A brief history of the fairy tale from the beginning of time until now. Tales are thought to have originated during the megalithic, 9000-3000 bce. Tales were originally oral different every time: having different versions is part of the tradition. Arne-thompson index first published by arne (1910) then expanded by thompson (1961) Records tales according to tale type and country of origin. Folklore: traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community passed through generations by word of mouth. Class distinctions between folk and fairy tales. Tales are crystallized and sanitized when written down: become less crude, violent, less changed. Contes de ma mere l"oye: translates to mother goose stories: become associated with nursery rhymes/tales once they crossed the channel. Russian fairy tales: skazka: from to tell to narrate , narodnaia skazka: folktale, volshebnaia skazka: magical tale or wonder tale, literaturnaia skazka: literary fairy tale, sovetskaia skazka: soviet fairy tale, colourful children"s story.