THE FRETHONI BOOK OF FABLES AND PARABLES

TABLE OF CONTENTS - FABLES/PARABLES OVERVIEW

 

The Frethoni Book of Fables is one of the most popular Santharian books written for a general audience. It is a collection consisting of common folk fables accumulated by Melrous Frethon, written down in the third century b.S. Melrous published these stories as guides for everyday life and living. These fables are meant for both the young and the old, and many own a copy of the book. The old bard is believed to have placed himself in various of these fables, most often as the nameless Old Man. The Frethoni Book of Fables was constantly expanded during the course of time by other authors, nowadays containing over 900 fables which have accumulated during nearly two millenia.
 

The Frethoni Book of Fables

COMPLETE BOOK: 81 PAGES Download text

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ARTIMIDOR
Lady Donarcaey's Jewelry 11 Download text Read introduction Read text
The Duel 9 Download text Read introduction Read text
The Greyler and the Dragon 14 Download text Read introduction Read text
The Magic Shoppe 5 Download text Read introduction Read text
The Other Side 13 Download text Read introduction Read text
The Pocketwatch 3 Download text Read introduction Read text
The Woodcutter Conundrum 5 Download text Read introduction Read text
BARD JUDITH
The White Corbie 2 Download text Read introduction Read text
ESKON
The Blacksmith and his Apprentice 1 Download text Read introduction Read text
The Challenge 1 Download text Read introduction Read text
The Four Suitors 1 Download text Read introduction Read text
JENNA SILVERBIRCH
The Wise Man and the Widows 1 Download text Read introduction Read text

 
Lady Donarcaey's Jewelry
LADY DONARCAEY'S JEWELRY 11 PAGES
WRITTEN BY ARTIMIDOR FEDERKIEL Download text

Lord Thorverg, a reputable jeweler, has fulfilled his wife's every wish, and yet she has doubts concerning his faithfulness. Driven by jealousy Lady Magghrin vows to find out more about Lady Donarcaey, the secret lover her husband often refers to jokingly. But is there more to it than that? Return to the top
 

The Blacksmith and his Apprentice
THE BLACKSMITH AND HIS APPRENTICE 1 PAGE
WRITTEN BY ESKON Download text Read text

"The Blacksmith and his Apprentice" tells us about a young lad being apprenticed to a smith, eager to be allowed do the big tasks, just like the master himself. Yet, he still has his lesson to learn... Return to the top
 

The Challenge
THE CHALLENGE 1 PAGE
WRITTEN BY ESKON Download text Read text

"The Challenge" is a fable that deals with a seemingly uneven competition between two men - the one being of extraordinary physical strength, who claims to be able to run, swim and climb as no other can, and his challenger, who obviously has no such qualities. Still the challenger is sure that he will win, as he has something his perfectly athletic opponent doesn't have.... Return to the top
 

The Duel
THE DUEL 9 PAGES
WRITTEN BY ARTIMIDOR FEDERKIEL Download text Read text

At a chance meeting the ancient rivalry between two wind magicians sparks into life. Will the challenger finally be able to defeat the master who he considers to be guided by hubris? Or will the master teach the short-tempered mageling the lesson of his lifetime? Well, man forges his own destiny, they say. - Right?Return to the top
 

The Four Suitors
THE FOUR SUITORS 1 PAGE
WRITTEN BY ESKON Download text Read text

"The Four Suitors" is a fable about a competition between four noblemen trying to win the heart of the King's daughter, who is about to be married to provide the kingdom with a son and heir. Three of the men demonstrate incredible abilities, leaving the forth desperate that he won't be able to compete with them at all. But just a little piece of advice might change the favour of the princess instantly... Return to the top
 

The Greyler and the Dragon
THE GREYLER AND THE DRAGON 14 PAGES
WRITTEN BY ARTIMIDOR FEDERKIEL Download text

The "Greyler and the Dragon" is a fable well-known in central Santharia, especially in the region of the Northern Rimmerins Ring. It related the tale of a despotic dragon over a small village, which seems to be helplessly at his mercy. No one has managed to survive a confrontation with the invincible beast, until one day a greyler, an outcast and hermit, sets out to entangle the dragon into a discussion, armed only with his wits... - The fable is not only a suspenseful story, but gives the attentive reader several hidden clues to the real meaning behind the story, which goes beyond the pure confrontation with the monster. Will you get to the heart of it? Return to the top
 

The Magic Shoppe
THE MAGIC SHOPPE 5 PAGES
WRITTEN BY ARTIMIDOR FEDERKIEL Download text Read text

This is the story of a Ciosan shopkeeper doing his everyday business: selling magical wares, and lots of them. With the distinction that it's not done precisely by the book, and he's not precisely your regular shopkeeper. All goes well until that day when a customer, who isn't exactly what he's supposed to be either, makes sure he gets his comeuppance. At least that was his plan... Return to the top
 

The Other Side
THE OTHER SIDE 13 PAGES
WRITTEN BY ARTIMIDOR FEDERKIEL Download text Read text

The "Other Side" is an ancient tale about a little girl getting lost in the Auturian Woods and while trying desperately to get out again, she find wondrous things and has a strange encounter... A decision will need to be made in the middle of the forest, a decision that would determine the fate of her life's future. There will be three endings the narrator can choose from, depending on the choice of the listeners. But will it be the right one? Return to the top
 

The Pocket Watch
THE POCKET WATCH 3 PAGES
WRITTEN BY ARTIMIDOR FEDERKIEL Download text Read text

One of the most recent additions to the "Frethoni Book of Fables and Parables" is the "Pocket Watch", not more than two centuries old. It tells us of the efforts of a dedicated and well-known clockmaker trying to repair a precious pocket watch a hobbit has given him to look after. But for some strange reason the clock never seems to be completely repaired, and the clockmaker needs to get back to work again and again. Until one day, that is... Return to the top
 

The White Corbie
THE WHITE CORBIE 2 PAGES
WRITTEN BY BARD JUDITH Download text Read text

This story may be found in the Frethoni Book of Fables, as well as (in a rather different version) Aunt Sannie's Babetales. The version here is similar to the way it is told in the Mithrals. The "White Corbie" tells us about a farmer's little boy, who encounters something he thought impossible to exist: a white corbie, who can even talk to him. For a little help, he even will answer the boy any question he might have. What will it be? And what will the white corbie answer? - Read and find out! Return to the top
 

The Wise Man and the Widows
THE WISE MAN AND THE WIDOWS 1 PAGE
WRITTEN BY JENNA SILVERBIRCH Download text Read text

A simple fable of morality found throughout southern Sarvonia in various guises - there are even records of dwarfish and halfling variations on the theme. This particular version was recorded as told to a child of a moderately well-off Erpheronian family by his nurse. The Wise Man figure is an ambiguous and wide spread one. He crops up in countless tales, normally to give a gentle moral lesson, and normally in the ‘land to the south where it is warm all the time’. Numerous suggestions have been made as to the whereabouts of this unspecified country, including Truban, the Eyelian lands, Denilou and even Nybelmar, though most scholars must ultimately conclude that the tales are so old and varied that it is little more than a fae-land existing only in legend. The wise man himself has been identified with various sages, and even as a human version of the various wise old halflings who crop up across the hobbit books of wisdom, the Vale-Tales, and the Hobbithallows. Return to the top
 

The Woodcutter Conundrum
THE WOODCUTTER CONUNDRUM 5 PAGES
WRITTEN BY ARTIMIDOR FEDERKIEL Download text Read text

Among the best known fables in northern Santharia is "The Woodcutter Conundrum". It tells the story of two youths, both woodcutters, who shunned each other on principle - they never spoke, always went their own ways. But one day they are both surprised by a fierce snow storm when out in the woods. The race to get home safely has begun... Will they make it? Well, yes. And no. Return to the top
 

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