Dr.

Nicola

Grove

 

Stories from the UK (and elsewhere!)

 

This page tells you where to find stories that feature characters with a differnece from British history and legend, and the European folk tale tradition.

 

Lazy Jack (England)

http://www.fullbooks.com/English-Fairy-Tales3.html

 

lots of others including images and youtube, but do choose the variant with the Deaf love interest

 

Tom Thumb (England)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Thumb

 

Thomas the Rhymer (Scotland)

http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/scotlandsstories/thomastherhymer/index.asp

 

According to the wonderful storyteller Duncan Williamson, True Thomas, who could not tell a lie, may have been a person with  Down Syndrome.

 

Mollie Whuppie  (Scotland)

http://www.authorama.com/english-fairy-tales-25.html

Included here because it is unusual to find a girl defeating giants.

collected in English Fairy Tales, but definitely from north of the border.

 

Ceridwen's Cauldron (Wales)

http://www.simonemb.com/TheCeridwenStory.html

 

This is a bit controversial. At Openstorytellers, we think that the brother of the great bard Taliesin is a severely disabled alter ego.  Hmm. see what you think

https://www.facebook.com/OpenStoryTellers/videos/vb.813418152036621/839879669390469/?type=2&theater

 

Does Greth eat curds? (Northern Ireland)

https://ulstercycle.wordpress.com/2009/11/07/does-greth-eat-curds/

In this story, the boy Amergin (son of a disabled smith) does not speak for 14 years.

 

and from somewhere else...

 

Tatterhood (Norway)

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/norway122.html

A truly wonderful story about a girl who will NOT conform, (for GOT fans, this is Arya Stark). Oh well, ok, at the end she transforms, but maybe this is the Grimms tidying things up, adn you dont's have to go along with it.