Harz Fairy Tales

The Harz has long been associated with German legends, some made famous by Goethe in Faust, others unknown outside of Germany.

Ready to dip a toe into the world of wicked giants, fairy princesses and three wishes gone wrong? Sample a collection of fairy tales from the Harz Mountains.

The folk tales below were published in the collection Legends and Tales of the Harz Mountains, by Toofie Lauder in 1881.

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Legend of the Rosstrappe

The Princess Brunhilda escapes from a wicked giant. How the Bode Valley gets its name.

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The Fisherman of Treseburg

A poor fisherman gets his heart's desire. Or does he?


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Princess Ilse

A princess learns the secrets of Faerie. How the River Ilse came to be.


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The Castle Fairy of Osterode

A poor weaver with a starving family finds his luck has turned.



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