These stories form part of a much larger collection of Maltese folk tales gathered by the Jesuit priest Manwel Magri whose 62 tales (including 13 variants) were first published during the period 1900-1907 in the series Kotba tal-Moghdija taz-Zmien. Folktales are an important literary genre and a facet of social history, since they throw light not only on the way of life of a people but also on such interactions as customs, beliefs, and languege. They are also constant travellers and important cultural links between very diverse countries. Above all, they have proved to be a strongly colourful ingredient in a nation’s collective memory. This selection has all the elements normally associated with the Mediterranean folk tradition.