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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 Robber Bridegroom"…
Few of Grimm’s tale or as grim, or popular, as “The Robber Bridegroom,” a story that incorporates murder, butchery, gang rape, cannibalism, and magic animals. A miller pushes his daughter into the arms of man who appears to be a wealthy suitor. After a short period, the man convinces his betrothed to visit him in the country. He lays down a trail of ashes to show her the way, but when she visits, she also drops peas behind her for insure her safe return. Deep in the woods she finds a dark empty house. A bird calls out to warn her that a murderer lives there. An old lady offers to hide her. Suddenly the bridegroom and his outlaw gang arrive with a young woman they have captured in tow. They then proceed to chop up the poor girl and eat her, but in the melee the girl’s chopped finger with a ring on it flies into the hood of the hiding bride. After the murderous orgy, the old woman helps the girl escape, and they follow the path of pea plants that have grown up since the girl’s visit. Later the groom returns to visit girl at her father’s home, only to be confronted by the bride, who tells everyone what she saw in the woods. The groom laughs her story off, claiming she must have been dreaming. At that, the miller’s daughter pulls out the cut finger of the murdered girl. In revenge, the miller and his friends attack and kill the groom and his gang. Not a favorite for children, the story has fascinated adults. Eudora Welty’s 1942 novel of the same name turns the locale into 18th century Natchez, Mississippi; in 1975, musical based on that novel was staged. MargaretAtwood’s 1993 novel The Robber Bride alludes to the story but changes the genders.