I made these cards a while ago, but didn’t ever share them properly, so thought I’d post here with an update.

This is a deck of print and play cards based on the work of Vladimir Propp (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vladimir_Propp). Propp analysed Russian folk/fairy tales to create a “morphology” – a defined set of narrative elements which appear in the tales. Not all elements were present in all tales and these have become a powerful aid to writing folk or fairy tales. You can probably think of these as a precursor to the Monomyth (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero%27s_journey). I can highly recommend reading the Morphology of the Folktale.

You can download my cards by clicking here.

Print at high res, card backs are included as page 5 if you want to print the backs as well.

The cards have icons at the top: Propp’s symbol, the number of the function and the “act” in which it is commonly used.

I used public domain book illustrations (mainly as shared by the British Library om Flickr), converted to vector. I’ll make another post sharing these and the process in the near future!


What an excellent job! I was just about to make some of my own when I decided to search to see if anyone had already produced a set. Thank you.

Shame there’s not a ‘publish on demand’ service for card sets, like Amazon do for books or others do for mugs and t-shirts. I bet people would like to get them pre-printed.

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