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Tina L. Hanlon

Folktale Collections Indexed in AppLit

Below is a list of the folktale collections that are most thoroughly indexed in this web site. In some cases these books contain a few other songs, rhymes or riddles not listed here, or other non-Appalachian sections. Links on names of authors/editors go to pages devoted to them in AppLit or their own web sites. No link on a tale listed below means that it is not described in Applit's Annotated Index of Appalachian Folktales or reprinted in AppLit's Fiction and Poems section at this time. Many other tales from dozens of collections and picture books are listed in AppLit's bibliographies. For a more complete alphabetical list of folktales, see Combined List of All Appalachian Tales in Applit's Annotated Index.

Carter | Chase | Davenport | Davis | Ellington | Haley | Hicks | Jones | Kidd | Kindt | Lechner | McCarthy | Roberts | Scheer | Shelby | Stephenson | Telling Tales | Torrence

Carter, Isabel Gordon. "Mountain White Folk-Lore: Tales from the Southern Blue Ridge." Journal of American Folklore 38 (1925): pp. 340-74.

The Bent Gun (hunting tall tale)
The Enchanted Lady. See Jack and the King's Girl
Hardy Hardback

The Irishman. See Brave Women in The Hainted House
Jack and the Fox. See Cat 'n Mouse
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Giant
s
Jack and the Northwest Wind
The King and Old George Buchanan. See The Farmer's Daughter
Lazy Jack and his Calf Skin. See
Jack and the Bull - and - Jack and the Heifer Hide
Little Dicky Wigbun (also in McCarthy, below)
The Louse Skin. See The Frog King
Old Bluebeard. See
Jack and OId Greasybeard
Old Catkins
Old Foster. See Pretty Polly - or - Mister Fox
Old Gally Mander
Old Notchy Road. See Pretty Polly - or - Mister Fox
Old Stiff Dick. See Jack and the Varmints
The Powder Horn (tall tale)
Sop, Doll, Sop
The Three Ghosts. See Jack and the Hainted House
Tom Fox. See Pretty Polly - or - Mister Fox
Whiteberry Whittington

Chase, Richard. Grandfather Tales. Boston: Houghton, 1948.

Ashpet

Catskins

Chunk o' Meat. See Tailypo

Froggy Went A-Courtin'

Gallymanders! Gallymanders!

The Green Gourd

How Bobtail Beat the Devil. See Wicked John and the Devil

Like Meat Loves Salt

Mutsmag

Old-Christmas Eve Mummers' Play

Old Dry Frye

Old One-Eye

Old Roaney - text from archive forthcoming in Fiction and Poems section

The Old Sow and the Three Shoats. See The Three Little Pigs and the Fox

Only a Fair Day's Huntin' (tall tales)

The Outlaw Boy (Robin Hood)

Present Need, Bymeby, and Hereafter. See Jack and the Three Sillies

Sam and Sooky. See Jack and the Three Sillies

Soap, Soap, Soap!

The Skoonkin Huntin' (wild tall tale like the doctor's long speech in English mummers' plays)

Sody Sallyraytus

The Tall Cornstalk (giant vegetable tall tale)

The Two Lost Babes

The Two Old Women's Bet

Whitebear Whittington

Wicked John and the Devil

Chase, RichardThe Jack Tales. Boston: Houghton, 1943

Big Jack and Little Jack

Cat 'n Mouse

Fill, Bowl! Fill! See Jack and the King's Girl

Hardy Hardhead

The Heifer Hide

Jack and the Bean Tree

Jack and the Bull

Jack and the Doctor's Girl

Jack and the King's Girl

Jack and King Marock

Jack and the North West Wind

Jack and the Robbers

Jack and the Varmints

Jack in the Giantsí Newground. See Jack and the Giants

Jack's Hunting Trips. See Deer Antlers and Peach Trees

Old Fire Dragaman. See Jack and the Fire Dragon

Soldier Jack

Sop Doll

(Also Chase picture books Jack and the Three Sillies and Wicked John and the Devil)

Chase, Richard. American Folk Tales and Songs, and Other Examples of English-American Tradition as Preserved in the Appalachian Mountains and Elsewhere in the United States. Part 2 contains ballads, songs, hymns, games, jokes, and other bits of folklore, including some riddles between selections. Part 1, Tales, includes 6 brief noodelhead stories labeled The Fool Irishmen Tales as well as the following sections.

Ancient Tales

Wicked John and the Devil
Rush Cape. See Like Meat Loves Salt
Jesus to Supper (appears as people in need)
Mister Fox. See Pretty Polly - or - Mister Fox
Pack Down the Big Chest. See Jack and the Heifer Hide
The Man in the Kraut Tub. See Jack and the Heifer Hide
The Wicked Stepmother (murdered children)
The King and Robert Hood's Horny Beast-es (Robin Hood)
Catching a Thief
The Big Toe. See Tailypo
The Haunted House

Five Jack Tales

Jack and the Witches. See Sop Doll
Jack and Old Tush. See Jack and OId Greasybeard
Jack and the Old Rich Man. See Jack and the Doctor's Girl
Jack and the Talking Crow. See Jack and the Heifer Hide
Jack and the Old Strongman. See Jack and the Varmints

Tall Tales

The Norther and the Frogs
The Split Dog
The Hickory Toothpick
Old Hide and Taller
The Roguish Cow
The Snake-Bit Hoe Handle
Big John Bolling and the Indians

In Part 2:

The Riddle Song
The Swapping Song

Tales collected by Richard Chase that are reprinted in AppLit from James Taylor Adams Collection:

The Boy Who Wanted Gold
Death and the Old Woman

Down Come a Leg
Fool Jack and the Talking Crow
Munsmeg
Old Guy Frye

Davenport, Tom. From the Brothers Grimm series of live action films and 1992 book of stories

Ashpet. See also Appalachian Riddles

Bearskin

Bristlelip

The Frog King

The Goose Girl

Hansel and Gretel. See The Babes in the Woods - and - The Two Lost Babes

Jack and the Dentist's Daughter. See Jack and the Doctor's Girl

Mutzmag

Rapunzel, Rapunzel

Soldier Jack

Willa: An American Snow White. See Snow White's Appalachian Descendants

Davis, Donald. Jack Always Seeks His Fortune: Authentic Appalachian Jack Tales. Little Rock: August House, 1992.

The First Time Jack Came to America.

The Time Jack Cured the Doctor. See Jack and the Doctor's Girl

The Time Jack Fooled the Miller. (like Chaucer's Reeve's Tale )

The Time Jack Got His First Job. See Jack and the King's Girl and Jack's First Job

The Time Jack Got the Silver Sword. See Jack and the Giants

The Time Jack Got the Wishing Ring. See Noteworthy Girls in Jack Tales

The Time Jack Helped the King Catch His Girls.

The Time Jack Learned About Old and New. See Jack and King Marock

The Time Jack Solved the Hardest Riddle. See Noteworthy Girls in Jack Tales and Appalachian Riddles

The Time Jack Stole the Cows. See Jack and the Giants and Jack and the Doctor's Girl

The Time Jack Told a Big Tale. (winning princess by telling long preposterous tale King can't believe)

The Time Jack Went to Seek His Fortune. See Foolish Jack

The Time Jack Went Up the Big Tree.

(Also Davis picture books Jack and the Animals and The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday – see The Three Little Pigs and the Fox)

Ellington, Charlotte Jane. Dancing Leaf. Johnson City, Tenn: Overmountain Press, 2007. A novel with Cherokee legends beginning each chapter.

The Bear People. See Selu and Kana'Ti
The Book
The Daughter of the Sun
How the Redbird Got His Color. See Dancing Drum
How the World Was Made
The Legend of the Strawberries
Possum's Tail
Spider Woman
Star Woman. See Selu and Kana'Ti
The Sun and Moon. See Dancing Drum
The Uktena
Why Turtle's Shell is Scarred

Haley, Gail E. Mountain Jack Tales. New York: Dutton, 1992.

Jack and Catherine. See Cat 'n Mouse

Jack and the Flying Ship. See Hardy Hardhead

Jack and the Northwest Wind
Jack and Uncle Thimblewit. See Jack and the Giants

Jack and Old Raggedy Bones. See Soldier Jack

Jack of Hearts and King Marock. See Jack and King Marock

The Lion and the Unicorn

The Longest Story. See The Endless Tale - and - The Tale Without an End

Muncimeg and the Giant. See Mutsmag

(Also Haley picture books Jack and the Bean Tree and Jack and the Fire Dragon)

Hicks, Orville, and Julia Taylor Ebel. Jack Tales and Mountain Yarns, As Told By Orville Hicks. Illus. Sherry Jenkins Jensen. Boone, NC: Parkway, 2009. Contains folk songs, riddles and Orville's own stories about his life, family and folklife, as well as the following sections.

       Jack Tales      Other Traditional Tales
 


Jack and the Robbers

Jack and the Varmints
Big Jack and Little Jack
Jack and the Devil
The Cat and the Mouse
Sheepskin. See The Farmer's Daughter  
Jack and the King's Mountain. See Jack and the King's Girl


Soap, Soap, Soap
The Boy, the Bear, and the Baking Soda
The Man on the Moon. See Jack and the Bean Tree
Gallymander
Catskin

Hicks, Ray and Lynn Salsi. The Jack Tales. Illus. Owen Smith. New York: Calloway, 2000.

Jack and the Bean Tree

Jack and the North-West Wind

Jack and the Robbers

Jones, Loyal, ed. Appalachian Folk Tales. Illus. Jim Marsh. Ashland, KY: Jesse Stuart Foundation, 2010.

Ashpet's Dreams by Brenda Gough
The Boy Who Wanted Gold by James Taylor Adams
Cheese and Quackers by Anne Shelby. See Sody Sallyraytus
Ezell and the Black-Speckled Gizzard Stone by Aileen Kilgore Henderson. See Tailypo
Jack Goes A-Hunting by Loyal Jones
Little Esmond by Patty Reese. See Jack and the King's Girl and Jack's First Job
Mutsmeg by Loyal Jones
Nail Soup by Bob Rennick (a Jack tale like "Stone Soup"; see also Roberts below)
Raglif Jaglif Tetartlif Pole by Leonard W. Roberts. See Jack and King Marock and Noteworthy Girls in Jack Tales 
Robin Hood, Mountain Man by James Taylor Adams (see also "The Outlaw Boy" in Chase, Grandfather Tales)
The Three Gold Nuts by James Taylor Adams. See Whitebear Whittington
Through Thick and Thin by James Taylor Adams

Kidd, Ronald (comp.). On Top of Old Smoky: A Collection of Songs and Stories from Appalachia. Nashville, TN: Ideals Children's Books, 1992.

The Frog He Went A'Courting

Jack and the Bean Tree
Jack and the Cat. See Cat 'n Mouse

Jack and the Varmints

Kindt, Carol Lee and Linda Rockwell High. Once Upon a Mountain Tale: Eight Jack and Grandfather Tales. Lakeland, TN: Memphis Musicraft, 1995.

The Green Gourd

Jack and the Big Ol' Rock (part 1 of Three Sillies tale, see also Foolish Jack)
Jack and the Northwest Wind
Jack and Ol' Mossyfoot

Jack and the Robbers

Jack and the Tale Without End

Soap! Soap! Soap!
The Three Sillies

Lechner, Judith V. Allyn & Bacon Anthology of Traditional Literature. New York: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, 2004. (Appalachian tales listed here)

The Birds and Animals Stickball Game
First Man and First Woman
How the Possum Lost His Tail
Jack and the Varmints
Legend of the Corn Beads
The Little Old Rusty Cook Stove in the Woods
The Origin of Strawberries
Rabbit Escapes from the Wolves
Spearfinger

McCarthy, William Bernard, ed. Cinderella in America: A Book of Folk and Fairy Tales. Jackson: U Press of Mississippi, 2007.

Chapter 11. The Southern Mountains I: From the Blue Ridge to the Ozarks

Little Horny and Big Horny
Mr. Fox. See Pretty Polly - or - Mister Fox
Polly, Nancy, and Muncimeg. See Mutsmag
The Old Man and the Witch
Old Bear. See Sody Sallyraytus - and - The Bad Bear
Old Kitty Rollins (from Ozarks, similar to Sop Doll)
Rawhead and Bloodybones. See Gallymanders
Three Drops of Blood. See Whitebear Whittington
Three Versions of the Juniper Tree (murdered step-children)

Chapter 12. The Southern Mountains II: The Hicks-Harmon Beech Mountain Tradition

Fill, Bowl, Fill. See Jack and the King's Girl
Jack and Old Fire Dragon

Little Dicky Wigbun (reprint from Carter 1925, above)
Old Stiff Dick. See Jack and the Varmints
Sop Doll
Three Little Pigs

Roberts, Leonard. I Bought Me a Dog: A Dozen Authentic Folktales from the Southern Mountains. Berea, KY: The Council of the Southern Mountains, 1954. (Also 13 folk riddles and song "The Bachelor Boy" in this book. Some of these tales are also in SHS, South from Hell-fer-Sartin', 1955.)

Bag O' Gold. See Gallymanders

The Candy Doll. See Jack and the Sop Doll

Dick and Dock (SHS no. 56). See Jack and the Three Sillies

The Fox and the Cat. See Jack and the Robbers

I Bought Me a Dog. See The Walking Catfish and Other Fish Tales

Jack and the Bull's Horns (SHS no 20b). See Jack and the Heifer Hide

Jack Outwits the Giants (SHS no. 4). See Jack and the Giants

The Magic Sausage Mill

Merrywise (SHS no. 10a). See Mutsmag

The One-Eyed Giant. See Jack and the Giants

Raglif Jaglif Tetartlif Pole. See Jack and King Marock and Noteworthy Girls in Jack Tales 

The Witch Store-Robber (SHS no. 35a, witch takes boy through keyhole and robs store)
Also 13 folk riddles

Roberts, Leonard. Nippy and the Yankee Doodle, and Other Authentic Folk Tales from the Southern Mountains. Berea, KY: The Council of the Southern Mountains, 1958. (These tales also in Old Greasybeard, 1969.)

Big Jim (a hunting tall tale)

Foolish Jack

The Hanted House

Jack and the Bean Stalk. See Jack and the Bean Tree

Jack the Giant Killer. See Jack and the Giants

Jonis and the Giant's Girl. See Jack and King Marock

The King's Well. See Jack and the Giants

Nippy and the Yankee Doodle. See Mutsmag

Rushiecoat and the King's Son. See Ashpet and Other Cinderella Variants

The Sow and her Three Pigs. See The Three Little Pigs and the Fox
Also 8 folk riddles

Roberts, Leonard. Old Greasybeard: Tales From the Cumberland Gap. 1969. Pikeville, KY: Pikeville College Press, 1980.

Animal Tales

 1. The Sow and her Three Pigs. See The Three Little Pigs and the Fox
 2. The Traveling Animals. See Jack and the Robbers
 3. The Three Mice. See Runaway Cakes and Gingerbread Boys
 4. Who's Going to Stay with Me? (jump tale, killing abusive husband)
 5. Tailipoe
 6. The Tale of the Big Turkle (giant turtle)
 7. Jim, Agnes, and Little Mose (cow, steer, haint)
 8. Cheese and Crackers. See Sody Sallyraytus
 9. Big Jim McCool. See Hardy Hardhead
10. The Fiddling Monkey. See Big Fraid, Little Fraid

Humorous and Tall Tales

38. Foolish Jack
39. Quare Jack. See Jack and the Doctor's Girl
40. Snick and Snack. See Jack and the Bull
41. Lip Reading (deafness jokes)
42. The Devil and God Counting Souls
43. A Whale of a Hunt (hunting tall tale)
44. Pigeon Pie. See The Rabbit, the Otter, and Duck Hunting
45. The Peach Tree and the Deer (hunting tall tale)
46. Farmer Perdue's Punkins (giant pumpkin)
47. Tennessee Tall Corn (giant corn stalks)
48. Nail Soup (like "Stone Soup")
49. Lairpin Tairpin Coonskin Hunting (hunting tall tale)
50. T'Other Side of Willy Water (nonsense occurs in Nowhere)

Hero and Giant Tales

11. OId Greasybeard
12. The Three Yarn Balls. See Pretty Polly - or - Mister Fox
13. John in the House of Hell. See Jack and King Marock
14. Raglif Jaglif Tetartlif Pole. See Jack and King Marock and Noteworthy Girls
15. Jonas and the Giant. See Jack and King Marock
16. The Hainted House
17. Jack the Giant Killer. See Jack and the Giants
18. Jack and the Beanstalk. See Jack and the Bean Tree
19. Nippy and the Yankee Doodle. See Mutsmag
20. The Pretty Girl and her Lost Children. See Whitebear Whittington
21. The Old Witch's Gold. See Gallymanders
22. Rushiecoat and the King's Son. See Ashpet and Other Cinderella Variants
23. The Man and the Devil's Daughter. See Jack and King Marock
24. Tim and the Magic Articles. See Jack and the Bean Tree and Gallymanders
25. The King's Well. See Jack and the Giants and Jack and the King's Girl
26. Freddy and his Fiddle. See Wicked John and the Devil
27. Little Paggy's Bones (murdered children)
28. The Three Pears (murdered children)
29. Cap of Rushes. See Like Meat Loves Salt
30. The Murdering Boyfriend. See Pretty Polly - or - Mister Fox
31. The Hunters and the Giant. See Jack and the Giants
32. Jack and the Three Giants. See Jack and the Giants
33. Tom Fear-No-Man. See Jack and the Giants
34. The Man who Wanted to be a Witch. See Sop Doll
35. Witching the Babies. See Sop Doll
36. The Witch Doctor. See Sop Doll and Other Tales with Cats and Witches
37. Nine Cat Tails. See Cat 'n Mouse and Sop Doll

Scheer, George F. Cherokee Animal Tales. Illus. Robert Frankenberg. 1968. Tulsa, OK: Council Oak Books, 1992

The First Fire

How the Deer Got His Horns. See Deer Antlers and Peach Trees

How the Groundhog Lost His Tail

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

How the Redbird Got His Color

How the Terrapin Beat the Rabbit

How the Turkey Got His Beard

The Rabbit and the Possum Seek a Wife

The Rabbit and the Tar Wolf. See Brer Rabbit Tales

Why the Deer's Teeth Are Blunt

Why the Mole Lives Underground

Why the Possum's Tail is Bare

Why the Terrapin's Shell is Scarred. See Kanahena - or - Why the Turtle's Shell is Cracked

Shelby, Ann. The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales. Illus. Paula McArdle. Chapel Hill: Univ. of NC Press, 2007.

The Adventures of Molly Whuppie. See Mutsmag

Grind Mill Grind. See Jack and the Magic Mill or The Magic Sausage Mill  

Jack and the Christmas Beans. See Jack and the Bean Tree

Just Past Dreaming Rock
Molly and Blunderbore. See Jack and the Giants

Molly and Jack. See Jack and King Marock

Molly and the Ogre Who Would Not Pick Up. See Jack and the Giants

Molly and the Unwanted Boyfriends

Molly Fiddler. See "Freddy and his Fiddle" at Wicked John and the Devil

Molly the Giant Slayer. See Jack and the Giants

Molly, Jack, and the Sillies. See Jack and the Three Sillies

Pig Tale
Runaway Cornbread. See Runaway Cakes
and Gingerbread Boys

Tater Toe. See Tailypo

Stephenson, Rex, story theatre scripts and retold tales for the Jack Tale Players, Ferrum College, VA.

Ashpet

Catskins - unpublished

Foolish Jack

Hardy Hard Head

Jack and Ol' Greasy Beard

Jack and the Hainted House

Jack and His Lump of Silver
Jack and the Giants
Jack and the King's Girl
Jack and the Mean Old Man. See Jack and Ol' Greasy Beard
Jack and the Robbers

Jack and the Witch's Tale. See Gallymander and Jack and the Sop Doll
Jack Fear-No-Man and Jack and the Three Giants. See Jack and the Giants

Jack's Adventures with the King's Girl. See Jack and the King's Girl
Jack's Mother's Second Marriage. See The Two Old Women's Bet
Mutsmag
Quare Jack
- unpublished. See Jack and the Doctor's Girl

Soldier Jack

The Three Old Women's Bet

The Two Lost Babes - unpublished

Wicked John and the Devil

Telling Tales series of videos for KY Educational Television (Appalachian tales listed here)

Ash Pet

Balaam Foster's Fiddle

Cat and Rat

Hardy Hard Head

Jack and the Giants

Jack and the Magic Mill

Little Deer and Mother Earth

Mutsmag
Soap

The Two Gals. See Gallymanders

Wicked John  

Torrence, Jackie. Jack Tales section. Jackie Tales: The Magic of Creating Stories and the Art of Telling Them. New York: Avon, 1998.

Jack and Hardy Hardhead

Soldier Jack

Jack's Trip to Hell (from a Scottish source)

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