Amphibians Fokelore and Fiction

Amphibians in folklore and fiction


What do toads and frogs have to do with stories? 

In the Cameroon, a traditional belief is that frogs fall from the sky and, when eaten, can help childless human couples become fertile.

And, in addition to their place in oral folklore, frogs and toads have long played characters in fiction. For example, the slimy little suckers appear in Mark Twain’s The Jumping Frog and Other Sketchesand in the Brothers Grimm’s The Frog Prince. Interestingly, in the original Grimm version of The Frog Prince the frog's spell was broken not by a kiss but when the princess threw him against a wall in disgust. Ouch!

And did you know frogs and toads have also starred in erotic fiction?

In Bedtime Stories (a collection of erotic fairy tales) Jean Johnson retells the The Frog Prince tale with an amusing variation. Instead of dropping a golden ball into a pond, as was common in some versions of the tale, Princess Gisette accidentally drops her golden dildo into a muddy river. (Oops! Darn it.) The enchanted frog (Prince Henrik) then offers to help her retrieve it in exchange for her help with breaking his enchantment.