In this first episode of The Keeper of Lost tales, I tell a variation of Faithful John or Faithful Johannes, mixing it with a wonderful Korean tale about a boy who loves stories so much that he traps them in a story bag… This story is one that I’ve told on a number of occasions to both adults and children, and I thought that it was an apt story to start with because I spend so much researching and uncovering (lost) stories, but often only have a handful of opportunities to tell the stories.
Story sources for today:
- The story of “The Story Bag” can be found in The Story Bag: A Collection of Korean Folktales by Kim So-Un (Author), Setsu Higashi (Translator)
- The story of “Faithful John” is from Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Der treue Johannes in German), Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children’s and Household Tales — Grimms’ Fairy Tales), no. 6. This tale was added to the Grimms’ collection with the second edition (1819), and you can find a free copy of the whole book here.
- Aaron Shepard has a modified version of “The Story Bag” called “The Story Spirits”, originally printed in Australia’s School Magazine, May 2000, and Cricket, Oct. 2001, and now available to view on his website.
- This story falls is classified as Aarne-Thompson type 516 – for additional information and similar story themes, see here.