Resources List

This is an occasionally updated list of some of the places I find my information: online libraries or compilations of folk texts, important ideas and terminology, and so on.

Online Collections of Folk and Fairy Tales and More

Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen (

Folktexts: A library of folktales, folk lore, fairy tales, and mythology – D.L. Ashliman’s online collection of tales and lore, grouped by theme.

Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai – Translated ghost and folk tales from Japan, with descriptions of various youkai and historical/cultural context.

Internet Archive – searchable database of full texts, including collections of and scholarly works on folklore and fairy tales.

Internet Sacred Text Archive – scanned texts of folk tales, fairy tales, tradition, mythologies, and religions from around the world.

Lang’s Fairy Books – The full collection of Andrew Lang’s fairy books, at

The Medieval Bestiary – An online collection of creatures from medieval bestiaries, with illustrations and descriptions.

SurLaLune Fairy Tales – 49 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, variants, and modern interpretations; over 1,500 illustrations; more than 40 full-text books comprising more than 1,600 tales from around the world.

Wikipedia: List of fairy tales – Just as the title states.

Folk Song Databases

(I dug these out of my bookmarks from who-knows-how-long ago, and they look the part — but they’re valuable resources nonetheless.)

Anderer Länder Folksongs of Various Countries – A large collection of folk song lyrics, and a few other resources like folk songs in German and hymns.

Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, & America – Lyrics grouped by country, date, author, and so on, with commentary/history for each song.

The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection – Almost 1,600 Ozark Mountain folk songs, recorded between 1956 and 1976. Traditional Music and Folklore Collection and Community

Roud Folk Song Index – A Folk Song Index and Broadside Index using the Roud classification system, that “seeks to provide details of English-language traditional songs which have been recorded in any medium.”

Scottish Music Lyrics – A blog of lyrics to Scottish traditional songs.

Traditional, Folk and Old Song  Lyrics Collection – More than 3,700 song lyrics.

Folklore, Fairy Tale, and Tradition Commentary/Research

Aarne-Thompson classification system

Aarne-Thompson-Uther classification system


SurLaLune Illustration Gallery – over 1,500 fairy tale illustrations.

My Pinterest board of fairy tale illustrations – over 700 vintage and contemporary illustrations/artworks of or inspired by fairy tales, folklore, and mythology.