Singing Bones is a podcast that looks at the origin of fairy tales, the bare bones of stories. Follow the your favourite tales from their beginnings, discover new tales you've never heard, and re-discover stories you thought you knew.
The Red Shoes
Hans Christian Andersen's classic and violent tale is looked at through the lens of the man who wrote it, and the 1948 film which changed the way we see it today. From Denmark to dance via the Devil we explore the iconic red footwear.
This week we look at the tale of the girl with the impossibly long hair, from it's ancient roots to the court of Louis XIV and the fascinating woman who recorded the version of the tale we know. Featuring Rapunzel expert Kate Forsyth author of the books Bitter Greens and The Re-birth of Rapunzel: A mythic biography.
The Wild Swans
The story of a girl who saves her brothers from a curse that turns them into swans is older than you think. Swan have been symbols of royalty, purity, and love in many cultures. Here we trace the stories of people who transform from swans to humans from Ireland to Japan, Norway to Russia. Find out about Clare's show West of The Moon at blueroom.org.au/events/west-of-the-moon/
Illustration by Edward Gorey
Rumpelstiltskin is a story about spinning and names. We look at the traditions in making of yarn in fairy tales and how the history of the textile trade is woven into an older story of breaking a bargain with a devil, or a goblin, a man that has no name but who can fix any problem in the world.
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Asbjørnsen and Moe
Episode fourteen is about the Norwegian fairy tale collectors Asbjørnsen and Moe. Famous for their rigour, their poetry, and their expression of their national culture. Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe recorded tales such as The Three Billy Goats Gruff, East of The Sun West of The Moon, The Princess on The Glass Hill, as well as many others filled with trolls, hulder, and Ash-Lads. The two men were best friends and lived extraordinary lives and deserve to be as well known worldwide as The Brothers Grimm, Charles Perrault, and Andrew Lang. Additional research from Simon Hughes, whose translations can be read at norwegianfolktales.blogspot.com Music by Kai Engel, find his music at www.kai-engel.com If you want to support Singing Bones please head to singingbonespodcast.com/support
The Little Mermaid Part 2
The Little Mermaid is a famously dark and melancholy fairy tale. This week we look at the stories that inspired Hans Christian Andersen stories of sirens, of Undine, and Eastern European rusalka and the scary watermen known as Vodnik. We also talk to two real mermaids about what it is like to really be a mermaid! With Mermaid Jessica Pearl and Mermaid Amelia we look at modern mermaid culture and the pros and cons of Disney romanticism. Music this episode by Kai Engel Find The Perth Mermaids here: www.facebook.com/perthmermaids www.facebook.com/mermaidamelia www.facebook.com/mermaidjessicapearl
Totally fun and totally feminist
I love podcasts about fairytales and this one is no exception. I love that we get the female perspective which seems to be so rare in the myths/fairy tale/folk tale section of podcasting. These episodes are incredibly well researched and informative, and the host is an excellent storyteller in both writing and voice.
We miss u :(
I have finished all. They’re meticulously researched and well done. I wish there were still new episodes being released. Please come back to doing this awesome show.