Belle Hélène

A French folk ballad which tells the story of a girl who, while dancing on a bridge, was taken by the water spirits.Belle Hélène is of Icelandic origin and has German, Hungarian, and Lusatian parallels.



  • Leach, Maria, ed. (1984). Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology, and Legend. New York: HarperCollins.