AppLit's Annotated Index of Appalachian Folktales

with parallel tales from other traditions

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Combined List of All Tales in Index Alphabetically           

Tina L. Hanlon

Notes on Index Entries

Animal Tale Index

JACK TALES TALES OF STRONG WOMEN NATIVE AMERICAN TALES
TALL TALES OTHER TALES, BALLADS & LEGENDS AFRICAN AMERICAN TALES
See also:  WV Teaching Unit with audio tales and songs has sections on GHOSTS, HUMOR, and FOLK HEROES.

Notes:

  • This Annotated Index contains bibliography pages (over eighty pages by 2007) on variants of individual tale types or groups of closely related tales. For bibliographies listing other Appalachian folktales, go to the Folktale Bibliography Index. The combined alphabetical list contains cross listings of additional tale titles that are not in the list of main entries below. See also the list of Folktale Collections Indexed in AppLit. Tale titles vary widely and these main index pages do not list the exact title of each picture book adaptation or tale in a collection that has parallels with a better known tale.

  • JTA indicates a typed transcript of an oral folktale collected for the WPA, from the James Taylor Adams Collection, in the archives of the Blue Ridge Institute, Ferrum, VA. Some of those tales are reprinted in AppLit's Fiction and Poetry section.

  • Notes on tale types refer to folktale and motif indexes by Aarne and Thompson, such as Aarne, Antti Amatus. The Types of the Folk-tale: A Classification and Bibliography. Transl. and enl. by Stith Thompson. Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia, 1964, 1973. 

  • Parallels with tales from other places are noted below the Appalachian variants, especially notes on the well known British versions of fairy tales collected by Joseph Jacobs (in English Fairy Tales, 1898), and by Andrew Lang in his series of colored Fairy Books (1889-1910). Many parallels with Grimm Brothers' tales are also noted. There are so many collections of folktales and other literature online that it is impossible to include all possible links on individual pages in this index. See Links to Online Texts for a list of Internet sources of folk literature. Heidi Ann Heiner's Sur La Lune Fairy Tale Pages and D. L. Ashliman's Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts are other valuable Web sites that list and reprint many variants of traditional tales.

  • See also references focus on comparable Appalachian tales. Compare with refers to parallel tales from other traditions.

  • The term folktale is used very broadly in AppLit to include many kinds of folk narratives, including retellings and adaptations in books, recordings, dramas, and films. Some folk narratives found in ballads and songs are listed in these bibliographies. Our main emphasis is on literature and folklore for children and young adults, as well as other folktale collections for all ages.

  • Please send corrections, additions, and suggestions to Tina L. Hanlon.

JACK TALES

For background, see Wonder Tales in Appalachia - essay by Grace Toney Edwards, and Timeline of Appalachian Folktales.

Big Man Jack, Killed Seven at a Whack - see Jack and the Varmints

Cat 'n Mouse

The Endless Tale - and - The Tale Without an End

Foolish Jack - or - Jack and His Lump of Silver, and The Swapping Song

Hardy Hardhead

How Jack Got a New Shirt

How Jack Got Tom To Do Will's Hard Work

Jack and the Animals - see Jack and the Robbers

Jack and the Bean Tree

Jack and the Bull

Jack and the Cat / Catherine - or - Jack and the Fox - see Cat 'n Mouse

Jack and the Devil - see Wicked John and the Devil

Jack and the Doctor's Girl

Jack and the Fire Dragon

Jack and the Flying Ship - see Hardy Hardhead

Jack and the Frogs - or - The Three Feathers

Jack and the Giants

Jack and the Hainted House

Jack and the Heifer Hide

Jack and His Master - see Pretty Polly - or - Mister Fox

Jack and King Marock

Jack and the King's Girl (or King's Mountain) - and - Jack's First Job

Jack and the Magic Mill - or - The Magic Sausage Mill

Jack and the Miller's Daughter - see Mutsmag

Jack and Mossyfoot

Jack and the Northwest Wind

Jack (or Merrywise) and Old Greasy Beard

Jack and the Robbers - or - Jack and the Animals - or - Jack Goes to Seek his Fortune

Jack and the Sop Doll - and - Other Tales with Cats and Witches

Jack and the Tale without End - see The Endless Tale - and - The Tale Without an End

Jack and the Three Sillies - or - Jack's Wife

Jack and the Varmints - or - The Lion and the Unicorn

Jack and the Witch's Tale - and - Gallymanders

Jack Fear-No-Man

Jack Plays The Banjo For Tom

Jack's Daughter Annie  - see The Farmer's Daughter

Jack's First Job and Jack and the King's Girl

Jack's Hunting Trips - see Deer Antlers and Peach Trees

Mother Goose (a "Jack" Rhyme)

Noteworthy Girls in Jack Tales

Old Foster - see Pretty Polly - or - Mister Fox

Old Stiff Dick - and - Stiff Dick - see Jack and the Varmints

Quare Jack - see Jack and the Doctor's Girl

Raglif Jaglif Tetartlif Pole - see Noteworthy Girls in Jack Tales

Sheepskin - see The Farmer's Daughter

Soldier Jack

The Thieving Boy - see Jack and the Doctor's Girl

The Three Little Pigs and the Fox (called one of the "Jack-'n-Will-'n-Tom tales" in Chase's Grandfather Tales)

Whickety-Whack, Into My Sack - see Soldier Jack

Wicked Jack - or - Wicked John and the Devil

Students Write Jack Tales - with a number of tales by fourth graders

See also Appalachian Picture Books: Jack Tales

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TALES OF STRONG WOMEN AND GIRLS

General Notes

Ashpet and Other Cinderella Variants

The Babes in the Woods - and - The Two Lost Babes

Cat 'n Mouse

Catskins

Cinderella's Slipper

Dancing Drum - or- The Daughter of the Sun

Death and the Old Woman (foolish, not brave woman)

The Devil and the Farmer's Wife - see Wicked John and the Devil

The Enchanted Tree - see The Frog King

The Farmer's Daughter

The First Fire - or - How the Water Spider Captured Fire

The First Strawberries - or - First Man and First Woman

Frankie Silver (true crime legend)

The Frog King

Gallymanders

The Girl That Could Do Any Job of Work - see Ashpet

The Girl Without Any Hands

Granny's Gifts - see More Best-Loved Stories Told at the National Storytelling Festival

The Hainted House

Jack's Wife - or - Jack and the Three Sillies

John Henry's Wife - see John Henry

The Legend of the Cherokee Rose

Like Meat Loves Salt

Mad Ann Bailey

Mister (or Tom) Fox - or - Pretty Polly

Molly Fiddler - see Wicked John and the Devil (and list of other Anne Shelby Molly tales)

Molly Mulhollun

Mutsmag - or Munsmeg, Muncimeg, Mutzmag, Mut(t)s Mag, or Molly  - and Other Girls Who Outwit Giants

Noteworthy Girls in Jack Tales

Old One-Eye

Omie Wise - see Pretty Polly - or - Mister Fox

Polly Vaughn (audio files in WV teaching unit)

The Poor Boy and Rich Girl

Pretty Polly - or - Mister Fox (and other titles on escaping murdering suitors)

The Princess in the Donkey Skin - see Catskins

Rapunzel

Rawhead and Bloodybones - see Gallymanders

Rush Cape - and - Like Meat Loves Salt

"Rumpelstiltskin" Adaptations

Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett (and Davy Crockett)

Selu (The Corn Mother) - or - The Coming of Corn

The Snake Princess

Snow White's Appalachian Descendants

Swamp Angel

The Three Little Pigs and the Fox (with girl pigs in a few variants)

The Three Girls with the Journey-Cakes - see Mutsmag   

The Two Old Women's Bet

Whitebear Whittington - or - The Three Gold Nuts - or - The Man that Turned Himself into a Bear

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OTHER TALES, BALLADS, AND LEGENDS

Big Fraid and Little Fraid

Billy Bobtail - see Jack and the Robbers

Bobtail and the Devil - or - How Bobtail Beat the Devil - see Wicked John and the Devil

The Boy Who Wanted Gold

The Cat That Went A-Traveling - see Jack and the Robbers

The Crow Song (folk song)

Death and the Old Woman

Down Come a Leg - see Jack and the Hainted House

Freddy and his Fiddle - see Wicked Jack - or - Wicked John and the Devil

Froggy Went A-Courting

Gingerbread Boys and Runaway Cakes

The Green Gourd

Hansel and Gretel - see The Babes in the Woods and The Two Lost Babes

The Haunted House - see also Jack and the Hainted House

The Hunters and the Giant - see Jack and the Giants

The Little Babes In The Woods - see The Two Lost Babes - and - The Babes in the Woods

The Longest Tale - see The Endless Tale - and - The Tale Without an End

Lord Randal

The Magic Sausage Mill - or - Jack and the Magic Mill

The Man and the Devil's Daughter - see Jack and King Marock

The Man on the Moon - see Jack and the Bean Tree

Merrywise - see Mutsmag and Jack (or Merrywise) and Old Greasy Beard 

My Golden Castle (folk ballad) 

Nippy and the Yankee Doodle - see Mutsmag

Old Dry Frye

The Old Man and His Seven Sons

Old Scratch and the Mean Woman - see Wicked John and the Devil

The One-Eyed Giant - see Jack and the Giants

Present Need, Bymeby, and Hereafter - see Jack and the Three Sillies

Runaway Cakes and Gingerbread Boys

Sam and Sooky - see Jack and the Three Sillies

Snick and Snack - see Old Dry Frye

Soap! Soap! Soap!

Sody Sallyratus

The Swapping Song (and Foolish Jack - or - Jack and His Lump of Silver)

The Tailor and the Giants - see Jack and the Varmints

Tailypo

The Three Bears

The Three Little Pigs and the Fox

Three Sillies - see Jack and the Three Sillies - or - Jack's Wife

Through Thick and Thin

Tim and the Magic Articles - see Jack and the Bean Tree and Gallymanders

Tom Fox - see Pretty Polly - or - Mister Fox

The Two Lost Babes - and - The Babes in the Woods

Whistling Jimmy - see Jack and the Heifer Hide

Willie and the Devil

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AFRICAN AMERICAN TALES IN APPALACHIA

The Boy and the Ghost - see Jack and the Hainted House

Brer Rabbit Tales

Jack and the Dentist's Daughter (African American cast in Davenport film)

John Henry (audio files in WV teaching unit)

Little Eight John

Tailypo

Why Possum's Tale is Bare (Lyn Ford tale on this page under Related Appalachian Tales)

Wicked John and the Devil

See also Folklore in Books by Virginia Hamilton.

See also, in Folktale Picture Book Bibliography, The Hired Hand by San Souci and Pinkney, and Mirandy and Brother Wind by McKissack and Pinkney.

See also, in Appalachian Folktale Collections A-J, Affrilachian Tales by Lyn Ford, and Talking Treasures  by Peggy Ann Griffin.

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NATIVE AMERICAN TALES FROM APPALACHIA

The Animal Ball Game - or - How the Bat and the Flying Squirrel Got Their Wings

Awi Usdi, The Little Deer

Corn - see Selu and The Legend of the Corn Beads

Dancing Drum - or- The Daughter of the Sun

The First Fire - or - How the Water Spider Captured Fire

The First Strawberries - or - First Man and First Woman

Forever Boy - see The Little People

How the Deer Got His Horns (or Antlers) - see Deer Antlers and Peach Trees

How Rabbit Lost His Tail - or - How Rabbit Stole Otter's Coat

The Ice Man

Kanahena - or - Why the Turtle's Shell is Cracked

The Legend of the Cherokee Rose and The Legend of the Corn Beads

The Legend of the Milky Way

The Little People

Nunnehi, the Gentle People - see The Little People

Pleiades and the Pine Tree

The Rabbit and Old Flint - see The Little People

The Rabbit, the Otter, and Duck Hunting

Selu (the Corn Mother) and Kana'Ti (the Hunter) - or -The Origin of Corn and Game

The Uktena

Why the (O)Possum's Tale is Bare - or - How the Possum Lost His Tail

See also Appalachian Picture Books with Cherokee Themes

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TALL TALES

Davy Crockett and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett

John Henry (audio files in WV teaching unit)

Mad Ann Bailey

The Peach Tree and the Deer

Pigeon Pie - see The Rabbit, the Otter, and Duck Hunting

The Snake-Bit Hoe Handle

Swamp Angel

Tony Beaver (audio files in WV teaching unit)

The Walking Catfish and Other Fish Tales

See also Appalachian Picture Books: Tall Tales

Note: Sometimes Jack Tales and other folktales with fantastic and exaggerated events are also referred to as tall tales.

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