Romanian folktales

Romanian folktales

A feature of Romanian culture is the special relationship between folklore and the learned culture, determined by two factors. First, the rural character of the Romanian communities resulted in an exceptionally vital and creative traditional culture. Folk creations were the main literary genre until the 18th century. They were both a source of inspiration for cultivated creators and a structural model. Second, for a long time learned culture was governed by official and social commands and developed around courts of princes and boyars, as well as in monasteries.


Stan Bolovan

The wonderful bird

The twins with the golden star

Youth without age and life without death

The little purse with two half-pennies

Mogarzea and his son

Cunning Ileane

The princess and the fisherman

Little Wild-Rose

The voice of Death

The old woman and the old man

The pea emperor

The morning star and the evening star

The two step-sisters

The poor boy

Mother's darling Jack


The fairy Aurora

Author: Various