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What are the Grimm Brothers doing In Hanna?
Posted March 10, 2011 to photo album "What are the Grimm Brothers doing In Hanna?"
A short history of the two brothers who made fairy tales famous with a few of their stories.
The narrative of contract and exchange in “Rumplestiltskin” has been a standard device in folk tales, and is repeated in many of the Grimm’s tales. In this story, a miller boasts his daughter can spin straw into gold. When the king hears this, he locks her away until she does what her father promised. Helpless, the daughter is confronted by a magical creature negotiates a deal with her. He’ll spin the straw into gold for her necklace. The next day he offers the same deal for her ring. On the third day, when the girl tells him she’s nothing left to offer, he suggests she give him her first-born child. The next morning, when the king discovers all gold she has spun from straw, he marries her. Later, as promised, the dwarf reappears when she gives birth to her first child. The woman begs him to let her keep her child. He responds that she can keep her child, if, after three days, she can guess his name. On the third day, a queen sends out a trusted companion. Far into the woods, he finds the dwarf’s home, and hears him singing: “To-day do I bake, to-morrow I brew/ The day after that the queen's child comes in;/ And oh! I am glad that nobody knew/ That the name I am called is Rumpelstiltskin!” When the queen reveals his correct name, the dwarf disappears.