian and teacher  provided valuable insight into the style and language that would appeal to children and folklore enthusiasts of all ages. Tish will be greatly missed.