Hey all! So, you might have noticed that I’ve only recently returned to fairy-tale blogging. I’ve missed a lot of opportunities to post Fairy Tales on Fantastic Fairy Tale Fridays! So, instead of just jumping from October to February, I’m filling in the gaps.

That’s right! Over at the Fantastic Fairy Tale Fridays page, we have 9 new fairy tale for you, from all corners of the globe! We begin with a Columbian story told by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.

Now isn't that pretty?

Now isn't that pretty?

There’s a complete list of all the new fairy tales after the jump, plus what you can expect in the future!

Here’s the list, which you can also find over at the fairy tale fridays page:

Friday October 24th 2008: A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, (Columbia)
Friday October 31st 2008: The Selfish Giant, (England)
Friday November 7th 2008: The Snail Lady, (Korea)
Friday November 14th 2008: The Magician’s Daughter and the High Born Boy, (America)
Friday November 21st 2008: The Man Who Did Not Know Fear, (Russia)
Friday November 28th 2008: Lilith’s Cave, (Jewish, North Africa)
Friday December 5th 2008: The Candles, (Denmark)
Friday December 12th 2008: Anansi Wins the Stories, (West African, the Caribbean)
Friday December 19th 2008: Rhodopis (The Egyptian Cinderella), (Egypt, Greece)
Friday December 26th 2008: The Glass Dog (America)
Friday January 2nd 2008: East of the Sun and West of the Moon (Scandinavia [this version Norway])
Friday January 9th 2008: Viola (Italy)

Pretty neat list, huh? Sammy the Magical Flying Pig, our research assistant, would like to remind you that these tales are all lesser-well-known in the fairy tale canon than, say, Snow White, and that you really should go over and read them all to show ’em some love. And Sammy has worked so hard to collect them all for you, and write up incisive (and often silly) commentary to go with them.

So what’s next for Fairy Tale Fridays? Glad you asked! There’ll be some more of The Brothers Grimm coming your way soon, as well a selections from Peter Pan! We’ll also continue to explore fairy tales from around the globe, including Indian, Chinese, Japanese and French tales.

You know, it’s quite the learning experience for me, too. I’m a Germanist at heart, with the rest of Europe in play as well. But I hardly know anything about The Wide World o’ Tales, outside African, Jewish, and Middle Eastern tales. Aren’t fairy tales great? Don’t they just expand your horizons?