“Paul Bunyan's Big Ox”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1941 (Beck)
Keywords: recitation talltale animal death
Found in: US(MW)


Recitation aboutPaul Bunyan's giant blue ox ("...every day for dinner/He would eat a ton of hay"; "This big blue ox weighed fourteen tons/And every time he'd bawl/The earth would shake... timber it would fall." The ox dies by breaking its neck


This recitation is item dC48 in Laws's Appendix II. For background (or, rather, speculation) about Paul Bunyan, see the notes to "Paul Bunyan." - RBW

Cross references


  1. Beck 97, "Paul Bunyan's Big Ox" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4069
  3. BI, Be097