Thus it was and thus it befell…

Have you ever read Croatian tales of long ago? I am sure you didn’t. Last weekend I was enjoying beautiful wilderness just outside my country house remembering my childhood. Memories lead me to my library and this particular book caught my eye.

When we were kids, at school, we hated this book for one reason only; we had to read it as our school assignment.  Well, I do not know many kids who are enjoying anything they must do, unless is something they choose to do.

Anyhow, my little nature walk reminded me of this book, which I am sharing with you together with beautiful details of wilderness still there.

Did you know that Ivana Brlić Mažuranić was nominated four times for Nobel Prize? I am sure you didn’t. But after reading beautiful myths and stories from Slavic people you will know why.

Enjoy!

https://archive.org/details/croatiantalesofl00brli
https://archive.org/details/croatiantalesofl00brli

 

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Kad si sretan i sunce za tobom žuri…
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She neither worked, nor tidied, nor wept, nor lamented, but just pined away with grief and sorrow.
"Now isn’t that a wonder of wonders, that the sea should be so wide that a mother cannot encompass it, and the sun so high that a mother should not be able to reach it?"
“Now isn’t that a wonder of wonders, that the sea should be so wide that a mother cannot encompass it, and the sun so high that a mother should not be able to reach it?”
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Then Curlylocks brought out her little bag of pearls to give presents and pleasure to her new friends.
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“I was the same as your Sea King here. I had a son who tugged my beard, a wife who showed me marvels, and wild spinach, brothers – as much as you want….”
"At that time there were no more dragons anywhere in the world, nor witches, nor any monsters. The Holy Cross and human reason had driven them forth."
“At that time there were no more dragons anywhere in the world, nor witches, nor any monsters. The Holy Cross and human reason had driven them forth.”

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