Sunken Castles, Evil Poodles

is creating Public Domain translations of classic German folklore tales

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My name is Jürgen Hubert, and I create Public Domain translations of classic German folklore tales.

I've long had a strong interest in mythology, and specifically folklore, for many years. My native country of Germany boasts an impressive collection of folklore tales that fed this interest. This is thanks to the efforts of 19th century folklorists who traveled the country and transcribed such tales before literacy became widespread. Many of these tales are now becoming available online, since public organizations and private individuals have taken over the task of scanning and transcribing them (for those interested in reading the original texts,  Wikisource is an excellent starting point, as it was for me).

However, I recently became aware of how few of these works are available in English. Translations exist of  "Deutsche Sagen" by the Brothers Grimm (less well known than their Fairy Tales collection). Other than that, only a handful of the literally tens of thousands of tales have been translated. This is a shame, for many of these stories are both fascinating and unique, and very different than their portrayals in modern entertainment media.

This project aims to change that. So far, I have published a first book that collects the first 155 translations I have released on this Patreon campaign, and future editions are planned that will include even more tales. The revenue generated from the campaign help me defray the costs of editing, illustrations, as well as acquiring more folklore collections for further research.

Patrons will be charged for Content Posts. A "Content Post" is defined as "translated tales with added commentary" of at least 1,000 words in length. The exact frequency of Content Posts will vary depending on my translation speed, but I will publish no more than one Content Post per week (and thus, a maximum of 4-5 per month). The full process is explained here.

Furthermore, since the original tales are in the Public Domain it only seems fair that the translations should be placed into the Public Domain as well. I therefore make all translations available under a CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication. This does include translations in Patreon-only posts - you have to become a Patron to see these tales here on this site, but after that you may freely distribute them. However, this does not include my added commentary and explanatory notes, which are my original work and to which I retain all rights. To distinguish one from the other, all designated Public Domain/CC0 text will be placed within [CC0] and [/CCO] tags within the posts.

Finally, a note of clarification: This project does not focus on fairytales, but folklore tales - called "Sagen" in Germany. Unlike fairy tales, which usually take place "a long time ago, in a kingdom far away", folklore tales usually take place in or near identifiable real world locations or regions. Additionally, I am mainly interested in folklore tales with at least one supernatural element, although I may make exceptions for exceptionally colorful stories without them.

Banner illustration by Veronika Sudmann.
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