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Joseph Jacobs: Childe Rowland

Language:
English
Genres:
Fiction & Literature, Childrens Fiction, Travel & Adventure, Fantasy

Joseph Jacobs was a notable collector of English fairy tales. He popularized such stories as: "The Cat and the Mouse", "Jack the Giant Killer", "Jack and the Beanstalk". "Three little Pigs" is one of the most popular English fairy tales, it has been translated to many languages. Jacobs published the first best-known form of the story in English Fairy Tales in 1890. "Childe Rowland" is a fairy tale, the most popular version being by Joseph Jacobs in his English Folk and Fairy Tales. It was based on a Scottish ballad, which is why the text alternates between prose and rhyming stanzas. The story tells of how four children of the Queen, brothers and sisters were playing ball near a church. The Ball was kicked and flew over the church and one of sisters went to retrieve it and disappeared. It was told that she was taken to the Dark Tower and only the boldest knight could rescue her.

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