Chapter Breakdown:
153

Motifs for "Castle"

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F771.3.1 Castle at world's end. *Fb "slot" III 376b, "Røde Hav", "tårn". F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
D1645.3 Magic castle shines from afar. (Cf. †D1131, †F771.) Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. “château”; *Fb “slot” III 377a. D1600 - 1649 : Automatic Magic Objects.
F771.10 Castle shall stand when everything else has departed (Gimle and Brimir). Icelandic: Snorra Edda Gylf. XVII, LII, Boberg. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F163.1.4 Castles of gold and silver in otherworld. Icelandic: Corpus Poeticum Boreale I 71 (Glitnir), Snorra Edda Gylf. XVII (Breidablik), Boberg. F110 - 199 : Miscellaneous Otherworlds.
F771.2.4 Castle built on sea. Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. ”château“, ”mer“; India: Thompson-Balys; Philippine: Fansler MAFLS XII 183. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
H1104.0.1 Task: building castle in three days. India: Thompson-Balys. H1000 - 1199 : Nature Of Tasks.
F451.4.1.2 Dwarfs live in underground castle. German: Kapff 44. F400 - 499 : Spirits And Demons.
H1343 Quest for castle of jewels. Arabian: Burton Nights V 358. H1250 - 1399 : Nature Of Quests.
F771.1.1.1 Castle paved with gold and gems. Hartland Science 174; Irish: Cross. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F725.3.1 Submarine castle on a mountain. Patch PMLA XXXIII 611 n. 32. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F222.3 Fairy castle of glass. India: Thompson-Balys. F200 - 399 : Fairies And Elves.
B11.3.4 Dragons live beneath castle. Mediaeval Romance: Wells Manual of Writings 39 (Nennius's Historia Britonum) 42f. (Arthour and Merlin). B0 - 99 : Mythical Animals.
F771.13 Castle warmed by love. No fire is required because love makes perpetual summer. Neilson Court of Love 28. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.1.3 Copper castle. Köhler-Bolte I 412; *Fb ”slot“ III 377a. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.5.2 Castle guarded by giants (ogres). Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. ”château“. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
D759.5 Disenchantment by following enchanted woman through lake to underwater castle. Hartland Science 241. D700 - 799 : Disenchantment.
J2061.3 Air-castle: to sell hide of sleeping deer. In his excitement he wakes the deer, who runs off. *BP III 265. J2050 - 2199 : Absurd Short-Sightedness.
K2362 Capture of castle by feigning death. *DeVries Arkiv f. Nordisk Filologi XLVII 56ff., 67ff.; Wilken Geschichte der Kreuzzüge II 321ff.; Herrmann Saxo II 126; Icelandic: Boberg. K2300 - 2399 : Other Deceptions.
K2357.8 Disguise as woman to enter enemy's camp (castle). Irish: *Cross; Icelandic: *Boberg; India: Thompson-Balys. K2300 - 2399 : Other Deceptions.
F80.1.1 Castle in lower world. Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. “château”. F80 - 109 : The Lower World.
F771.3.4 Castle at middle point of earth. Fb ”verden“ III 1039a. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
D1174.1 Magic box containing castle. Lithuanian: Balys Index No. *320. D900 - 1299 : Kinds Of Magic Objects.
H1133 Task: building castle (fort). Irish: *Cross; Missouri French: Carrière. H1000 - 1199 : Nature Of Tasks.
F771.2.2 Castle in tree-top. *Fb ”slot“ III 377a; Hindu: Tawney I 229. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.4.2.1 Castle (house) infested by demon cats. (Cf. †H1411.2.) F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.2.7 Castle on serpents. Icelandic: *Boberg. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
P555.3 Gate of captured town (castle) to be widened until overlord's spear can pass through crosswise. Irish: Cross. P500 - 599 : Government.
S139.2.2.1.5 Hand of slain enemy nailed to castle. Irish: Cross. S100 - 199 : Revolting Murders Or Mutilations.
W111.1.1.4 Three lazy beggars burn alive rather than run away from burning castle. India: Thompson-Balys. W100 - 199 : Unfavorable Traits Of Character.
P12.8 King banishes nobleman whose castle he wants. Icelandic: *Boberg. P0 - 99 : Royalty And Nobility.
G162 Giant lives in a castle in the air. India: Thompson-Balys. G100 - 199 : Giant Ogres.
K2357.7 Disguise in killed enemy's clothes to enter enemy's castle. Icelandic: Boberg. K2300 - 2399 : Other Deceptions.
F771.4.5 Castle (house) haunted by demons. Irish: Cross. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
D705.1 Castle disenchanted. India: Thompson-Balys. D700 - 799 : Disenchantment.
G512.6.1 Giant's (ogre's) arm pulled (cut) off by defender of castle (house). Irish: Cross. G500 - 599 : Ogre Defeated.
F771.2.1 Castle in the air. Icelandic: Boberg; India: Thompson-Balys, Penzer II 110f. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.8 Castle of extraordinary size. Icelandic: Boberg; Buddhist myth: Malalasekera II 349, 529, 915. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.1.4 Steel castle (house). Persian: Carnoy 335. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
D1457.1 Magic castle (palace) provides treasure. (Cf. †D1131, †F771.) Hartland Science 174; Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 56 No. 408*A. D1300 - 1599 : Function Of Magic Objects.
E761.1.11 Life token: roof spouts of castle run with blood. England: Baughman. E700 - 799 : The Soul.
F771.1 Castle of unusual material. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.3 Extraordinary location of castle. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
K781 Castle captured with assistance of owner's daughter. She loves the attacker. (Cf. †K811.1.1, †K2340.) Dickson 240, 241 n. 44; Krappe "Die Sage von der Tarpeja" Rheinisches Museum für Philologie LXXVIII (1929) 248--67; Irish: MacCulloch Celtic 31. K700 - 799 : Capture By Deception.
F771.2.1.2 Castle carried through air by four eagles. French Canadian: Barbeau JAFL XXIX 12. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.4 Inhabitants of extraordinary castle. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.4.2 Cat castle. Castle occupied by cats (enchanted women). *Type 566; Fb ”slot“ III 377a; Icelandic: *Boberg; French and N. A. Indian: Thompson CColl II 400f. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F725.3.2 Castle under lake. Irish: Cross. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.2.6.2 Castle revolving at night so that entrance cannot be found. *Kittredge Gawain 245 n. 1; Schoepperle II 325f.; Irish: *Cross. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
J2061 Air-castle shattered by lack of forethought. J2050 - 2199 : Absurd Short-Sightedness.
F163.1 Castle in otherworld. Patch Other World 375 s.v. “castle”; Siuts 58ff.; Dickson 94 n. 76; Irish: *Cross. F110 - 199 : Miscellaneous Otherworlds.
E501.12.8 Wild hunt appears at castle. Schweda 14. E400 - 599 : Ghosts And Revenants--Miscellaneous.
P50.0.1.1 King demands open gate to vassals' castle (city). Irish: Cross. P0 - 99 : Royalty And Nobility.
F771 Extraordinary castle (house, palace). Irish: *Cross; Icelandic: *Boberg; India: Thompson-Balys. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F163.1.3 Castles thatched with golden shields in otherworld. Icelandic: Snorra Edda Gylf. II, XVII, MacCulloch Eddic 329 (Valhalla and Gimlé), Boberg. F110 - 199 : Miscellaneous Otherworlds.
H1232.3 Directions on quest given by maiden or woman in castle. Icelandic: *Boberg. H1200 - 1249 : Attendant Circumstances Of Quests.
F420.2.1.1 Water-spirits' under-water castle is luxuriously furnished. Austrian: Mailly Niederöst. 33 No. 69, 48 No. 102; Czech: Wiener 114; German: Henne-Am Rhyn 114, Wiechert 73 No. 129. F400 - 499 : Spirits And Demons.
F771.1.6 Crystal castle. Patch PMLA XXXIII 610 n. 30; Irish: *Cross; Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. ”château“, ”cristal“; Persian: Carnoy 335. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
J2061.1.4 Air-castle: jar of oil to be sold. India: Thompson-Balys. J2050 - 2199 : Absurd Short-Sightedness.
F771.3.2 Castle east of sun and west of moon. *Fb ”slot“ III 376b. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
K2357.2 Disguise as pilgrim to enter enemy's camp (castle). Massmann Kaiserchronik III 110. K2300 - 2399 : Other Deceptions.
F771.1.8 Castle of wax, shining like gold. *Fb ”slot“ III 377a. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
G304.3.1.1 Golden door to troll's castle. Fb "guldport" I 514. G300 - 399 : Other Ogres.
K777 Capture of castle by pretending to surrender and entering. Dickson 70 n. 19. K700 - 799 : Capture By Deception.
H1133.3 Task: building castle in sea. Fb “slot” III 377a; India: Thompson-Balys. H1000 - 1199 : Nature Of Tasks.
H1133.2 Task: building castle in air. Fb “slot” III 377a; Italian: Basile Pentamerone IV No. 5. H1000 - 1199 : Nature Of Tasks.
H1036 Task: building castle suspended between heaven and earth. *Chauvin VI 38 No. 207 n. 3. H1010 - 1049 : Impossible Or Absurd Tasks.
K2357.0.2 Owner admitted into his own castle, captured in his absence, in guise of a monk. He has given news to conqueror of his purported death. India: Thompson-Balys. K2300 - 2399 : Other Deceptions.
F771.3.6 Castle rises from the ground. India: Thompson-Balys. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.5 Extraordinary guard for castle. Irish: Cross. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
G304.3.1 Troll's castle. G300 - 399 : Other Ogres.
H153 Outcast wife (children) builds castle identical with king's, invites him, and is recognized. India: *Thompson-Balys. H0 - 199 : Identity Tests: Recognition.
K2357 Disguise to enter enemy's camp (castle). Irish: *Cross; Icelandic: *Boberg; Spanish Exempla: Keller; India: Panchatantra III 5 (tr. Ryder 328ff.). K2300 - 2399 : Other Deceptions.
F725.3 Submarine castle (palace). (Cf. †F771.) *Fb ”slot“ III 376b; Penzer VI 280; Welsh: MacCulloch Celtic 197; Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. ”château“, Comault. RTP III 103, Clouston Tales I 192ff.; Greek: Iliad XIII 22; India: *Thompson-Balys; Japanese: Anesaki 314. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F531.6.3.1 Giants live in castles (raths, duns) (ruins of which may still be seen). Broderius § 11; Irish: *Cross; English: Wells 59 (The Turke and Gowin); Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 319, 282; German: Grimm Deutsche Sagen (1905) Nos. 16, 20. F500 - 599 : Remarkable Persons.
K2357.9 Disguise as beggar (pauper) to enter enemy's camp (castle) or to spy. Irish: *Cross; Icelandic: *Boberg; Greek: Grote I 276. K2300 - 2399 : Other Deceptions.
F771.5.1 Castle guarded by beasts. Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. ”château“; Missouri French: Carrière; Jewish: Neuman; India: Thompson-Balys. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
B155.2.3 Birds indicate the place where a town (castle) is to be built. Krappe Revue de l'histoire des Religions CXIV (1936) 236--246. B120 - 169 : Animals With Magic Wisdom.
F771.1.1 Golden castle (palace, house). *Köhler-Bolte I 412; *Fb ”slot“ III 376b, 377a, ”guldslot“ I 515a.--Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 329, Snorra Edda Gylf. LII, *Boberg, Hdwb. d. Märch. I 431a nn. 28--34; Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. ”or“; French Canadian: Barbeau JAFL XXIX 12; Persian: Carnoy 335; India: Thompson-Balys; Hindu: Tawney II 568. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
G303.9.7.1 Devil advises young girl not to go to a castle. Later, when she returns pregnant she says that the devil advised her to serve at the castle. He slaps her and tells her she is lying. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 84; Lithuanian: Balys Legends No. 664. G300 - 399 : Other Ogres.
H1239.2 Objects of quest found in deserted castle where hero is served by unseen hands. Type 425; Tegethoff 14.--Icelandic: Boberg. H1200 - 1249 : Attendant Circumstances Of Quests.
D1131 Magic castle. Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. “château”; English: Wells 17 (Reinbrun, Gy sone of Warwike); Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 56 No. 408A*. D900 - 1299 : Kinds Of Magic Objects.
D1131.1 Castle produced by magic. *Type 554, 560, 561, 675, 512*; *Aarne MSFO XXV 44; *BP II 455ff., 547ff.; India: Thompson-Balys. D900 - 1299 : Kinds Of Magic Objects.
F982.1 Eagles carry castle in air. De Vries FFC LXXIII 388; French Canadian: Barbeau JAFL XXIX 12. F900 - 1099 : Extraordinary Occurrences.
D791.4 Disenchantment by finding key to enchanted castle. Lithuanian: Balys Historical. D700 - 799 : Disenchantment.
J2183.1 The dog between the two castles. In castles on opposite hills guards play different tunes during meals. The dog goes toward the music in one castle but when he is about half way up the hill the music begins on the other. He keeps alternating and running up and down until the meals are over and he gets nothing. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 24; India: Thompson-Balys. J2050 - 2199 : Absurd Short-Sightedness.
N711.2 Hero finds maiden in (magic) castle. *Types 304, 400, 408, 410, 590; Irish: *Cross; India: *Thompson-Balys. N700 - 799 : Accidental Encounters.
F451.5.1.12 Dwarf moves mortal's castle from one mountain to another. German: Kahlo Harz. 55 No. 92. F400 - 499 : Spirits And Demons.
J2061.1.2 Air-castle: basket of eggs to be sold. In her excitement she breaks all the eggs. *BP III 265; *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 520; *Fb “æg” III 1141b; *Gerould MLN XIX 226; Italian Novella: Rotunda. J2050 - 2199 : Absurd Short-Sightedness.
D1960.2.1 King asleep in mountain will awake when his horse's shoes are worn down. Every seven years the horse goes around the castle. He must wear his half-inch silver shoes to thinness of cat's ear before the king awakes. Howey 9. D1950 - 2049 : Temporary Magic Characteristics.
F771.2.3 Giants uphold castle. Chauvin V 72 No. 21.--Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. ”château“, ”géant“. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
H1104 Task: building castle in one night. Type 313; Fb “slot” III 377a. H1000 - 1199 : Nature Of Tasks.
D846 Magic object found in magic castle. *BP III 113 n. 4. D810 - 859 : Acquisition Of Magic Object.
J2061.1 Air-castle: the jar of honey to be sold. In his excitement he breaks the jar. *BP III 261f.; *Chauvin II 101 No. 60; *Gerould MLN XIX 229; B[ö]dker Exempler 300 No. 65; Spanish Exempla: Keller; Italian Novella; *Rotunda; Jewish: bin Gorion Born Judas IV 55, 277; India: *Thompson-Balys. J2050 - 2199 : Absurd Short-Sightedness.
F222 Fairy castle. Dickson 114 n. 34.--English: Wells 128 (Sir Orfeo); Irish: *Cross; Ireland, Wales: Baughman; Lithuanian: Balys Index Nr. 3600. F200 - 399 : Fairies And Elves.
N684 Naked soldier becomes general. Stripped for bathing he takes his place as guard when the king unexpectedly arrives. King invites him to come naked to the castle, where he is chosen as husband by a general's daughter. Type 1670*; Russian: Andrejev No. 1670*. N600 - 699 : Other Lucky Accidents.
A2232.3 Beetle makes immoderate request; ant moderate: inverse awards. Creator hears wishes of animals. Beetle wants strong, noble appearance. Ant is modest. Beetle punished by being made to creep on ground. Ant is given own castle. (Cf. †A2441.3.1.) Livonian: Loorits FFC LXVI 92 No. 97. A2200 - 2299 : Various Causes Of Animal Characteristics.
D789.8 Disenchantment of enchanted (sunken) castle (town, inhabitants) by digging it out. Lithuanian: Balys Historical. D700 - 799 : Disenchantment.
F771.4.4 Castle in which everyone is asleep. Type 304; BP II 503; Fb ”sove“ III 472a. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.4.7 Castle inhabited by enchanted princess. German: Grimm Nos. 92. 137. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.4.6 Castle in which inhabitants have been turned to stone. German: Grimm No. 62. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.1.2 Silver castle. Köhler-Bolte I 412; *Fb ”slot“ III 377a; Persian: Carnoy 335. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
H1133.1 Task: building magic castle. *Type 554; BP II 19ff. H1000 - 1199 : Nature Of Tasks.
H1149.6 Task: breaking pigeon's egg on parapet of castle. Pigeon in ferocious serpent. French Canadian: Sister Marie Ursule. H1000 - 1199 : Nature Of Tasks.
H1562.12 Task: destruction of iron castle. French Canadian: Sister Marie Ursule. H1550 - 1569 : Tests Of Character.
E338.1 Non-malevolent ghost haunts house or castle. England, Scotland, U.S., Wales: *Baughman. E300 - 399 : Friendly Return From The Dead.
H1133.6 Task: building exact replica of castle in wax. German: Grimm No. 107. H1000 - 1199 : Nature Of Tasks.
F963.4 Wind carries ogre to his castle. French Canadian: Sister Marie Ursule. F900 - 1099 : Extraordinary Occurrences.
H1554.1 Test of curiosity: mouse in jug. The new Eve. A woman has boasted of a lack of curiosity and blamed Mother Eve. The king entertains her in his castle. She may see everything but must not look into a certain silver jug. She does so and finds a mouse in it. (Cf. †H1557.2.) *Type 1416; *BP III 543 n. 1; *Crane Vitry 139 No. 13; Alphabet No. 575; *Fb “Adam” IV 3b; H. C. Andersen “Krøblingen”, Danish Fairy Tales and Legends; Spanish Exempla: Keller; Jewish: *Neuman. H1550 - 1569 : Tests Of Character.
F771.1.5.4 Underwater castle with walls of gold and diamonds. India: Thompson-Balys. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
J2192 The messenger without the message. A fool is told that he is to go to a neighboring castle the next morning. He is to take letters, but the next morning without reporting for instructions the fool goes on the journey. He is given a bag of stones to carry back. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 731; Christensen DF XLVII 201 no. 38, 204, 221; India: Thompson-Balys. J2050 - 2199 : Absurd Short-Sightedness.
J2061.1.1 Air-castle: basket of glassware to be sold. In his excitement he breaks the glassware. BP III 264. J2050 - 2199 : Absurd Short-Sightedness.
F165.7.1 Four columns around fire in otherworld castle. Irish: *Cross. F110 - 199 : Miscellaneous Otherworlds.
D846.1 Golden cot found in magic castle. India: Thompson-Balys. D810 - 859 : Acquisition Of Magic Object.
E585.2 Spectre rides to castle every seven years. Irish: Cross. E400 - 599 : Ghosts And Revenants--Miscellaneous.
J97 Lotus flower flourishes as long as it is in water: king should not leave castle. India: Thompson-Balys. J0 - 199 : Acquisition And Possession Of Wisdom (Knowledge).
H1411.3 Fear test: staying in enchanted castle at night where the devil gives a moral speech and prophesies. Icelandic: Boberg. H1400 - 1449 : Tests Of Fear.
F771.2.1.1 Castle suspended on four chains. *Fb ”slot“ III 377a, ”Røde Hav“; Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. ”château“, ”chaine“. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
J2060 Absurd plans. Air-castles. *Type 1430; *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 249 No. 163; *Chauvin V 162 No. 85. J2050 - 2199 : Absurd Short-Sightedness.
F771.2.5 Castle stands on a pillar (pillars). Fb ”guldpæle“ I 514b.--Icelandic: Boberg; Hindu: Meyer Hindu 98 n. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
D6 Enchanted castle (building). Irish: *Cross; Missouri French: Carrière. D0 - 699 : Transformation.
F771.3.3 Most eastern castle in world. *Fb ”slot“ III 376b. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
P14.11 King angry at hero who rides straight into the castle without permission. Icelandic: Völsunga saga ch. 28 (26). P0 - 99 : Royalty And Nobility.
F163.1.5 Castles thatched with silver in otherworld. (Cf. †F163.3.2.) Icelandic: Snorra Edda Gylf. XVII, MacCulloch Eddic 329 (Valaskjalf and Hlidskjalf), Boberg. F110 - 199 : Miscellaneous Otherworlds.
F771.1.11 Castle of fire. (Cf. †F702, †F753, †F756.1, †F763, †F785.3.) Chauvin VII 57 No. 77. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F771.1.5.1 Diamond castle. Breton: Sébillot s.v. ”diamants“. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
J2061.2.1 Air-castles: pail of milk to be sold. Old woman thinks about the horse she is finally to get from the sale. In her imagination she spurs it and spills the milk. *Gerould MLN XIX 225. J2050 - 2199 : Absurd Short-Sightedness.
F771.2 Castle (house) with extraordinary support. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
D759.3 Disenchantment by naked virgin undergoing frightful journey at midnight. She must come naked and alone on St. John's night between twelve and one, climb the castle walls, and enter the treasure chamber.--Hartland Science 236. D700 - 799 : Disenchantment.
F771.2.6 Revolving castle. *Brown Iwain 76 n. 2; *Fb ”slot“ III 377a; Irish: *Cross. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F163.1.1 Revolving castle in otherworld. Patch PMLA XXXIII 617 n. 54.--Irish: *Cross. F110 - 199 : Miscellaneous Otherworlds.
F163.1.2 Golden castle in otherworld. Wimberly 146; Irish: Cross; Icelandic: *Boberg. F110 - 199 : Miscellaneous Otherworlds.
F771.4.3 Abandoned castle. Has no inhabitants when hero enters. *Fb ”slot“ III 377a; Type 425; *Tegethoff 168; Irish: *Cross; English: Wells 134 (Sir Degare); Icelandic: *Boberg; Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. ”château“; India: Thompson-Balys. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
K2357.10 Disguise as merchant to enter enemy's castle. (Cf. †K1817.4.) Irish: Cross; Icelandic: Boberg. K2300 - 2399 : Other Deceptions.
F771.4.1 Castle inhabited by ogres. *Types 304, 545A; Irish: Cross; Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. ”château“; India: *Thompson-Balys. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
F782.1 Windows and doors for every day in year. 365 windows and doors in castle or church. Fb "år" III 1195b; Scotch: Campbell II 426 No. 51. According to Baedeker's Guidebook to Great Britain, said to be true of Salisbury Cathedral. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
D491.5 Castle magically made smaller. German: Grimm No. 163. D450 - 499 : Transformation: Object To Object.
G111 Giant ogres possess castle. *Types 304, 545A; *BP III 113 n. 4; English: Wells 66 (Ywain and Gawain); Irish: Cross. G100 - 199 : Giant Ogres.
D759.4 Disenchantment if twelve men will not leave castle for a year. Hartland Science 246. D700 - 799 : Disenchantment.
B191.5 Hedgehog builds castle. Icel.: Boberg. B100 - 199 : Magic Animals.
F941.1 Castle sinks into earth. Wesselski Märchen 200; Jewish: Neuman. F900 - 1099 : Extraordinary Occurrences.
F721.5 Subterranean castle. *Fb ”slot“ III 376b; Spanish Exempla: Keller; Italian: Basile Pentamerone II No. 9, V No. 4; India: *Thompson-Balys. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
P411.1.1 Peasant and his wife in hut near castle as contrasts to king and queen. Icelandic: Lagerholm lvi, *Boberg. P400 - 499 : Trades And Professions.
R41.1 Captivity in castle. *Type 400; English: Wells 66 (Ywain and Gawain); Irish: *Cross; India: *Thompson-Balys. R0 - 99 : Captivity.
F420.2.1 Water-spirits live in castles of crystal under water. (Cf. †F451.4.3.4.) Livonian: Loorits FFC LXVI 40 No. 23; Czech: Wiener 114, Gradl 33 No. 69; French: Sébillot France II 196, 200, 343. F400 - 499 : Spirits And Demons.
H331.10 Suitor contest: carrying one hundred jugs of water from sea to castle in one day. India: Thompson-Balys. H310 - 359 : Suitor Tests.
D2136.2 Castle magically transported. Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. “chateau”; India: Thompson-Balys. D2100 - 2149 : Other Manifestations Of Magic Power.
J2061.2 Air-castle: pail of milk to be sold. Proud milkmaid tosses her head (or kicks the pail in her sleep) and spills the milk. *BP III 264; *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 520; *Crane Vitry 154f. No. 51; **Gerould MLN XIX 225; Jacobs Aesop 219 No. 77; Nouvelles Récréations No. 12; Jewish: bin Gorion Born Judas IV 55, 277. J2050 - 2199 : Absurd Short-Sightedness.
J2060.1 Quarrel and fight over details of air-castles. *Type 1430; BP III 275; *Gerould MLN XIX 228; India: *Thompson-Balys; Arab: Azov JPASB (n.s.) II 402f.; Indonesia: DeVries's list No. 269, Coster-Wijsman 65f. Nos. 107--110. J2050 - 2199 : Absurd Short-Sightedness.
R41 Captivity in tower (castle, prison). R0 - 99 : Captivity.
E282 Ghosts haunt castle. (Cf. †F771.4.5.) Type 1160.--Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. “château”. E200 - 299 : Malevolent Return From The Dead.
G303.8.3.2 Devil builds himself a castle and calls it hell. Dh I 145. G300 - 399 : Other Ogres.
F451.4.3.6 Dwarfs' castle of gold. Icelandic: MacCulloch Eddic 319, 265. F400 - 499 : Spirits And Demons.
F771.1.6.1 Castle with glass wall. Irish: *Cross; India: Thompson-Balys. F700 - 899 : Extraordinary Places And Things.
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The work comes from a folklorist named Stith Thompson who spent his life reading and cataloging these stories which he published as the Motif Index of Folklore and Literature. You can read more about his work here: Wikipedia page for Stith Thompson

The Goal

While we have Mr. Thompson's motifs, we have yet to track down all of the stories he read, which is our ultimate goal. We then will provide the stories for all to read, explore and see the connections and commonalities between these stories which we hope to further understandings between cultures and deeper into ourselves.

The Stories

Of course, since there are a current total of 46,248 motifs, we've estimated there to be as many as 151,822,000 stories referenced. We're working to collect all of them now and to create a way to cross link the ones in the public domain for all of you to read. If you'd like to help, please let us know via the contact tab shown above.

The Strategy

For now, we are working to build a crowdsourcing application to help us collect, organize these stories along with tagging the motifs within them.

Until then, please use the following FAQ.