Grimms’ Fairy Tales

The Brothers Grimm

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Grimms’ Fairy Tales

THE GOLDEN BIRD
A certain king had a beautiful garden, and in the garden stood a tree which bore golden apples. These apples were always counted, and about the time when they began to grow ripe it was found that every night one of them was gone. The king became very angry at this, and ordered the gardener to keep watch all night under the tree. The gardener set his eldest son to watch; but about twelve o’clock he fell asleep, and in the morning another of the apples was missing. Then the second son was ordered to watch; and at midnight he too fell asleep, and in the morning another apple was gone. Then the third son offered to keep watch; but the gardener at first would not let him, for fear some harm should come to him: however, at last he consented, and the young man laid himself under the tree to watch. As the clock struck twelve he heard a rustling noise in the air, and a bird came flying that was of pure gold; and as it was snapping at one of the apples with its beak, the gardener’s son jumped up and shot an arrow at it. But the arrow did the bird no harm; only it dropped a golden feather from its tail, and then flew away. The golden feather was brought to the king in the morning,

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and all the council was called together. Everyone agreed that it was worth more than all the wealth of the kingdom: but the king said, ‘One feather is of no use to me, I must have the whole bird.’ Then the gardener’s eldest son set out and thought to find the golden bird very easily; and when he had gone but a little way, he came to a wood, and by the side of the wood he saw a fox sitting; so he took his bow and made ready to shoot at it. Then the fox said, ‘Do not shoot me, for I will give you good counsel; I know what your business is, and that you want to find the golden bird. You will reach a village in the evening; and when you get there, you will see two inns opposite to each other, one of which is very pleasant and beautiful to look at: go not in there, but rest for the night in the other, though it may appear to you to be very poor and mean.’ But the son thought to himself, ‘What can such a beast as this know about the matter?’ So he shot his arrow at the fox; but he missed it, and it set up its tail above its back and ran into the wood. Then he went his way, and in the evening came to the village where the two inns were; and in one of these were people singing, and dancing, and feasting; but the other looked very dirty, and poor. ‘I should be very silly,’ said he, ‘if I went to that shabby house, and left 3 of 444

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this charming place’; so he went into the smart house, and ate and drank at his ease, and forgot the bird, and his country too. Time passed on; and as the eldest son did not come back, and no tidings were heard of him, the second son set out, and the same thing happened to him. He met the fox, who gave him the good advice: but when he came to the two inns, his eldest brother was standing at the window where the merrymaking was, and called to him to come in; and he could not withstand the temptation, but went in, and forgot the golden bird and his country in the same manner. Time passed on again, and the youngest son too wished to set out into the wide world to seek for the golden bird; but his father would not listen to it for a long while, for he was very fond of his son, and was afraid that some ill luck might happen to him also, and prevent his coming back. However, at last it was agreed he should go, for he would not rest at home; and as he came to the wood, he met the fox, and heard the same good counsel. But he was thankful to the fox, and did not attempt his life as his brothers had done; so the fox said, ‘Sit upon my tail, and you will travel faster.’ So he sat down, and the fox began

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to run, and away they went over stock and stone so quick that their hair whistled in the wind. When they came to the village, the son followed the fox’s counsel, and without looking about him went to the shabby inn and rested there all night at his ease. In the morning came the fox again and met him as he was beginning his journey, and said, ‘Go straight forward, till you come to a castle, before which lie a whole troop of soldiers fast asleep and snoring: take no notice of them, but go into the castle and pass on and on till you come to a room, where the golden bird sits in a wooden cage; close by it stands a beautiful golden cage; but do not try to take the bird out of the shabby cage and put it into the handsome one, otherwise you will repent it.’ Then the fox stretched out his tail again, and the young man sat himself down, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind. Before the castle gate all was as the fox had said: so the son went in and found the chamber where the golden bird hung in a wooden cage, and below stood the golden cage, and the three golden apples that had been lost were lying close by it. Then thought he to himself, ‘It will be a very droll thing to bring away such a fine bird in this shabby cage’; so he opened the door and took hold of it and put it 5 of 444

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into the golden cage. But the bird set up such a loud scream that all the soldiers awoke, and they took him prisoner and carried him before the king. The next morning the court sat to judge him; and when all was heard, it sentenced him to die, unless he should bring the king the golden horse which could run as swiftly as the wind; and if he did this, he was to have the golden bird given him for his own. So he set out once more on his journey, sighing, and in great despair, when on a sudden his friend the fox met him, and said, ‘You see now what has happened on account of your not listening to my counsel. I will still, however, tell you how to find the golden horse, if you will do as I bid you. You must go straight on till you come to the castle where the horse stands in his stall: by his side will lie the groom fast asleep and snoring: take away the horse quietly, but be sure to put the old leathern saddle upon him, and not the golden one that is close by it.’ Then the son sat down on the fox’s tail, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind. All went right, and the groom lay snoring with his hand upon the golden saddle. But when the son looked at the horse, he thought it a great pity to put the leathern 6 of 444

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saddle upon it. ‘I will give him the good one,’ said he; ‘I am sure he deserves it.’ As he took up the golden saddle the groom awoke and cried out so loud, that all the guards ran in and took him prisoner, and in the morning he was again brought before the court to be judged, and was sentenced to die. But it was agreed, that, if he could bring thither the beautiful princess, he should live, and have the bird and the horse given him for his own. Then he went his way very sorrowful; but the old fox came and said, ‘Why did not you listen to me? If you had, you would have carried away both the bird and the horse; yet will I once more give you counsel. Go straight on, and in the evening you will arrive at a castle. At twelve o’clock at night the princess goes to the bathing-house: go up to her and give her a kiss, and she will let you lead her away; but take care you do not suffer her to go and take leave of her father and mother.’ Then the fox stretched out his tail, and so away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled again. As they came to the castle, all was as the fox had said, and at twelve o’clock the young man met the princes going to the bath and gave her the kiss, and she agreed to run away with him, but begged with many tears that he would let her take leave of her father. At first he refused, 7 of 444

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but she wept still more and more, and fell at his feet, till at last he consented; but the moment she came to her father’s house the guards awoke and he was taken prisoner again. Then he was brought before the king, and the king said, ‘You shall never have my daughter unless in eight days you dig away the hill that stops the view from my window.’ Now this hill was so big that the whole world could not take it away: and when he had worked for seven days, and had done very little, the fox came and said. ‘Lie down and go to sleep; I will work for you.’ And in the morning he awoke and the hill was gone; so he went merrily to the king, and told him that now that it was removed he must give him the princess. Then the king was obliged to keep his word, and away went the young man and the princess; and the fox came and said to him, ‘We will have all three, the princess, the horse, and the bird.’ ‘Ah!’ said the young man, ‘that would be a great thing, but how can you contrive it?’ ’If you will only listen,’ said the fox, ‘it can be done. When you come to the king, and he asks for the beautiful princess, you must say, ‘Here she is!’ Then he will be very joyful; and you will mount the golden horse that they are to give you, and put out your hand to take leave of them; but shake hands with the princess last. Then lift her 8 of 444

but you must sit still. and sit down by the side of no river.’ This. to see whether it is the true golden bird.’ All went right: then the fox said.’ As he came nearer. ‘When you come to the castle where the bird is. And there he heard a great noise and uproar. ‘it is no hard matter to keep that advice. ‘Two men are going to be hanged. the princess mounted again. ‘I will at any rate give you good counsel: beware of two things.’ thought the young man. ride away. he will bring out the bird. Then the fox came. who had turned robbers. and cut off my head and my feet. I will stay with the princess at the door. ‘Pray kill me. and when he asked what was the matter. the people said.Grimms’ Fairy Tales quickly on to the horse behind you. happened as the fox said. and they rode on to a great wood.’ Then away he went. he saw that the two men were his brothers. and when you get it into your hand. 9 of 444 .’ But the young man refused to do it: so the fox said. and said. till at last he came to the village where he had left his two brothers. and gallop away as fast as you can. and say that you want to look at it. too. and when he sees that it is the right horse. so he said.’ He rode on with the princess. and you will ride in and speak to the king. they carried off the bird. clap your spurs to his side. ransom no one from the gallows. ‘Well.

so lay hold of my tail and hold fast.’ Then he 10 of 444 . and sat down on the side of the river. The youngest son fell to the bottom of the river’s bed: luckily it was nearly dry. Then he did not stay to think about the matter. and scolded him for not following his advice. but the horse would not eat. and threw him down the bank. and went on with him towards their home. to eat and drink. Then the old fox came once more. And as they came to the wood where the fox first met them. and the princess wept. and his brothers were given up. ‘All this have we won by our labour. and took the princess.’ unless he would bestow all his money upon the rascals and buy their liberty.’ and forgot the fox’s counsel. but his bones were almost broken. and said. the horse. ‘Yes.’ So he said. and the bird. and the bank was so steep that he could find no way to get out. and while he suspected nothing. ‘Let us sit down by the side of the river. but paid what was asked.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ‘Cannot they in any way be saved?’ But the people said ‘No. the bird would not sing. and rest a while.’ Then there was great rejoicing made. it was so cool and pleasant that the two brothers said.’ said he. ‘I cannot leave you here. and went home to the king their master. otherwise no evil would have befallen him: ‘Yet. they came behind.

as he got upon the bank. he went to walk one day in the wood. 11 of 444 . and they were seized and punished. and after the king’s death he was heir to his kingdom. A long while after. and in a moment the fox was changed into a man. and the old fox met him. and turned out to be the brother of the princess. and said to him. and besought him with tears in his eyes to kill him. and was scarcely within the doors when the horse began to eat. and the bird to sing. who had been lost a great many many years. and princess left off weeping. and he had the princess given to him again. Then he went to the king. And at last he did so. and told him all his brothers’ roguery.’ So he dressed himself as a poor man. if they find you in the kingdom. ‘Your brothers have set watch to kill you. and cut off his head and feet. and came secretly to the king’s court.Grimms’ Fairy Tales pulled him out of the river.

dragging one foot after another. As he went lazily on.Grimms’ Fairy Tales HANS IN LUCK Some men are born to good luck: all they do or try to do comes right— all that falls to them is so much gain—all their geese are swans—all their cards are trumps—toss them which way you will. At last he said. alight upon their legs. ‘Ah!’ said Hans aloud. my time is up. Seven long years he had worked hard for his master. put the piece of silver into it. Hans. a man came in sight. The world may very likely not always think of them as they think of themselves. ‘what a fine thing it is to ride on horseback! There he sits as easy 12 of 444 . threw it over his shoulder. but what care they for the world? what can it know about the matter? One of these lucky beings was neighbour Hans. and jogged off on his road homewards. they will always.’ Then he gave him a lump of silver as big as his head. Hans took out his pocket-handkerchief. like poor puss. I must go home and see my poor mother once more: so pray pay me my wages and let me go. and only move on so much the faster. ‘You have been a faithful and good servant.’ And the master said. trotting gaily along on a capital horse. ‘Master. so your pay shall be handsome.

and said. cracked his whip.’ ‘What do you say of making an exchange?’ said the horseman. one minute whistling a merry tune.’ said Hans: ‘but as you are so kind to me. why do you go on foot then?’ ‘Ah!’ said he. I must tell you one thing—you will have a weary task to draw that silver about with you. and you must know it hurts my shoulder sadly.’ However. A fig for the morrow! 13 of 444 . and gets on he hardly knows how. and another singing. ‘I will give you my horse. gave him the bridle into one hand and the whip into the other. took the silver. smack your lips loudly together.’ Hans did not speak so softly but the horseman heard it all. and said. turned out his toes. ‘I have this load to carry: to be sure it is silver. helped Hans up. and you shall give me the silver. ‘No care and no sorrow. and rode merrily off. ‘When you want to go very fast. which will save you a great deal of trouble in carrying such a heavy load about with you. in the chair by his fireside. drew himself up. but it is so heavy that I can’t hold up my head. friend.’ ‘With all my heart. he trips against no stones. squared his elbows. saves shoe-leather. ‘Well. the horseman got off. and cry ‘Jip!‘‘ Hans was delighted as he sat on the horse.Grimms’ Fairy Tales and happy as if he was at home.

I will change my cow for your horse. ‘What a noble heart that good man has!’ thought he. and got upon his legs again. even though I lose by it myself. ‘This riding is no joke. when a man has the luck to get upon a beast like this that stumbles and flings him off as if it would break his neck. and has spoiled my best coat. in this puddle. Hans soon came to himself. I’m off now once for all: I like your cow now a great deal better than this smart beast that played me this trick. Then the shepherd jumped upon the horse. if a shepherd who was coming by. I like to do good to my neighbours. had not stopped it.’ ‘Done!’ said Hans. butter. However. and said to the shepherd. and have milk.’ said the shepherd. he was thrown off. and before Hans knew what he was about. into the bargain. smells not very like a nosegay. ‘if you are so fond of her. and lay on his back by the roadside. by the by. you see. so he smacked his lips and cried ‘Jip!’ Away went the horse full gallop. One can walk along at one’s leisure behind that cow—keep good company. every day. driving a cow.Grimms’ Fairy Tales We’ll laugh and be merry. merrily. Sing neigh down derry!’ After a time he thought he should like to go a little faster. sadly vexed. 14 of 444 . and cheese. which. What would I give to have such a prize!’ ‘Well. His horse would have ran off.

was all that time utterly dry? Hans had not thought of looking to that. wiped his face and hands. rested a while. wished Hans and the cow good morning. he began to be so hot and parched that his tongue clave to the roof of his mouth. Hans brushed his coat. ‘If I have only a piece of bread (and I certainly shall always be able to get that). and then drove off his cow quietly. eat my butter and cheese with it. and away he rode.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. as he found himself on a wide heath that would take him more than an hour to cross. But the heat grew greater as soon as noon came on. Download the free trial version. ate up all his bread. he halted. whenever I like. When he had rested himself he set off again. view.’ thought he. and edit PDF. and held his leathern cap to milk into. and when I am thirsty I can milk my cow and drink the milk: and what can I wish for more?’ When he came to an inn. 15 of 444 . driving his cow towards his mother’s village. but not a drop was to be had. and gave away his last penny for a glass of beer. I can. which was to bring him milk and butter and cheese. and thought his bargain a very lucky one. till at last. Who would have thought that this cow. ‘now I will milk my cow and quench my thirst’: so he tied her to the stump of a tree. ‘I can find a cure for this.

Then the butcher gave him a flask of ale. but found the cow was dry too. ‘who would have thought it? What a shame to take my horse. and at last gave him such a kick on the head as knocked him down. ‘There. If it were a pig now —like that fat gentleman you are driving along at his ease—one could do something with it. and give me only a dry cow! If I kill her.’ said the butcher. driving a pig in a wheelbarrow. ‘I don’t like to say no. To please you I will change.Grimms’ Fairy Tales While he was trying his luck in milking. Hans told him what had happened. and there he lay a long while senseless. as he helped him up. Luckily a butcher soon came by.’ ‘Well. it would at any rate make sausages. as he gave the butcher 16 of 444 . drink and refresh yourself. ‘What is the matter with you. your cow will give you no milk: don’t you see she is an old beast. alas!’ said Hans. neighbourly thing.’ ‘Heaven reward you for your kindness and self-denial!’ said Hans. and give you my fine fat pig for the cow. and managing the matter very clumsily. it is not tender enough for me. how he was dry. saying. what will she be good for? I hate cow-beef. good for nothing but the slaughter-house?’ ‘Alas. my man?’ said the butcher. when one is asked to do a kind. and wanted to milk his cow. the uneasy beast began to think him very troublesome.

but he was now well repaid for all. How could it be otherwise with such a travelling companion as he had at last got? The next man he met was a countryman carrying a fine white goose. ‘how heavy it is. holding it by the string that was tied to its leg. this led to further chat. as he weighed it in his hand. The countryman stopped to ask what was o’clock. The countryman than began to tell his tale. how he had so many good bargains. and taking the pig off the wheel-barrow. So on he jogged. and said he was going to take the goose to a christening. so I can’t help doing you a kind turn. ‘but if you talk of fat. drove it away. Whoever roasts and eats it will find plenty of fat upon it. ‘Hark ye!’ said he. ‘Feel. and how all the world went gay and smiling with him. the squire has had a pig stolen out of his sty. and Hans told him all his luck. and all seemed now to go right with him: he had met with some misfortunes.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the cow. ‘my worthy friend. and shook his head. it will be a 17 of 444 .’ said he. my pig is no trifle. it has lived so well!’ ‘You’re right. If you have. and yet it is only eight weeks old. to be sure. I was dreadfully afraid when I saw you that you had got the squire’s pig.’ said Hans. In the village I just came from. and they catch you. Your pig may get you into a scrape.’ Meantime the countryman began to look grave. you seem a good sort of fellow.

’ cried he. I have much the best of the bargain. while Hans went on the way homewards free from care.’ thought he. I will put them into my pillow.’ As he came to the next village. take my pig and give me the goose. and then there are all the beautiful white feathers. and drove off the pig by a side path. However. working and singing. ‘After all. he saw a scissor-grinder with his wheel. First there will be a capital roast. How happy my mother will be! Talk of a pig. I will not be hard upon you.’ Then he took the string in his hand. ‘give a fat goose for a pig. indeed! Give me a fine fat goose.’ said the countryman. ‘that chap is pretty well taken in. Can you swim?’ Poor Hans was sadly frightened. I know nothing of where the pig was either bred or born. but he may have been the squire’s for aught I can tell: you know this country better than I do. 18 of 444 . then the fat will find me in goose-grease for six months. I don’t care whose pig it is.Grimms’ Fairy Tales bad job for you. as you are in trouble. but wherever it came from it has been a very good friend to me. indeed! ‘Tis not everyone would do so much for you as that. ‘Good man. and then I am sure I shall sleep soundly without rocking.’ ‘I ought to have something into the bargain. ‘pray get me out of this scrape. The least they will do will be to throw you into the horse-pond.

Here is one that is but little the worse for wear: I would not ask more than the value of your goose for it—will you buy?’ ‘How can you ask?’ said Hans. Then who so blythe.’ ‘You have thriven well in the world hitherto.’ ‘And the horse?’ ‘I gave a lump of silver as big as my head for it.’ ‘And where did you get the pig?’ ‘I gave a cow for it.’ ‘Very true: but how is that to be managed?’ ‘How? Why.’ ‘And the cow?’ ‘I gave a horse for it. All the world is my home. ‘mine is a golden trade. and at last said. your fortune would be made. ‘now if you could find money in your pocket whenever you put your hand in it. ‘You must be well off. I gave a pig for it. so merry as I?’ Hans stood looking on for a while.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ‘O’er hill and o’er dale So happy I roam. the rest will come of itself. master grinder! you seem so happy at your work. Work light and live well.’ ‘And the silver?’ ‘Oh! I worked hard for that seven long years.’ ‘Yes. you must turn grinder like myself. ‘you only want a grindstone. ‘I should be the happiest man in the 19 of 444 .’ said the other.’ said the other. a good grinder never puts his hand into his pocket without finding money in it—but where did you get that beautiful goose?’ ‘I did not buy it.’ said the grinder.

everything I could want or wish for comes of itself.’ ‘Now. ‘Surely I must have been born in a lucky hour.’ Meantime he began to be tired. People are so kind. 20 of 444 . with tears in his eyes. and giving me good bargains. pushed it a little. ‘this is a most capital stone. So he laid the stone carefully by his side on the bank: but. and hungry too. as he gave him a common rough stone that lay by his side.’ said the grinder. do but work it well enough. At last he could go no farther. then sprang up and danced for joy. they seem really to think I do them a favour in letting them make me rich.’ Hans took the stone. he forgot it. and he said to himself. for the stone tired him sadly: and he dragged himself to the side of a river. and down it rolled. and rest a while.Grimms’ Fairy Tales world. plump into the stream. and again fell upon his knees and thanked Heaven. that he might take a drink of water. if I could have money whenever I put my hand in my pocket: what could I want more? there’s the goose. and went his way with a light heart: his eyes sparkled for joy. as he stooped down to drink. and you can make an old nail cut with it. For a while he watched it sinking in the deep clear water. for he had given away his last penny in his joy at getting the cow.

’How happy am I!’ cried he. the ugly heavy stone. and walked on till he reached his mother’s house. and told her how very easy the road to good luck was. 21 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales for its kindness in taking away his only plague. free from all his troubles.’ Then up he got with a light heart. ‘nobody was ever so lucky as I.

or crept about the country like a cat. was very fond of her. She was prettier than all the pretty girls that ever were seen before. but at night she always became an old woman again. and in the castle lived an old fairy. and could not move a step till she came and set him free. and hung her up in a chamber in the castle. ‘We must take care 22 of 444 . and they were soon to be married. and a shepherd lad. When any young man came within a hundred paces of her castle. that they might be alone. Now this fairy could take any shape she pleased. and the fairy put her into a cage.Grimms’ Fairy Tales JORINDA AND JORINDEL There was once an old castle. One day they went to walk in the wood. which she would not do till he had given her his word never to come there again: but when any pretty maiden came within that space she was changed into a bird. All the day long she flew about in the form of an owl. and all with beautiful birds in them. whose name was Jorindel. There were seven hundred of these cages hanging in the castle. and Jorindel said. Now there was once a maiden whose name was Jorinda. he became quite fixed. that stood in the middle of a deep gloomy wood.

Well-a-day! Well-a-day! He mourn’d for the fate of his darling mate. Well-a-day!’ when her song stopped suddenly.Grimms’ Fairy Tales that we don’t go too near to the fairy’s castle. Jorindel sat by her side. without knowing it. They had wandered a long way. and beheld his Jorinda changed into a nightingale. they knew not why. ‘The ring-dove sang from the willow spray. they found themselves at a loss to know what path to take. so that her song ended with a mournful jug. 23 of 444 . Jorinda sat down to gaze upon the sun. and trembled. the last rays of the setting sun shone bright through the long stems of the trees upon the green underwood beneath. and when they looked to see which way they should go home. and the turtle-doves sang from the tall birches. and already half of its circle had sunk behind the hill: Jorindel on a sudden looked behind him. but it seemed as if they were to be parted from one another for ever. Jorindel turned to see the reason. and both felt sad.’ It was a beautiful evening. sat down close under the old walls of the castle. and saw through the bushes that they had. Jorinda was just singing. The sun was setting fast. Then he shrank for fear. turned pale.

and could neither weep. and a moment after the old fairy came forth pale and meagre. And now the sun went quite down. Then he fell on his knees before the fairy. An owl with fiery eyes flew three times round them. At last the fairy came back and sang with a hoarse voice: ’Till the prisoner is fast. the owl flew into a bush. he stood fixed as a stone. seized the nightingale. There stay! Oh. and prayed her to give him 24 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales jug. the gloomy night came. And the spell has bound her. nor stir hand or foot. and a nose and chin that almost met one another. and went away with it in her hand. nor speak. and three times screamed: ’Tu whu! Tu whu! Tu whu!’ Jorindel could not move. She mumbled something to herself. stay! When the charm is around her. Poor Jorindel saw the nightingale was gone— but what could he do? He could not speak. Hie away! away!’ On a sudden Jorindel found himself free. And her doom is cast. he could not move from the spot where he stood. with staring eyes.

and eight long days he sought for it in vain: but on the ninth day. and said he should never see her again. In the morning when he awoke. he began to search over hill and dale for this pretty flower. ‘what will become of me?’ He could not go back to his own home. ‘Alas!’ he said. He prayed. early in the morning. till he came again to the castle. so he went to a strange village.Grimms’ Fairy Tales back his dear Jorinda: but she laughed at him. and yet he did not become fixed as before. He walked nearer than a hundred paces to it. he wept. he heard or saw nothing of Jorinda. Many a time did he walk round and round as near to the hated castle as he dared go. but all in vain. he found the beautiful purple flower. and he dreamt that he plucked the flower. he sorrowed. and that there he found his Jorinda again. but found that he 25 of 444 . but all in vain. and in the middle of it was a large dewdrop. and employed himself in keeping sheep. and went with it in his hand into the castle. and that everything he touched with it was disenchanted. At last he dreamt one night that he found a beautiful purple flower. Then he plucked the flower. and that in the middle of it lay a costly pearl. then she went her way. and set out and travelled day and night. as big as a costly pearl.

He ran or flew after her. Then he touched all the other birds with the flower. and lived happily together many years: and so did a good many other lads. and listened when he heard so many birds singing. When she saw Jorindel she was very angry. whose maidens had been forced to sing in the old fairy’s cages by themselves. and how then should he find out which was his Jorinda? While he was thinking what to do. for the flower he held in his hand was his safeguard. but she could not come within two yards of him. Jorindel was very glad indeed to see this. so that he went in through the court. He looked around at the birds. with the seven hundred birds singing in the seven hundred cages. many nightingales. as beautiful as when they walked together in the wood. and he took Jorinda home. touched the cage with the flower. and was making the best of her way off through the door. and screamed with rage. where they were married. but alas! there were many. At last he came to the chamber where the fairy sat. 26 of 444 . and it sprang open. and threw her arms round his neck looking as beautiful as ever. so that they all took their old forms again. Then he touched the door with the flower. much longer than they liked. he saw the fairy had taken down one of the cages.Grimms’ Fairy Tales could go quite close up to the door. and Jorinda stood before him.

‘Pray. but the ass. and try what you can do in the same way?’ The dog said he was willing. ‘For there. ‘my master was going to knock me on the head. because I am old and weak. They had not gone far before they saw a cat sitting in the middle of the road and making a most rueful face. His master therefore was tired of keeping him and began to think of putting an end to him. who saw that some mischief was in the wind. Download the free trial version. took himself slyly off. ‘What makes you pant so. ‘I am going to the great city to turn musician: suppose you go with me. so I ran away. my friend?’ said the ass.’ said the ass. but was now growing old and every day more and more unfit for work.’ After he had travelled a little way. he spied a dog lying by the roadside and panting as if he were tired.’ thought he. view. ‘what’s the matter with 27 of 444 . and edit PDF. ‘I may turn musician. my good lady. THE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS An honest farmer had once an ass that had been a faithful servant to him a great many years.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. and can no longer make myself useful to him in hunting. but what can I do to earn my livelihood?’ ‘Hark ye!’ said the ass. and they jogged on together. ‘Alas!’ said the dog. and began his journey towards the great city.

and make broth of me for the guests that are coming on Sunday!’ ‘Heaven forbid!’ said the ass. and screaming out with all his might and main.’ said the ass. you are a good night singer. ‘by all means go with us to the great city.’ said the cock.Grimms’ Fairy Tales you? You look quite out of spirits!’ ‘Ah. ‘how can one be in good spirits when one’s life is in danger? Because I am beginning to grow old. at any rate. ‘come with us Master Chanticleer. and may make your fortune as a musician. and though I have been lucky enough to get away from her. and had rather lie at my ease by the fire than run about the house after the mice. than staying here to have your head cut off! Besides.’ The cat was pleased with the thought. ‘Bravo!’ said the ass. and was going to drown me. and yet my mistress and the cook don’t thank me for my pains. we may get up some kind of a concert. who knows? If we care to sing in tune. I do not know what I am to live upon. Soon afterwards. you make a famous noise. as they were passing by a farmyard. and joined the party. so 28 of 444 .’ ‘Oh. ‘I was just now saying that we should have fine weather for our washing-day. they saw a cock perched upon a gate. but threaten to cut off my head tomorrow. ‘upon my word. my mistress laid hold of me. pray what is all this about?’ ‘Why. me!’ said the cat. it will be better.

reach the great city the first day. thinking that the higher he sat the safer he should be. before he went to sleep. however. for our lodging is not the best in the world!’ ‘Besides. ‘I should not be the worse for a bone or two.’ said the cock: so they all four went on jollily together. while the cock. Donkey. ‘There must be a house no great way off. and then. for I see a light.’ So they walked off together towards the spot where Chanticleer had seen the light. or a bit of meat. ‘what do you see?’ ‘What do I see?’ replied the ass.’ ‘With all my heart. they went into a wood to sleep.’ said the ass.’ said Chanticleer. They could not. so when night came on. flew up to the very top of the tree. being the tallest of the company. and the cat climbed up into the branches.’ added the dog. marched up to the window and peeped in. In doing this. The ass and the dog laid themselves down under a great tree.Grimms’ Fairy Tales come along with us. ‘Well. ‘Why. I see a table spread with all kinds of good 29 of 444 . The ass. looked out on all sides of him to see that everything was well. ‘we had better change our quarters. he saw afar off something bright and shining and calling to his companions said. according to his custom. till they at last came close to a house in which a gang of robbers lived.’ ‘If that be the case. and as they drew near it became larger and brighter.

and they began their music.’ ‘That would be a noble lodging for us. and came tumbling into the room. the dog barked. As soon as they had satisfied themselves. who had been not a little frightened by the opening concert. and scampered away as fast as they could. and the cock screamed. the cat mewed. When all was ready a signal was given. so they consulted together how they should contrive to get the robbers out. had now no doubt that some frightful hobgoblin had broken in upon them. with a most hideous clatter! The robbers.’ said the ass. our travellers soon sat down and dispatched what the robbers had left. The coast once clear. with his forefeet resting against the window. The ass brayed. amongst the broken glass. ‘Yes. The donkey laid himself down upon a heap of straw in the yard. ‘if we could only get in’. they put out the lights. and then they all broke through the window at once. and the cock flew up and sat upon the cat’s head. the cat scrambled up to the dog’s shoulders. and at last they hit upon a plan. with as much eagerness as if they had not expected to eat again for a month. and robbers sitting round it making merry.Grimms’ Fairy Tales things. The ass placed himself upright on his hind legs. and each once more sought out a restingplace to his own liking. the dog stretched himself 30 of 444 .’ said the cock. the dog got upon his back.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales upon a mat behind the door. he mistook them for live coals. But the cat. and scratched at him. and spat. they soon fell asleep. and one of them. and as he was crossing over the yard the ass kicked him. and away he ran to the back door. when the robbers saw from afar that the lights were out and that all seemed quiet. espying the glittering fiery eyes of the cat. But about midnight. and the cock. the cat rolled herself up on the hearth before the warm ashes. This frightened him dreadfully. went to see what was going on. and. At this the robber ran back as fast as he could to his comrades. crowed with all his might. and groped about till he found a match in order to light a candle. how a man with a knife in his hand had hidden himself behind the door. they began to think that they had been in too great a hurry to run away. sprang at his face. Finding everything still. who was bolder than the rest. but there the dog jumped up and bit him in the leg. and stabbed 31 of 444 . not understanding this joke. who had been awakened by the noise. and told the captain how a horrid witch had got into the house. and then. as they were all rather tired with their journey. and held the match to them to light it. and had spat at him and scratched his face with her long bony fingers. he marched into the kitchen. and the cock perched upon a beam on the top of the house.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales him in the leg. I dare say. but the musicians were so pleased with their quarters that they took up their abode there. how a black monster stood in the yard and struck him with a club. and there they are. ‘Throw the rascal up here!’ After this the robbers never dared to go back to the house. at this very day. 32 of 444 . and how the devil had sat upon the top of the house and cried out.

but then he did it to earn his livelihood.’ Poor Sultan. ‘I will give you some good advice. and had lost all his teeth. goes out every morning very early with his wife into the field. he has served us well a great many years. who was grown very old. and how his master meant to kill him in the morning. ‘Make yourself easy. and the thieves don’t care for him at all. called Sultan.’ said the wolf. heard all that the shepherd and his wife said to one another. and we ought to give him a livelihood for the rest of his days. for he is of no use now. so in the evening he went to his good friend the wolf. ‘he has not a tooth in his head. who lived in the wood.Grimms’ Fairy Tales OLD SULTAN A shepherd had a faithful dog.’ ‘But what can we do with him?’ said the shepherd. Your master. And one day when the shepherd and his wife were standing together before the house the shepherd said. you know. and told him all his sorrows. ‘Pray let the poor faithful creature live. and was very much frightened to think tomorrow would be his last day. tomorrow shall be his last day. who was lying close by them. depend upon it. to be sure he has served us. and 33 of 444 .’ But his wife said. ‘I will shoot old Sultan tomorrow morning.

the wolf 34 of 444 . but Sultan soon overtook him. ‘Now. my good fellow. and pretend to be watching it. and carried the poor little thing back to his master and mistress. and accordingly so it was managed.Grimms’ Fairy Tales they take their little child with them. and let him have my old cushion to sleep on as long as he lives. and have plenty to eat.’ However.’ said the Sultan. and I will come out of the wood and run away with it. Now do you lie down close by the child. go home. ‘I will be true to my master. Wife. and they will think you have saved their child. the shepherd and his wife screamed out.’ The dog liked this plan very well. and said. but turn your head the other way when I want to taste one of the old shepherd’s fine fat sheep. you must run after me as fast as you can. Soon afterwards the wolf came and wished him joy. and give him a good dinner. ‘Old Sultan has saved our child from the wolf. and I will let it drop. then you may carry it back. and lay it down behind the hedge in the shade while they are at work. Then the shepherd patted him on the head. you must tell no tales.’ ‘No.’ So from this time forward Sultan had all that he could wish for. and therefore he shall live and be well taken care of. and will be so thankful to you that they will take care of you as long as you live. and said. The wolf ran with the child a little way.

The wolf and the wild boar were first on the ground. however.’ and swore he would have his revenge. and the boar lay down behind a bush. The boar. and looked about and wondered that no one was there. they thought she was carrying a sword for Sultan to fight with. Now Sultan had nobody he could ask to be his second but the shepherd’s old three-legged cat. and when they espied their enemies coming. he had a stout cudgel laid about his back. and as the poor thing limped along with some trouble. and saw the cat’s long tail standing straight in the air. and when the wolf was busy looking out for a good fat sheep. and every time she limped. So the next morning the wolf sent the boar to challenge Sultan to come into the wood to fight the matter. so they said they should not like this way of fighting. Then the wolf was very angry. 35 of 444 . and came one night to get a dainty morsel. But Sultan had told his master what the wolf meant to do. she stuck up her tail straight in the air. so he took her with him.Grimms’ Fairy Tales thought he was in joke. and called Sultan ‘an old rogue. and the wolf jumped up into a tree. that combed his locks for him finely. so he laid wait for him behind the barn door. they thought she was picking up a stone to throw at them. had not quite hidden himself. Sultan and the cat soon came up.

the cat. there sits the one who is to blame. and they called him a cowardly rascal. and espied the wolf sitting amongst the branches. and when he shook one of them a little. 36 of 444 . so that the boar jumped up and grunted. and had promised to be good friends again with old Sultan. roaring out. ‘Look up in the tree. and thinking it was a mouse.’ So they looked up. and bit and scratched it. and ran away. seeing something move. and would not suffer him to come down till he was heartily ashamed of himself.Grimms’ Fairy Tales for his ears stuck out of the bush. sprang upon it.

and soon afterwards a burning coal from the fire leapt down to the two. 37 of 444 . ‘The old woman has destroyed all my brethren in fire and smoke. AND THE BEAN In a village dwelt a poor old woman. one dropped without her observing it.’ ’But what are we to do now?’ said the coal. So she made a fire on her hearth. THE COAL. like my comrades. When she was emptying the beans into the pan. I luckily slipped through her fingers. but if the old woman had got me into the pan. and took their lives. from whence do you come here?’ The coal replied: ‘I fortunately sprang out of the fire. she lighted it with a handful of straw. and if I had not escaped by sheer force. she seized sixty of them at once. and lay on the ground beside a straw.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE STRAW.’ The bean said: ‘I too have escaped with a whole skin.’ ‘And would a better fate have fallen to my lot?’ said the straw. and that it might burn the quicker.—I should have been burnt to ashes. who had gathered together a dish of beans and wanted to cook them. I should have been made into broth without any mercy. my death would have been certain. Then the straw began and said: ‘Dear friends.

’ The proposition pleased the two others. and laughed so heartily that she burst. and said: ‘I will lay myself straight across. The bean. broke in two pieces.’ answered the bean. she was after all. they came to a little brook. and then you can walk over on me as on a bridge. tripped quite boldly on to the newly-built bridge. however. a tailor who was travelling in search of work.’ The straw therefore stretched itself from one bank to the other. who had prudently stayed behind on the shore. afraid. and heard the water rushing beneath her. we should keep together like good companions. by good fortune. and stood still.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ’I think. and lest a new mischance should overtake us here. could not but laugh at the event. we should go away together. however. It would have been all over with her. had 38 of 444 . was unable to stop. The straw. and ventured no farther. ‘that as we have so fortunately escaped death. and as there was no bridge or foot-plank. and the coal. if. and fell into the stream. began to burn. and they set out on their way together. who was of an impetuous disposition. likewise. Soon. and repair to a foreign country. The straw hit on a good idea. they did not know how they were to get over it. But when she had reached the middle. and breathed her last. The coal slipped after her. hissed when she got into the water.

all beans since then have a black seam. The bean thanked him most prettily. As he had a compassionate heart he pulled out his needle and thread. view. and edit PDF. Download the free trial version.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. and sewed her together. 39 of 444 . not sat down to rest by the brook. but as the tailor used black thread.

in return for your kindness to me—you will soon have a daughter. and it shall be fulfilled. So he asked his kinsmen. and lay gasping and nearly dead on the bank. and before it swam away it lifted its head out of the water and said.’ What the little fish had foretold soon came to pass. where there were in those days fairies. and neighbours. at the bottom of the garden. and nobles. so very beautiful that the king could not cease looking on it for joy. and the queen had a little girl. Then the queen took pity on the little fish. and said he would hold a great feast and make merry. and this grieved them very much indeed. ‘I know what your wish is. that had thrown itself out of the water. and show the child to all the land. Now this king and queen had plenty of money. But one day as the queen was walking by the side of the river. she saw a poor little fish. and threw it back again into the river.Grimms’ Fairy Tales BRIAR ROSE A king and queen once upon a time reigned in a country a great way off. But the 40 of 444 . and friends. and a coach to ride out in every day: but though they had been married many years they had no children. and plenty of good things to eat and drink. and plenty of fine clothes to wear.

be wounded by a spindle. that they might be kind and good to our little daughter. as she had not been asked to the feast she was very angry. Just as eleven of them had done blessing her. Now. they were forced to leave one of the fairies without asking her. but 41 of 444 . and set to work to take her revenge. with a black cap on her head. and so on till she had all that was good in the world. and a broomstick in her hand: and presently up she came into the dining. came forward. and fall down dead. So she cried out. and word was brought that the thirteenth fairy was come.’ Then the twelfth of the friendly fairies. in her fifteenth year. but as the king and queen had only twelve golden dishes for them to eat out of. One gave her goodness. another beauty. and red shoes with high heels on her feet. So twelve fairies came.’ Now there were thirteen fairies in the kingdom. and said that the evil wish must be fulfilled.Grimms’ Fairy Tales queen said. a great noise was heard in the courtyard. each with a high red cap on her head. ‘The king’s daughter shall. who had not yet given her gift. another riches. and a long white wand in her hand: and after the feast was over they gathered round in a ring and gave all their best gifts to the little princess. ‘I will have the fairies also. and black shoes on her feet. and scolded the king and queen very much.hall.

good mother. for the princess was so beautiful. on the very day she was fifteen years old. ‘How prettily that little thing turns round!’ said the princess. It happened that. and when she turned it the door sprang open. and took the spindle and began to try and spin. 42 of 444 . that everyone who knew her loved her. how now.’ said the old lady. should not really die. and she was left alone in the palace. and there sat an old lady spinning away very busily. ‘what are you doing there?’ ‘Spinning. so he ordered that all the spindles in the kingdom should be bought up and burnt. and good. while buzz! went the wheel. the king and queen were not at home. that the king’s daughter. to which there was a narrow staircase ending with a little door. So she roved about by herself. so her gift was. However. and nodded her head. but should only fall asleep for a hundred years. when the spindle wounded her.’ said the princess. humming a tune. ‘Why. and looked at all the rooms and chambers. and well behaved. till at last she came to an old tower. the king hoped still to save his dear child altogether from the threatened evil. But all the gifts of the first eleven fairies were in the meantime fulfilled. and wise. In the door there was a golden key.Grimms’ Fairy Tales that she could soften its mischief.

the pigeons on the house-top. and the horses slept in the stables. but had only fallen into a deep sleep. and the king and the queen. and every year it became higher and thicker. and the very flies slept upon the walls. and both fell asleep. and went to sleep. till at last the old palace was surrounded and hidden. the jack stopped. However. and the spit that was turning about with a goose upon it for the king’s dinner stood still. and she fell down lifeless on the ground.Grimms’ Fairy Tales But scarcely had she touched it. fell asleep with the jug at his lips: and thus everything stood still. and the dogs in the court. Even the fire on the hearth left off blazing. A large hedge of thorns soon grew round the palace. who was at that moment pulling the kitchen-boy by the hair to give him a box on the ear for something he had done amiss. the butler. from time to time. But there went a report through all the land of the beautiful sleeping Briar Rose (for so the king’s daughter was called): so that. and the cook. before the fairy’s prophecy was fulfilled. several kings’ sons came. who had just come home. the spindle wounded her. she was not dead. so that not even the roof or the chimneys could be seen. and tried to break 43 of 444 . who was slyly tasting the ale. fell asleep too. and slept soundly. and all their court. let him go.

and had tried to break through the thicket. and how a wonderful princess. called Briar Rose. and on the roof sat the pigeons fast asleep. for the thorns and bushes laid hold of them. many years there came a king’s son into that land: and an old man told him the story of the thicket of thorns. with all her court. He told. however. and died. how he had heard from his grandfather that many. ‘All this shall not frighten me. many princes had come. 44 of 444 . and there in the court lay the dogs asleep. I will go and see this Briar Rose. And when he came into the palace. with their heads under their wings. through which he went with ease. as it were with hands. but he was bent upon going.Grimms’ Fairy Tales through the thicket into the palace. but that they had all stuck fast in it. After many. Then the young prince said. too. and there they stuck fast. the flies were sleeping on the walls. and as the prince came to the thicket he saw nothing but beautiful flowering shrubs. Then he came at last to the palace. and they shut in after him as thick as ever.’ The old man tried to hinder him. and how a beautiful palace stood behind it. This. lay in it asleep. the spit was standing still. and died wretchedly. none of them could ever do. and the horses were standing in the stables. Now that very day the hundred years were ended.

as if she was going to beat the boy. 45 of 444 . the maid sat with a fowl in her lap ready to be plucked. But the moment he kissed her she opened her eyes and awoke. Then he went on still farther. and all was so still that he could hear every breath he drew.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the butler had the jug of ale at his lips. and smiled upon him. the maid went on plucking the fowl. till at last he came to the old tower. and gazed on each other with great wonder. and the cook in the kitchen was still holding up her hand. so he stooped down and gave her a kiss. and soon the king and queen also awoke. the flies on the walls buzzed again. going to drink a draught. and the dogs jumped up and barked. and there she lay. with the goose for the king’s dinner upon it. She looked so beautiful that he could not take his eyes off her. and the cook gave the boy the box on his ear. And the horses shook themselves. fast asleep on a couch by the window. and opened the door of the little room in which Briar Rose was. and looked about and flew into the fields. round went the jack. the fire in the kitchen blazed up. the butler finished his draught of ale. and all the court. the pigeons took their heads from under their wings. and round went the spit. and they went out together.

46 of 444 . and the wedding feast was given.Grimms’ Fairy Tales And then the prince and Briar Rose were married. and they lived happily together all their lives long.

At last he could bear it no longer. and have nothing to eat. and off he ran in a very sad and sorrowful mood. so come with me to the next shop.’ answered the sparrow.’ When the dog had eaten 47 of 444 . my friend?’ ‘Because. and scrambled away with it into a corner. so he took to his heels. till at last down it fell. ‘Well.’ ‘If that be all. ‘I am very very hungry. On the road he met a sparrow that said to him.’ said the sparrow. ‘come with me into the next town. where he soon ate it all up. the sparrow said to the dog.’ So on they went together into the town: and as they passed by a butcher’s shop. ‘you shall have some more if you will. she pecked and scratched at a steak that lay upon the edge of the shelf.’ So the sparrow perched upon the shelf: and having first looked carefully about her to see if anyone was watching her.’ said the dog. Then the dog snapped it up. but often let him suffer the greatest hunger. and I will soon find you plenty of food. ‘Stand there a little while till I peck you down a piece of meat. ‘Why are you so sad. and I will peck you down another steak.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE DOG AND THE SPARROW A shepherd’s dog had a master who took no care of him.

’ So she took him to a baker’s shop. ‘do so. ‘but I should like to have a piece of bread to eat after it. and in the meantime I will perch upon that bush. ‘and now let us take a walk a little way out of the town. ‘I am very much tired—I should like to take a nap. The sparrow. grumbling to himself. ‘Well. and pecked at two rolls that lay in the window. till they fell down: and as the dog still wished for more.’ answered he. have you had enough now?’ ‘I have had plenty of meat.’ But the carter. indeed! what can you do?’ cracked his 48 of 444 . and fell fast asleep. but as the weather was warm. ‘Stop! stop! Mr Carter. ‘and you shall soon have that too. and loaded with two casks of wine. Whilst he slept. ‘Yes. my good friend. the sparrow asked him whether he had had enough now.’ So the dog stretched himself out on the road. but would go on in the track in which the dog lay.Grimms’ Fairy Tales this too.’ said the sparrow. called out. she took him to another shop and pecked down some more for him. seeing that the carter did not turn out of the way. they had not gone far before the dog said. the sparrow said to him.’ answered the sparrow.’ So they both went out upon the high road.’ said he. ‘You make it the worse for me.’ ‘Very well. or it shall be the worse for you. there came by a carter with a cart drawn by three horses. so as to drive over him. When that was eaten.’ ‘Come with me then.

‘Miserable wretch that I am!’ But the sparrow answered. and pecked at the bung of one of the casks till she loosened it. and drove his cart over the poor dog. but she flew away. ‘There. and than all the wine ran out. and welcome. he again cried out. ‘Unlucky wretch that I am!’ cried he. meaning to kill her. as she alighted upon the head of one of the horses. and the cask quite empty. so that all the wine ran out. that he fell down dead. without the carter seeing it. ‘What an unlucky wretch I am!’ cried he. so that the wheels crushed him to death. At last he looked round. And as the carter went on with the other two horses. When the carter saw this. When the carter saw this. he drew out his hatchet and aimed a blow at the sparrow.’ cried the sparrow. and pecked out the bung of the second cask. and the blow fell upon the poor horse’s head with such force. ‘what harm can you do me?’ and passed on. ‘Not wretch enough yet!’ said the sparrow. Now mind what I say. and pecked at him till he reared up and kicked. and saw that the cart was dripping. This deed of thine shall cost thee all thou art worth. ‘Not wretch enough yet!’ said the sparrow. ‘Not wretch enough yet!’ and 49 of 444 . thou hast killed my friend the dog. she again crept under the tilt of the cart.’ said the brute.’ ‘Do your worst. But the sparrow crept under the tilt of the cart. ‘thou cruel villain.Grimms’ Fairy Tales whip.

The carter ran up and struck at her again with his hatchet. and without looking about him. ‘Not wretch enough yet!’ said the sparrow. ‘what ill luck has befallen me! —my wine is all spilt. or caring what he was about. ‘and a wicked bird has come into the house. struck again at the sparrow. ‘Alas! miserable wretch that I am!’ cried he. The carter was mad with fury. and to go home overflowing with rage and vexation. with the sparrow in the midst of them.’ The carter was forced at last to leave his cart behind him. but killed his third horse as he done the other two. for he saw that the corn was almost all gone. and the blow fell upon the second horse and killed him on the spot. but away she flew. and saw thousands of birds sitting upon the floor eating up his corn. and they have fallen upon our corn in the loft.’ ‘Alas! husband. and perching upon the third horse. ‘Unlucky wretch that I am!’ said he. ‘now will I plague and punish thee at thy own house. and pecked at him too.Grimms’ Fairy Tales perched on the head of the second horse. and has brought with her all the birds in the world. 50 of 444 . ‘Alas!’ said he to his wife. she began to peck him too. I am sure. and are eating it up at such a rate!’ Away ran the husband upstairs. ‘Not wretch enough yet!’ answered the sparrow as she flew away. ‘Unlucky wretch that I am!’ cried the carter. and my horses all three dead.’ replied she.

‘Shall I kill her at once?’ ‘No. but sat himself angrily and sulkily in the chimney corner. glasses. I will eat her. The sparrow now hopped in. benches. and edit PDF. and struck the window-seat with such force that he cleft it in two: and as the sparrow flew from place to place. strike at the bird and 51 of 444 . ‘Carter! it shall cost thee thy life!’ Then he became mad and blind with rage. ‘thy cruelty shall cost thee they life yet!’ and away she flew. and at last the walls. ‘Wife. the table. the carter and his wife were so furious. went down into his kitchen. But the sparrow sat on the outside of the window. ‘Carter! it shall cost thee thy life yet!’ With that he could wait no longer: so he gave his wife the hatchet. and was still not sorry for what he had done. In the end.seat. that they broke all their furniture. and only broke the window. and cried ‘Carter! thy cruelty shall cost thee thy life!’ With that he jumped up in a rage. perched upon the window. and cried.’ cried he. and threw it at the sparrow. and cried. without touching the bird at all. and stretch out her neck and cried. they caught her: and the wife said. view. chairs. Download the free trial version.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. ‘that is letting her off too easily: she shall die a much more cruel death. The carter seeing that he had thus lost all that he had. but it missed her. seized his hatchet. however. ‘Not wretch enough yet!’ said the sparrow.’ But the sparrow began to flutter about.

and the sparrow flew quietly home to her nest. and hit her husband on the head so that he fell down dead. 52 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales kill her in my hand.’ And the wife struck. but she missed her aim.

in order that nothing might pass without his hearing it. There he was to sit and watch where they went to dance. They slept in twelve beds all in one room.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. after three days and nights. but whoever tried and did not succeed. that if any person could discover the secret. and in the evening was taken to the chamber next to the one where the princesses lay in their twelve beds. or where they had been. and should be king after his death. he should have the one he liked best for his wife. and when they went to bed. the doors were shut and locked up. He was well entertained. and when he awoke in the morning he found that the princesses had all been dancing. A king’s son soon came. the door of his chamber was left open. Then the king made it known to all the land. But the king’s son soon fell asleep. for the soles of 53 of 444 . and yet nobody could find out how it happened. and. and find out where it was that the princesses danced in the night. but every morning their shoes were found to be quite worn through as if they had been danced in all night. should be put to death.

and as soon as she leaves you pretend to be fast asleep.’ ‘Well. or what I had better do. and all lost their lives in the same manner. passed through the country where this king reigned: and as he was travelling through a wood. ‘As soon as you put that on you will become invisible. After him came several others. 54 of 444 .’ said the soldier. but they had all the same luck.Grimms’ Fairy Tales their shoes were full of holes. ‘but I think I should like very well to find out where it is that the princesses dance. who asked him where he was going.’ Then she gave him a cloak. who had been wounded in battle and could fight no longer. and then in time I might be a king. and you will then be able to follow the princesses wherever they go.’ When the soldier heard all this good counsel. ‘that is no very hard task: only take care not to drink any of the wine which one of the princesses will bring to you in the evening. Now it chanced that an old soldier. ‘I hardly know where I am going. he met an old woman. and said.’ said the old dame. he determined to try his luck: so he went to the king. and said he was willing to undertake the task. The same thing happened the second and third night: so the king ordered his head to be cut off.

and skipped about as if they were eager to begin dancing. and did not stir hand or foot: so they thought they were quite safe. and dressed themselves at the glass. and the eldest went up 55 of 444 .’ ‘You simpleton. but he snored on. have you forgotten how many kings’ sons have already watched in vain? And as for this soldier. they went and looked at the soldier. But the youngest said.Grimms’ Fairy Tales He was as well received as the others had been. Just as he was going to lie down. while you are so happy I feel very uneasy. he would have slept soundly enough. but the soldier threw it all away secretly. and when the evening came he was led to the outer chamber. even if I had not given him his sleeping draught.’ said the eldest. Then he laid himself down on his bed. and took out all their fine clothes. and in a little while began to snore very loud as if he was fast asleep. ‘This fellow too might have done a wiser thing than lose his life in this way!’ Then they rose up and opened their drawers and boxes. the eldest of the princesses brought him a cup of wine. and the eldest said. I am sure some mischance will befall us. ‘you are always afraid.’ When they were all ready. When the twelve princesses heard this they laughed heartily. and the king ordered fine royal robes to be given him. taking care not to drink a drop. ‘I don’t know how it is.

and there came a loud noise from the tree.’ But the eldest said. and the leaves were all of silver. ‘It is only our princes. which made the youngest sister tremble with fear. ‘All is not right. and followed them. The soldier saw them going down through the trap-door one after another. and thinking he had no time to lose. but in the middle of the stairs he trod on the gown of the youngest princess. Then the youngest daughter said again. he jumped up. and afterwards to a third.Grimms’ Fairy Tales to her own bed and clapped her hands.’ Then they came to another grove of trees. put on the cloak which the old woman had given him. and she cried out to her sisters.’ ‘You silly creature!’ said the eldest. The soldier wished to take away some token of the place. ‘it is nothing but a nail in the wall. And the soldier broke a branch from each. and at the bottom they found themselves in a most delightful grove of trees. and glittered and sparkled beautifully. who are shouting for joy at our approach. ‘I am sure all is not right—did not you hear that noise? That never happened before.’ Then down they all went. where the leaves were all glittering diamonds. the eldest leading the way. where all the leaves were of gold. someone took hold of my gown. and the bed sank into the floor and a trap-door flew open. 56 of 444 . so he broke off a little branch. and every time there was a loud noise.

so that when she put the cup to her mouth it was empty. At this. and then all their shoes were worn out. who seemed to be waiting there for the princesses.’ ‘It is only the heat of the weather. and the soldier. One of the princesses went into each boat. and the soldier stepped into the same boat with the youngest. too. the youngest sister was terribly frightened. They danced on till three o’clock in the morning. and at the side of the lake there lay twelve little boats with twelve handsome princes in them. so that they were 57 of 444 .’ said the princess: ‘I feel it very warm too. he drank it all up. and each prince danced with his princess. danced with them too. who was all the time invisible. the prince who was in the boat with the youngest princess and the soldier said. There they all landed. but the eldest always silenced her. So they went on till they came to a great lake. it was only the princes. who were crying for joy.’ On the other side of the lake stood a fine illuminated castle. ‘I do not know why it is. As they were rowing over the lake. from which came the merry music of horns and trumpets. but though I am rowing with all my might we do not get on so fast as usual. and when any of the princesses had a cup of wine set by her. and I am quite tired: the boat seems very heavy today.Grimms’ Fairy Tales but the eldest still said. and went into the castle.

but determined to see more of this strange adventure. pulled off their shoes. ‘Where do my twelve 58 of 444 . and went again the second and third night. In the morning the soldier said nothing about what had happened. and on the opposite shore they took leave of each other. However. and the twelve princesses stood listening behind the door to hear what he would say. so they said. the princesses danced each time till their shoes were worn to pieces. And when the king asked him. and went to bed.Grimms’ Fairy Tales obliged to leave off. then they undressed themselves. and then returned home. and laid himself down. put away their fine clothes. on the third night the soldier carried away one of the golden cups as a token of where he had been. the princesses promising to come again the next night. ‘Now all is quite safe’. As soon as the time came when he was to declare the secret. The princes rowed them back again over the lake (but this time the soldier placed himself in the boat with the eldest princess). and every thing happened just as before. and as the twelve sisters slowly came up very much tired. they heard him snoring in his bed. he was taken before the king with the three branches and the golden cup. When they came to the stairs. the soldier ran on before the princesses.

’ And then he told the king all that had happened. so I will have the eldest. and asked them whether what the soldier said was true: and when they saw that they were discovered. and the soldier was chosen to be the king’s heir. 59 of 444 .’—And they were married that very day. And the king asked the soldier which of them he would choose for his wife. Then the king called for the princesses. and that it was of no use to deny what had happened. and he answered.Grimms’ Fairy Tales daughters dance at night?’ he answered. ‘I am not very young. ‘With twelve princes in a castle under ground. they confessed it all. and showed him the three branches and the golden cup which he had brought with him.

as soon as you please!’ Then he put him back into the water. I am an enchanted prince: put me in the water again. But the fish said. ‘Did not you ask it for anything?’ said the wife. and how. I will have nothing to do with a fish that can talk: so swim away. sir. ho!’ said the man. and let me go!’ ‘Oh. and one day. all on a sudden his float was dragged away deep into the water: and in drawing it up he pulled out a great fish. The fisherman used to go out all day long a-fishing. ‘Pray let me live! I am not a real fish. as he sat on the shore with his rod. When the fisherman went home to his wife in the pigsty. on hearing it speak. and the fish darted straight down to the bottom. he told her how he had caught a great fish. close by the seaside. and left a long streak of blood behind him on the wave.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE There was once a fisherman who lived with his wife in a pigsty. and how it had told him it was an enchanted prince. ‘we live very wretchedly 60 of 444 . he had let it go again. looking at the sparkling waves and watching his line. ‘you need not make so many words about the matter.

And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!’ Then the fish came swimming to him. and when he came back there the water looked all yellow and green. planted with all sorts of flowers and fruits. ‘she is in the cottage already!’ So the man went home. she does not like living any longer in the pigsty. come in!’ said she. ‘she says that when I had caught you. then.’ The fisherman did not much like the business: however. and a bedchamber. I ought to have asked you for something before I let you go.’ ‘Go home. ‘is not this much better than the filthy pigsty we had?’ And there was a parlour. and behind the cottage there was a little garden. and a kitchen.’ said the fish. what is her will? What does your wife want?’ ‘Ah!’ said the fisherman. in this nasty dirty pigsty.Grimms’ Fairy Tales here. he went to the seashore. full 61 of 444 . do go back and tell the fish we want a snug little cottage. and saw his wife standing at the door of a nice trim little cottage. ‘Come in. and there was a courtyard behind. and wants a snug little cottage. and said: ’O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. ‘Well. and said. And he stood at the water’s edge.

though it was very calm. I know.’ said the fisherman. ‘I don’t like to go to him again. we ought to be easy with this pretty cottage to live in. it looked blue and gloomy. and then Dame Ilsabill said. there is not near room enough for us in this cottage. ‘my wife wants to live in a stone 62 of 444 . And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!’ ’Well. the courtyard and the garden are a great deal too small. go along and try!’ The fisherman went. I should like to have a large stone castle to live in: go to the fish again and tell him to give us a castle. ‘Husband. ‘how happily we shall live now!’ ‘We will try to do so. what does she want now?’ said the fish. for perhaps he will be angry.’ ‘Nonsense!’ said the wife. ‘he will do it very willingly. dolefully. ‘Ah!’ said the fisherman.’ ‘Wife. Everything went right for a week or two.Grimms’ Fairy Tales of ducks and chickens. ‘Ah!’ said the man. and said: ’O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will.’ said his wife. and he went close to the edge of the waves. but his heart was very heavy: and when he came to the sea. at least.

’ ‘Wife. and goats.’ said she. wife. ‘but let us sleep upon it. ‘now we will live cheerful and happy in this beautiful castle for the rest of our lives. and around it was a park half a mile long. The next morning when Dame Ilsabill awoke it was broad daylight. for we must be king of all the land. and she jogged the fisherman with her elbow. and in the courtyard were stables and cow-houses. ‘say no more about it.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create.’ So the man went away quite sorrowful to think that his wife should want to be 63 of 444 . and bestir yourself. and found his wife standing before the gate of a great castle.’ said the fisherman. then. and hares.’ So they went to bed. and behind the castle was a garden.’ said the man.’ said the man. and said.’ said she. ‘is not this grand?’ With that they went into the castle together. and deer.’ said she. husband. and the rooms all richly furnished. ‘See. and full of golden chairs and tables.’ ‘Perhaps we may. ‘she is standing at the gate of it already. Download the free trial version. castle. ‘Well. ‘Get up. full of sheep.’ ‘Then I will. wife. ‘how can you be king—the fish cannot make you a king?’ ‘Husband.’ said the wife.’ So away went the fisherman. ‘But. before we make up our minds to that. view. and edit PDF. but go and try! I will be king. and found a great many servants there. ‘why should we wish to be the king? I will not be king.’ ‘Go home.’ said the fish.

‘are you king?’ ‘Yes. ‘never is a long time.’ said the fisherman. wife.Grimms’ Fairy Tales king. and on each side of her stood six fair maidens.’ said she. And when he went in he saw his wife sitting on a throne of gold and diamonds. it is true. I am king.’ said the fish. but I begin to be tired of that. and was overspread with curling waves and the ridges of foam as he cried out: ’O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. ‘I am king. ‘she is king already. with a golden crown upon her head. he said.’ ‘Go home. wife! what a fine thing it is to be king! Now we shall never have anything more to wish for as long as we live.’ Then the fisherman went home. and as he came close to the palace he saw a troop of soldiers. This time the sea looked a dark grey colour. and I think I should like to be 64 of 444 . ‘Ah.’ And when he had looked at her for a long time. and heard the sound of drums and trumpets. ‘my wife wants to be king. ‘Well.’ said she. ‘Alas!’ said the poor man. what would she have now?’ said the fish. each a head taller than the other. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!’ ’Well.’ ‘I don’t know how that may be.

’ So he went home again. ‘she wants to be emperor. and the water was quite black and muddy.’ ‘Ah. wife!’ replied the fisherman. and as he came near he saw his wife Ilsabill sitting on a very lofty throne made of solid 65 of 444 . the fish will be tired at last.Grimms’ Fairy Tales emperor. ‘Husband. it is too much to ask. so go at once!’ So the fisherman was forced to go. and a mighty whirlwind blew over the waves and rolled them about.’ He soon came to the seashore. ‘go to the fish! I say I will be emperor.’ ‘Alas. ‘she is emperor already. but he went as near as he could to the water’s brink. ‘the fish cannot make an emperor.’ said Ilsabill. ‘and you are my slave. and he muttered as he went along. ‘This will come to no good. and said: ’O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. and I should not like to ask him for such a thing. and then we shall be sorry for what we have done. I am sure.’ ‘Go home. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!’ ’What would she have now?’ said the fish.’ said she. ‘Ah!’ said the fisherman.’ ‘I am king. wife! why should you wish to be emperor?’ said the fisherman.’ said the fish.

are you emperor?’ ‘Yes. ‘I am emperor.’ said she.’ ‘Ah!’ said the man. ‘Wife. each one smaller than the other.’ said she.’ ‘But. ‘if he can make an emperor. and rolled fearfully upon the tops of the billows. ‘why should we stop at being emperor? I will be pope next. as if a dreadful storm was rising. wife!’ said he. from the tallest giant down to a little dwarf no bigger than my finger.’ ‘Husband. and the ships were in trouble. At this sight the fisherman was dreadfully frightened. ‘the fish cannot make you pope. and he trembled so that his knees knocked together: but still he went down near to the shore.Grimms’ Fairy Tales gold. but towards the south all was red.’ said she. and dukes. as he gazed upon her.’ replied the husband. and earls: and the fisherman went up to her and said. In the middle of the heavens there was a little piece of blue sky. and said: 66 of 444 .’ So the fisherman went.’ ‘O wife. ‘what a fine thing it is to be emperor!’ ‘Husband.’ ‘What nonsense!’ said she. with a great crown on her head full two yards high. But when he came to the shore the wind was raging and the sea was tossed up and down in boiling waves. And before her stood princes. ‘how can you be pope? there is but one pope at a time in Christendom. he can make a pope: go and try him. ‘I will be pope this very day. and on each side of her stood her guards and attendants in a row.

And she had three great crowns on her head. morning broke. ‘my wife wants to be pope. and found Ilsabill sitting on a throne that was two miles high. and the sun rose. the greatest as large as the highest and biggest tower in the world.’ said the fisherman.’ said the wife. ‘are you pope?’ ‘Yes.’ said she. and around her stood all the pomp and power of the Church. At last. Then they went to bed: but Dame Ilsabill could not sleep all night for thinking what she should be next. for you can be nothing greater. wife.’ ‘Well. and the least no larger than a small rushlight. ‘Ha!’ thought she. as he looked at all this greatness.’ replied he.’ Then the fisherman went home. ‘Wife. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!’ ’What does she want now?’ said the fish. as she woke up and looked at it through the window.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ’O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. And on each side of her were two rows of burning lights. ‘it is a grand thing to be pope. as she was dropping asleep.’ said the fish.’ ‘Go home. of all sizes. ‘she is pope already. ‘Ah!’ said the fisherman. ‘I am pope.’ ‘I will think about that. and now you must be easy. ‘after all I 67 of 444 .

’ At this thought she was very angry. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!’ 68 of 444 . so that the trees and the very rocks shook. wife!’ said he. And the fisherman crept towards the sea. and as he was going down to the shore a dreadful storm arose. and cried out. ‘cannot you be easy with being pope?’ ‘No. and the thunders rolled. as well as he could: ’O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will.’ said she.Grimms’ Fairy Tales cannot prevent the sun rising. ‘Husband. and said. but the thought frightened him so much that he started and fell out of bed. Go to the fish at once!’ Then the man went shivering with fear. and the lightnings played. ‘I am very uneasy as long as the sun and moon rise without my leave. And all the heavens became black with stormy clouds. ‘Alas. and you might have seen in the sea great black waves. and wakened her husband. swelling up like mountains with crowns of white foam upon their heads.’ The fisherman was half asleep. go to the fish and tell him I must be lord of the sun and moon.

’ said the fish. ‘to your pigsty again.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ’What does she want now?’ said the fish.’ And there they live to this very day.’ ‘Go home. ‘she wants to be lord of the sun and moon. ‘Ah!’ said he. 69 of 444 .

’ said the bear. ‘I should very much like to see his royal palace. ‘you must wait until the Queen comes.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE WILLOW-WREN AND THE BEAR Once in summer-time the bear and the wolf were walking in the forest. and when a short time had passed.’ said the wolf. you must wait until the lord and lady Queen have gone away again. so he peeped in and saw five or six young ones lying there. what bird is it that sings so well?’ ‘That is the King of birds. could not rest until he had seen the royal palace. and the lord King came too. ‘before whom we must bow down.’ Soon afterwards.’ So they took stock of the hole where the nest lay. ‘IF that’s the case. The King and Queen had just flown out. and said: ‘No. take me thither. come. and they began to feed their young ones. The bear.’ ‘That is not done quite as you seem to think. the Queen arrived with some food in her beak. The bear would have liked to go at once.’ In reality the bird was the willow-wren.’ said the wolf. ‘Is that the royal palace?’ cried 70 of 444 . went to it again. and trotted away. and the bear heard a bird singing so beautifully that he said: ‘Brother wolf. however. but the wolf held him back by the sleeve.

oxen. he shall be punished. not only birds.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the bear. 71 of 444 . not if we were dying of hunger. and called in: ‘Old Growler. and screamed: ‘No.’ Thus war was announced to the Bear. why have you insulted my children? You shall suffer for it—we will punish you by a bloody war. and when their parents again brought food they said: ‘We will not so much as touch one fly’s leg. and all four-footed animals were summoned to take part in it. that we are not! Our parents are honest people! Bear. but midges. continued to cry and scream. deer. asses. ‘it is a wretched palace. no. until you have settled whether we are respectable children or not. and every other animal the earth contained. cows. you are disreputable children!’ When the young wrens heard that. and hornets. they were frightfully angry.’ and he at once flew with the Queen to the bear’s cave. however. large and small. the bear has been here and has insulted us!’ Then the old King said: ‘Be easy. and you are not King’s children. The young willow-wrens. and turned back and went into their holes. bees and flies had to come. And the willow-wren summoned everything which flew in the air. you will have to pay for that!’ The bear and the wolf grew uneasy.

and swarming that every one was uneasy and afraid. the willowwren sent out spies to discover who was the enemy’s commander-in-chief. and on both sides they advanced against each other.Grimms’ Fairy Tales When the time came for the war to begin. There stood the bear. But the willow-wren sent down the hornet. to the willow-wren.’ said the fox.’ ‘Good. you shall be general and lead us. and he called the fox before him and said: ‘Fox. and hid herself beneath a leaf of the tree where the password was to be announced. The gnat. run away as fast as you can. ‘but what signal shall we agree upon?’ No one knew that. who was the most crafty. and sting with all his might. The willow-wren with his army also came flying through the air with such a humming. and you must charge. all is going well. When day broke. down to the minutest detail. she flew away again. you are the most cunning of all animals. but if I let it hang down. and the battle was to begin.’ When the gnat had heard that. so the fox said: ‘I have a fine long bushy tail. When the fox felt 72 of 444 . When I lift my tail up quite high. all the four-footed animals came running up with such a noise that the earth trembled. with orders to settle beneath the fox’s tail. flew into the forest where the enemy was assembled. which almost looks like a plume of red feathers. and revealed everything. and whirring.

and began to flee. the bear must come to the nest.’ Then the willow-wren flew to the bear’s hole and cried: ‘Growler. or else every rib of your body shall be broken. and made merry till quite late into the night. he could hold out no longer. and beg their pardon. from pain. 73 of 444 . at the second sting. at the third. Then the King and Queen flew home to their children and cried: ‘Children. each into his hole. but he bore it. and the birds had won the battle.’ So the bear crept thither in the greatest fear. he was forced to put it down for a moment. eat and drink to your heart’s content. you are to come to the nest to my children. he started so that he one leg. we have won the battle!’ But the young wrens said: ‘We will not eat yet. and still kept his tail high in the air. When the animals saw that. screamed. and sat down together and ate and drank. And now at last the young wrens were satisfied. and begged their pardon. and put his tail between his legs. and beg for pardon and say that we are honourable children. they thought all was lost. before we will do that.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the first string. rejoice.

After a time she threw it up so high that she missed catching it as it fell. Now she had a golden ball in her hand. The princess looked into the spring after her ball. and she was always tossing it up into the air. and went out to take a walk by herself in a wood. and rolled along upon the ground. she sat herself down to rest a while. and everything that I have in the world. that rose in the midst of it. and said. ‘Princess. I would give all my fine clothes and jewels. and catching it again as it fell. why do you weep so bitterly?’ ‘Alas!’ said she. and let me live with you and eat from 74 of 444 . and when she came to a cool spring of water. you nasty frog? My golden ball has fallen into the spring. ‘I want not your pearls.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE FROG-PRINCE One fine evening a young princess put on her bonnet and clogs. ‘what can you do for me. and the ball bounded away. and jewels. and said.’ Whilst she was speaking.’ The frog said. so deep that she could not see the bottom of it. till at last it fell down into the spring. ‘Alas! if I could only get my ball again. Then she began to bewail her loss. which was her favourite plaything. a frog put its head out of the water. and fine clothes. but if you will love me. but it was very deep.

just as the princess had sat down to dinner. and take me with you as you said.’ ‘What nonsense. princess. and a little voice cried out and said: ’Open the door. she heard a strange noise—tap. she ran to pick it up. ‘Well. ‘Stay. in the greenwood shade. my princess dear. The next day.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. and therefore I will tell him he shall have what he asks. but ran home with it as fast as she could. though he may be able to get my ball for me. plash— as if something was coming up the marble staircase: and soon afterwards there was a gentle knock at the door. if you will bring me my ball. ‘this silly frog is talking! He can never even get out of the spring to visit me. As soon as the young princess saw her ball.’ thought the princess. and edit PDF.’ But she did not stop to hear a word. I will bring you your ball again. with the ball in his mouth. that she never thought of the frog. and dived deep under the water. I will do all you ask. and sleep upon your bed. and after a little while he came up again. and she was so overjoyed to have it in her hand again. The frog called after her. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool. Download the free trial version. off your golden plate. tap—plash. view. and threw it on the edge of the spring.’ Then the frog put his head down.’ 75 of 444 .’ So she said to the frog.

but there he is at the door. so go and let him in. and said: ’Open the door. and he wants to come in.’ said he to the princess. the frog said. ‘and let me sit next to you.’ said she. At this sight she was sadly frightened. asked her what was the matter. thinking that he could never get out of the spring. and there she saw the frog. her father. ‘As you have given your word you must keep it. seeing that something had frightened her. and then straight on—tap. ‘at the door. and shutting the door as fast as she could came back to her seat. ‘Put your plate nearer to me. ‘There is a nasty frog. in the greenwood shade.’ Then the king said to the young princess. plash— from the bottom of the room to the top. tap—plash. whom she had quite forgotten. ‘Pray lift me upon chair. my princess dear. till he came up close to the table where the princess sat.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Then the princess ran to the door and opened it.’ While she was speaking the frog knocked again at the door.’ She did so. The king.’ As soon as she had done this. and the frog hopped into the room. that lifted my ball for me out of the spring this morning: I told him that he should live with me here. 76 of 444 . Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool.

in the greenwood shade. and when he had eaten as much as he could. where he slept all night long. and put him upon the pillow of her own bed. 77 of 444 .’ But she was mistaken. though very unwilling. gazing on her with the most beautiful eyes she had ever seen. then. for when night came again she heard the same tapping at the door.’ thought the princess. ‘Now. and I shall be troubled with him no more. instead of the frog. and the frog came once more. he said. ‘at last he is gone.’ And the princess.’ This she did. But when the princess awoke on the following morning she was astonished to see. a handsome prince. till the morning broke. and said: ’Open the door. and standing at the head of her bed. took him up in her hand. And the third night he did the same. my princess dear. ‘Now I am tired. and put me into your bed. hopped downstairs. carry me upstairs. and slept upon her pillow as before. and went out of the house. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool.Grimms’ Fairy Tales that I may eat out of it.’ And when the princess opened the door the frog came in. As soon as it was light he jumped up.

that his heart had well-nigh burst. full of joy and merriment. which they reached safely. ‘have broken his cruel charm. and sleep upon her bed for three nights. They then took leave of the king. who had bewailed the misfortunes of his dear master during his enchantment so long and so bitterly. and all set out. and now I have nothing to wish for but that you should go with me into my father’s kingdom. faithful Heinrich. where I will marry you. ‘You.’ The young princess. and there they lived happily a great many years. and let him eat from her plate.’ said the prince. with eight beautiful horses. 78 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales He told her that he had been enchanted by a spiteful fairy. who had changed him into a frog. and behind the coach rode the prince’s servant. and as they spoke a gay coach drove up. decked with plumes of feathers and a golden harness. was not long in saying ‘Yes’ to all this. and love you as long as you live. and that he had been fated so to abide till some princess should take him out of the spring. and got into the coach with eight horses. you may be sure. for the prince’s kingdom.

’ So the pot was placed in safety. and said to the mouse: ‘I want to tell you something. cannot venture everywhere. and you look after the house by 79 of 444 . At length. but it was not long before the cat had a great yearning for it. We will set it beneath the altar. ‘and you. Let me go out today. and had said so much to her about the great love and friendship she felt for her.Grimms’ Fairy Tales CAT AND MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse. or else we shall suffer from hunger. my cousin has brought a little son into the world. for no one dares take anything away from there. little mouse. after much consideration. and has asked me to be godmother.’ said the cat. that at length the mouse agreed that they should live and keep house together. but they did not know where to put it. or you will be caught in a trap some day. the cat said: ‘I know no place where it will be better stored up than in the church. he is white with brown spots. and a pot of fat was bought. and not touch it until we are really in need of it. ‘But we must make a provision for winter. little mouse.’ The good advice was followed. and I am to hold him over the font at the christening.

‘no doubt you have had a merry day. I am again asked to be godmother. She went straight to the church. Then she took a walk upon the roofs of the town. is it a usual one in your family?’ ‘What does that matter. and had not been asked to be godmother. but the cat crept behind the town walls 80 of 444 . I should like a drop of sweet red christening wine myself. and then stretched herself in the sun. She said to the mouse: ‘You must do me a favour. ‘by all means go. and licked her lips whenever she thought of the pot of fat.’ said the cat. however. here you are again. looked out for opportunities. ‘Top off!’ cried the mouse. and if you get anything very good to eat. ‘Well. and licked the top of the fat off. and.’ The good mouse consented.’ said the mouse. as your godchildren are called. was untrue. the cat had no cousin. think of me. ‘that is a very odd and uncommon name.’ answered the mouse. I cannot refuse.’ ‘All went off well. yes. ‘it is no worse than Crumbstealer. as the child has a white ring round its neck.’ answered the cat.’ ‘Yes. stole to the pot of fat. began to lick at it. ‘What name did they give the child?’ ‘Top off!’ said the cat quite coolly. and once more manage the house for a day alone.’ All this.’ Before long the cat was seized by another fit of yearning.Grimms’ Fairy Tales yourself. and not until it was evening did she return home.

’ ‘You sit at home. When she went home the mouse inquired: ‘And what was the child christened?’ ‘Half-done.’ said she. they make me very thoughtful. ‘I am asked to stand godmother again.’ said she to herself. you will let me go.Grimms’ Fairy Tales to the church. only it has white paws. ‘in your dark-grey fur coat and long tail. ‘All good things go in threes.’ said the cat. ‘He is 81 of 444 .’ said she. ‘they are such odd names. The child is quite black. I’ll wager anything it is not in the calendar!’ The cat’s mouth soon began to water for some more licking. but the greedy cat entirely emptied the pot of fat. The mouse at once asked what name had been given to the third child.’ answered the cat. and are filled with fancies. it has not a single white hair on its whole body. and well filled and fat she did not return home till night. but with that exception.’ said the cat. and put it in order. ‘Half-done! What are you saying? I never heard the name in my life. this only happens once every few years. ‘When everything is eaten up one has some peace. ‘Nothing ever seems so good as what one keeps to oneself. ‘It will not please you more than the others.’ During the cat’s absence the mouse cleaned the house. and devoured half the pot of fat. and was quite satisfied with her day’s work. that’s because you do not go out in the daytime. won’t you?’ ‘Topoff! Half-done!’ answered the mouse.

seized her. but it was empty. then—’ ‘Will you hold your tongue.Grimms’ Fairy Tales called All-gone. but when they arrived. From this time forth no one invited the cat to be godmother. scarcely had she spoken it before the cat sprang on her. that is the way of the world. First top off.’ They set out on their way. and swallowed her down.’ cried the cat. but when the winter had come and there was no longer anything to be found outside. Verily. cat. and I will eat you too. ‘you will enjoy it as much as you would enjoy sticking that dainty tongue of yours out of the window. we will go to our pot of fat which we have stored up for ourselves—we shall enjoy that. then halfdone. and said: ‘Come. the mouse thought of their provision. ‘Alas!’ said the mouse. ‘now I see what has happened. 82 of 444 .’ ‘All-gone’ was already on the poor mouse’s lips. now it comes to light! You a true friend! You have devoured all when you were standing godmother.’ cried the mouse ‘that is the most suspicious name of all! I have never seen it in print.’ answered the cat.’ ‘Yes.’ ‘All-gone. All-gone. the pot of fat certainly was still in its place. curled herself up. and lay down to sleep. what can that mean?’ and she shook her head. ‘one word more.

Then the queen her mother. And there was a good fairy too. jewels. When the time came for them to set out. And she gave her a waitingmaid to ride with her. and could speak. Now the princess’s horse was the fairy’s gift. When she grew up. and in short everything that became a royal bride. and it was called Falada. and give her into the bridegroom’s hands. and said. and each had a horse for the journey. and left his queen to take care of their only child. and was very kind to her.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE GOOSE-GIRL The king of a great land died.’ Then they all took a 83 of 444 . packed up a great many costly things. and took a little knife. and gave it to the princess. fine dresses. and gold. and cut off a lock of her hair. trinkets. and her mother loved her dearly. and as the time drew near for her to be married.chamber. and helped her mother to watch over her. This child was a daughter. dear child. for it is a charm that may be of use to you on the road. who was very beautiful. and silver. she got ready to set off on her journey to his country. she was betrothed to a prince who lived a great way off. ‘Take care of it. who was fond of the princess. the fairy went into her bed.

as they were riding along by a brook. and fetch me some water to drink in my golden 84 of 444 . ‘if you are thirsty. ‘Pray get down. would she rue it. I shall not be your waiting. and stoop down by the water and drink. the princess began to feel very thirsty: and she said to her maid. get off yourself.’ But the princess was very gentle and meek. and she put the lock of hair into her bosom. but got upon her horse again. for she was frightened. and drank. got upon her horse. and dared not bring out her golden cup.’ Then she was so thirsty that she got down. and said. and she wept and said.maid any longer. so she said nothing to her maid’s ill behaviour. One day.’ ‘Nay.’ said the maid.Grimms’ Fairy Tales sorrowful leave of the princess. for I want to drink. Sadly. when they came to a river. she forgot her maid’s rude speech. and the sun so scorching. and said: ’Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. and set off on her journey to her bridegroom’s kingdom. that the bride began to feel very thirsty again. Then all rode farther on their journey. and knelt over the little brook. ‘Pray get down. and fetch me some water in my golden cup out of yonder brook. and at last. till the day grew so warm. sadly. ‘Alas! what will become of me?’ And the lock answered her.

‘I shall ride upon Falada. now that she had lost the hair. and cried and said. and would have got upon Falada again. this treacherous servant threatened to kill her mistress if she ever told anyone what had happened. but I shall not be your waiting-maid. and even spoke more haughtily than before: ‘Drink if you will. for she knew the charm. But Falada saw it all. the lock of hair fell from her bosom. ‘What will become of me?’ And the lock of hair answered her again: ’Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. so she was forced to give up her horse. and was very glad.’ And as she leaned down to drink. but her maid saw it.’ Then the princess was so thirsty that she got off her horse. 85 of 444 . and you may have my horse instead’. Now she was so frightened that she did not see it.’ But the maid answered her. as they drew near the end of their journey. and lay down. At last.Grimms’ Fairy Tales cup. So when the bride had done drinking. and floated away with the water. and soon afterwards to take off her royal clothes and put on her maid’s shabby ones. and she saw that the poor bride would be in her power. would she rue it. sadly. the maid said. and held her head over the running stream. and marked it well. Sadly.

and the real bride rode upon the other horse. ‘I have a lad who takes care of my geese. but the true princess was told to stay in the court below.’ Now the name of this lad. and he saw her in the courtyard. was Curdken.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Then the waiting-maid got upon Falada.’ said she. Now the old king happened just then to have nothing else to do. But the false bride said to the prince. ‘Dear husband. that the real bride was to help in watching the king’s geese. he went up into the royal chamber to ask the bride who it was she had brought with her. that she may not be idle. As she looked very pretty. and they went on in this way till at last they came to the royal court. ‘pray give the girl some work to do. so he amused himself by sitting at his kitchen window. thinking she was the one who was to be his wife. and lifted the maid from her horse. and the prince flew to meet them. looking at what was going on. ‘I brought her with me for the sake of her company on the road. and too delicate for a waiting-maid. pray do me one piece of kindness.’ ‘That I will. There was great joy at their coming.’ said the 86 of 444 .’ The old king could not for some time think of any work for her to do. but at last he said. that was thus left standing in the court below. she may go and help him. and she was led upstairs to the royal chamber.

and the faithful Falada was killed. and cut off the head. Then the slaughterer said he would do as she wished. ‘Then tell one of your slaughterers to cut off the head of the horse I rode upon. view. and let down her waving locks of hair. and drove the geese on. prince. And when she came to the meadow. would she rue it. she sat down upon a bank there. and plagued me sadly on the road’. as she and Curdken went out through the gate. Sadly. sadly. and nailed it up under the dark gate. she was very much afraid lest Falada should some day or other speak. that there she might still see him sometimes.’ Then they went out of the city. which were all of pure silver. and when Curdken saw it 87 of 444 . there thou hangest!’ and the head answered: ’Bride. She carried her point. but the truth was. through which she had to pass every morning and evening.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. she wept. Falada. Download the free trial version. bride. and begged the man to nail up Falada’s head against a large dark gate of the city. she said sorrowfully: ’Falada. Early the next morning. but when the true princess heard of it. and edit PDF. there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. for it was very unruly. and tell all she had done to the princess.

and would not speak to her at all. and would have pulled some of the locks out. blow! Let Curdken’s hat go! Blow. and rocks. and away it flew over the hills: and he was forced to turn and run after it. and then drove them homewards. Then he was very angry and sulky. breezes. he ran up. but they watched the geese until it grew dark in the evening. as they were going through the dark gate. she had done combing and curling her hair. and had put it up again safe. blow! Let him after it go! O’er hills. so strong that it blew off Curdken’s hat. Falada. and cried: ’Falada.Grimms’ Fairy Tales glitter in the sun. Away be it whirl’d Till the silvery locks Are all comb’d and curl’d! Then there came a wind. the poor girl looked up at Falada’s head. The next morning. there thou hangest!’ and the head answered: 88 of 444 . till. dales. breezes. by the time he came back. but she cried: ’Blow.

over the hills and far away. and rocks. ‘Because. after they came home. and Curdken ran up to her. and off it flew a great way. breezes. she does nothing but tease me all day long. breezes. and said. blow! Let Curdken’s hat go! Blow. In the evening. but she cried out quickly: ’Blow. and sat down again in the meadow. Away be it whirl’d Till the silvery locks Are all comb’d and curl’d! Then the wind came and blew away his hat. blow! Let him after it go! O’er hills. and began to comb out her hair as before. So they watched the geese till it grew dark. dales.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ’Bride. so that he had to run after it. there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if they mother knew it.’ Then she drove on the geese. Curdken went to the old king.’ ‘Why?’ said the king. bride. instead of doing any good. Sadly. ‘I cannot have that strange girl to help me to keep the geese any longer. and all was safe. would she rue it.’ Then the king made 89 of 444 . sadly. and wanted to take hold of it. and when he came back she had bound up her hair again.

and he soon saw with his own eyes how they drove the flock of geese. blow! 90 of 444 . And then he heard her say: ’Blow. she cries and talks with the head of a horse that hangs upon the wall. But the old king told the boy to go out again the next day: and when morning came. Falada. and how Falada answered. Then he went into the field.Grimms’ Fairy Tales him tell him what had happened. breezes. Sadly. and says: ’Falada. sadly. and hid himself in a bush by the meadow’s side. there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if they mother knew it. ‘When we go in the morning through the dark gate with our flock of geese. bride. and how. how his hat was blown away. And Curdken said. and heard how she spoke to Falada. breezes.’ And Curdken went on telling the king what had happened upon the meadow where the geese fed. and to leave his flock of geese to themselves. she let down her hair that glittered in the sun. he placed himself behind the dark gate. there thou hangest!’ and the head answers: ’Bride. and how he was forced to run after it. after a little time. blow! Let Curdken’s hat go! Blow. would she rue it.

that she had no peace till she had told him all the tale. and gazed on her with wonder. ‘That I must not tell you or any man. she was so beautiful. And it was very lucky for her that she did so.’ But the old king begged so hard. or I shall lose my life. while the girl went on combing and curling her hair. and without saying anything to the false bride. and said. and when the little goose-girl came back in the evening he called her aside.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Let him after it go! O’er hills. for when she had done the king ordered royal clothes to be put upon her. Then he called his son and told him that he had only a false bride. for that she was merely a waiting-maid. the king ordered a great feast 91 of 444 . and rocks. while the true bride stood by. Away be it whirl’d Till the silvery locks Are all comb’d and curl’d! And soon came a gale of wind. from beginning to end. and heard how meek and patient she had been. All this the old king saw: so he went home without being seen. and away went Curdken after it. word for word. and carried away Curdken’s hat. And the young king rejoiced when he saw her beauty. dales. and asked her why she did so: but she burst into tears.

as if it was one that he had once heard. The bridegroom sat at the top. ‘Nothing better. and the good fairy came to see them. with the false princess on one side. and restored the faithful Falada to life again. and were very merry.’ ‘Thou art she!’ said the old king. When they had eaten and drank.Grimms’ Fairy Tales to be got ready for all his court. and that two white horses should be put to it. but nobody knew her again. and they reigned over the kingdom in peace and happiness all their lives.’ said this false bride. So he began. and should drag it from street to street till she was dead. and she did not seem at all like the little goose-girl. and the true one on the other. now that she had her brilliant dress on. ‘and as thou has judged thyself. the old king said he would tell them a tale. 92 of 444 . so shall it be done to thee. for her beauty was quite dazzling to their eyes. and he asked the true waiting-maid what she thought ought to be done to anyone who would behave thus. and told all the story of the princess. ‘than that she should be thrown into a cask stuck round with sharp nails.’ And the young king was then married to his true wife.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE ADVENTURES OF CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET 93 of 444 .

Partlet jumped into it and sat down.’ said Chanticleer to his wife Partlet. I’ll sit on the box and be coachman. or whether they were lazy and would not. ‘suppose we go together to the mountains. and as it was a lovely day. I had rather by half walk home. what business have you in my grounds? I’ll give it you well for your insolence!’ and upon that she fell upon Chanticleer most lustily. that will never do. but I’ll not draw.’ said Partlet.Grimms’ Fairy Tales 1. But Chanticleer 94 of 444 . before the squirrel takes them all away. HOW THEY WENT TO THE MOUNTAINS TO EAT NUTS ’The nuts are quite ripe now. whether it was that they had eaten so many nuts that they could not walk.’ ‘With all my heart. and bid Chanticleer harness himself to it and draw her home. So Chanticleer began to build a little carriage of nutshells: and when it was finished. and eat as many as we can. ‘let us go and make a holiday of it together. I do not know: however. they took it into their heads that it did not become them to go home on foot. they stayed there till the evening.’ While this was passing. Now. a duck came quacking up and cried out. if you like.’ So they went to the mountains. ‘You thieving vagabonds. ‘That’s a good joke!’ said Chanticleer. ‘no.

and as it was bad travelling in the dark. which was only granted her upon condition that she would draw the carriage home for them. he begged therefore that the travellers would be so kind as to give them a lift in their carriage. ‘Now. and waddled about a good deal from one side to the other. This she agreed to do. and such dirty walking they could not get on at all: he told them that he and his friend. and Chanticleer got upon the box. and drove. duck. had been at a public-house a few miles off. and the duck seemed much tired. they met a needle and a pin walking together along the road: and the needle cried out. stop!’ and said it was so dark that they could hardly find their way. the pin. and not likely to take up much room. nor to tread on Partlet’s toes.’ And away they went at a pretty good pace. they made up their minds to fix their quarters there: but 95 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales was no coward. and returned the duck’s blows with his sharp spurs so fiercely that she soon began to cry out for mercy. but made them promise not to dirty the wheels of the carriage in getting in. told them they might ride. After they had travelled along a little way. ‘Stop. get on as fast as you can. crying. and had sat drinking till they had forgotten how late it was. Late at night they arrived at an inn. Chanticleer observing that they were but thin fellows.

Early in the morning. Chanticleer awakened his wife. ‘Bless me!’ said he.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the landlord at first was unwilling. ate it up. having done this. and. thinking they might not be very respectable company: however. fetching the egg. and almost blinded him. and took his handkerchief to wipe his face. who slept in the open air in the yard. and when nobody was stirring in the inn. but the pin ran into him and pricked him: then he walked into the kitchen to light his pipe at the fire. the duck. and they bespoke a handsome supper. However. and gave him the egg which Partlet had laid by the way. soon swam out of their reach. and jumping into the brook which ran close by the inn. An hour or two afterwards the landlord got up. they spoke civilly to him. stuck one into the landlord’s easy chair and the other into his handkerchief. and spent the evening very jollily. who were fast asleep. and said they would give him the duck. and threw the shells into the fireplace: they then went to the pin and needle. they pecked a hole in it. and said his house was full. and. before it was quite light. ‘all the world seems to have a 96 of 444 . who was in the habit of laying one every day: so at last he let them come in. but when he stirred it up the eggshells flew into his eyes. they crept away as softly as possible. and seizing them by the heads. heard them coming.

but they were all off. paid no reckoning. suspecting the company who had come in the night before. He now flew into a very great passion. oh dear! the needle ran into him.Grimms’ Fairy Tales design against my head this morning’: and so saying. who ate a great deal. and gave him nothing for his trouble but their apish tricks. he went to look after them. 97 of 444 . he threw himself sulkily into his easy chair. and this time the pain was not in his head. but. so he swore that he never again would take in such a troop of vagabonds. and.

Soon afterwards a cat met them.’ Then the cat said. and away they drove. mice. be ready. and said. ’All on our way A visit to pay To Mr Korbes. an egg. and be sure you do not fall off. wheels. today. And. the fox. ‘Where are you going?’ And Chanticleer replied. HOW CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET WENT TO VIST MR KORBES Another day. so Chanticleer built a handsome carriage with four red wheels. and harnessed six mice to it. the fox. and then he and Partlet got into the carriage. today. ‘With all my heart: get up behind. run steady! For we are going a visit to pay To Mr Korbes. 98 of 444 .’ Soon after came up a millstone. and Chanticleer gave them all leave to get into the carriage and go with them. Nor dirty my pretty red wheels so fine! Now.’ ’Take care of this handsome coach of mine.’ Chanticleer said.Grimms’ Fairy Tales 2. ‘Take me with you. Chanticleer and Partlet wished to ride out together. a duck. and a pin.

When Mr Korbes came home. so the mice drew the carriage into the coachhouse. the duck got into the washing cistern. he was not at home. would have run out of the house. he went to the fireplace to make a fire. and killed him on the spot. and the egg rolled himself up in the towel. the millstone fell down on his head. and went without his supper to bed. jumping up. but when he came to the door. the cat sat down in the fireplace. and when he tried to wipe himself. but the cat threw all the ashes in his eyes: so he ran to the kitchen to wash himself. the pin stuck himself into the bed pillow. Then he was very angry. Chanticleer and Partlet flew upon a beam. but when he laid his head on the pillow.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. Download the free trial version. 99 of 444 . the pin ran into his cheek: at this he became quite furious. When they arrived at Mr Korbes’s house. but there the duck splashed all the water in his face. and edit PDF. the egg broke to pieces in the towel all over his face and eyes. and. view. the millstone laid himself over the house door.

and bring me my garland that is hanging on a willow in the garden. and cried out to Chanticleer. give me some water. for Partlet lies in the mountain. and fetch me some water. it was so big that she could not swallow it. but she said nothing about it to Chanticleer. ‘Pray run as fast as you can. who lies on the mountain. and will be choked by a great nut. or I shall be choked.’ Chanticleer ran to the bride. and took the garland from the bough where 100 of 444 . and will be choked by a great nut. Now Partlet found a very large nut. and it was settled that all the nuts which they found should be shared equally between them. and the water I will carry to Partlet. and said. and said. ‘Bride. ‘Run first to the bride.’ Then Chanticleer ran to the garden.’ Chanticleer ran as fast as he could to the river. and ask her for a silken cord to draw up the water. AND HOW CHANTICLEER DIED OF GRIEF Another day Chanticleer and Partlet agreed to go again to the mountains to eat nuts. and it stuck in her throat.Grimms’ Fairy Tales 3. for then the river will give me water. ‘Run first. HOW PARTLET DIED AND WAS BURIED.’ But the bride said. you must give me a silken cord.’ The river said. Then she was in a great fright. ‘River. and kept it all to herself: however.

and when it was ready they harnessed themselves before it.’ But as the mice were going over. and presently the wolf. and never moved any more. ‘How shall we get over?’ said Chanticleer. or my horses will not be able to draw you. and Chanticleer drove them. and you may pass over upon me. the goat. So on they went till they came to a rapid stream.’ said the other. the bear. and brought it to the bride. and the river gave him water. and cried bitterly. ‘I will lay myself across. and the six mice all fell in and were drowned. and then the bride gave him the silken cord. Chanticleer?’ said he. ‘To bury my Partlet. and all the beasts of the wood.Grimms’ Fairy Tales it hung. ‘Yes. and he carried the water to Partlet. but in the meantime she was choked by the great nut. and all the beasts came and wept with him over poor Partlet. Then said a straw. On the way they met the fox. came and climbed upon the hearse. And six mice built a little hearse to carry her to her grave. ‘Where are you going.’ Then the fox got up behind. and he took the silken cord to the river. but you must get up behind. and lay quite dead. Then Chanticleer was very sorry. What was to be done? Then a large log of wood 101 of 444 . the straw slipped away and fell into the water. ‘May I go with you?’ said the fox.

I will lay myself across the stream. Thus Chanticleer was left alone with his dead Partlet. were too heavy. and wept and mourned. Then a stone. that the log of wood fell in and was carried away by the stream. Then he sat down by the grave. and made a little hillock over her. and so all were dead. and fell back into the water and were all carried away by the stream and drowned. came up and kindly offered to help poor Chanticleer by laying himself across the stream. he laid her in it. and this time he got safely to the other side with the hearse. ‘I am big enough. but the fox and the other mourners. and you shall pass over upon me. 102 of 444 . and having dug a grave for her. and managed to get Partlet out of it. but they managed so clumsily. who saw what had happened. till at last he died too. who were sitting behind.’ So he laid himself down.Grimms’ Fairy Tales came and said.

and asked: ‘What ails you. and it looked so fresh and green that she longed for it. who loved her. hastily clutched a handful of 103 of 444 . when she saw a bed which was planted with the most beautiful rampion (rapunzel). which was full of the most beautiful flowers and herbs. I shall die. ‘if I can’t eat some of the rampion. he clambered down over the wall into the garden of the enchantress.Grimms’ Fairy Tales RAPUNZEL There were once a man and a woman who had long in vain wished for a child.’ she replied. It was. however. and no one dared to go into it because it belonged to an enchantress. These people had a little window at the back of their house from which a splendid garden could be seen. Then her husband was alarmed. let it cost what it will.’ At twilight. which is in the garden behind our house. and began to look pale and miserable. dear wife?’ ‘Ah. surrounded by a high wall. who had great power and was dreaded by all the world. One day the woman was standing by this window and looking down into the garden.’ The man. bring her some of the rampion yourself. she quite pined away. thought: ‘Sooner than let your wife die. At length the woman hoped that God was about to grant her desire.

I only made up my mind to do it out of necessity. and said to him: ‘If the case be as you say. that the next day she longed for it three times as much as before. My wife saw your rampion from the window. gave the child the name of Rapunzel. and ate it greedily. only I make one condition. and took it to his wife.’ said she with angry look.Grimms’ Fairy Tales rampion. It tasted so good to her— so very good. ‘How can you dare. ‘descend into my garden and steal my rampion like a thief? You shall suffer for it!’ ‘Ah. and when the woman was brought to bed. but when he had clambered down the wall he was terribly afraid.’ Then the enchantress allowed her anger to be softened.’ answered he.’ The man in his terror consented to everything. the enchantress appeared at once. and I will care for it like a mother. it shall be well treated. her husband must once more descend into the garden. She at once made herself a salad of it. ‘let mercy take the place of justice. for he saw the enchantress standing before him. you must give me the child which your wife will bring into the world. 104 of 444 . I will allow you to take away with you as much rampion as you will. and took it away with her. he let himself down again. In the gloom of evening therefore. and felt such a longing for it that she would have died if she had not got some to eat. If he was to have any rest.

After a year or two. Then he heard a song. He rode home. wound them round one of the hooks of the window above. he saw 105 of 444 . and when she heard the voice of the enchantress she unfastened her braided tresses. who in her solitude passed her time in letting her sweet voice resound. and looked for the door of the tower. Let down your hair to me. and then the hair fell twenty ells down. and had neither stairs nor door. and the enchantress climbed up by it. This was Rapunzel. but the singing had so deeply touched his heart. which was so charming that he stood still and listened. that every day he went out into the forest and listened to it. but none was to be found. Once when he was thus standing behind a tree. she placed herself beneath it and cried: ’Rapunzel. fine as spun gold. the enchantress shut her into a tower. When she was twelve years old. The king’s son wanted to climb up to her. it came to pass that the king’s son rode through the forest and passed by the tower.’ Rapunzel had magnificent long hair. which lay in a forest. Rapunzel. but quite at the top was a little window. When the enchantress wanted to go in.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Rapunzel grew into the most beautiful child under the sun.

’ Immediately the hair fell down and the king’s son climbed up. ‘If that is the ladder by which one mounts. I too will try my fortune. and the next day when it began to grow dark. but the king’s son began to talk to her quite like a friend.’ said he. and when he asked her if she would take him for her husband. and laid her hand in his. but I do not know how to get down. and she saw that he was young and handsome. Rapunzel. came to her. At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man. and told her that his heart had been so stirred that it had let him have no rest. Rapunzel. Then Rapunzel lost her fear. Let down your hair to me. and he had been forced to see her. Let down your hair to me. such as her eyes had never yet beheld. and he heard how she cried: ’Rapunzel. She said: ‘I will willingly go away with you. and the enchantress climbed up to her.Grimms’ Fairy Tales that an enchantress came there. Bring with you a 106 of 444 . and she said yes. he went to the tower and cried: ’Rapunzel. she thought: ‘He will love me more than old Dame Gothel does’.’ Then Rapunzel let down the braids of her hair.

Dame Gothel. how it happens that you are so much heavier for me to draw up than the young king’s son—he is with me in a moment. snap.’ ‘Ah! you wicked child. and you will take me on your horse. Rapunzel. wrapped them twice round her left hand. until once Rapunzel said to her: ‘Tell me. On the same day that she cast out Rapunzel. to the hook of the window.’ They agreed that until that time he should come to her every evening. and when that is ready I will descend.’ cried the enchantress. for the old woman came by day.’ 107 of 444 . seized a pair of scissors with the right. however. and the lovely braids lay on the ground. the enchantress fastened the braids of hair. they were cut off.Grimms’ Fairy Tales skein of silk every time that you come. and snip. The enchantress remarked nothing of this. And she was so pitiless that she took poor Rapunzel into a desert where she had to live in great grief and misery. and I will weave a ladder with it. Let down your hair to me. and yet you have deceived me!’ In her anger she clutched Rapunzel’s beautiful tresses. ‘What do I hear you say! I thought I had separated you from all the world. and when the king’s son came and cried: ’Rapunzel. which she had cut off.

and will scratch out your eyes as well. 108 of 444 .’ The king’s son was beside himself with pain. with the twins to which she had given birth. ‘you would fetch your dearest. He heard a voice. and in his despair he leapt down from the tower.Grimms’ Fairy Tales she let the hair down. a boy and a girl. but the thorns into which he fell pierced his eyes. Two of her tears wetted his eyes and they grew clear again. who gazed at him with wicked and venomous looks. and did naught but lament and weep over the loss of his dearest wife. Then he wandered quite blind about the forest. ‘Aha!’ she cried mockingly. he found the enchantress. Thus he roamed about in misery for some years. Rapunzel is lost to you. happy and contented. and they lived for a long time afterwards. and it seemed so familiar to him that he went towards it. and at length came to the desert where Rapunzel. but instead of finding his dearest Rapunzel. He led her to his kingdom where he was joyfully received. Rapunzel knew him and fell on his neck and wept. The king’s son ascended. lived in wretchedness. and when he approached. ate nothing but roots and berries. and he could see with them as before. but the beautiful bird sits no longer singing in the nest. you will never see her again. the cat has got it. He escaped with his life.

’ He took it home. and bring him up with your Lina. but many times. and set it on the high tree. And the one. Fundevogel and Lina loved each other so dearly that when they did not see each other they were sad. and at the top of this a little child was sitting. and the two children grew up together. Lina saw this and said. ‘Listen. who one evening took two pails and began to fetch water. why are you fetching so much water?’ ‘If you will never repeat it to anyone. and a bird of prey had seen it in her arms. I will tell 109 of 444 . He followed the sound. The forester climbed up. and thought to himself: ‘You will take him home with you. because a bird had carried it away. and as he entered it he heard a sound of screaming as if a little child were there. and at last came to a high tree. Now the forester had an old cook. which he had found on a tree was called Fundevogel. had flown down. out to the spring. brought the child down. old Sanna. therefore. for the mother had fallen asleep under the tree with the child. snatched it away. and did not go once only.Grimms’ Fairy Tales FUNDEVOGEL There was once a forester who went into the forest to hunt.

But when she came in. dress ourselves.’ So Lina said. I too will never leave you. Last night. the cook went into the bedroom to fetch Fundevogel and throw him into it. she would never repeat it to anyone. no. but we will get up quickly. dressed themselves quickly.Grimms’ Fairy Tales you why. when the forester is out hunting. and she said to herself: ‘What shall I say now when the forester comes home and sees 110 of 444 . and went away.’ Then said Lina: ‘Then will I tell you. When the water in the kettle was boiling. and went to the beds. and will boil him in it. she would set the kettle full of water. and she said that early tomorrow morning when father was out hunting. both the children were gone. and go away together. and when he was gone the children were still in bed. old Sanna carried so many buckets of water into the house that I asked her why she was doing that.’ Early next morning the forester got up and went out hunting. throw you into it and boil you. nor ever will I leave you. and she said that if I would promise not to tell anyone.’ The two children therefore got up. Then Lina said to Fundevogel: ‘If you will never leave me. I will throw in Fundevogel. Then she was terribly alarmed.’ Fundevogel said: ‘Neither now. and then the cook said: ‘Early tomorrow morning. and when it is boiling in the kettle. I will heat the water.

Then Lina said: ‘Fundevogel.’ Said Lina: ‘Then do you become a church. nothing was there but a rose-tree and one rose on it. but the children were nowhere.’ Fundevogel said: ‘Neither now. The children. and edit PDF.’ When the three servants came to the forest. The children. and do it at once. view.’ Then the cook sent three servants after them. and I’ll be the chandelier in it. however. saw them coming from a distance.’ Fundevogel said: ‘Neither now.’ So when the three servants came. Download the free trial version. and I will never leave you. were sitting outside the forest.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. never leave me. and I the rose upon it. that the children are gone? They must be followed instantly to get them back again.’ They had therefore to go out and look for the second time. Then the old cook scolded and said: ‘You simpletons. and have broken off the rose and brought it home with you. however. nothing was there 111 of 444 . Lina said to Fundevogel: ‘Never leave me. you should have cut the rose-bush in two. and when they saw from afar the three servants running. and I will never leave you. nor ever.’ and they went home and told the cook that they had seen nothing in the forest but a little rose-bush with one rose on it. Then said they: ‘There is nothing to be done here. who were to run and overtake the children. go.’ Then said Lina: ‘Do you become a rose-tree. nor ever.

But the duck swam quickly to her. The children. 112 of 444 . with a chandelier in it. Then said Lina: ‘Fundevogel.’ The cook. saw from afar that the three servants were coming. seized her head in its beak and drew her into the water. and went with the three servants in pursuit of the children. Then the children went home together. came up to them.’ When they got home. and there the old witch had to drown. and if they have not died. they are living still. and when she saw the pond she lay down by it. They said therefore to each other: ‘What can we do here. they had found nothing but a church. and were heartily delighted.’ Then said Fundevogel: ‘Neither now. and there was a chandelier in it. never leave me. however.’ Said Lina: ‘Be a fishpond. and the cook waddling after them. And the cook scolded them and said: ‘You fools! why did you not pull the church to pieces. the cook asked if they had not found them. and I will never leave you. nor ever.Grimms’ Fairy Tales but a church. so they said no. and was about to drink it up. and bring the chandelier home with you?’ And now the old cook herself got on her legs. however. and I will be the duck upon it. let us go home.

he stretched his delicate head out of the window. dear woman.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR One summer’s morning a little tailor was sitting on his table by the window. so he brought the bread out of the cupboard. lifted it up. and at length said: ‘The jam seems to me to be good.’ The woman who had hoped to find a good sale. cheap! Good jams. cut himself a piece right across the loaf and spread the jam over it. and if it is a quarter of a pound that is of no consequence. put his nose to it. dear woman. ‘Now.’ The woman came up the three steps to the tailor with her heavy basket. ‘and give me health and strength’. and he made her unpack all the pots for him. but went away quite angry and grumbling. He inspected each one. gave him what he desired. cheap!’ This rang pleasantly in the tailor’s ears. and called: ‘Come up here. Then came a peasant woman down the street crying: ‘Good jams.’ said he. this jam shall be blessed by God. ‘This won’t taste bitter.’ He 113 of 444 . he was in good spirits. here you will get rid of your goods.’ cried the little tailor. and sewed with all his might. so weigh me out four ounces. ‘but I will just finish the jacket before I take a bite.

‘Hi! who invited you?’ said the little tailor. stitched it. The tailor put on the girdle. ‘the whole world shall hear of it!’ and his heart wagged with joy like a lamb’s tail. When he drew it away and counted. because he thought his workshop was too small for his valour. he sought about in the house to see if there was anything which he could take with him. and resolved to go forth into the world. and in his joy. there lay before him no fewer than seven. he found 114 of 444 . however. and embroidered on it in large letters: ‘Seven at one stroke!’ ‘What. and they were attracted and descended on it in hosts. The little tailor at last lost all patience. would not be turned away.’ struck it mercilessly on them. The flies. the town!’ he continued. and I will give it to you.Grimms’ Fairy Tales laid the bread near him. sewed on. In the meantime the smell of the sweet jam rose to where the flies were sitting in great numbers. dead and with legs stretched out. ‘Are you a fellow of that sort?’ said he. Before he went away. who understood no German. and saying: ‘Wait. however. ‘The whole town shall know of this!’ And the little tailor hastened to cut himself a girdle. and could not help admiring his own bravery. and drew a piece of cloth from the hole under his work-table. but came back again in ever-increasing companies. and drove the unbidden guests away. made bigger and bigger stitches.

‘if you have strength. indeed?’ answered the little tailor. and showed the giant the girdle. comrade. spoke to him. and unbuttoned his coat. he felt no fatigue. and want to try my luck. The road led him up a mountain. Now he took to the road boldly. In front of the door he observed a bird which had caught itself in the thicket.Grimms’ Fairy Tales nothing but an old cheese. and said: ‘Good day. and that he put in his pocket. and as he was light and nimble. ‘Do that likewise. and began to feel a little respect for the tiny fellow.’ said the giant. It had to go into his pocket with the cheese. and took a stone in his hand and squeezed it together so that water dropped out of it. there sat a powerful giant looking peacefully about him. ‘there may you read what kind of a man I am!’ The giant read: ‘Seven at one stroke. so you are sitting there overlooking the wide-spread world! I am just on my way thither. and when he had reached the highest point of it.’ ‘Is that all?’ said the tailor. and pressed it until 115 of 444 .’ and thought that they had been men whom the tailor had killed. The little tailor went bravely up. brought out the soft cheese. and said: ‘You ragamuffin! You miserable creature!’ ’Oh. ‘that is child’s play with us!’ and put his hand into his pocket. Nevertheless. Have you any inclination to go with me?’ The giant looked contemptuously at the tailor. he wished to try him first.

rose.’ The giant took the trunk on his shoulder. Then the giant picked up a stone and threw it so high that the eye could scarcely follow it.’ ‘Well thrown. ‘but after all the stone came down to earth again. and said: ‘If you are strong enough. and I will raise up the branches and twigs. was quite merry and happy. ‘Faith. ‘that was a little better.’ said the tailor.’ said the giant.’ answered the little man. delighted with its liberty. help me to carry the tree out of the forest. and threw it into the air. I will throw you one which shall never come back at all. ‘Now. ‘take you the trunk on your shoulders. had to carry away the whole tree. they are the heaviest. ‘How does that shot please you. wasn’t it?’ The giant did not know what to say.’ and he put his hand into his pocket.’ He took the little tailor to a mighty oak tree which lay there felled on the ground. after all. and the little tailor into the bargain: he behind. and could not believe it of the little man. took out the bird. comrade?’ asked the tailor. and whistled the song: ‘Three tailors rode forth 116 of 444 . who could not look round.’ said he. do that likewise.’ ‘Readily.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the liquid ran out of it. and the giant. ‘but now we will see if you are able to carry anything properly. flew away and did not come back. ‘You can certainly throw. but the tailor seated himself on a branch. The bird. little mite of a man.

seized the tree with both arms as if he had been carrying it. When he had fallen down again without injury. gave it into the tailor’s hand. and the tailor was tossed into the air with it. bent it down.’ answered the little tailor. could go no further.Grimms’ Fairy Tales from the gate. and when the giant let it go.’ as if carrying the tree were child’s play. I shall have to let the tree fall!’ The tailor sprang nimbly down. ‘Do you think that could be anything to a man who has struck down seven at one blow? I leapt over the tree because the huntsmen are shooting down there in the thicket. 117 of 444 . and said to the giant: ‘You are such a great fellow. But the little tailor was much too weak to hold the tree. the giant laid hold of the top of the tree where the ripest fruit was hanging. The giant. the giant said: ‘What is this? Have you not strength enough to hold the weak twig?’ ‘There is no lack of strength. and cried: ‘Hark you. after he had dragged the heavy burden part of the way. and bade him eat. so that in this also the tailor kept the upper hand. and as they passed a cherrytree. and remained hanging in the branches. and yet cannot even carry the tree!’ They went on together. if you can do it. Jump as I did. it sprang back again.’ The giant made the attempt but he could not get over the tree.

The bed. With the earliest dawn the giants went into the forest. The little tailor went onwards. and the giant thought that the little tailor was lying in a sound sleep. he got up. they were afraid that he would strike them all dead. he did not lie down in it. he lay down on the grass and fell asleep. and followed him. When it was midnight. When they went into the cave. other giants were sitting there by the fire. and each of them had a roasted sheep in his hand and was eating it. The little tailor looked round and thought: ‘It is much more spacious here than in my workshop. the people came and inspected him on all sides.Grimms’ Fairy Tales The giant said: ‘If you are such a valiant fellow. Whilst he lay there.’ The little tailor was willing. however. took a great iron bar. The giants were terrified. and said he was to lie down in it and sleep. and as he felt weary. and ran away in a great hurry. but crept into a corner. 118 of 444 . always following his own pointed nose. come with me into our cavern and spend the night with us. he came to the courtyard of a royal palace. After he had walked for a long time. was too big for the little tailor. when all at once he walked up to them quite merrily and boldly.’ The giant showed him a bed. and had quite forgotten the little tailor. cut through the bed with one blow. and thought he had finished off the grasshopper for good.

The soldiers.’ They came therefore to a decision. ‘For this very reason have I come here. ‘what does the great warrior want here in the midst of peace? He must be a mighty lord.’ They went and announced him to the king. and gave it as their opinion that if war should break out.Grimms’ Fairy Tales and read on his girdle: ‘Seven at one stroke.’ the tailor replied. and then conveyed to him this proposal. not one of us can stand against him.’ He was therefore honourably received.’ ‘Ah!’ said they. ‘We are not prepared. ‘I am ready to enter the king’s service. betook themselves in a body to the king. and a special dwelling was assigned him. seven of us will fall at every blow. ‘What is to be the end of this?’ they said among themselves. The ambassador remained standing by the sleeper. this would be a weighty and useful man who ought on no account to be allowed to depart. however. ‘If we quarrel with him. and begged for their dismissal. and wished him a thousand miles away. waited until he stretched his limbs and opened his eyes. and he sent one of his courtiers to the little tailor to offer him military service when he awoke. The counsel pleased the king. were set against the little tailor.’ said they. ‘to stay with a man who kills seven at one stroke. and he strikes about him.’ The king was sorry that for the sake of one he 119 of 444 .

‘One is not offered a beautiful princess and half a kingdom every day of one’s life!’ ‘Oh. When he came to the outskirts of the 120 of 444 . and do not require the help of the hundred horsemen to do it. and half of his kingdom as a dowry. and the hundred horsemen followed him. and at last found good counsel.’ he replied. ‘That would indeed be a fine thing for a man like me!’ thought the little tailor. he would give him his only daughter to wife. for he dreaded lest he should strike him and all his people dead. murdering. and burning. He sent to the little tailor and caused him to be informed that as he was a great warrior. ravaging. He thought about it for a long time. yes. and no one could approach them without putting himself in danger of death.Grimms’ Fairy Tales should lose all his faithful servants. he had one request to make to him.’ The little tailor went forth. In a forest of his country lived two giants. But he did not venture to give him his dismissal. ‘I will soon subdue the giants. likewise one hundred horsemen should go with him to assist him. wished that he had never set eyes on the tailor. and would willingly have been rid of him again. who caused great mischief with their robbing. he who can hit seven with one blow has no need to be afraid of two. and place himself on the royal throne. If the tailor conquered and killed these two giants.

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forest, he said to his followers: ‘Just stay waiting here, I alone will soon finish off the giants.’ Then he bounded into the forest and looked about right and left. After a while he perceived both giants. They lay sleeping under a tree, and snored so that the branches waved up and down. The little tailor, not idle, gathered two pocketsful of stones, and with these climbed up the tree. When he was halfway up, he slipped down by a branch, until he sat just above the sleepers, and then let one stone after another fall on the breast of one of the giants. For a long time the giant felt nothing, but at last he awoke, pushed his comrade, and said: ‘Why are you knocking me?’ ‘You must be dreaming,’ said the other, ‘I am not knocking you.’ They laid themselves down to sleep again, and then the tailor threw a stone down on the second. ‘What is the meaning of this?’ cried the other ‘Why are you pelting me?’ ‘I am not pelting you,’ answered the first, growling. They disputed about it for a time, but as they were weary they let the matter rest, and their eyes closed once more. The little tailor began his game again, picked out the biggest stone, and threw it with all his might on the breast of the first giant. ‘That is too bad!’ cried he, and sprang up like a madman, and pushed his companion against the tree until it shook. The other paid him back in the same coin, 121 of 444

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and they got into such a rage that they tore up trees and belaboured each other so long, that at last they both fell down dead on the ground at the same time. Then the little tailor leapt down. ‘It is a lucky thing,’ said he, ‘that they did not tear up the tree on which I was sitting, or I should have had to sprint on to another like a squirrel; but we tailors are nimble.’ He drew out his sword and gave each of them a couple of thrusts in the breast, and then went out to the horsemen and said: ‘The work is done; I have finished both of them off, but it was hard work! They tore up trees in their sore need, and defended themselves with them, but all that is to no purpose when a man like myself comes, who can kill seven at one blow.’ ‘But are you not wounded?’ asked the horsemen. ‘You need not concern yourself about that,’ answered the tailor, ‘they have not bent one hair of mine.’ The horsemen would not believe him, and rode into the forest; there they found the giants swimming in their blood, and all round about lay the torn-up trees. The little tailor demanded of the king the promised reward; he, however, repented of his promise, and again bethought himself how he could get rid of the hero. ‘Before you receive my daughter, and the half of my kingdom,’ said he to him, ‘you must perform one more 122 of 444

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heroic deed. In the forest roams a unicorn which does great harm, and you must catch it first.’ ‘I fear one unicorn still less than two giants. Seven at one blow, is my kind of affair.’ He took a rope and an axe with him, went forth into the forest, and again bade those who were sent with him to wait outside. He had not long to seek. The unicorn soon came towards him, and rushed directly on the tailor, as if it would gore him with its horn without more ado. ‘Softly, softly; it can’t be done as quickly as that,’ said he, and stood still and waited until the animal was quite close, and then sprang nimbly behind the tree. The unicorn ran against the tree with all its strength, and stuck its horn so fast in the trunk that it had not the strength enough to draw it out again, and thus it was caught. ‘Now, I have got the bird,’ said the tailor, and came out from behind the tree and put the rope round its neck, and then with his axe he hewed the horn out of the tree, and when all was ready he led the beast away and took it to the king. The king still would not give him the promised reward, and made a third demand. Before the wedding the tailor was to catch him a wild boar that made great havoc in the forest, and the huntsmen should give him their help. ‘Willingly,’ said the tailor, ‘that is child’s play!’ He did not 123 of 444

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take the huntsmen with him into the forest, and they were well pleased that he did not, for the wild boar had several times received them in such a manner that they had no inclination to lie in wait for him. When the boar perceived the tailor, it ran on him with foaming mouth and whetted tusks, and was about to throw him to the ground, but the hero fled and sprang into a chapel which was near and up to the window at once, and in one bound out again. The boar ran after him, but the tailor ran round outside and shut the door behind it, and then the raging beast, which was much too heavy and awkward to leap out of the window, was caught. The little tailor called the huntsmen thither that they might see the prisoner with their own eyes. The hero, however, went to the king, who was now, whether he liked it or not, obliged to keep his promise, and gave his daughter and the half of his kingdom. Had he known that it was no warlike hero, but a little tailor who was standing before him, it would have gone to his heart still more than it did. The wedding was held with great magnificence and small joy, and out of a tailor a king was made. After some time the young queen heard her husband say in his dreams at night: ‘Boy, make me the doublet, and patch the pantaloons, or else I will rap the yard-measure 124 of 444

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over your ears.’ Then she discovered in what state of life the young lord had been born, and next morning complained of her wrongs to her father, and begged him to help her to get rid of her husband, who was nothing else but a tailor. The king comforted her and said: ‘Leave your bedroom door open this night, and my servants shall stand outside, and when he has fallen asleep shall go in, bind him, and take him on board a ship which shall carry him into the wide world.’ The woman was satisfied with this; but the king’s armour-bearer, who had heard all, was friendly with the young lord, and informed him of the whole plot. ‘I’ll put a screw into that business,’ said the little tailor. At night he went to bed with his wife at the usual time, and when she thought that he had fallen asleep, she got up, opened the door, and then lay down again. The little tailor, who was only pretending to be asleep, began to cry out in a clear voice: ‘Boy, make me the doublet and patch me the pantaloons, or I will rap the yard-measure over your ears. I smote seven at one blow. I killed two giants, I brought away one unicorn, and caught a wild boar, and am I to fear those who are standing outside the room.’ When these men heard the tailor speaking thus, they were overcome by a great dread, and ran as if the wild huntsman were behind them, and none 125 of 444

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of them would venture anything further against him. So the little tailor was and remained a king to the end of his life.

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HANSEL AND GRETEL
Hard by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and his two children. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. He had little to bite and to break, and once when great dearth fell on the land, he could no longer procure even daily bread. Now when he thought over this by night in his bed, and tossed about in his anxiety, he groaned and said to his wife: ‘What is to become of us? How are we to feed our poor children, when we no longer have anything even for ourselves?’ ‘I’ll tell you what, husband,’ answered the woman, ‘early tomorrow morning we will take the children out into the forest to where it is the thickest; there we will light a fire for them, and give each of them one more piece of bread, and then we will go to our work and leave them alone. They will not find the way home again, and we shall be rid of them.’ ‘No, wife,’ said the man, ‘I will not do that; how can I bear to leave my children alone in the forest?— the wild animals would soon come and tear them to pieces.’ ‘O, you fool!’ said she, ‘then we must all four die of hunger, you may as well plane the planks for our coffins,’ and she left him no peace until he consented. ‘But 127 of 444

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I feel very sorry for the poor children, all the same,’ said the man. The two children had also not been able to sleep for hunger, and had heard what their stepmother had said to their father. Gretel wept bitter tears, and said to Hansel: ‘Now all is over with us.’ ‘Be quiet, Gretel,’ said Hansel, ‘do not distress yourself, I will soon find a way to help us.’ And when the old folks had fallen asleep, he got up, put on his little coat, opened the door below, and crept outside. The moon shone brightly, and the white pebbles which lay in front of the house glittered like real silver pennies. Hansel stooped and stuffed the little pocket of his coat with as many as he could get in. Then he went back and said to Gretel: ‘Be comforted, dear little sister, and sleep in peace, God will not forsake us,’ and he lay down again in his bed. When day dawned, but before the sun had risen, the woman came and awoke the two children, saying: ‘Get up, you sluggards! we are going into the forest to fetch wood.’ She gave each a little piece of bread, and said: ‘There is something for your dinner, but do not eat it up before then, for you will get nothing else.’ Gretel took the bread under her apron, as Hansel had the pebbles in his pocket. Then they all set out together on the way to the forest. When they had walked a short time, Hansel 128 of 444

When they had reached the middle of the forest. and do not forget how to use your legs. and did so again and again. It was not the axe.’ Hansel and Gretel gathered brushwood together. we will come back and fetch you away. children. that is the morning sun which is shining on the chimneys. When we have done. which is sitting up on the roof. and when noon came.’ The wife said: ‘Fool. had not been looking back at the cat. the father said: ‘Now. but had been constantly throwing one of the white pebble-stones out of his pocket on the road. the woman said: ‘Now. however. His father said: ‘Hansel. and I will light a fire that you may not be cold. pile up some wood. and when the flames were burning very high.’ said Hansel. each ate a little piece of bread. however. we will go into the forest and cut some wood. children.’ Hansel. lay yourselves down by the fire and rest.Grimms’ Fairy Tales stood still and peeped back at the house. and as they heard the strokes of the wood-axe they believed that their father was near. ‘I am looking at my little white cat. but a branch which he 129 of 444 . The brushwood was lighted.’ Hansel and Gretel sat by the fire. what are you looking at there and staying behind for? Pay attention. that is not your little cat.’ ‘Ah. and wants to say goodbye to me. as high as a little hill. father.

The children must go. there was once more great dearth throughout the land.Grimms’ Fairy Tales had fastened to a withered tree which the wind was blowing backwards and forwards. she said: ‘You naughty children. and followed the pebbles which shone like newly-coined silver pieces. They walked the whole night long. why have you slept so long in the forest?—we thought you were never coming back at all!’ The father. Not long afterwards. And as they had been sitting such a long time. we will take them farther into the 130 of 444 . rejoiced. When at last they awoke. for it had cut him to the heart to leave them behind alone. and by break of day came once more to their father’s house. it was already dark night. we have one half loaf left. however. and they fell fast asleep. and showed them the way. Hansel took his little sister by the hand. until the moon has risen. and when the woman opened it and saw that it was Hansel and Gretel. and then we will soon find the way. Gretel began to cry and said: ‘How are we to get out of the forest now?’ But Hansel comforted her and said: ‘Just wait a little. and that is the end. their eyes closed with fatigue.’ And when the full moon had risen. and the children heard their mother saying at night to their father: ‘Everything is eaten again. They knocked at the door.

but it was still smaller than the time before. likewise. but the woman had locked the door.Grimms’ Fairy Tales wood. why do you stop and look round?’ said the father.’ Early in the morning came the woman. there is no other means of saving ourselves!’ The man’s heart was heavy. and as he had yielded the first time. however. the good God will help us. ‘Hansel. ‘that is not your 131 of 444 .’ The woman. The children. and he thought: ‘It would be better for you to share the last mouthful with your children.’ ‘I am looking back at my little pigeon which is sitting on the roof.’ answered Hansel. Hansel again got up. Their piece of bread was given to them. Gretel. and took the children out of their beds. When the old folks were asleep. and said: ‘Do not cry. would listen to nothing that he had to say. were still awake and had heard the conversation. however. go to sleep quietly. so that they will not find their way out again. he had to do so a second time also. He who says A must say B. and wanted to go out and pick up pebbles as he had done before. and often stood still and threw a morsel on the ground. Nevertheless he comforted his little sister. and Hansel could not get out. but scolded and reproached him. ‘Fool!’ said the woman. and wants to say goodbye to me. On the way into the forest Hansel crumbled his in his pocket. ‘go on.

Then a great fire was again made. but no one came to the poor children. and when you are tired you may sleep a little. Then they fell asleep and evening passed. however little by little. and Hansel comforted his little sister and said: ‘Just wait. who had scattered his by the way. Gretel shared her piece of bread with Hansel. that is the morning sun that is shining on the chimney. but they did not get out of the forest. but they found no crumbs. The woman led the children still deeper into the forest. and in the evening when we are done.’ but they did not find it. threw all the crumbs on the path. we will come and fetch you away. and the mother said: ‘Just sit there. they will show us our way home again. where they had never in their lives been before. for they had nothing to eat but two or three 132 of 444 .’ When the moon came they set out. and then we shall see the crumbs of bread which I have strewn about. until the moon rises. They did not awake until it was dark night. Gretel. for the many thousands of birds which fly about in the woods and fields had picked them all up.’ When it was noon. They walked the whole night and all the next day too from morning till evening. you children. we are going into the forest to cut wood.’ Hansel. and were very hungry. Hansel said to Gretel: ‘We shall soon find the way.Grimms’ Fairy Tales little pigeon.

they must die of hunger and weariness. gnaw. on the roof of which it alighted. which sang so delightfully that they stood still and listened to it. and broke off a little of the roof to try how it tasted. and Gretel leant against the window and nibbled at the panes. I will eat a bit of the roof. they lay down beneath a tree and fell asleep. ‘and have a good meal. nibble. It was now three mornings since they had left their father’s house. but that the windows were of clear sugar. And as they were so weary that their legs would carry them no longer. When it was mid-day. They began to walk again.’ said Hansel. Who is nibbling at my little house?’ The children answered: 133 of 444 . and when they approached the little house they saw that it was built of bread and covered with cakes. and they followed it until they reached a little house. which grew on the ground. but they always came deeper into the forest. and if help did not come soon.Grimms’ Fairy Tales berries. it spread its wings and flew away before them. they saw a beautiful snow-white bird sitting on a bough.’ Hansel reached up above. can eat some of the window. And when its song was over. and you Gretel. Then a soft voice cried from the parlour: ’Nibble. it will taste sweet. ‘We will set to work on that.

sat down.’ She took them both by the hand. and enjoyed herself with it. The heaven-born wind. The old woman had only pretended to be so kind. milk and pancakes. came creeping out.’ and went on eating without disturbing themselves. and stay with me. cooked and ate it. The old woman. When a child fell into her power. she killed it. and led them into her little house. who liked the taste of the roof. you dear children. tore down a great piece of it. and said: ‘Oh. however. and had only built the little house of bread in order to entice them there. and Gretel pushed out the whole of one round window-pane. Suddenly the door opened.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ’The wind. Afterwards two pretty little beds were covered with clean white linen. she was in reality a wicked witch. and thought they were in heaven. Then good food was set before them. No harm shall happen to you. with sugar. and Hansel and Gretel lay down in them. and that was a feast 134 of 444 . the wind. Hansel and Gretel were so terribly frightened that they let fall what they had in their hands. who supported herself on crutches. who lay in wait for children. who has brought you here? do come in. apples. Hansel. and nuts. nodded her head. and a woman as old as the hills.

and are aware when human beings draw near. Then she went to Gretel. they shall not escape me again!’ Early in the morning before the children were awake.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. with their plump and rosy cheeks she muttered to herself: ‘That will be a dainty mouthful!’ Then she seized Hansel with her shrivelled hand.’ Hansel. When he is fat. and is to be made fat. view. stretched out a little bone to her. she laughed with malice. but Gretel got nothing but crab-shells. and cannot see far. however. I will eat him.’ Gretel began to weep bitterly. When Hansel and Gretel came into her neighbourhood. it would not help him. and edit PDF. and cook something good for your brother. but they have a keen scent like the beasts. he is in the stable outside. she was already up. and when she saw both of them sleeping and looking so pretty. for she was forced to do what the wicked witch commanded. and 135 of 444 . Every morning the woman crept to the little stable. stretch out your finger that I may feel if you will soon be fat. and said mockingly: ‘I have them. lazy thing. fetch some water. and cried: ‘Get up. carried him into a little stable. and locked him in behind a grated door. shook her till she awoke. Download the free trial version. And now the best food was cooked for poor Hansel. day with her. but it was all in vain. and cried: ‘Hansel. Witches have red eyes. Scream as he might.

and said: ‘I do not know how I am 136 of 444 . ‘I have already heated the oven. so that we can put the bread in. tomorrow I will kill him. too. and light the fire. and was astonished that there was no way of fattening him. and how her tears did flow down her cheeks! ‘Dear God. how the poor little sister did lament when she had to fetch the water. she was seized with impatience and would not wait any longer.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the old woman. and cook him.’ said the witch. Gretel. ‘and see if it is properly heated. and Hansel still remained thin. Let Hansel be fat or lean. and then she would eat her. from which flames of fire were already darting. ‘We will bake first. and kneaded the dough. ‘stir yourself. Gretel had to go out and hang up the cauldron with the water. could not see it.’ said the old woman. But Gretel saw what she had in mind. ‘Creep in. then. and thought it was Hansel’s finger.’ ‘Just keep your noise to yourself.’ said the old woman.’ And once Gretel was inside.’ Ah.’ She pushed poor Gretel out to the oven.’ she cried. and bring some water.’ Early in the morning. we should at any rate have died together. she intended to shut the oven and let her bake in it. ‘Now.’ she cried to the girl. who had dim eyes. ‘it won’t help you at all. When four weeks had gone by. do help us. ‘If the wild beasts in the forest had but devoured us.

I can get in myself!’ and she crept up and thrust her head into the oven. we are saved! The old witch is dead!’ Then Hansel sprang like a bird from its cage when the door is opened. ‘that we may get out of the witch’s forest.’ said Hansel. they went into the witch’s house. Oh! then she began to howl quite horribly. and dance about and kiss each other! And as they had no longer any need to fear her. will take something home with me. too.’ and filled her pinafore full.’ said the old woman. ‘I see no foot-plank. and no bridge. just look. opened his little stable. ‘These are far better than pebbles!’ said Hansel. ‘We cannot cross. ran like lightning to Hansel. and thrust into his pockets whatever could be got in. and fastened the bolt. How they did rejoice and embrace each other. and shut the iron door. Then Gretel gave her a push that drove her far into it. but Gretel ran away and the godless witch was miserably burnt to death.’ When they had walked for two hours.’ ‘And there is also no 137 of 444 . how do I get in?’ ‘Silly goose. and cried: ‘Hansel. ‘The door is big enough. ‘But now we must be off. and in every corner there stood chests full of pearls and jewels. however.’ said Hansel. and Gretel said: ‘I. they came to a great stretch of water.Grimms’ Fairy Tales to do it. Gretel.

My tale is done. and Hansel seated himself on its back. little duck. there runs a mouse. and when they were once safely across and had walked for a short time. she will help us over. rushed into the parlour. ‘that will be too heavy for the little duck.’ Then she cried: ’Little duck. may make himself a big fur cap out of it. and told his sister to sit by him. one after the other.’ answered Gretel. ‘but a white duck is swimming there: if I ask her. and they lived together in perfect happiness. and Hansel threw one handful after another out of his pocket to add to them. The man had not known one happy hour since he had left the children in the forest. 138 of 444 .’ replied Gretel. dost thou see. however. whosoever catches it.’ The good little duck did so. was dead. she shall take us across. Take us across on thy back so white. the woman. or bridge in sight. ‘No. the forest seemed to be more and more familiar to them. and at length they saw from afar their father’s house. Then all anxiety was at an end.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ferry.’ The duck came to them. and threw themselves round their father’s neck. Then they began to run. Hansel and Gretel are waiting for thee? There’s never a plank. Gretel emptied her pinafore until pearls and precious stones ran about the room.

and when it was near dinner-time. For. and the sausage saw to the cooking. entered into partnership and set up house together. met a fellow bird. When people are too well off they always begin to long for something new. AND THE SAUSAGE Once upon a time. that the bird. a mouse. The bird’s duty was to fly daily into the wood and bring in fuel. But the other bird sneered at him for being a poor simpleton. The sausage had only to watch the pot to see that the food was properly cooked. or rolled in and out among the vegetables three 139 of 444 . while the other two stayed at home and had a good time of it. the mouse fetched the water.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE MOUSE. And so it came to pass. who did all the hard work. THE BIRD. while out one day. to whom he boastfully expatiated on the excellence of his household arrangements. they lived in great comfort. and a sausage. when the mouse had made the fire and fetched in the water. she could retire into her little room and rest until it was time to set the table. and prospered so far as to be able to add considerably to their stores. For a long time all went well. a bird. he just threw himself into the broth.

and the venture had to be made. however. and salted. they could sleep their fill till the following morning: and that was really a very delightful life. when the bird came home and had laid aside his burden. when he came across a dog who. it was of no use. But the sausage remained so long away. had regarded him as his legitimate booty. Then.Grimms’ Fairy Tales or four times. And now what happened? The sausage started in search of wood. and the mouse put on the pot. telling the others that he had been their servant long enough. and when they had finished their meal. and there they were. He had not flown far. having met the sausage. the bird remained master of the situation. that they became uneasy. to the mouse to cook. Beg and pray as the mouse and the sausage might. and to the bird to fetch the water. and the bird flew out to meet him. buttered. the bird next morning refused to bring in the wood. and so 140 of 444 . and to try some other way of arranging the work. and ready to be served. and then these two waited till the sausage returned with the fuel for the following day. and that it was now time to make a change. the bird made the fire. Influenced by those remarks. and had been a fool into the bargain. they sat down to table. They therefore drew lots. and it fell to the sausage to bring in the wood.

and told the mouse all he had seen and heard. but he could nowhere see the cook. caught fire and began to blaze. but she stopped short long before she reached the bottom. having already parted not only with her skin and hair. and flew sadly home. Then some of the wood that had been carelessly thrown down. she jumped into the pot. and that was the reason his life had been forfeited. by rolling in and out among the vegetables to salt and butter them. called and searched. So now the bird set the table. he threw the wood here and there about the floor. but agreed to make the best of things and to remain with one another. but no cook was to be found. and the mouse looked after the food and. wishing to prepare it in the same way as the sausage. but his pail fell into the well. Presently the bird came in and wanted to serve up the dinner. The bird complained to the dog of this bare-faced robbery.Grimms’ Fairy Tales seized and swallowed him. but nothing he said was of any avail. for the dog answered that he found false credentials on the sausage. and he 141 of 444 . but also with life. He picked up the wood. In his alarm and flurry. The bird hastened to fetch some water. They were both very unhappy.

he was drowned.Grimms’ Fairy Tales after it. 142 of 444 . and as he was unable to recover himself.

said unkindly. She ran home crying to tell of her misfortune.’ The girl went back to the well not knowing what to do. Now it chanced one day that some blood fell on to the spindle.Grimms’ Fairy Tales MOTHER HOLLE Once upon a time there was a widow who had two daughters. Her stepmother sent her out every day to sit by the well in the high road. and was quite the Cinderella of the family. and as the girl stopped over the well to wash it off. the spindle suddenly sprang out of her hand and fell into the well. loved the ugly and lazy one best. and after giving her a violent scolding. there to spin until she made her fingers bleed. The mother. was made to do all the work of the house. however. 143 of 444 . who was only her stepdaughter. and so the other. because she was her own daughter. but her stepmother spoke harshly to her. and at last in her distress she jumped into the water after the spindle. ‘As you have let the spindle fall into the well you may go yourself and fetch it out. the other ugly and lazy. one of them was beautiful and industrious.

But the old woman called after her. if you will do the work of my house properly for me. but she continued shaking until there was not a single apple left upon it. ‘Shake me.Grimms’ Fairy Tales She remembered nothing more until she awoke and found herself in a beautiful meadow. and there she saw an old woman looking out. and presently she came upon a baker’s oven full of bread. we were baked through long ago.’ So she shook the tree. She walked over the meadow. down there in 144 of 444 . that she was terrified. and the loaves cried out to her. I pray. ‘Take us out. Then she carefully gathered the apples together in a heap and walked on again. are ripe. and turned to run away. however. so that the feathers fly about. ‘my apples. with such large teeth. I will make you very happy. She went on a little farther. You must be very careful. full of sunshine.’ cried the tree. then they say.’ So she took the bread-shovel and drew them all out. ‘What are you afraid of. and with countless flowers blooming in every direction. The next thing she came to was a little house. till she came to a free full of apples. or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder. to make my bed in the right way. and the apples came falling down upon her like rain. dear child? Stay with me. shake me. for I wish you always to shake it thoroughly. take us out. one and all.

and as you have served me so well and faithfully. so that the feathers flew about like so many snowflakes. She could not at first tell why she felt sad.’ 145 of 444 . she went to Mother Holle and said.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the world. and then she began to grow unhappy. ‘I am so homesick. and gave her roast and boiled meats every day. that I cannot stay with you any longer. but she became conscious at last of great longing to go home. although she was a thousand times better off with Mother Holle than with her mother and sister. So she stayed on with Mother Holle for some time. She took care to do everything according to the old woman’s bidding and every time she made the bed she shook it with all her might. for I am Mother Holle. The old woman was as good as her word: she never spoke angrily to her. After waiting awhile. then she knew she was homesick. that the girl summoned up courage and agreed to enter into her service.’ The old woman spoke so kindly. that it is snowing.’ Then Mother Holle said. for although I am so happy here. I must return to my own people. I will take you home myself. ‘I am pleased that you should want to go back to your own people.

’ said Mother Holle. then she threw it into the well. The gate was then closed. a shower of gold fell upon her. As she entered the courtyard. they gave her a warm welcome. The gate was opened. lazy daughter to go and try her fortune. and as she was so richly covered with gold. She related to them all that had happened. and as the girl passed through. and as she spoke she handed her the spindle which she had dropped into the well. called out: ’Cock-a-doodle-doo! Your golden daughter’s come back to you. and jumped in herself. so that she might drop some blood on to the spindle. So she made the sister go and sit by the well and spin. and the girl found herself back in the old world close to her mother’s house. and the girl pricked her finger and thrust her hand into a thorn-bush. and the gold clung to her. ’That is a reward for your industry. so that she was covered with it from head to foot. the cock who was perched on the well. she thought she should like her ugly.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Thereupon she led the girl by the hand up to a broad gateway. and when the mother heard how she had come by her great riches.’ Then she went in to her mother and sister. 146 of 444 .

she began to dawdle over her work. we were baked through long ago.’ and passed on. and the third day she was more idle still. But she only answered. and edit PDF. one and all. But the lazy girl answered. ‘Take us out. I pray. Download the free trial version.’ cried the loaves as before. for she thought of the gold she should get in return. The next day. So Mother Holle very soon got tired of her. and exerted herself to please Mother Holle. my apples.’ it cried. are ripe. Worse still. ‘Shake me. take us out. she was not afraid of them. however.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. shake me. and told her she might go. and as she had heard all about the large teeth from her sister. or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder. and thought 147 of 444 . she neglected to make the old woman’s bed properly. and forgot to shake it so that the feathers might fly about. Like her sister she awoke in the beautiful meadow. At last she came to Mother Holle’s house. and walked over it till she came to the oven. ‘A nice thing to ask me to do. The lazy girl was delighted at this. then she began to lie in bed in the mornings and refused to get up. The first day she was very obedient and industrious. ‘Do you think I am going to dirty my hands for you?’ and walked on. and engaged herself without delay to the old woman. one of the apples might fall on my head. view. Presently she came to the apple-tree.

’ said the old woman. So the lazy girl had to go home covered with pitch. 148 of 444 . instead of the shower of gold. but as she was passing through.Grimms’ Fairy Tales to herself.’ Mother Holle led her. and she shut the gate. ’That is in return for your services. ‘The gold will soon be mine.’ But. and the cock on the well called out as she saw her: ’Cock-a-doodle-doo! Your dirty daughter’s come back to you. to the broad gateway. a great bucketful of pitch came pouring over her. as she had led her sister. try what she would. she could not get the pitch off and it stuck to her as long as she lived.

The grandmother lived out in the wood. don’t forget to say. she is ill and weak.’ One day her mother said to her: ‘Come. and they will do her good. so she was always called ‘Little Red. walk nicely and quietly and do not run off the path. half a league from the village. here is a piece of cake and a bottle of wine. and when you go into her room. Once she gave her a little cap of red velvet.’ ’I will take great care. take them to your grandmother. but most of all by her grandmother. ‘Good morning’. and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child.Grimms’ Fairy Tales LITTLE RED-CAP [LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD] Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her. and then your grandmother will get nothing. and gave her hand on it.Cap. Little RedCap. and don’t peep into every corner before you do it. and just as Little Red-Cap entered the 149 of 444 . or you may fall and break the bottle.’ said Little Red-Cap to her mother. which suited her so well that she would never wear anything else. Set out before it gets hot. and when you are going.

so as to catch both. how pretty the flowers are about here—why do you not look round? I believe. and was not at all afraid of him.’ replied Little Red-Cap.’ ’What have you got in your apron?’ ’Cake and wine. a wolf met her.’ So he walked for a short time by the side of Little Red-Cap. Little Red-Cap?’ ’To my grandmother’s. ’Thank you kindly. you walk gravely along 150 of 444 .’ said he. I must act craftily. ’Good day. to make her stronger. and then he said: ‘See. so poor sick grandmother is to have something good. wolf. Little Red-Cap?’ ’A good quarter of a league farther on in the wood. the nut-trees are just below. Little Red-Cap. her house stands under the three large oak-trees. yesterday was baking-day. Little Red-Cap. Red-Cap did not know what a wicked creature he was. too.Grimms’ Fairy Tales wood.’ ’Whither away so early. that you do not hear how sweetly the little birds are singing. The wolf thought to himself: ‘What a tender young creature! what a nice plump mouthful—she will be better to eat than the old woman.’ ’Where does your grandmother live. you surely must know it.

the door sprang open. 151 of 444 . Then he put on her clothes. and pretty flowers growing everywhere. while everything else out here in the wood is merry. and when she saw the sunbeams dancing here and there through the trees. ‘She is bringing cake and wine. she thought: ‘Suppose I take grandmother a fresh nosegay.Grimms’ Fairy Tales as if you were going to school. It is so early in the day that I shall still get there in good time’.’ replied the wolf.’ Little Red-Cap raised her eyes. that would please her too. open the door. ‘I am too weak. and devoured her. and cannot get up. and so got deeper and deeper into the wood. Meanwhile the wolf ran straight to the grandmother’s house and knocked at the door. and ran after it. and without saying a word he went straight to the grandmother’s bed. and so she ran from the path into the wood to look for flowers.’ called out the grandmother.’ ’Lift the latch. ’Who is there?’ ’Little Red-Cap. And whenever she had picked one. dressed himself in her cap laid himself in bed and drew the curtains. she fancied that she saw a still prettier one farther on.’ The wolf lifted the latch.

’The better to see you with. and when she had gathered so many that she could carry no more. what big eyes you have!’ she said. grandmother.’ ’But. She was surprised to find the cottage-door standing open. than with one bound he was out of bed and swallowed up Red-Cap.’ She called out: ‘Good morning. grandmother. so she went to the bed and drew back the curtains. she remembered her grandmother. my dear. ‘what big ears you have!’ ’The better to hear you with. what a terrible big mouth you have!’ ’The better to eat you with!’ And scarcely had the wolf said this. ’Oh! grandmother.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Little Red-Cap. ’But.’ ’Oh! but.’ was the reply.’ but received no answer. had been running about picking flowers. and at other times I like being with grandmother so much. 152 of 444 . she had such a strange feeling that she said to herself: ‘Oh dear! how uneasy I feel today. however. and when she went into the room. There lay her grandmother with her cap pulled far over her face. what large hands you have!’ ’The better to hug you with. grandmother. my child.’ she said. and set out on the way to her. and looking very strange.

and when he came to the bed. and after that the aged grandmother came out alive also. and that she might still be saved. and began to cut open the stomach of the sleeping wolf. Then all three were delighted. The huntsman drew off the wolf’s skin and went home with it. it occurred to him that the wolf might have devoured the grandmother. quickly fetched great stones with which they filled the wolf’s belly. he saw that the wolf was lying in it. and fell dead. but the stones were so heavy that he collapsed at once. and thought to himself: ‘How the old woman is snoring! I must just see if she wants anything.’ So he went into the room. and when he awoke. he lay down again in the bed. you old sinner!’ said he. he wanted to run away. ‘Do I find you here. fell asleep and began to snore very loud. Red-Cap. crying: ‘Ah. and then he made two snips more. the grandmother ate the cake and drank the wine which Red-Cap had 153 of 444 . he saw the little Red-Cap shining. ‘I have long sought you!’ Then just as he was going to fire at him. so he did not fire.Grimms’ Fairy Tales When the wolf had appeased his appetite. but scarcely able to breathe. but took a pair of scissors. When he had made two snips. how frightened I have been! How dark it was inside the wolf’. however. The huntsman was just passing the house. and the little girl sprang out.

’ Soon afterwards the wolf knocked. another wolf spoke to her. but with such a wicked look in his eyes. that if they had not been on the public road she was certain he would have eaten her up. Red-Cap. and at last jumped on the roof. Red-Cap. or open the door. so carry the water in which I 154 of 444 . and then to steal after her and devour her in the darkness.’ said the grandmother. grandmother. so she said to the child: ‘Take the pail. and revived. I will never by myself leave the path. and tried to entice her from the path. But the grandmother saw what was in his thoughts. I am Little Red-Cap. so the grey-beard stole twice or thrice round the house. In front of the house was a great stone trough. that he may not come in.’ But they did not speak. and cried: ‘Open the door. and told her grandmother that she had met the wolf.’ It also related that once when Red-Cap was again taking cakes to the old grandmother. ‘we will shut the door. and am bringing you some cakes. however. and went straight forward on her way. I made some sausages yesterday. and that he had said ‘good morning’ to her. was on her guard. intending to wait until Red-Cap went home in the evening. but Red-Cap thought to herself: ‘As long as I live.Grimms’ Fairy Tales brought. ‘Well. when my mother has forbidden me to do so. to run into the wood.

and was drowned.’ Red-Cap carried until the great trough was quite full.Grimms’ Fairy Tales boiled them to the trough. 155 of 444 . and no one ever did anything to harm her again. and he sniffed and peeped down. Then the smell of the sausages reached the wolf. and at last stretched out his neck so far that he could no longer keep his footing and began to slip. But Red-Cap went joyously home. and slipped down from the roof straight into the great trough.

Her betrothed only replied. But the girl did not care for the man as a girl ought to care for her betrothed husband. I have already invited guests for that day. he was anxious that she should be well married and provided for. and she could not look at him nor think of him without an inward shudder. he betrothed his daughter to him. and as he appeared to be very rich and the miller could see nothing in him with which to find fault. and that you may not mistake the way.’ Not long after a suitor appeared. ‘My house is out there in the dark forest. I will strew ashes along the path. and as she was grown up. although we have been betrothed for some time. ‘You have not yet paid me a visit.’ she answered.’ he said. ‘I will give her to the first suitable man who comes and asks for her hand. She did not feel that she could trust him. She tried to excuse herself by saying that she would not be able to find the way thither.’ 156 of 444 . He said to himself. One day he said to her. ‘You must come and see me next Sunday.’ ‘I do not know where your house is.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM There was once a miller who had one beautiful daughter.

There she saw a lonely house. turn back. Suddenly a voice cried: ’Turn back. and still she saw no one. but not a soul was to be seen. a feeling of dread came over her which she could not explain. and that she might be able to find her path again. looking so grim and mysterious. She stepped inside. At last she came to the cellar. ‘Can 157 of 444 . Linger not in this murderers’ lair. and these she followed. but they were all empty.’ The girl passed on. Again it cried: ’Turn back. She walked the whole day until she came to the deepest. very old woman. who could not keep her head from shaking. turn back. On reaching the entrance to the forest she found the path strewed with ashes. and a great silence reigned throughout. young maiden fair. going from room to room of the house.Grimms’ Fairy Tales When Sunday came. young maiden fair. and there sat a very.’ The girl looked up and saw that the voice came from a bird hanging in a cage on the wall. and it was time for the girl to start. Linger not in this murderers’ lair. darkest part of the forest. throwing down some peas on either side of her at every step she took. that it did not please her at all. she filled her pockets with peas and lentils to sprinkle on the ground as she went along.

I have long been waiting for an opportunity to escape.Grimms’ Fairy Tales you tell me.’ she said. They gave her wine to drink. but it is with death that you will keep your marriage feast. when the robbers are all asleep. and that your marriage will soon take place. you would be lost. You think yourself a promised bride. ‘if my betrothed husband lives here?’ ’Ah. ‘Keep as still as a mouse. and paid no heed to her cries and lamentations. ‘do not move or speak. Look. ‘what a place for you to come to! This is a murderers’ den.’ asked the girl.’ Thereupon the old woman led her behind a large cask. do you see that large cauldron of water which I am obliged to keep on the fire! As soon as they have you in their power they will kill you without mercy. which quite hid her from view. and with that her heart gave way and she died. one of red. They were all drunk. for they are eaters of men. and cook and eat you.’ The words were hardly out of her mouth when the godless crew returned. and one of yellow. Tonight. If I did not take pity on you and save you. three glasses full. 158 of 444 . we will flee together. or it will be all over with you. you poor child. dragging another young girl along with them.’ answered the old woman. one of white wine.

and let the thing be till tomorrow. and fell behind the cask into the lap of the girl who was hiding there. The old woman then mixed a sleeping draught with their wine. who were lying close together. The robber took a light and began looking for it. and sprinkled salt upon it. he took a hatchet and cut off the finger. As soon as the girl was assured of this. but the finger sprang into the air. The poor betrothed girl crouched trembling and shuddering behind the cask. Download the free trial version. for she saw what a terrible fate had been intended for her by the robbers.’ said the robbers. view. and they ceased looking for the finger and sat down. and every moment she was 159 of 444 . ‘Have you looked behind the large cask?’ said one of the others. she came from behind the cask. One of them now noticed a gold ring still remaining on the little finger of the murdered girl. laid her on a table. and as he could not draw it off easily.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. the finger won’t run away. and edit PDF. She was obliged to step over the bodies of the sleepers. and cut her beautiful body into pieces. and before long they were all lying on the floor of the cellar. ‘Come and eat your suppers.’ ’The old woman is right. but he could not find it. Then they tore of her dainty clothing. But the old woman called out. fast asleep and snoring.

and hastened as fast as they could from the murderers’ den. not a soul could I find within. and grown sufficiently above the ground. turn back. but the peas and lentils had sprouted. for the miller had taken care to invite all his friends and relations.’ 160 of 444 . The bridegroom arrived and also a large company of guests. The day came that had been fixed for the marriage. ‘is there no tale you know? Tell us something. They found the ashes scattered by the wind. All night long they walked. ’And you. young maiden fair. As they sat at the feast. and then she and the old woman went upstairs. opened the door. to guide them in the moonlight along the path. my love. turning to her. and it was morning before they reached the mill. Then the girl told her father all that had happened. but a bird that was hanging in a cage on the wall cried: ’Turn back.’ said the bridegroom.Grimms’ Fairy Tales filled with renewed dread lest she should awaken them. But God helped her. then. ‘I went alone through a forest and came at last to a house. each guest in turn was asked to tell a tale. the bride sat still and did not say a word.’ said the bride.’ ’I will tell you a dream. Linger not in this murderers’ lair. so that she passed safely over them.

this is only a dream. who could not keep her head still. I asked her if my betrothed lived here. this is only a dream. and everything was so grim and mysterious.’ ’Then they tore off her dainty clothing. but he will kill you without mercy and afterwards cook and eat you.’ ’My darling. and cut her beautiful body into pieces and sprinkled salt upon it. and there sat a very. dragging a young girl along with them. but the finger sprang 161 of 444 . and as it was difficult to draw off. and she answered. They gave her three kinds of wine to drink. your betrothed does indeed live here. you are come to a murderers’ den.’ ’And one of the robbers saw that there was a gold ring still left on her finger.Grimms’ Fairy Tales and again a second time it said these words.‘‘ ’My darling. he took a hatchet and cut off her finger. very old woman.’ ’The old woman hid me behind a large cask. you poor child. and with that she died. this is only a dream.’ ’I went on through the house from room to room. ‘Ah. this is only a dream. and scarcely had she done this when the robbers returned home. and yellow.’ ’My darling. but they were all empty. At last I went down to the cellar.’ ’My darling. red. white.

They delivered him up to justice. and he and all his murderous band were condemned to death for their wicked deeds. 162 of 444 .’ and with these words the bride drew forth the finger and shewed it to the assembled guests. up and tried to escape. And here is the finger with the ring. but the guests seized him and held him fast. who during this recital had grown deadly pale. The bridegroom.Grimms’ Fairy Tales into the air and fell behind the great cask into my lap.

as he puffed out a long curl of smoke. without any children to play about and amuse us while other people seem so happy and merry with their children!’ ‘What you say is very true.’ said he. and turning round her wheel. while his wife sat by his side spinning. who was quite healthy and strong.’ Now—odd as you may think it—it came to pass that this good woman’s wish was fulfilled. but kept just the same size as he had been when he was born.’ said the wife. ‘how happy should I be if I had but one child! If it were ever so small—nay. his eyes were sharp and 163 of 444 . she had a little boy. yet for all they could do he never grew bigger. Still. for. just in the very way she had wished it. sighing. little as he is. ‘Well.Grimms’ Fairy Tales TOM THUMB A poor woodman sat in his cottage one night. So they said. wife. but was not much bigger than my thumb. ‘How lonely it is. ‘for you and me to sit here by ourselves. we will love him dearly. if it were no bigger than my thumb—I should be very happy. smoking his pipe by the fireside. They gave him plenty of food. we cannot say we have not got what we wished for. and love it dearly. and.’ And they called him Thomas Thumb. not long afterwards.

father. and he soon showed himself to be a clever little fellow. the cart shall be in the wood by the time you want it.’ ‘Well.’ So they went on into the wood. I will get into his ear and tell him which way to go.Grimms’ Fairy Tales sparkling. ‘I wish I had someone to bring the cart after me. ‘we will try for once. for I want to make haste. who always knew well what he was about.’ said Tom. till at last 164 of 444 . and as he sat there the little man told the beast how to go.’ ‘Never mind that. and I hear a carter talking to the horse.’ said the father. as the woodman was getting ready to go into the wood to cut fuel. ‘What an odd thing that is!’ said one: ‘there is a cart going along. ‘Gently! gently!’ two strangers came up. ‘How can that be? you cannot reach up to the horse’s bridle. and said. father. ‘Go on!’ and ‘Stop!’ as he wanted: and thus the horse went on just as well as if the woodman had driven it himself into the wood. and put Tom into his ear.’ cried Tom. crying out.’ When the time came the mother harnessed the horse to the cart.’ ‘That is queer. ‘if my mother will only harness the horse. he said. and see where it goes. One day.’ said the other. indeed. It happened that as the horse was going a little too fast. and Tom was calling out. but yet I can see no one. ‘let us follow the cart.’ ‘Oh.’ Then the woodman laughed. ‘I will take care of that.

‘with us than with you. cried out. and carry him about from town to town as a show.’ So the woodman at last said he would sell Tom to the strangers for a large piece of gold. and did not know what to say for wonder. ‘He will be better off. hearing of the bargain they wanted to make. that will be a nice gallery for 165 of 444 .’ said they. and put him down upon a straw.’ So they went up to the woodman. where he sat as merry as you please. ‘Oh. ‘Where would you like to sit?’ said one of them. and said. and they paid the price.’ But Tom. ‘my own flesh and blood is dearer to me than all the silver and gold in the world. father. put me on the rim of your hat. At last one took the other aside. ‘That little urchin will make our fortune. ‘Take the money. I’ll soon come back to you.’ ‘I won’t sell him at all. all right and safe! now take me down!’ So his father took hold of the horse with one hand. we must buy him. father. seeing his father. and let them have me. here I am with the cart. if we can get him. ‘See. and with the other took his son out of the horse’s ear. The two strangers were all this time looking on. Then Tom Thumb.’ said the father. crept up his father’s coat to his shoulder and whispered in his ear. and asked him what he would take for the little man.Grimms’ Fairy Tales they came to the place where the woodman was.

and at last slipped into an old mouse-hole. and poked the ends of their sticks into the mouse-hole.’ At last. ‘This is lucky. ‘Let me get down. and at last it became quite dark. ‘in this ploughed field! If I were to fall from one of these great clods. he heard two men passing by. by good luck. chatting together. and then the little man said. I’m tired. he came out of his hiding-place. But Tom ran about amongst the furrows. and one said to the other. and put him down on a clod of earth. ‘I can sleep here very well’. They journeyed on till it began to be dusky. so that they were forced to go their way without their prize. as sulky as could be. but all in vain. in a ploughed field by the side of the road. he found a large empty snail-shell. ‘I’m off! mind and look sharp after me the next time. When Tom found they were gone.’ Then they ran at once to the place. I should undoubtedly break my neck. and in he crept. my masters!’ said he. ‘Good night. Just as he was falling asleep.’ So they did as he wished.’ said he.’ said he.Grimms’ Fairy Tales me. ‘What dangerous walking it is.’ So the man took off his hat. Tom only crawled farther and farther in. I can walk about there and see the country as we go along. and when Tom had taken leave of his father they took him away with them. ‘How can 166 of 444 .

frightened. ‘Take me with you. ‘Look about on the ground.Grimms’ Fairy Tales we rob that rich parson’s house of his silver and gold?’ ‘I’ll tell you!’ cried Tom. and bawled out again. but at last they plucked up their hearts. and said. we shall see what you can do. Meantime the thieves were frightened. ‘What noise was that?’ said the thief. ‘How much will you have? Shall I throw it all out?’ Now the cook lay in the next room. and then called out as loud as he could bawl. ‘You little urchin!’ they said.bars into the room.’ said the thieves. and lifted him up in their hands. ‘I’m sure I heard someone speak.’ answered he.’ At last the thieves found him out. that you may not awaken anybody.’ But Tom seemed as if he did not understand them.’ ‘But where are you?’ said they. and I’ll soon show you how to get the parson’s money. 167 of 444 . I can get between the iron window-bars of the parson’s house. ‘Softly. ‘Will you have all that is here?’ At this the thieves were frightened. ‘and listen where the sound comes from. ‘come along. ‘what can you do for us?’ ‘Why. and Tom said. softly! Speak low. and said.’ ‘That’s a good thought. and throw you out whatever you want. Tom slipped through the window. and hearing a noise she raised herself up in her bed and listened.’ When they came to the parson’s house.’ They stood still listening. and ran off a little way.

168 of 444 . went away for a light. she went to bed. and then find his way home to his father and mother. but throw us out some of the money. slept on.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ‘The little urchin is only trying to make fools of us. so she sprang out of bed. The thieves ran off as if a wolf was at their tails: and the maid. But alas! how woefully he was undone! what crosses and sorrows happen to us all in this world! The cook got up early. meaning to sleep till daylight. however. thinking she must have been dreaming with her eyes open. saying. to feed the cows. and going straight to the hayloft. ‘Very well! hold your hands! here it comes.’ So they came back and whispered softly to him. and when she had looked about and searched every hole and corner.’ Then Tom called out as loud as he could. having groped about and found nothing.’ The cook heard this quite plain. The little man crawled about in the hay-loft. fast asleep. for the cook had put the hay into the cow’s rick. so he laid himself down. and did not awake till he found himself in the mouth of the cow. and ran to open the door. By the time she came back. Tom had slipped off into the barn. and at last found a snug place to finish his night’s rest in. carried away a large bundle of hay. and found nobody. with the little man in the middle of it. ‘Now let us have no more of your roguish jokes. before daybreak. He still.

At last down he went into her stomach. and hearing someone speak. and overset the milk-pail. he went with her into the cow-house. and was forced to have all his wits about him. ‘Sir. a candle would be no bad thing. At last he cried out as loud as he could. to try and see what was the matter.’ Though he made the best of his bad luck. the cow is talking!’ But the parson said.’ said he. ‘It is rather dark. ‘Don’t bring me any more hay! Don’t bring me any more hay!’ The maid happened to be just then milking the cow. and the space left for him became smaller and smaller. ‘Woman. thou art surely mad!’ However. 169 of 444 . ‘they forgot to build windows in this room to let the sun in. but seeing nobody.Grimms’ Fairy Tales and the cow had taken Tom up in a mouthful of it. he did not like his quarters at all. and so be crushed to death. ‘how came I to tumble into the mill?’ But he soon found out where he really was. and said. that he might not get between the cow’s teeth. she was so frightened that she fell off her stool. As soon as she could pick herself up out of the dirt. that more and more hay was always coming down. sir. and yet being quite sure it was the same voice that she had heard in the night. ‘Good lack-a-day!’ said he. and the worst of it was. she ran off as fast as she could to her master the parson.

‘In such and such a house. A hungry wolf sprang out. describing his own father’s house. and thinking the wolf would not dislike having some chat with him as he was going along. which was not a very easy task. roast pig. ‘My good friend. and thinking the cow was surely bewitched.’ ‘Where’s that?’ said the wolf. ‘Don’t bring me any more hay!’ Then the parson himself was frightened. was thrown out upon a dunghill. and then into the pantry. he called out. was still not disheartened. and the stomach. and swallowed up the whole stomach. Tom. and there you will find cakes. at one gulp. just as he had made room to get his head out. with Tom in it. I can show you a famous treat.’ The wolf did not want to be asked twice. ham.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Scarcely had they set foot on the threshold. Tom soon set himself to work to get out. So the cow was killed. apple-dumplings. fresh ill-luck befell him.’ said Tom. however. told his man to kill her on the spot. when Tom called out. ‘You can crawl through the drain into the kitchen and then into the pantry. so that very night he went to the house and crawled through the drain into the kitchen. and ran away. and ate and drank there to his heart’s content. but at last. and cut up. in which Tom lay. and everything that your heart can wish. cold chicken. As soon as he had had 170 of 444 . beef.

eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. Then he aimed a great blow. ‘and when I have knocked him on the head you must rip him up with the scythe. singing and shouting as loud as he could.’ Tom heard all this. This was just what Tom had reckoned upon. you may well suppose that they were sadly frightened. ‘what fears we have had for you!’ ‘Yes. Download the free trial version. now I’ve a mind to be merry myself’. and cried out. ‘Ah!’ said the father. and the woodman ran for his axe.’ ‘What’s that to me?’ said the little man. but when they saw a wolf was there. and he began. making all the noise he could. enough he wanted to get away. the wolf has swallowed me. ‘you have had your frolic. and gave his wife a scythe. and now he began to set up a great shout. ‘you’ll awaken everybody in the house if you make such a clatter. peeped through a crack in the door. ‘Will you be easy?’ said the wolf. The woodman and his wife. father. being awakened by the noise. ‘Father. ‘Do you stay behind. and he told his wife not to use the scythe for fear she should hurt him. and set Tommy free. and killed him on the spot! and when he was dead they cut open his body. and edit PDF. father! I am here.’ And his father said. view.’ 171 of 444 . ‘Heaven be praised! we have found our dear child again’. and struck the wolf on the head.’ said the woodman. but he had eaten so much that he could not go out by the same way he came in.

there’s no place like HOME! 172 of 444 . for he was very hungry. for his old ones had been quite spoiled on his journey.’ said they. and was fond enough of telling the whole story. ‘I have been in a mousehole—and in a snail-shell—and down a cow’s throat— and in the wolf’s belly. in peace. I think. and had done and seen so many fine things. and now I am very glad to come home and get fresh air again.’ ‘Why. after all. where have you been?’ said his father. So Master Thumb stayed at home with his father and mother. ‘I have travelled all over the world. and yet here I am again. safe and sound. since we parted. and gave him plenty to eat and drink. he always agreed that. for though he had been so great a traveller. and then they fetched new clothes for him. and we will not sell you again for all the riches in the world. in one way or other.’ ’Well.Grimms’ Fairy Tales answered he.’ Then they hugged and kissed their dear little son. ‘you are come back.

‘Good 173 of 444 . and said. when on a sudden the door opened. She was. you must know. moreover. She sat down in one corner of the room. and upon the stream there stood a mill. The miller’s house was close by. and a droll-looking little man hobbled in. for that she could do no such thing as spin straw into gold: the chamber door was locked. ran a fine stream of water. that his daughter could spin gold out of straw. and said. had a very beautiful daughter. Then he led her to a chamber in his palace where there was a great heap of straw.Grimms’ Fairy Tales RUMPELSTILTSKIN By the side of a wood.’ It was in vain that the poor maiden said that it was only a silly boast of her father. and she was left alone. Now this king was very fond of money. in a country a long way off. and gave her a spinning-wheel. ‘All this must be spun into gold before morning. and began to bewail her hard fate. as you love your life. and the miller. and the miller was so proud of her. very shrewd and clever. and he sent for the girl to be brought before him. who used to come and hunt in the wood. that he one day told the king of the land. and when he heard the miller’s boast his greediness was raised.

and whistled and sang: ’Round about. and whistled and sang: ’Round about. and sat himself down to the wheel.Grimms’ Fairy Tales morrow to you. and he shut up the poor miller’s daughter again with a fresh task. the work was quickly done. reel away. and the straw was all spun into gold. round about.’ replied the maiden. ‘to do it for you?’ ‘My necklace. So her little friend took the ring. He took her at her word. and sat down once more to weep. Straw into gold!’ And round about the wheel went merrily. and said. ‘I must spin this straw into gold. but his heart grew still more greedy of gain.’ ‘What will you give me. and I know not how. ‘What will you give me to do your task?’ ‘The ring on my finger. round about. Straw into gold!’ 174 of 444 . my good lass. Then she knew not what to do. he was greatly astonished and pleased. reel away. what are you weeping for?’ ‘Alas!’ said she. When the king came and saw this.’ said the hobgoblin.’ said she. Lo and behold! Reel away. Lo and behold! Reel away. but the dwarf soon opened the door. and began to work at the wheel again.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales till. and said.’ said she. At the birth of her first little child she was very glad. she said she would do what he asked.’ As soon as she was alone that dwarf came in. ‘All this must be spun tonight. finding all he wanted. The king was greatly delighted to see all this glittering treasure. But one day he came into her room.’ thought the miller’s daughter: and as she knew no other way to get her task done.’ said the little man. was forced to keep his word. and if it is.’ ‘That may never be. and he said. till at last her tears softened him. Round went the wheel again to the old song. so he married the miller’s daughter. and what she had said. but still he had not enough: so he took the miller’s daughter to a yet larger heap. The king came in the morning. long before morning. and the manikin once more spun the heap into gold. and she really became queen. where she was sitting playing with her baby. ‘What will you give me to spin gold for you this third time?’ ‘I have nothing left. you shall be my queen. and said. all was done again. and put her in mind of it. Then she grieved sorely at her misfortune. but in vain. and. and forgot the dwarf. ‘Then say you will give me. and said she would give him all the wealth of the kingdom if he would let her off. ‘I will 175 of 444 . ‘the first little child that you may have when you are queen.

you shall keep your child. as I was climbing a high hill. tomorrow bake. 176 of 444 . and before the hut burnt a fire. and if during that time you tell me my name. BENJAMIN. but the little gentleman still said to every one of them. ‘Madam. but to all and each of them he said. The next day the little man came. Merrily I’ll dance and sing. that is not my name.Grimms’ Fairy Tales give you three days’ grace. and singing: ’’Merrily the feast I’ll make. that is not my name. ‘Madam. and said.’ The second day she began with all the comical names she could hear of. BANDY-LEGS. JEREMIAH. but yesterday.’ The third day one of the messengers came back. and all the names she could remember. thinking of all the odd names that she had ever heard. and she began with TIMOTHY. For next day will a stranger bring. ICHABOD. and so on. HUNCHBACK.’ Now the queen lay awake all night. among the trees of the forest where the fox and the hare bid each other good night. CROOK-SHANKS. and round about the fire a funny little dwarf was dancing upon one leg. and she sent messengers all over the land to find out new ones. Today I’ll brew. I saw a little hut. ‘I have travelled two days without hearing of any other names.

and called all her court round to enjoy the fun. Then he made the best of his way off. and a merry feast. that he was forced to lay hold of it with both hands to pull it out.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Little does my lady dream Rumpelstiltskin is my name!‘‘ When the queen heard this she jumped for joy. and the nurse stood by her side with the baby in her arms. ‘Now. to take home with him to his hut in the woods. while the nurse laughed and the baby crowed. lady. madam!’ ‘Is it JEMMY?’ ‘It is not. ‘Some witch told you that!— some witch told you that!’ cried the little man. and as soon as her little friend came she sat down upon her throne. and he cried out. Mr RUMPLESTILTSKIN!’ 177 of 444 . Then the little man began to chuckle at the thought of having the poor child. what is my name?’ ‘Is it JOHN?’ asked she. ‘No. as if it was quite ready to be given up.’ ‘Can your name be RUMPELSTILTSKIN?’ said the lady slyly. and said. and all the court jeered at him for having had so much trouble for nothing. and dashed his right foot in a rage so deep into the floor. madam!’ ‘Is it TOM?’ ‘No. ‘We wish you a very good morning.

who wore shoes with red heels. a draught of wine.’ The master said: ‘I will run myself. that they might roast. was quite happy and thought: ‘You certainly are a pretty girl!’ And when she came home she drank. and when she walked out with them on. scalded them. The fowls began to turn brown. Gretel laid the spit with the fowls on one 178 of 444 . and towards evening set them before the fire. and fetch the guest. and said: ‘The cook must know what the food is like. she tasted the best of whatever she was cooking until she was satisfied. plucked them. Then Gretel called out to her master: ‘If the guest does not come. She killed two fowls. put them on the spit. but the guest had not yet arrived.’ answered Gretel. but it will be a sin and a shame if they are not eaten the moment they are at their juiciest. there is a guest coming this evening.’ ‘I will see to it.’ It came to pass that the master one day said to her: ‘Gretel. and were nearly ready. in her gladness of heart.’ When the master had turned his back. master. she turned herself this way and that. and as wine excites a desire to eat. I must take the fowls away from the fire.Grimms’ Fairy Tales CLEVER GRETEL There was once a cook named Gretel. prepare me two fowls very daintily.

But as the roast meat smelt so good. and said: ‘Ah! how good fowls are! It certainly is a sin and a shame that they are not eaten at the right time!’ She ran to the window.’ So she cut it off. and should not be interrupted. I will run into the cellar. it ought to be tasted!’ She touched it with her finger.’ Then she said: ‘Well. and thought: ‘Standing so long by the fire there. and went back to the fowls and thought: ‘One of the wings is burning! I had better take it off and eat it. and have turned in somewhere. and thought that wine should flow on. ate it. to see if the master was not coming with his guest. and did not see him. she thought: ‘The other must go down too. Gretel thought: ‘Something might be wrong. 179 of 444 . basted them.’ When the two wings were eaten. but she saw no one. makes one sweat and thirsty. and when she had done. said: ‘God bless it for you. who knows when they will come? Meanwhile. she went and looked for her master. or else master will observe that something is missing. and enjoyed it. enjoy yourself. It suddenly occurred to her: ‘Who knows? They are perhaps not coming at all. and drove the spit merrily round. Gretel.’ and took a good drink. Gretel.’ She ran down.Grimms’ Fairy Tales side. Then she went and put the fowls down again to the fire. and took yet another hearty draught. set a jug. and take a drink.

and let the second chicken follow the first. When one of the chickens was swallowed down. he certainly did ask you to supper. her master came and cried: ‘Hurry up. and looked to see who was there. sir. and when she saw the guest. why should God’s good gifts be spoilt?’ So she ran into the cellar again. she put her finger to her lips and said: ‘Hush! hush! go away as quickly as you can. and sharpened it on the steps. and eat it up entirely. Presently the guest came. take another drink. I will soon serve up. wherewith he was going to carve the chickens. and took the great knife. took an enormous drink and ate up the one chicken in great glee.Grimms’ Fairy Tales one fowl has been cut into. if my master catches you it will be the worse for you. While she was making the most of it.’ So she took another hearty drink. but his 180 of 444 . Gretel ran. the two go together. the other should be likewise. and still her master did not come. and knocked politely and courteously at the house-door. what’s right for the one is right for the other. Meantime the master looked to see what the table was properly laid. I think if I were to take another draught it would do me no harm. the guest is coming directly after me!’ ‘Yes. Gretel looked at the other and said: ‘What one is.’ answered Gretel. when it is eaten you will have some peace. Gretel.

in order to take them both with him.’ said she. thought no otherwise than that he was to give up one of his ears. so that something remained for me to eat. off the dish. and lamented the fine chickens. however. ‘If he had but left me one. crying: ‘Just one. she ran screaming to her master. and ran as if fire were burning under him. 181 of 444 . Just listen how he is sharpening the knife for it!’ The guest heard the sharpening.Grimms’ Fairy Tales intention is to cut off your two ears. and hurried down the steps again as fast as he could.’ meaning that the guest should leave him just one chicken. and has run away with them!’ ‘That’s a nice trick!’ said her master. Gretel? What do you mean by that?’ ‘Yes.’ He called to him to stop. Then he ran after him with the knife still in his hand. just one. and not take both. and cried: ‘You have invited a fine guest!’ ‘Why. but the guest pretended not to hear. ‘he has taken the chickens which I was just going to serve up. The guest. Gretel was not idle.

his knees trembled. Once. and it fell to the ground and broke. The young wife scolded him.’ answered the child.’ 182 of 444 . and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon. too. ‘What are you doing there?’ asked the father. whose eyes had become dim. ‘for father and mother to eat out of when I am big.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE OLD MAN AND HIS GRANDSON There was once a very old man. his ears dull of hearing. ‘I am making a little trough. And he used to look towards the table with his eyes full of tears. and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth. so the old grandfather at last had to sit in the corner behind the stove. his trembling hands could not hold the bowl. out of which he had to eat. and not even enough of it. They were once sitting thus when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground. Then they brought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence. but he said nothing and only sighed. and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl. His son and his son’s wife were disgusted at this.

view. and edit PDF. The man and his wife looked at each other for a while. and henceforth always let him eat with them. 183 of 444 . Download the free trial version. and likewise said nothing if he did spill a little of anything. Then they took the old grandfather to the table.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. and presently began to cry.

and set it among the grass. and painted it as it ought to be. and in time it will certainly get big and be a cow. He had not even so much as a cow. just look how it eats already!’ At night when he was going to drive the herd home again. and yet he and his wife did so wish to have one. the little peasant called the cow-herd in and said: ‘Look. and made it with its head hanging down as if it were eating. I have a little calf there.’ The cow-herd said: ‘All right. and paint it brown. and the cow-herd said: ‘It will soon run by itself. there is our gossip the carpenter. and their gossip the carpenter cut and planed the calf. Next morning when the cows were being driven out. whom they called the little peasant. The little calf always remained standing like one which was eating. and just one poor one. but it is still small and has to be carried. so that it looks like any other.’ and took it in his arms and carried it to the pasture. One day he said to her: ‘Listen. I have a good idea.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE LITTLE PEASANT There was a certain village wherein no one lived but really rich peasants. he shall make us a wooden calf.’ the woman also liked the idea. and still less money to buy one. he said to the 184 of 444 .

but someone had stolen the calf. and it was gone. he inquired where it was. who for his carelessness condemned him to give the peasant a cow for the calf which had run away. and the calf was missing. and could give it nothing to eat.’ The peasant.’ and led the cow-herd before the mayor.’ Then they went back to the meadow together. and out of pity he took him and wrapped him in the skin. and there sat a raven with broken wings. and when the cow-herd drove the cows through the village. The cow-herd answered: ‘It is still standing out there eating. But as the weather grew so bad 185 of 444 . so that he might buy a new calf with the proceeds. so it soon had to be killed.’ But the little peasant said: ‘Oh. On the way he passed by a mill. and the peasant went into the town and wanted to sell the skin there. I don’t care to drag you home again in my arms. but they had no food for it. but I must have my beast back again. They salted the flesh.Grimms’ Fairy Tales calf: ‘If you can stand there and eat your fill.’ But the little peasant stood at his door. however. you can also go on your four legs. said: ‘Don’t tell me that. and they were heartily glad. and waited for his little calf. The cow-herd said: ‘It must have run away. And now the little peasant and his wife had the cow for which they had so long wished. It would not stop and come with us.

and said: ‘Thank heaven. Then the woman served up four different things. and wine. 186 of 444 .’ In the meantime came the parson. and said: ‘My husband is out. and said to the peasant: ‘Lay yourself on the straw there. the salad on the bed. roast meat.’ The miller saw the peasant lying on the straw. cakes. Then she opened the door for her husband. and the woman thought: ‘He is tired and has gone to sleep. and lay down with his skin beside him. there was a knocking outside. ‘the poor knave came in the storm and rain. the wine under the pillow. heavens! It is my husband!’ she quickly hid the roast meat inside the tiled stove. you are back again! There is such a storm. it looks as if the world were coming to an end. ‘What is that fellow doing there?’ ‘Ah. and begged for shelter.’ The peasant listened. and the parson in the closet on the porch. the cakes under it. and asked.’ said the wife. The peasant ate it. salad. he could go no farther. The miller’s wife was alone in the house.Grimms’ Fairy Tales and there was a storm of rain and wind. The woman said: ‘Oh. so we will have a feast. Just as they were about to sit down and eat. and when he heard them talk about feasting he was vexed that he had been forced to make shift with a slice of bread and cheese.’ and gave him a slice of bread and cheese. the miller’s wife received him well. and turned back to the mill and begged for shelter.

and the fifth he keeps to himself. and asked: ‘What have you there?’ The peasant answered: ‘I have a soothsayer inside it. and went there and found the wine.Grimms’ Fairy Tales so I gave him a bit of bread and cheese. lying on the ground.’ ‘Bless me!’ cried the miller. and said: ‘In the second place. ‘so far as I am concerned. so that he croaked and made a noise like krr.’ ‘I am contented with anything. he says that there is some wine hidden under the pillow. ‘Now go on. ‘Why not?’ answered the peasant: ‘but he only says four things.’ replied the husband. and showed him where the straw was. bread and cheese will do.’ Then the peasant pinched the raven’s head. and found 187 of 444 . but got up and ate.’ and looked at the peasant and said: ‘Come and eat some more with me. The peasant made the raven croak again. The miller said: ‘What did he say?’ The peasant answered: ‘In the first place. he says that there is some roast meat in the tiled stove. and said: ‘Let him foretell something for once.’ ‘Upon my word!’ cried the miller.’ The peasant did not require to be invited twice.’ The miller was curious.’ ‘Can he foretell anything to me?’ said the miller.’ The man said: ‘I have no objection. but be quick and get me something to eat. and went thither.’ said he. After this the miller saw the skin in which the raven was. krr.’ The woman said: ‘But I have nothing but bread and cheese.

At last the peasant pinched the raven once more till he croaked. and said: ‘Thirdly. but the little peasant said: ‘First. for the fifth is something bad.’ ‘That would be a fine thing!’ cried the miller. but the miller’s wife was frightened to death.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the roast meat. until they agreed on three hundred talers. The peasant made the raven prophesy still more. and the miller said: ‘It was true. he says that there are some cakes under the bed. we will quickly eat the four things.’ So they ate. and the peasant unlocked the closet. I saw the black rascal with 188 of 444 . Then the peasant once more pinched the raven’s head till he croaked loudly. and went there and found the salad. and went to bed and took all the keys with her. he says that there is some salad on the bed.’ The miller said: ‘The Devil must go out. then the woman was forced to give up the keys.’ ‘That would be a fine thing!’ cried the miller. and looked there. The miller asked: ‘What did he say?’ The peasant replied: ‘He says that the Devil is hiding outside there in the closet on the porch. and said: ‘Fourthly. The parson ran out as fast as he could. And now the two sat down to the table together. The miller would have liked much to know the fifth. and found the cakes.’ and opened the house-door. and after that they bargained how much the miller was to give for the fifth prophecy.

killed all their cows. and was to be rolled into the water.’ Then the small peasant was brought before the mayor.’ The peasant. and accused him of this treachery before the major. said: ‘But my servant must go first. and stripped off their skins in order to sell them in the town to the greatest advantage. in a barrel pierced full of holes. made off next morning by daybreak with the three hundred talers. wanted to take vengeance on him. he did not give them so much. they too wished to enjoy this great profit. The mayor. and said: ‘What can I do with all these skins?’ Then the peasants were vexed that the small peasant should have thus outwitted them. however. and bidden to say from whence his wealth came. and a priest was brought who was to say a mass for 189 of 444 . He was led forth. and people carry the gold home in shovels.Grimms’ Fairy Tales my own eyes. and the peasants said: ‘The small peasant has certainly been to the place where golden snow falls. and when the others came. for three hundred talers. The innocent little peasant was unanimously sentenced to death.’ When the peasants heard that. and ran home. He answered: ‘I sold my cow’s skin in the town. he built a beautiful house. he did not give her more than two talers for a skin. At home the small peasant gradually launched out. however.’ When she came to the merchant in the town.

and got in.’ The shepherd was willing. the shepherd cried: ‘I am quite willing to be mayor. the very shepherd whom the peasant knew had long been wishing to be mayor. and asked: ‘What are you about? What is it that you will not do?’ The peasant said: ‘They want to make me mayor. When the barrel began to roll. you will be mayor. then he took the shepherd’s flock for himself. and when the peasant looked at the priest. set me free from the barrel. came up to him. I will not do it.’ The shepherd said: ‘If nothing more than that is needful in order to be mayor. I would get into the barrel at once. but first you shall 190 of 444 . with a flock of sheep. and declared that the mass had been said. I will not do it!’ The shepherd hearing that.’ They believed no otherwise than that it was the peasant who was saying this. Then they came and rolled the barrel towards the water.Grimms’ Fairy Tales his soul. and answered: ‘That is what we intend. so he cried with all his might: ‘No. and the peasant shut the top down on him. and drove it away. The parson went to the crowd. The others were all obliged to retire to a distance. He said to him: ‘I set you free from the closet.’ The peasant said: ‘If you will get in.’ At this same moment up came. he recognized the man who had been with the miller’s wife. but I will not do it. if I will but put myself in the barrel. if the whole world insists on it.

and as they were entering the village. it sounded as if he were calling them. and crept out. and they were reflected in the water.’ So he jumped in. a flock apiece. the small peasant also came quietly in.’ said he.’ Said the peasants: ‘Are there any more there?’ ‘Oh. and look about me. but the mayor said: ‘I come first.Grimms’ Fairy Tales look about you a little down below there. deep down.’ and they rolled the barrel down into the water.’ Then the peasants made up their minds that they too would fetch some sheep for themselves. truly. whereupon the peasants cried: ‘We already see the sheep down below!’ The mayor pressed forward and said: ‘I will go down first. and if things promise well I’ll call you. splash! went the water. from whence do you come? Have you come out of the water?’ ‘Yes. and 191 of 444 . yes. ‘more than I could want. and there were pretty meadows on which a number of lambs were feeding. and said: ‘Peasant. ‘I sank deep. and just then there were some of the small fleecy clouds in the blue sky. until at last I got to the bottom.’ replied the peasant. I pushed the bottom out of the barrel. After that the peasants went home. and from thence I brought this flock away with me. driving a flock of sheep and looking quite contented. which are called little lambs. Then the peasants were astonished.’ So they went to the water together.

as sole heir. Then the entire village was dead.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the whole crowd plunged in after him as one man. and the small peasant. became a rich man. 192 of 444 .

‘The steak is almost ready.’ When dinner-time drew nigh.’ So she left the pan on the fire and took a large jug and went into the cellar and tapped the ale cask. The steak soon began to look brown. and a good draught of ale. and sure enough the rascally cur had got the steak in his mouth. ‘Kate! I am going to work in the fields. and they had not long been married. and stuck close to the 193 of 444 . Away ran Catherine. and to crackle in the pan. Catherine took a nice steak. ‘The dog is not shut up—he may be running away with the steak. One day Frederick said. The beer ran into the jug and Catherine stood looking on.Grimms’ Fairy Tales FREDERICK AND CATHERINE There was once a man called Frederick: he had a wife whose name was Catherine. when I come back I shall be hungry so let me have something nice cooked. and away ran the dog across the field: but he ran faster than she. and Catherine stood by with a fork and turned it: then she said to herself. which was all the meat she had. that’s well thought of. I may as well go to the cellar for the ale.’ ‘Very well.’ said she. and put it on the fire to fry. and was making off with it.’ So up she ran from the cellar. At last it popped into her head. ‘it shall all be ready.

and upset it. for Catherine had not turned the cock. Now all this time the ale was running too. ‘How very neat and clean it looks!’ At noon Frederick came home. wife. 194 of 444 . ‘It’s all gone. and thus all the ale that had been saved was set swimming on the floor also. ‘when one goes another may as well follow.’ said she. ‘Now. So she turned round. ‘Ah! well.Grimms’ Fairy Tales steak. and that if she sprinkled this over the floor it would suck up the ale nicely. ‘What a lucky thing. ‘what shall I do to keep Frederick from seeing all this slopping about?’ So she thought a while. ‘what have you for dinner?’ ‘O Frederick!’ answered she. and was quite pleased with her cleverness. and at last remembered that there was a sack of fine meal bought at the last fair. and ‘what can’t be cured must be endured’. ‘My stars!’ said she.’ Then she strewed the meal all about the cellar. and said. ‘that we kept that meal! we have now a good use for it. she walked home leisurely to cool herself.’ cried he.’ said Catherine. and as she had run a good way and was tired. When she got to the cellar stairs she saw what had happened. and when the jug was full the liquor ran upon the floor till the cask was empty.’ said she.’ So away she went for it: but she managed to set it down just upon the great jug full of beer.

‘I did not know I was doing wrong. and looks so clean!’ ‘Kate. and edit PDF. ‘What pretty yellow buttons these are! I shall put them into a box and bury them in the garden. you should have told me before. but take care that you never go near or meddle with them. Download the free trial version. there came by some pedlars with earthenware plates and dishes. but while I went down to draw the ale. Frederick. ‘If my wife manages matters thus. I might deal with you. and then spoil all the meal?’ ‘Why. ‘how could you do all this?’ Why did you leave the steak to fry.’ said he.’ Now he had a good deal of gold in the house: so he said to Catherine.’ said she. and when I went to dry up the ale with the sack of meal that we got at the fair. and while I ran after him. and the ale to run.’ said she.’ ‘No.’ ‘Yellow buttons!’ said they: ‘let us have a look at them. but I have no money: if you had any use for yellow buttons. and they asked her whether she would buy. ‘that I never will.’ As soon as he was gone.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. ‘Oh dear me. I must look sharp myself. and you will find the yellow buttons: I dare not go myself. Frederick. view. the ale ran out.’ So 195 of 444 . ‘I was cooking you a steak.’ ‘Go into the garden and dig where I tell you.’ The husband thought to himself. I upset the jug: but the cellar is now quite dry. the dog ran away with it. I should like to buy very much. Kate.

’ Catherine stood musing for a while.’ ‘Wife. ‘Ah.’ said she. he cried out.’ said she. that we may have something to eat by the way. he left his wife some way behind. down the side of which there was a road so narrow that the cart wheels always chafed the trees on each side as they passed. Then she set them all about the house for a show: and when Frederick came back. we will try. what have you been doing?’ ‘See. and at last said to her husband.’ ‘Very well. Frederick. and left her plenty of plates and dishes.’ thought she: ‘when we turn back. and they set out: and as Frederick walked the fastest. they took them all away. ‘what a pretty piece of work you have made! those yellow buttons were all my money: how came you to do such a thing?’ ‘Why. ‘It does not matter.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the rogues went: and when they found what these yellow buttons were. ‘Hark ye. 196 of 444 .’ ‘Well. we will soon get the gold back: let us run after the thieves. the pedlars went themselves and dug them up. you should have told me. ‘Kate. ‘but take some butter and cheese with you.’ said Frederick. ‘I have bought all these with your yellow buttons: but I did not touch them myself. wife.’ answered he.’ Presently she came to the top of a hill. ‘I did not know there was any harm in it.’ answered she. I shall be so much nearer home than he.

‘how they have bruised and wounded those poor trees. ‘How can you say so?’ said she. Catherine looked.Grimms’ Fairy Tales see now. While she was doing this kind office one of her cheeses fell out of the basket. down the hill.’ They ate the dry bread together. and Frederick said. and I suppose they are both on the road together somewhere. Then she gave him the dry bread. I suppose the other will go the same way and find you.’ So she took pity on them. ‘Oh!’ answered she. ‘Kate. ‘I used the butter to grease those poor trees that the wheels chafed so: and one of the cheeses ran away so I sent the other after it to find it. But she said she supposed that they knew the road.’ ‘What a goose you are to do such silly things!’ said the husband. and she could not stay there all day waiting for them. ‘Well. so she said. he has younger legs than I have. and away it went. nobody knows where. and would follow her. ‘I am sure you never told me not. At last she overtook Frederick. who desired her to give him something to eat. so that the wheels might not hurt them so much. ‘Where are the butter and cheese?’ said he.’ said she. but could not see where it had gone. I hope you locked the door safe when you came 197 of 444 . and rolled down the hill.’ Then she rolled the other cheese after it. and made use of the butter to grease them all. they will never get well.

but the front door she took off the hinges.’ Frederick of course made no objection to that plan. and when she overtook her husband she cried out. ‘and bring with you something to eat.’ said Frederick. you shall carry it about with you for your pains. for I have often seen him take some.Grimms’ Fairy Tales away.’ ‘No. as you have brought the door. Frederick.’ Catherine did as he told her.’ ‘Very well. I’ll fasten them to the door. but they 198 of 444 . ‘Frederick wants something to eat.’ When she reached home. but I’ll not carry the nuts and vinegar bottle also—that would be too much of a load. so if you please. and said. you may watch it as carefully as you please. there is the door itself. ‘you did not tell me.’ answered she.’ ‘Then go home. ‘what a clever wife I have! I sent you to make the house fast. and you take the door away. ‘I’ll carry the door. but surely it can nowhere be so safe if I take it with me. and the vinegar. but I don’t think he is very fond of butter and cheese: I’ll bring him a bag of fine nuts. she bolted the back door. ‘Frederick told me to lock the door. and thought to herself by the way. ‘There. and they set off into the wood to look for the thieves.’ ‘Alas! alas!’ said he.’ answered she. so that everybody may go in and out as they please—however. and do it now before we go any farther.’ So she took her time by the way.

‘It must be near morning.’ Then away rattled the nuts down among the boughs and one of the thieves cried. if you will. They were in truth great rascals. who had the door on her shoulder.’ ‘I can’t help that: they must go. ‘go it must. then.’ So 199 of 444 . they climbed up into a tree to spend the night there. than who should come by but the very rogues they were looking for. began to be very tired.’ said she. ‘Frederick. so they sat down and made a fire under the very tree where Frederick and Catherine were. they were tired. but she thought it was the nuts upon it that were so heavy: so she said softly. Frederick slipped down on the other side. make haste and throw them down. Scarcely were they up. ‘Bless me. for the wind shakes the fir-apples down. ‘not now. ‘I must throw the vinegar down. Then he climbed up again.’ answered he.’ ‘I can’t help that.’ A little while after. and belonged to that class of people who find things before they are lost. they will discover us. I must let the nuts go.’ Catherine. and picked up some stones. Catherine thought the door was still very heavy: so she whispered to Frederick. and tried to hit the thieves on the head with them: but they only said.’ ‘Pray don’t. ‘it will discover us.’ ‘Well. it is hailing.Grimms’ Fairy Tales could not find them: and when it grew dark.’ answered he.’ ‘No.

’ But he begged and prayed her not to do so. ‘What a heavy dew there is!’ At last it popped into Catherine’s head that it was the door itself that was so heavy all the time: so she whispered. ‘Frederick. and the thieves said. ‘Here goes. and left all the gold. that they cried out ‘Murder!’ and not knowing what was coming.’ said she: and down went the door with such a clatter upon the thieves. So when Frederick and Catherine came down. there they found all their money safe and sound. however.Grimms’ Fairy Tales she poured all the vinegar down. 200 of 444 . for he was sure it would betray them. ran away as fast as they could. I must throw the door down soon.

and this one she hated. The stepdaughter once had a pretty apron. ‘and you shall have it. and heard everything. and when bedtime had come. so as to lie at the far side. which the other fancied so much that she became envious. but when she was asleep. ‘Be quiet. Your stepsister has long deserved death. the other pushed her gently to the front. close by the wall. and told her mother that she must and would have that apron. and push her well to the front. the old woman came creeping in. All day long she dared not go out of doors. and one beautiful and good. my child. In the night. because she was her stepdaughter. she held an axe in her right hand.’ said the old woman. Only be careful that you are at the far side of the bed. one ugly and wicked. and took for herself the place at the back. tonight when she is asleep I will come and cut her head off. and this one she loved because she was her own daughter. and felt with her left to see if anyone were lying at 201 of 444 . the witch’s daughter got into bed first.’ It would have been all over with the poor girl if she had not just then been standing in a corner.Grimms’ Fairy Tales SWEETHEART ROLAND There was once upon a time a woman who was a real witch and had two daughters.

and she sees what she has done.’ ‘But. I am sleeping. She 202 of 444 . my stepmother wanted to kill me. who was called Roland.’ cried the third drop of blood. here in the bed. When the old witch got up next morning. but she did not come. and then she grasped the axe with both hands.’ cried the second drop of blood. the girl got up and went to her sweetheart. When he came out. but found no one. When daylight comes. I am warming myself. Then the witch cried: ‘Where are you?’ ‘Here. and she took the dead girl’s head and dropped three drops of blood on the ground. but saw no one on the stairs. Then she hurried away with her lover. dearest Roland.’ answered the first drop of blood. I am sweeping. When she had gone away. She went into the kitchen. and one on the stairs. ‘I counsel you first to take away her magic wand. she said to him: ‘Listen. and wanted to give her the apron. and knocked at his door. Then she cried again: ‘Where are you?’ ‘Ah. or we cannot escape if she pursues us. on the stairs. she called her daughter. but has struck her own child.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the outside.’ said Roland. and cut her own child’s head off. The old woman went out. and cried again: ‘Where are you?’ ‘Here in the kitchen.’ The maiden fetched the magic wand. one in front of the bed. we shall be lost. we must fly in all haste. one in the kitchen.

threw breadcrumbs in. she perceived her stepdaughter hurrying away with her sweetheart Roland. her sweetheart Roland into a lake. and herself into a duck swimming in the middle of it.Grimms’ Fairy Tales went into the room to the bed. sprang to the window. and the old woman had to go home at night as she had come. and as she could look forth quite far into the world. and they walked on the whole night until daybreak. and went to endless trouble to entice the duck. ‘even if you have got a long way off. changed. however. What did she see there? Her own child. with her magic wand. At this the girl and her sweetheart Roland resumed their natural shapes again.’ cried she. and said to the musician: ‘Dear musician. may I pluck that beautiful 203 of 444 . whose head she had cut off. when she saw the old woman striding towards her. in which she covered an hour’s walk at every step. bathed in her blood. you shall still not escape me. It was not long before the witch came striding up towards them. but the duck did not let herself be enticed. Then the maiden changed herself into a beautiful flower which stood in the midst of a briar hedge. and her sweetheart Roland into a fiddler. and it was not long before she overtook them.’ She put on her many-league boots. The witch fell into a passion. The girl. ‘That shall not help you. The witch placed herself on the shore.

’ said the girl. knowing perfectly well who the flower was. and thought: ‘Someone will surely come this way.’ It befell. and trample me down. yes. and as it was so pretty. and as he did not stop. The faster he played. as he did not return at all. Roland said: ‘Now I will go to my father and arrange for the wedding.’ Then Roland went away. and whether she would or not. and pricked her and wounded her till she bled. ‘I will play to you while you do it.’ As she was hastily creeping into the hedge and was just going to pluck the flower. As they were now set free. plucked 204 of 444 . and changed herself into a flower. however. The poor girl remained there a long time.’ he replied. ‘and that no one may recognize me. but at length. But when Roland got home. that a shepherd kept his sheep in the field and saw the flower. for it was a magical dance. the more violent springs was she forced to make. she had to dance till she lay dead on the ground. who so fascinated him that he forgot the maiden. she was forced to dance. I will change myself into a red stone landmark.’ ‘Then in the meantime I will stay here and wait for you. he began to play. she was sad. he fell into the snares of another. and the thorns tore her clothes from her body.Grimms’ Fairy Tales flower for myself?’ ‘Oh. and the girl stood like a red landmark in the field and waited for her beloved.

and threw a white cloth over it. Swiftly he sprang towards it. The wise woman said: ‘There is some enchantment behind it. the fire in the hearth was lighted. and a good dinner served.’ The shepherd did as she bade him. no matter what it is. When he arose in the morning. and as she pleased him he asked her if she would 205 of 444 . He could not conceive how this came to pass. who admitted to him that she had been the flower. and that up to this time she had attended to his house-keeping. Instantly the transformation came to an end. and next morning just as day dawned. and no one could have concealed himself in it. She told him her story. and if you see anything. all the work was already done. when he came home. He was certainly pleased with this good attendance. took it with him. for he never saw a human being in his house. and laid it away in his chest. the room was swept. but still at last he was so afraid that he went to a wise woman and asked for her advice. he saw the chest open. listen very early some morning if anything is moving in the room. and the flower come out. and then the magic will be stopped. and a beautiful girl stood before him. the table was laid. and at noon. and the water was fetched. strange things happened in the shepherd’s house.Grimms’ Fairy Tales it. the table and benches cleaned. From that time forth. throw a white cloth over it.

and grief came to an end and joy began. she stepped back. she grew so sad that she thought her heart would break. but she answered: ‘No. according to an old custom in the country. and then. but the other girls came and took her. although he had deserted her. and it reached Roland’s ears. Then the faithful maiden held her wedding with her sweetheart Roland.Grimms’ Fairy Tales marry him. had suddenly come home again to his heart. it was announced that all the girls were to be present at it. until at last she was the only one left. he sprang up and cried: ‘I know the voice.’ for she wanted to remain faithful to her sweetheart Roland. When it came to her turn to sing. I will have no other!’ Everything he had forgotten. and she would not go thither. and which had vanished from his mind. 206 of 444 . but to continue keeping house for the shepherd. that is the true bride. Nevertheless. But when she began her song. And now the time drew near when Roland’s wedding was to be celebrated. and sing in honour of the bridal pair. and then she could not refuse. When the faithful maiden heard of this. she promised not to go away.

her cheeks as rosy as the blood. The frame of the window was made of fine black ebony. SNOWDROP It was the middle of winter. and three drops of blood fell upon it. and say: 207 of 444 . Then she gazed thoughtfully upon the red drops that sprinkled the white snow. she pricked her finger. to which she used to go. and the king soon married another wife. ‘Would that my little daughter may be as white as that snow. She had a fairy looking-glass. and said. view. and her hair as black as ebony. and she was called Snowdrop. Download the free trial version. and as black as this ebony windowframe!’ And so the little girl really did grow up. and was very beautiful. but so vain that she could not bear to think that anyone could be handsomer than she was. that the queen of a country many thousand miles off sat working at her window. her skin was as white as snow. But this queen died. when the broad flakes of snow were falling around. and edit PDF. as red as that blood. who became queen. and then she would gaze upon herself in it.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. and as she sat looking out upon the snow.

’ So he left her by herself. and beauteous to see. queen.’ But Snowdrop grew more and more beautiful. Then the glass one day answered the queen. he felt as if a great weight were taken off his heart when he had made up his mind not to kill her but to leave her to her fate. and called to one of her servants. and fairer than the queen herself. art the fairest in all the land. thou pretty child. when she went to look in it as usual: ’Thou. queen. and he said.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ’Tell me. and the wild beasts roared about her. that I may never see her any more. and though he thought it most likely that the wild beasts would tear her in pieces. with the chance of someone finding and saving her. art fair. 208 of 444 . ‘I will not hurt you.’ Then the servant led her away. but his heart melted when Snowdrop begged him to spare her life. glass. and said. and when she was seven years old she was as bright as the day. But Snowdrop is lovelier far than thee!’ When she heard this she turned pale with rage and envy. Who is fairest. Then poor Snowdrop wandered along through the wood in great fear. tell me. ‘Take Snowdrop away into the wide wood. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. who?’ And the glass had always answered: ’Thou.

‘Who has been picking my bread?’ The fourth. till at last the seventh suited her: and there she laid herself down and went to sleep. for her little feet would carry her no further. 209 of 444 . ‘Who has been drinking my wine?’ Then the first looked round and said. but one was too long. ‘Who has been handling my fork?’ The sixth. seven little loaves. In the evening she came to a cottage among the hills.Grimms’ Fairy Tales but none did her any harm. and another was too short. ‘Who has been meddling with my spoon?’ The fifth. and after that she thought she would lie down and rest. and by the wall stood seven little beds. ‘Who has been sitting on my stool?’ The second. Now they were seven little dwarfs. and went in to rest. The first said. and there were seven little plates. and saw at once that all was not right. They lighted up their seven lamps. that lived among the mountains. By and by in came the masters of the cottage. So she tried all the little beds. As she was very hungry. and dug and searched for gold. and seven little glasses with wine in them. she picked a little piece of each loaf and drank a very little wine out of each glass. ‘Who has been cutting with my knife?’ The seventh. ‘Who has been eating off my plate?’ The third. Everything was spruce and neat in the cottage: on the table was spread a white cloth. and seven knives and forks laid in order.

and said if she would keep all things in order. In the morning Snowdrop told them all her story. seeking for gold and silver in the mountains: but Snowdrop was left at home. and they cried out with wonder and astonishment and brought their lamps to look at her. and they warned her. and they pitied her. believed that she must be the handsomest lady in the land. so take care and let no one in. and she went to her glass and said: 210 of 444 . ‘The queen will soon find out where you are. till the night was gone. and cook and wash and knit and spin for them. and they would take good care of her. and said.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ‘Who has been lying on my bed?’ And the rest came running to him. and said. ‘Good heavens! what a lovely child she is!’ And they were very glad to see her. now that she thought Snowdrop was dead. and the seventh dwarf slept an hour with each of the other dwarfs in turn. and called all his brethren to come and see her. and took care not to wake her. she might stay where she was. and everyone cried out that somebody had been upon his bed. But the seventh saw Snowdrop.’ But the queen. Then they went out all day long to their work.

and she Is lovelier far.’ Snowdrop did not dream of any mischief. ‘laces and bobbins of all colours. art the fairest in all this land: But over the hills. ‘how badly your stays are laced! Let me lace them up with one of my nice new laces. glass. for she knew that the glass always spoke the truth. Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling have made. as she ran down and unbolted the door.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ’Tell me. ‘Fine wares to sell!’ Snowdrop looked out at the window. ‘Good day. she seems to be a very good sort of body. There Snowdrop is hiding her head. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. and cried. so she stood before the old woman. so she dressed herself up as an old pedlar. and was sure that the servant had betrayed her. but she 211 of 444 . in the greenwood shade.’ Then the queen was very much frightened. who?’ And the glass answered: ’Thou. to the place where the dwarfs dwelt. ‘Bless me!’ said the old woman. And she could not bear to think that anyone lived who was more beautiful than she was. O queen! than thee.’ thought Snowdrop. queen. Who is fairest. and went her way over the hills.’ said she. Then she knocked at the door. and said. good woman! what have you to sell?’ ‘Good wares.’ ‘I will let the old lady in. tell me. fine wares.

as if she was quite dead. but to her great grief it still said: ’Thou. they lifted her up. Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling have made. she went straight to her glass.’ said the spiteful queen. Then they said. and she fell down as if she were dead. to see that Snowdrop still lived. in the greenwood shade. and very soon came to life again. O queen! than thee. and in a little time she began to breathe. and went away home. but in quite another dress from the one 212 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales set to work so nimbly. and let no one in when we are away. take care another time. ‘The old woman was the queen herself. and she dressed herself up again. There Snowdrop is hiding her head. In the evening the seven dwarfs came home. and when they found what ailed her.’ Then the blood ran cold in her heart with spite and malice. and I need not say how grieved they were to see their faithful Snowdrop stretched out upon the ground. and she Is lovelier far. and spoke to it as before. However. queen. art the fairest in all this land: But over the hills. ‘There’s an end to all thy beauty. that Snowdrop’s breath was stopped. and pulled the lace so tight. they cut the lace.’ When the queen got home.

And when they took it away she got well. ‘I 213 of 444 . ‘I dare not let anyone in. and shook with rage when she read the very same answer as before.’ said the queen. ‘Snowdrop shall die.Grimms’ Fairy Tales she wore before. and got ready a poisoned apple: the outside looked very rosy and tempting. And it looked so pretty.’ Then the queen said. Meantime the queen went home to her glass. the poison was so powerful that she fell down senseless. and took with her a poisoned comb. But by good luck the dwarfs came in very early that evening. that she took it up and put it into her hair to try it. When she reached the dwarfs’ cottage. and told them all that had passed. she knocked at the door. and when they saw Snowdrop lying on the ground. ‘Fine wares to sell!’ But Snowdrop said. and she said. but Snowdrop put her head out of the window and said. and went her way. and they warned her once more not to open the door to anyone. but the moment it touched her head. if it cost me my life. and knocked at the door. they thought what had happened. Then she dressed herself up as a peasant’s wife. and cried. ‘There you may lie. and soon found the poisoned comb.’ So she went by herself into her chamber. but whoever tasted it was sure to die. and travelled over the hills to the dwarfs’ cottage. ‘Only look at my beautiful combs!’ and gave her the poisoned one.

I will give it you. and at last it said: ’Thou. but all was in vain. and washed her face with wine and water. art the fairest of all the fair. They lifted her up. and the dwarfs had gone home.’ Now the apple was so made up that one side was good. for the little girl seemed quite dead. and I will eat the other. she could wait no longer. ‘I dare not take it. ‘what are you afraid of? Do you think it is poisoned? Come! do you eat one part. they found Snowdrop lying on the ground: no breath came from her lips. for the dwarfs have told me not. and as happy as such a heart could be. and they were afraid that she was quite dead. though the other side was poisoned. Then Snowdrop was much tempted to taste. and when she saw the old woman eat. queen. and she went home to her glass. when she fell down dead upon the ground.’ said the queen.’ said the old woman. and combed her hair. So they laid her down upon a bier.’ ‘You silly girl!’ answered the other.’ ‘Do as you please.Grimms’ Fairy Tales dare not let anyone in. ‘This time nothing will save thee. But she had scarcely put the piece into her mouth. and all seven watched and bewailed her three 214 of 444 . for the apple looked so very nice. ‘but at any rate take this pretty apple. When evening came.’ ‘No.’ And then her wicked heart was glad.’ said Snowdrop.

however. and still only looked as though she was asleep. and wrote upon it in golden letters what her name was. but the moment he lifted it up to carry it home with him. and then they thought they would bury her: but her cheeks were still rosy. At last a prince came and called at the dwarfs’ house. and bemoaned Snowdrop. Then he offered the dwarfs money. ‘Thou art quite safe with me. and Snowdrop awoke. and prayed and besought them to let him take her away. And thus Snowdrop lay for a long.’ And they made a coffin of glass. and sat by her side. and gave him the coffin. so that they might still look at her. and one of the dwarfs always sat by it and watched. And the coffin was set among the hills. and at last a dove. but they said. so they said. and then a raven. ‘We will never bury her in the cold ground. and first of all came an owl.’ At last. and said. and that she was a king’s daughter. they had pity on him. and he saw Snowdrop.’ 215 of 444 . for she was even now as white as snow. ‘We will not part with her for all the gold in the world. and as black as ebony. and her face looked just as it did while she was alive. ‘Where am I?’ And the prince said. the piece of apple fell from between her lips. and read what was written in golden letters. and as red as blood. And the birds of the air came too.Grimms’ Fairy Tales whole days. long time.

To the feast was asked. And when she got there. tell me. but her envy and curiosity were so great. that she could not help setting out to see the bride. art loveliest here. who?’ And the glass answered: ’Thou.’ And Snowdrop consented. glass. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. Snowdrop’s old enemy the queen. and everything was got ready with great pomp and splendour for their wedding.’ When she heard this she started with rage. and you shall be my wife. But lovelier far is the new-made queen. among the rest. and paid a 216 of 444 . who. so come with me to my father’s palace. and said. and sometimes they went up into the mountains. and saw that it was no other than Snowdrop. as she thought. Who is fairest. and went home with the prince. she looked in the glass and said: ’Tell me.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Then he told her all that had happened. lady. many years. and as she was dressing herself in fine rich clothes. had been dead a long while. she choked with rage. and fell down and died: but Snowdrop and the prince lived and reigned happily over that land many. I ween. ‘I love you far better than all the world.

217 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales visit to the little dwarfs. who had been so kind to Snowdrop in her time of need.

that shall he have. Then an angel from heaven came to her and said: ‘Be at rest. and stole it away. so that whatsoever in the world he wishes for. Every morning she went with the child to the garden where the wild beasts were kept. and washed herself there in a clear stream. you shall have a son with the power of wishing. and the king was filled with gladness. that it was lying in her arms and she fell asleep. Then he carried the child away to a secret place. It happened once when the child was a little older. Then came the old cook. and dropped some of its blood on the queen’s apron and on her dress. and he ran to the king and accused the queen of having allowed her child to be taken from her by the wild beasts. where a nurse was obliged to suckle it. Every morning she went into the garden and prayed to God in heaven to bestow on her a son or a daughter. he believed 218 of 444 . and told him the joyful tidings. When the king saw the blood on her apron. who knew that the child had the power of wishing. and when the time was come she gave birth to a son.’ Then she went to the king. and he took a hen. and cut it in pieces.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE PINK There was once upon a time a queen to whom God had given no children.

this. view. So he went out and took the maiden 219 of 444 . however. After a while the cook said to him: ‘It is not well for you to be so alone. The cook. which flew to her twice a day.’ Then the king’s son wished for one. and edit PDF. and said to him: ‘Wish for a beautiful palace for yourself with a garden. wish for a pretty girl as a companion. when everything was there that he had wished for. thought to himself: ‘If the child has the power of wishing. and was more beautiful than any painter could have painted her. in which neither sun nor moon could be seen and had his wife put into it. who was already big enough to speak. and die of hunger. that the king’s son might some day wish to be with his father. and all else that pertains to it.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. and the old cook went out hunting like a nobleman. and she immediately stood before him.’ Scarcely were the words out of the boy’s mouth. The two played together. and loved each other with all their hearts. however. Download the free trial version. The thought occurred to him.’ So he left the palace and went to the boy. But God sent two angels from heaven in the shape of white doves. he might very easily get me into trouble. and thus bring him into great peril. and walled up. and I am here. and carried her food until the seven years were over. fell into such a passion that he ordered a high tower to be built. Here she was to stay for seven years without meat or drink.

’ Then the wicked wretch came in and said: ‘Where are the boy’s heart and tongue?’ The girl reached the plate to him. and shall eat burning coals. and said: ‘You old sinner.’ Thereupon he went away. and when she saw the old man coming. and laid them on a plate. and if you do not do it. and took her heart and tongue. till the flames burst forth from your throat. and ordered her to be killed. she said to the boy: ‘Lie down in your bed. she had a little hind brought to her. you shall lose your life. and when he returned next day she had not done it. You shall become a black poodle and have a gold collar round your neck. but the king’s son threw off the quilt.’ And when he had spoken these words. and said: ‘Tonight when the boy is asleep. it shall cost you your own life. why did you want to kill me? Now will I pronounce thy sentence. and bring me his heart and tongue. go to his bed and plunge this knife into his heart. and draw the clothes over you. and these he ate. and had a gold collar round his neck. The king’s son remained there 220 of 444 . and the cooks were ordered to bring up some live coals. until the flames broke forth from his throat.’ When he had gone away. the old man was changed into a poodle dog. and said: ‘Why should I shed the blood of an innocent boy who has never harmed anyone?’ The cook once more said: ‘If you do not do it.Grimms’ Fairy Tales aside.

and cried: ‘Beloved mother. and what shall I do in a strange land where I am unknown?’ As she did not seem quite willing. and went to his father. and as it was so high.Grimms’ Fairy Tales a short while longer. Then he mounted up and looked inside.’ she replied. whom the wild beasts were said to have torn from your arms. but that deer had never taken up their quarters in any part of the district or country. At length he said to the maiden: ‘I will go home to my own country. and took her with him. Then he went away to his own country. and wondered if she were still alive. he should come to him. or are you dead?’ She answered: ‘I have just eaten.’ ‘Ah. He went to the tower in which his mother was confined.’ for she thought the angels were there. Said he: ‘I am your dear son. if you will go with me. and will soon set you free. and as they could not be parted from each other. he wished for a ladder which would reach up to the very top. The king said yes. and caused himself to be announced as a strange huntsman. but I am alive still. I will provide for you. Lady Queen. and am still satisfied. if he was skilful and could get game for him. are you still alive. and the poodle had to run after him. he wished that she might be changed into a beautiful pink. and asked if he could offer him service. ‘the way is so long. Then 221 of 444 . and he thought of his mother.’ Then he descended again.

And he went with them and made them form a great circle. and bade them go out into the forest with him. Now the king felt great joy at this. and the huntsmen shot them. and would ask how it was faring with the queen in the tower. he thought of his dearest mother. you shall sit by me. Hardly had he formed the wish than the marshal began. and wished that one of the king’s principal servants would begin to speak of her. and for once he was able to deck his table with game. When they were all assembled together. we live 222 of 444 . and driven home to the king. Then they were all placed on sixty country carts. he said to the huntsman: ‘As you are so clever. and if she were alive still. or had perished. and commanded that his entire household should eat with him next day. open at one end where he stationed himself. Two hundred deer and more came running inside the circle at once.’ But the king insisted on it. and said: ‘You shall sit by me. So he summoned all the huntsmen together. after having had none at all for years.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the huntsman promised to procure as much game for him as he could possibly use at the royal table.’ until he did it. and made a great feast. Whilst he was sitting there.’ He replied: ‘Lord King. I am a poor huntsman. and began to wish. and said: ‘Your majesty. your majesty must excuse me.

I would like to see her. Then the huntsman spoke further and said: ‘Father.’ Thereupon he took the dog with the golden collar. but did not do it. and these the dog was compelled to devour before the sight of all. I will not have her named. who tore me from her arms when she was asleep. until flames burst forth from its throat. and said: ‘That is the wretch!’ and caused live coals to be brought. but by that wretch the old cook. though her own life depended on it?’ The king replied: ‘Yes. On this the huntsman asked the king if he would like to see the dog in his true shape. I will show her to you in the form of a beautiful flower. and ordered him to be cast into the deepest dungeon.’ The son said: ‘Most gracious father. will you see the maiden who brought me up so tenderly and who was afterwards to murder me.Grimms’ Fairy Tales joyously here. but how is the queen living in the tower? Is she still alive. and I was not carried away by wild beasts. and wished him back into the form of the cook. or has she died?’ But the king replied: ‘She let my dear son be torn to pieces by wild beasts. in the which he stood immediately.’ and he 223 of 444 .’ Then the huntsman arose and said: ‘Gracious lord father she is alive still. When the king saw him he fell into a passion. and I am her son. and sprinkled her apron with the blood of a chicken. with his white apron. and his knife by his side.

His son married the beautiful maiden whom he had brought with him as a flower in his pocket. is known to God. and placed it on the royal table. Then the son said: ‘Now will I show her to you in her own form. followed her body and seated themselves on her grave. and said: ‘The gracious and merciful God who has supported me in the tower. and then died happily. and when she was buried. the two white doves which had brought her food to the tower.’ She lived three days more. And the king sent two waiting-maids and two attendants into the tower. and were angels of heaven. and it was so beautiful that the king had never seen one to equal it. and he soon died. But when she was led in she ate nothing. will soon set me free.’ and wished that she might become a maiden. but grief consumed the king’s own heart. The aged king ordered the cook to be torn in four pieces. and she stood there looking so beautiful that no painter could have made her look more so.Grimms’ Fairy Tales thrust his hand into his pocket and brought forth the pink. 224 of 444 . and whether they are still alive or not. to fetch the queen and bring her to the royal table.

and after much peering here 225 of 444 . went into the cellar. go into the cellar and fetch some beer.’ ‘Well. and turned the tap. and while the beer was running she would not let her eyes be idle. When she was below she fetched herself a chair. she can see the wind coming up the street. so that the time might not appear long. ‘if only someone would come who would have her. and hear the flies coughing. ‘if she is not really smart. ‘Oh. and the mother said: ‘Oh. but he stipulated that Clever Elsie should be really smart.’ said Hans.’ Then Clever Elsie took the pitcher from the wall.’ said the father.Grimms’ Fairy Tales CLEVER ELSIE There was once a man who had a daughter who was called Clever Elsie. but looked up at the wall.’ ‘Yes.’ When they were sitting at dinner and had eaten.’ said the mother. and set it before the barrel so that she had no need to stoop. I won’t have her. and did not hurt her back or do herself any unexpected injury. ‘she has plenty of good sense’.’ At length a man came from a distance and wooed her. and tapped the lid briskly as she went. who was called Hans. the mother said: ‘Elsie. And when she had grown up her father said: ‘We will get her married. Then she placed the can before her.

over the misfortune which lay before her. saw a pick-axe exactly above her. the man said to the boy: ‘Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie and the girl are. then the pick-axe will fall on his head and kill him. which the masons had accidentally left there. Those upstairs waited for the drink. ‘Elsie why do you weep?’ asked the maid.’ The maid went and found her sitting in front of the barrel. ‘have I not reason to weep? If I get Hans. and kill him. as the maid did not come back. screaming loudly.’ she answered.’ The boy went down. and has to draw beer here. and we send him into the cellar here to draw beer. the pick-axe will perhaps fall on his head. ‘Ah. After a while. and he grows big. and we have a child. and those upstairs were thirsty for the beer. and he grows big.’ Then she sat and wept and screamed with all the strength of her body. and there sat Clever Elsie and the girl both weeping together. Then Clever Elsie began to weep and said: ‘If I get Hans. ‘have I not reason to weep? If I 226 of 444 .’ Then said the maid: ‘What a clever Elsie we have!’ and sat down beside her and began loudly to weep over the misfortune. Then the woman said to the servant: ‘Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie is. Then he asked: ‘Why are you weeping?’ ‘Ah.’ said Elsie. and we have a child.Grimms’ Fairy Tales and there. but Clever Elsie still did not come.

’ But when he got into the cellar. the man said to the woman: ‘Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie is!’ The woman went down. and found all three in the midst of their lamentations. and inquired what was the cause. The bridegroom stayed upstairs alone for along 227 of 444 . and they were all sitting together crying. and likewise wept with them.Grimms’ Fairy Tales get Hans. and he heard the reason. Then said the mother likewise: ‘What a clever Elsie we have!’ and sat down and wept with them. what a clever Elsie!’ and sat down. and has to draw beer here. then Elsie told her also that her future child was to be killed by the pick-axe. and likewise began to howl loudly. but as he still did not return. and that he might be killed by the pickaxe. and we have a child. and the pick-axe fell down. if he should happen to be sitting beneath it. The man upstairs waited a short time. he said: ‘I must go into the cellar myself and see where Elsie is. but as his wife did not come back and his thirst grew ever greater. Upstairs they waited for the boy. and he grows big.’ Then said the boy: ‘What a clever Elsie we have!’ and sat down by her. he cried: ‘Oh. and the Elsie might perhaps bring one into the world some day. and that Elsie’s child was the cause. when it grew big and had to draw beer. the pick-axe will fall on his head and kill him. drawing beer just at the very time when it fell down.

‘if we marry each other and have a child.Grimms’ Fairy Tales time. or shall I sleep first? I will sleep 228 of 444 . and we perhaps send him here to draw something to drink. ‘Ah. ‘What misfortune has happened then?’ asked he. I will eat first. dear Hans. and he is big. go into the field and cut the corn that we may have some bread. When she came to the field she said to herself: ‘What shall I do.’ After Hans had gone away. and married her.’ ‘Yes.doing the other. she once more said: ‘What shall I do? Shall I cut first. she cooked herself some good broth and took it into the field with her. each out. I will have you. After Hans had had her some time.’ said Elsie. dear Hans. he said: ‘Wife.’ When he got down.’ said Hans.’ and seized her hand. or shall I eat first? Oh. then as no one would come back he thought: ‘They must be waiting for me below: I too must go there and see what they are about.’ Then she drank her cup of broth and when she was fully satisfied. the five of them were sitting screaming and lamenting quite piteously. ‘more understanding than that is not needed for my household. shall I cut first. I am going out to work and earn some money for us. then the pick-axe which has been left up there might dash his brains out if it were to fall down. took her upstairs with him. as you are such a clever Elsie. so have we not reason to weep?’ ‘Come. I will do that.

and the bells rang at each step which she took.’ Then she lay down among the corn and fell asleep. and she was lying among the corn asleep. and sat down in his chair and worked. Hans had been at home for a long time. or if it be not I. but nothing was cut. at length she thought: ‘I will go home and ask if it be I. Clever Elsie awoke and when she got up there was a jingling all round about her.’ and went to another door. when it was quite dark. heavens! Then it is not I. shut the house-door. they will be sure to know. she is so industrious that she does not even come home to eat. is Elsie within?’ ‘Yes.’ Hereupon she was terrified. and said: ‘Ah. and became uncertain whether she really was Clever Elsie or not. but when the people heard the jingling of the bells they 229 of 444 . Then she was alarmed. and she still went on sleeping. then said he: ‘What a clever Elsie I have. Then Hans hastened home and brought a fowler’s net with little bells and hung it round about her.’ But when evening came and she still stayed away. and said: ‘Is it I. ‘she is within.Grimms’ Fairy Tales first. but Elsie did not come. Hans went out to see what she had cut.’ She ran to the door of her own house. At length. and stood for a time in doubt. but it was shut.’ answered Hans. Then he ran home. or is it not I?’ But she knew not what answer to make to this. then she knocked at the window and cried: ‘Hans.

230 of 444 . and she could get in nowhere.Grimms’ Fairy Tales would not open it. and no one has seen her since. Then she ran out of the village.

what should I care for? I have saved up my three years’ earnings and have it all safe in my pocket. Download the free trial version. and gave him for every year’s service a penny. At last it came into the man’s head that he would not go on thus without pay any longer. so he went to his master. I will trust to you to give me what I deserve to have for my trouble. who had worked hard for him three years.’ The farmer was a sad miser. ‘Why should I work hard. without having been paid any wages. ‘I have worked hard for you a long time. and live here on bad fare any longer? I can now travel into the wide world.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. As he jogged along over the fields. so he took out threepence. THE MISER IN THE BUSH A farmer had a faithful and diligent servant.’ With that he put his money into his purse. and said to himself. and knew that his man was very simple-hearted. and said. view. The poor fellow thought it was a great deal of money to have. ‘I am sound in health and rich in purse. a little dwarf met him. singing and dancing. roaming over hill and valley. what should make me down-hearted?’ said he. and make myself merry. and set out. and edit PDF. and asked him what made him so merry. ‘Why.’ ‘How much may it come 231 of 444 .

and on the topmost twig sat a thrush singing away most joyfully. what a pretty bird!’ said the miser.’ Then he took up his bow. ‘I wish you would give them to me. ‘As you have such a kind honest heart. so he gave him the bow and fiddle.’ replied the countryman. but directly he had got into 232 of 444 . The miser crept into the bush to find it. and down fell the thrush into the bushes at the foot of the tree.’ Then the man pitied him. ‘Full threepence. ‘I will soon bring it down.’ said the countryman.’ said the other. I will grant you three wishes—one for every penny.Grimms’ Fairy Tales to?’ said the little man.’ Then the countryman rejoiced at his good luck. ‘I would give a great deal of money to have such a one. and if he was merry before. and gave him all he had.’ The dwarf said he should have his three wishes. ‘I like many things better than money: first. a fiddle that will set everyone dancing that hears me play upon it. he was now ten times more so. so choose whatever you like. and said. and thirdly. I should like that everyone should grant what I ask. Our honest friend journeyed on his way too. and went his way.’ ‘If that’s all. secondly. ‘Oh. I will have a bow that will bring down everything I shoot at. ‘I am very poor. He had not gone far before he met an old miser: close by them stood a tree. and the little dwarf said in return.

and travelled on very pleased with his bargain. Then the miser began to beg and promise. and had just gained by cheating some poor fellow. for heaven’s sake!’ cried the miser. and the miser began to dance and spring about. and he himself was all scratched and wounded. he said. When the countryman saw so much money. so that the blood ran down. and offered money for his liberty. and beaten him 233 of 444 . ‘Master! master! pray let the fiddle alone. but he did not come up to the musician’s price for some time. ‘I will agree to your proposal. Meanwhile the miser crept out of the bush half-naked and in a piteous plight. and he danced him along brisker and brisker. At last he went to the judge. The thorns soon began to tear his clothes till they all hung in rags about him. and the miser bid higher and higher. and complained that a rascal had robbed him of his money. ‘thou art only meeting thy reward’: so he played up another tune. and serve his late companion some trick.’ So he took the purse. put up his fiddle.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the middle. What have I done to deserve this?’ ‘Thou hast shaved many a poor soul close enough. ‘Oh. his companion took up his fiddle and played away. and began to ponder how he should take his revenge. till at last he offered a round hundred of florins that he had in his purse.’ said the other. capering higher and higher in the air.

only to let me play upon my fiddle for the last time. and struck up a tune.’ replied the other.’ The fact was.’ The miser cried out. he will soon have done.’ said he. At the second note the hangman let 234 of 444 . ‘Bind me fast. no! no! for heaven’s sake don’t listen to him! don’t listen to him!’ But the judge said.’ But the countryman seized his fiddle. and no one could hold the miser.’ ‘Anything but thy life. you gave it me for playing a tune to you.’ said the countryman. and he was soon caught and brought up to be tried. clerks. for pity’s sake. and at the first note judge. but as he stood on the steps he said.Grimms’ Fairy Tales into the bargain. Then the judge sent out his officers to bring up the accused wherever they should find him. ‘I do not ask my life. and cut the matter short by ordering him off to the gallows. and jailer were in motion. on account of the dwarf’s third gift. ‘Oh. Then the miser said. bind me fast. So away he was taken. The miser began to tell his tale. he could not refuse the request. ‘It is only this once. grant me one last request. all began capering. ‘No. ‘No. ‘My Lord Judge. and said he had been robbed of his money. but the judge told him that was not likely. and that the fellow who did it carried a bow at his back and a fiddle hung round his neck.

At first the thing was merry and pleasant enough. and that you earned it fairly. and said. all were dancing together—judge. and miser. and by the time he had played the first bar of the tune. they began to cry out. ‘Tell us now. Then he called to the miser.’ ‘I stole it. but he stopped not a whit the more for their entreaties. or I shall play on for your amusement only. and danced also. where you got that gold. you vagabond. 235 of 444 . court. but when it had gone on a while.’ said the miser in the presence of all the people. ‘I acknowledge that I stole it. but promised to return him the hundred florins.Grimms’ Fairy Tales his prisoner go. and beg him to leave off. and all the people who had followed to look on.’ Then the countryman stopped his fiddle. and left the miser to take his place at the gallows. and there seemed to be no end of playing or dancing. till the judge not only gave him his life.

And the snow fell and spread a beautiful white covering over the grave. and the little girl went every day to her grave and wept. that she brought home with her. ‘What does the good-for-nothing want in the parlour?’ said they. away with the kitchen-maid!’ Then they took away her fine clothes. and the sun had melted it away again. This new wife had two daughters of her own. and was buried in the garden. but by the time the spring came.’ Soon afterwards she shut her eyes and died. and when she felt that her end drew nigh. ‘Always be a good girl. her father had married another wife. to make the fire. to rise early before daylight. Besides that. and gave her an old grey frock to put on. There she was forced to do hard work. and laughed at her. and it was now a sorry time for the poor little girl. and I will look down from heaven and watch over you. and was always good and kind to all about her. she called her only daughter to her bed-side. ‘they who would eat bread should first earn it. the sisters plagued her in 236 of 444 . to bring the water. and said. and turned her into the kitchen. they were fair in face but foul at heart.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ASHPUTTEL The wife of a rich man fell sick. to cook and to wash.

and asked his wife’s daughters what he should bring them. and when he got home he gave it to his daughter. 237 of 444 . and almost pushed off his hat: so he broke it off and brought it away.’ said he to his own daughter.’ cried the second.Grimms’ Fairy Tales all sorts of ways. ‘Pearls and diamonds. ‘Fine clothes. they called her Ashputtel. and watched over her. Three times every day she went to it and cried. and as this. ‘Now. and cried so much that it was watered with her tears. In the evening when she was tired. and brought her whatever she wished for. It happened once that the father was going to the fair. dear father. she had no bed to lie down on. and laughed at her.’ said the first. and soon a little bird came and built its nest upon the tree. a hazel twig brushed against him. of course. and there it grew and became a fine tree. Then he bought for the first two the fine clothes and pearls and diamonds they had asked for: and on his way home. ‘what will you have?’ ‘The first twig. child. made her always dusty and dirty. that brushes against your hat when you turn your face to come homewards. Then she took it.’ said she. as he rode through a green copse. but was made to lie by the hearth among the ashes. and talked with her. and went to her mother’s grave and planted it there.

‘You.’ Then she threw the peas down among the ashes. and out of those who came to it his son was to choose a bride for himself. but the little maiden ran out at the back door into the garden. quick! Haste ye. thrush. ‘I will throw this dishful of peas into the ash-heap. hither. and at last she begged her mother very hard to let her go. pick. she should so have liked to have gone with them to the ball.’ Then she did as she was told. through the sky. she said at last. and tie our sashes for us. Ashputtel’s two sisters were asked to come. so they called her up. Turtle-doves and linnets. ‘you who have nothing to wear. hither. and who cannot even dance—you want to go to the ball? And when she kept on begging. for she thought to herself. Hither. haste ye!—pick. Ashputtel!’ said she. haste away! One and all come help me.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Now it happened that the king of that land held a feast. for we are going to dance at the king’s feast. brush our shoes. and chaffinch gay. to get rid of her. no clothes at all. you shall go to the feast too. pick!’ 238 of 444 . which was to last three days. and if in two hours’ time you have picked them all out. and cried out: ’Hither. ‘Now. but when all was done she could not help crying. fly! Blackbird. and said. comb our hair.

’ And thus she thought she should at least get rid of her. next came two turtle-doves. chirping and fluttering in: and they flew down into the ashes. pick: and among them all they soon picked out all the good grain. and all flew out again at the windows.’ And when Ashputtel begged very hard to go. Turtle-doves and linnets. and chaffinch gay. pick. But the little maiden went out into the garden at the back of the house. no! you slut. through the sky. and after them came all the little birds under heaven. pick. ‘No. you shall not go. Long before the end of the hour the work was quite done. Hither. you have no clothes. and put it into a dish but left the ashes. pick. hither. But the mother said. pick. and cried out as before: ’Hither. and cannot dance. So she shook two dishes of peas into the ashes. she said. and then the others began to pick. And the little doves stooped their heads down and set to work. flying in at the kitchen window. thrush. overjoyed at the thought that now she should go to the ball. Then Ashputtel brought the dish to her mother. haste away! 239 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales Then first came two white doves. fly! Blackbird. hither. ‘If you can in one hour’s time pick two of those dishes of peas out of the ashes. you shall go too.

you cannot go. pick. Ashputtel went sorrowfully and sat down under the hazeltree. and she put them on. haste ye!—pick. and then the others began pick. pick. But her mother said. Gold and silver over me!’ Then her friend the bird flew out of the tree. and you would only put us to shame’: and off she went with her two daughters to the ball. quick! Haste ye. Before half an hour’s time all was done. and out they flew again. Now when all were gone. and cannot dance. pick!’ Then first came two white doves in at the kitchen window. shake.Grimms’ Fairy Tales One and all come help me. pick. ‘It is all of no use. chirping and hopping about. and slippers of spangled silk. pick. And they flew down into the ashes. and they put all the good grain into the dishes. pick. and brought a gold and silver dress for her. and after them came all the little birds under heaven. and left all the ashes. and followed her 240 of 444 . hazel-tree. and nobody left at home. pick. rejoicing to think that she should now go to the ball. you have no clothes. and cried out: ’Shake. And then Ashputtel took the dishes to her mother. next came two turtle-doves. and the little doves put their heads down and set to work.

and then she wanted to go home: and the king’s son said. and thought it must be some strange princess. for he wanted to see where the beautiful maiden lived. he said. and they never once thought of Ashputtel. Then he waited till her father came home. But when they had broken open the door they found no one within. unawares. had hid herself in the pigeon-house. Ashputtel was lying. she looked so fine and beautiful in her rich clothes.’ Thus they danced till a late hour of the night. and ran off towards home. but when anyone else came to ask her to dance. taking it for granted that she was safe at home in the dirt. and told him that the unknown maiden. and as they came back into the house. and had there 241 of 444 . For she had run as quickly as she could through the pigeon-house and on to the hazel-tree. and took her by the hand and danced with her. in her dirty frock by the ashes. she jumped up into the pigeon-house and shut the door. But they did not know her.Grimms’ Fairy Tales sisters to the feast. and her dim little lamp was burning in the chimney. ‘This lady is dancing with me. as she always did. who had been at the feast. But she slipped away from him. ‘I shall go and take care of you to your home’. and as the prince followed her. and no one else: and he never left her hand. The king’s son soon came up to her.

and 242 of 444 . shake. mother. took her by the hand. hazel-tree. that the bird might carry them away. ‘The unknown lady who danced with me has slipped away. and her father. and danced with her. who was waiting for her. and said: ’Shake. not knowing where to hide herself. and said to him. In this garden stood a fine large pear-tree full of ripe fruit. jumped up into it without being seen. Ashputtel went to the hazel-tree.Grimms’ Fairy Tales taken off her beautiful clothes. he said as before. that he might see into what house she went: but she sprang away from him all at once into the garden behind her father’s house. and had lain down again amid the ashes in her little grey frock. but waited till her father came home. The next day when the feast was again held. ‘This lady is dancing with me. And when she came in it to the ball. and sisters were gone. and Ashputtel. and put them beneath the tree. and could not find out where she was gone. and when anyone asked her to dance.’ When night came she wanted to go home. Gold and silver over me!’ And the bird came and brought a still finer dress than the one she had worn the day before. Then the king’s son lost sight of her. and the king’s son followed here as before. everyone wondered at her beauty: but the king’s son.

for she had slipped down on the other side of the tree. ‘I will not lose her this time’. view. The third day. and then put on her little grey frock. 243 of 444 .eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. Gold and silver over me!’ Then her kind friend the bird brought a dress still finer than the former one.’ When night came she wanted to go home. she went again into the garden. shake. and said to himself. Download the free trial version.’ The father thought to himself. and carried her beautiful clothes back to the bird at the hazel-tree. and slippers which were all of gold: so that when she came to the feast no one knew what to say. and they cut down the tree. though in such a hurry that she dropped her left golden slipper upon the stairs. when her father and mother and sisters were gone. for wonder at her beauty: and the king’s son danced with nobody but her. and when anyone else asked her to dance. however. I think she must have sprung into the pear-tree. and the king’s son would go with her. she again slipped away from him. and said: ’Shake. hazel-tree. but found no one upon it. and edit PDF. there lay Ashputtel among the ashes. ‘This lady is my partner. but. sir. he said. And when they came back into the kitchen. ‘Can it be Ashputtel?’ So he had an axe brought.

Then he took her for his bride. what a trick 244 of 444 .’ So the silly girl cut off her great toe. and set her beside him on his horse. For she’s not the true one that sits by thy side. But on their way home they had to pass by the hazeltree that Ashputtel had planted. by the blood that streamed from it. and he saw. and went the next day to the king his father. ‘Never mind. and on the branch sat a little dove singing: ’Back again! back again! look to the shoe! The shoe is too small. and the shoe was altogether much too small for her. and had no doubt that they could wear the golden slipper. and thus squeezed on the shoe. and rode away with her homewards. you will not want to walk. ‘I will take for my wife the lady that this golden slipper fits. when you are queen you will not care about toes. The eldest went first into the room where the slipper was. and said. and wanted to try it on.’ Then both the sisters were overjoyed to hear it. But her great toe could not go into it. and the mother stood by. and not made for you! Prince! prince! look again for thy bride.Grimms’ Fairy Tales The prince took the shoe. and went to the king’s son.’ Then the prince got down and looked at her foot. and said. cut it off. for they had beautiful feet. Then the mother gave her a knife.

But when they came to the hazel-tree the little dove sat there still. and took her to the king’s son: and he set her as his bride by his side on his horse. For she’s not the true one that sits by thy side. ‘No. and sang: ’Back again! back again! look to the shoe! The shoe is too small. ‘there is only a little dirty Ashputtel here. ‘This is not the right bride. But her mother squeezed it in till the blood came. and rode away with her.Grimms’ Fairy Tales she had played him. ‘have you no other daughters?’ ‘No. and she first 245 of 444 . ‘This is not the true bride. So he turned his horse round. I am sure she cannot be the bride. and not made for you! Prince! prince! look again for thy bride.’ Then she went into the room and got her foot into the shoe. and brought the false bride back to her home.’ However. no. she is much too dirty. that her white stockings were quite red. But the mother said. the child of my first wife.’ said he to the father. and said. and saw that the blood streamed so much from the shoe. let the other sister try and put on the slipper. So he turned his horse and brought her also back again.’ The prince told him to send her.’ said he. she will not dare to show herself. all but the heel. the prince would have her come. which was too large.’ Then he looked down.

the white dove sang: ’Home! home! look at the shoe! Princess! the shoe was made for you! Prince! prince! take home thy bride. For she is the true one that sits by thy side!’ And when the dove had done its song. it came flying. 246 of 444 . and said. And when he drew near and looked at her face he knew her.Grimms’ Fairy Tales washed her face and hands. and he reached her the golden slipper. and so went home with her. and it fitted her as if it had been made for her. and put on the golden slipper. and perched upon her right shoulder. and then went in and curtsied to him. And when they came to the hazeltree. Then she took her clumsy shoe off her left foot. and turned pale with anger as he took Ashputtel on his horse.’ But the mother and both the sisters were frightened. and rode away with her. ‘This is the right bride.

he lifted up the cover. and telling one 247 of 444 . when one day the servant. when the table was cleared. This had gone on for a long time. however. was overcome with such curiosity that he could not help carrying the dish into his room. a trusty servant had to bring him one more dish. and even the servant did not know what was in it. But he had a strange custom. who took away the dish. so he cut of a little bit and put it into his mouth. and then noticed that it was the sparrows who were chattering together. for the king never took off the cover to eat of it until he was quite alone. When he had carefully locked the door. It was covered. But when he saw it he could not deny himself the pleasure of tasting it. and saw a white snake lying on the dish. He went and listened. No sooner had it touched his tongue than he heard a strange whispering of little voices outside his window. neither did anyone know.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE WHITE SNAKE A long time ago there lived a king who was famed for his wisdom through all the land. and it seemed as if news of the most secret things was brought to him through the air. Nothing was hidden from him. and no one else was present. every day after dinner.

he himself should be looked upon as guilty and executed. he was dismissed with no better answer. Eating the snake had given him power of understanding the language of animals. In his trouble and fear he went down into the courtyard and took thought how to help himself out of his trouble. whilst they were making their feathers smooth with their bills. and what good food they had found. and suspicion of having stolen it fell upon this trusty servant. Now it so happened that on this very day the queen lost her most beautiful ring.’ The servant at once seized 248 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales another of all kinds of things which they had seen in the fields and woods. Now some ducks were sitting together quietly by a brook and taking their rest. The king ordered the man to be brought before him. as I was eating in haste I swallowed a ring which lay under the queen’s window. and. they were having a confidential conversation together. and one said in a pitiful tone: ‘Something lies heavy on my stomach. and threatened with angry words that unless he could before the morrow point out the thief. They were telling one another of all the places where they had been waddling about all the morning. who was allowed to go everywhere. The servant stood by and listened. In vain he declared his innocence.

and cried to him: ‘We will remember you and repay you for saving us!’ He rode on. The servant could now easily prove his innocence. When his request was granted he set out on his way. kill her.’ said the cook. he got off his horse and put the three prisoners back into the water. They leapt with delight. and said to the cook: ‘Here is a fine duck. as he had a mind to see the world and go about a little. as he had a kind heart.’ ‘Yes. and. the queen’s ring was found inside her. ‘she has spared no trouble to fatten herself. put out their heads. and one day came to a pond. and weighed her in his hand. and only asked for a horse and some money for travelling. The servant refused everything. and heard 249 of 444 . Now. and promised him the best place in the court that he could wish for. and after a while it seemed to him that he heard a voice in the sand at his feet. and the king. pray.’ So he cut off her head. and as she was being dressed for the spit. He listened. to make amends for the wrong. and has been waiting to be roasted long enough. carried her to the kitchen. allowed him to ask a favour. he heard them lamenting that they must perish so miserably.Grimms’ Fairy Tales her by the neck. though it is said that fishes are dumb. where he saw three fishes caught in the reeds and gasping for water.

Then they came hopping up to it. with their clumsy beasts. he came to a large city. and gave it to them for food. crying aloud: ‘The king’s daughter wants a 250 of 444 . you are big enough. and when he had walked a long way. ‘we cannot find food for you any longer. and there he saw two old ravens standing by their nest. but lie here and starve?’ So the good young fellow alighted and killed his horse with his sword. satisfied their hunger. and throwing out their young ones.’ But the poor young ravens lay upon the ground. flapping their wings. and yet we cannot fly! What can we do. and can provide for yourselves. and crying: ‘Oh. good-for-nothing creatures!’ cried they. keep off our bodies? That stupid horse. and cried: ‘We will remember you—one good turn deserves another!’ And now he had to use his own legs. has been treading down my people without mercy!’ So he turned on to a side path and the ant-king cried out to him: ‘We will remember you—one good turn deserves another!’ The path led him into a wood.Grimms’ Fairy Tales an ant-king complain: ‘Why cannot folks. you idle. what helpless chicks we are! We must shift for ourselves. There was a great noise and crowd in the streets. with his heavy hoofs. ‘Out with you. and a man rode up on horseback.

and a gold ring was thrown into it. nevertheless when the youth saw the king’s daughter he was so overcome by her great beauty that he forgot all danger. So he was led out to the sea. when suddenly he saw three fishes come swimming towards him. went before the king. there lay the gold ring in the shell. and added: ‘If you come up again without it you will be thrown in again and again until you perish amid the waves. and when he had taken it up and opened it. and declared himself a suitor. and required him first 251 of 444 .’ All the people grieved for the handsome youth. then they went away. and they were the very fishes whose lives he had saved. but whoever seeks her hand must perform a hard task. Full of joy he took it to the king and expected that he would grant him the promised reward. which it laid on the shore at the youth’s feet. But when the proud princess perceived that he was not her equal in birth.’ Many had already made the attempt. He stood on the shore and considered what he should do. The one in the middle held a mussel in its mouth. but in vain.Grimms’ Fairy Tales husband. and if he does not succeed he will forfeit his life. before his eyes. then the king ordered him to fetch this ring up from the bottom of the sea. she scorned him. leaving him alone by the sea.

’ The youth sat down in the garden and considered how it might be possible to perform this task. Presently the king’s daughter herself came down into the garden. and the grateful creatures had by great industry picked up all the millet-seed and gathered them into the sacks. But as soon as the first rays of the sun shone into the garden he saw all the ten sacks standing side by side. and there he sat sorrowfully awaiting the break of day.Grimms’ Fairy Tales to perform another task. then she said: ‘Tomorrow morning before sunrise these must be picked up.’ The youth did not know where the Tree of Life stood. but he set out. he shall not be my husband until he had brought me an apple from the Tree of Life. as long as his legs would carry him. but he could think of nothing. and would have gone on for ever. and was amazed to see that the young man had done the task she had given him. and said: ‘Although he has performed both the tasks. and not a single grain was missing. and not a single grain be wanting. The ant-king had come in the night with thousands and thousands of ants. though he had no hope of finding 252 of 444 . But she could not yet conquer her proud heart. She went down into the garden and strewed with her own hands ten sacksful of milletseed on the grass. quite full. when he should be led to death.

and said: ‘We are the three young ravens whom you saved from starving. and lay down under a tree to sleep. At the same time three ravens flew down to him. full of joy. and a golden apple fell into his hand. and then her heart became full of love for him. who had now no more excuses left to make. 253 of 444 . he came one evening to a wood. where the Tree of Life stands. and have brought you the apple. After he had wandered through three kingdoms. when we had grown big.’ The youth. and heard that you were seeking the Golden Apple. But he heard a rustling in the branches. and they lived in undisturbed happiness to a great age. perched themselves upon his knee.Grimms’ Fairy Tales it. set out homewards. we flew over the sea to the end of the world. They cut the Apple of Life in two and ate it together. and took the Golden Apple to the king’s beautiful daughter.

dear children. but you will know him at once by his rough voice and his black feet. So she called all seven to her and said: ‘Dear children.’ The kids said: ‘Dear mother. ‘We will not open the door. It was not long before someone knocked at the housedoor and called: ‘Open the door. pleasant voice. One day she wanted to go into the forest and fetch some food. hair. he will devour you all—skin. be on your guard against the wolf. and everything. I have to go into the forest. you are the wolf!’ Then the wolf went away to a shopkeeper and bought 254 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS There was once upon a time an old goat who had seven little kids. but your voice is rough.’ But the little kids knew that it was the wolf. and has brought something back with her for each of you.’ cried they. and went on her way with an easy mind. by the rough voice. and loved them with all the love of a mother for her children. ‘you are not our mother. if he comes in. you may go away without any anxiety.’ Then the old one bleated. The wretch often disguises himself. we will take good care of ourselves. your mother is here. She has a soft.

Then he came back.’ But the wolf had laid his black paws against the window. ate this and made his voice soft with it. and the children saw them and cried: ‘We will not open the door. knocked at the door of the house. Download the free trial version.’ The little kids cried: ‘First show us your paws that we may know if you are our dear little mother.’ Then the miller was afraid. So now the wretch went for the third time to the house-door.’ and refused. and has brought every one of you something back from the forest with her. Truly. himself a great lump of chalk. your dear little mother has come home. view. I will devour you. and made his paws white for him.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. children. and edit PDF.’ Then he put his paws in through the window and when the kids saw that they were white. he ran to the miller and said: ‘Strew some white meal over my feet for me. this is the way of mankind.’ The miller thought to himself: ‘The wolf wants to deceive someone. rub some dough over them for me. and called: ‘Open the door. knocked at it and said: ‘Open the door for me. your mother is here and has brought something back with her for each of you. our mother has not black feet like you: you are the wolf!’ Then the wolf ran to a baker and said: ‘I have hurt my feet.’ And when the baker had rubbed his feet over. they believed that all he 255 of 444 . dear children. but the wolf said: ‘If you will not do it.

One sprang under the table. the sixth under the washing-bowl. She called them one after another by name. and the quilts and pillows were pulled off the bed. At last. Soon afterwards the old goat came home again from the forest. the washing-bowl lay broken to pieces. one after the other he swallowed them down his throat. But who should come in but the wolf! They were terrified and wanted to hide themselves. I am in the clock-case. 256 of 444 . the fourth into the kitchen. But the wolf found them all. who was in the clock-case. and began to sleep. the second into the bed. when she came to the youngest. chairs. The youngest. Then you may imagine how she wept over her poor children. laid himself down under a tree in the green meadow outside. When the wolf had satisfied his appetite he took himself off. and used no great ceremony. but no one answered. Ah! what a sight she saw there! The house-door stood wide open.Grimms’ Fairy Tales said was true. the fifth into the cupboard. and opened the door. The table. the third into the stove. and the seventh into the clock-case. a soft voice cried: ‘Dear mother. but they were nowhere to be found.’ She took the kid out. She sought her children. and it told her that the wolf had come and had eaten all the others. was the only one he did not find. and benches were thrown down.

and the goat cut open the monster’s stomach. and we will fill the wicked beast’s stomach with them while he is still asleep. She looked at him on every side and saw that something was moving and struggling in his gorged belly. ‘is it possible that my poor children whom he has swallowed down for his supper. can be still alive?’ Then the kid had to run home and fetch scissors.’ Then the seven kids dragged the stones thither with all speed. What rejoicing there was! They embraced their dear mother. heavens. so that he was not aware of anything and never once stirred.Grimms’ Fairy Tales At length in her grief she went out. and when she had cut farther. and the youngest kid ran with her. and put as many of them into this stomach as they could get in. and were all still alive. said: ‘Now go and look for some big stones. and the mother sewed him up again in the greatest haste. and a needle and thread. The mother. however. and had suffered no injury whatever. there lay the wolf by the tree and snored so loud that the branches shook. When they came to the meadow. than one little kid thrust its head out.’ she said. and jumped like a tailor at his wedding. all six sprang out one after another. and hardly had she made one cut. for in his greediness the monster had swallowed them down whole. 257 of 444 . ‘Ah.

But when he began to walk and to move about. the stones in his stomach knocked against each other and rattled.’ And when he got to the well and stooped over the water to drink. he got on his legs. he wanted to go to a well to drink. and he drowned miserably. When the seven kids saw that. But it feels like big stones. and as the stones in his stomach made him very thirsty.Grimms’ Fairy Tales When the wolf at length had had his fill of sleep. the heavy stones made him fall in. they came running to the spot and cried aloud: ‘The wolf is dead! The wolf is dead!’ and danced for joy round about the well with their mother. Then cried he: ’What rumbles and tumbles Against my poor bones? I thought ‘twas six kids. 258 of 444 .

should try to travel through the world. Then their brother. ‘Let the poor things enjoy themselves. and the 259 of 444 . had been unable to get on. to think that he. But the dwarf said. went out to seek for his brothers: but when he had found them they only laughed at him. when they. you shall not kill them. and came to a lake where many many ducks were swimming about.’ Next they came to a bees’-nest in a hollow tree. and roast them. and came at last to an ant. I will not suffer you to trouble them. The two elder brothers would have pulled it down. but they soon fell into a wasteful foolish way of living. and there was so much honey that it ran down the trunk.’ So on they went. The two brothers wanted to catch two.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE QUEEN BEE Two kings’ sons once upon a time went into the world to seek their fortunes. However. they all set out on their journey together. But the little dwarf said. who were so much wiser. in order to see how the poor ants in their fright would run about and carry off their eggs.hill. who was a little insignificant dwarf. so that they could not return home again. who was so young and simple. ‘Let the poor things enjoy themselves.

but took hold of them and led them to a beautiful table covered with all sorts of good things: and when they had eaten and drunk. lie the thousand pearls belonging to the king’s daughter. under the moss. so as to get their honey. The first tablet said: ‘In the wood. I cannot let you burn them. they called a third time. till they came to a door on which were three locks: but in the middle of the door was a wicket. There they saw a little grey old man sitting at a table.’ At length the three brothers came to a castle: and as they passed by the stables they saw fine horses standing there. But the dwarf held them back.Grimms’ Fairy Tales two brothers wanted to light a fire under the tree and kill the bees. where there were three tablets. and said. but all were of marble. they must all be found: and if one be 260 of 444 . but he did not hear: however. Then they went through all the rooms. he showed each of them to a bed-chamber. and no man was to be seen. and they called to him once or twice. The next morning he came to the eldest and took him to a marble table. ‘Let the pretty insects enjoy themselves. He said nothing. and then he rose and came out to them. so that they could look into the next room. containing an account of the means by which the castle might be disenchanted.

but he succeeded no better than the first. and the job was so tiresome!—so he sat down upon a stone and cried. and he looked in the moss. for he could only find the second hundred of the pearls.’ The eldest brother set out.’ And as the dwarf came to the brink of it. The next day the second brother undertook the task. It was to choose out the youngest and the best of the king’s three daughters. but it was so hard to find the pearls. At last came the little dwarf’s turn. he who seeks them will be turned into marble. and he had not found the first hundred: so he was turned into stone as the tablet had foretold. The second tablet said: ‘The key of the princess’s bedchamber must be fished up out of the lake. the king of the ants (whose life he had saved) came to help him. and they dived down and soon brought in the key from the bottom. and sought for the pearls the whole day: but the evening came. and it was not long before they had found all the pearls and laid them in a heap.Grimms’ Fairy Tales missing by set of sun. he saw the two ducks whose lives he had saved swimming about. Now 261 of 444 . with five thousand ants. The third task was the hardest. and therefore he too was turned into stone. And as he sat there.

but his two brothers married the other two sisters. and all who had been turned into stones awoke. and was king after her father’s death. and the youngest a spoonful of honey. and she tried the lips of all three. so he was to guess which it was that had eaten the honey. who had been saved by the little dwarf from the fire. Then came the queen of the bees. 262 of 444 . the next some sweet syrup. but at last she sat upon the lips of the one that had eaten the honey: and so the dwarf knew which was the youngest. and all exactly alike: but he was told that the eldest had eaten a piece of sugar. And the dwarf married the youngest and the best of the princesses. Thus the spell was broken. and took their proper forms.Grimms’ Fairy Tales they were all beautiful.

He looked at the workmanship. and the poor shoemaker. meaning to rise early in the morning to his work. there stood the shoes all ready made. The same day a customer came in. In the morning after he had said his prayers. upon the table. with the money. so he went peaceably to bed. there was not one false stitch in the whole job. to his great wonder. left all his cares to Heaven. who worked very hard and was very honest: but still he could not earn enough to live upon. Then he cut his leather out. The good man knew not what to say or think at such an odd thing happening. and soon fell asleep. all ready to make up the next day. In the 263 of 444 . bought leather enough to make two pairs more. he sat himself down to his work. His conscience was clear and his heart light amidst all his troubles. when. all was so neat and true. and the shoes suited him so well that he willingly paid a price higher than usual for them. that it was quite a masterpiece. save just leather enough to make one pair of shoes. and at last all he had in the world was gone.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER There was once a shoemaker.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales evening he cut out the work. but he was saved all the trouble. that the shoemaker was all wonder. there came in two little naked dwarfs. he said to her. so they left a light burning. that he might get up and begin betimes next day. and they sat themselves upon the shoemaker’s bench. took up all the work that was cut out. about Christmas-time. He cut out the work again overnight and found it done in the morning. and could not take his eyes off them. stitching and rapping and tapping away at such a rate. One evening. and 264 of 444 . who paid him handsomely for his goods. and the good man soon became thriving and well off again. for when he got up in the morning the work was done ready to his hand. As soon as it was midnight.’ The wife liked the thought. and went to bed early. as he and his wife were sitting over the fire chatting together. till the job was quite done. And on they went. as before. Soon in came buyers. that we may see who it is that comes and does my work for me. behind a curtain that was hung up there. and watched what would happen. and hid themselves in a corner of the room. and so it went on for some time: what was got ready in the evening was always done by daybreak. ‘I should like to sit up and watch tonight. so that he bought leather enough for four pair more. and began to ply with their little fingers.

‘These little wights have made us rich. and one evening. as merry as 265 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales the shoes stood ready for use upon the table. About midnight in they came. dancing and skipping. and a coat and waistcoat. and then went to sit down to their work as usual.’ The thought pleased the good cobbler very much. hopped round the room. to watch what the little elves would do. and seemed mightily delighted. but when they saw the clothes lying for them. and then went and hid themselves. Then they dressed themselves in the twinkling of an eye. they laid them on the table. I’ll tell you what. and danced and capered and sprang about. for they have nothing upon their backs to keep off the cold. and a pair of pantaloons into the bargain. and we ought to be thankful to them. I am quite sorry to see them run about as they do. This was long before daybreak. I will make each of them a shirt. they laughed and chuckled. The next day the wife said to the shoemaker. instead of the work that they used to cut out. and indeed it is not very decent. and then they bustled away as quick as lightning. when all the things were ready. and do them a good turn if we can. and do you make each of them a little pair of shoes.

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and edit PDF. THE JUNIPER-TREE Long. and first the trees budded in the woods. and the blood fell on the snow. but sorrowed much that they had no children. that the wife prayed for it day and night.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. some two thousand years or so. she cut her finger. ‘if I had but a child. One winter’s day the wife stood under the tree to peel some apples.’ and as she spoke the words. So the months followed one another. and soon the green branches grew thickly intertwined. ‘Ah. and all the earth was green. and as she was peeling them. Once again the wife stood under the juniper-tree. and the snow had all disappeared. there lived a rich man with a good and beautiful wife. A month passed. They loved each other dearly. So greatly did they desire to have one. in which grew a juniper-tree. and it was so full of sweet scent that her heart 267 of 444 . view. her heart grew light within her. and it seemed to her that her wish was granted. as red as blood and as white as snow. but still they remained childless. and then the blossoms began to fall. and she returned to the house feeling glad and comforted. then another month went by. Download the free trial version. In front of the house there was a court.’ sighed the woman heavily. long ago.

it pierced her heart to think that he would always stand in the way of her own child.Grimms’ Fairy Tales leaped for joy. This evil thought took possession of her more and 268 of 444 . and then she grew sad and ill. and later on he married again. but when they were fully ripe she picked the berries and ate eagerly of them. bury me under the juniper-tree. and she was so overcome with her happiness. Her husband buried her under the juniper-tree. He now had a little daughter born to him. By degrees. her joy was so great that she died. and before another month had passed she had a little child. and she was glad and at peace. and said to him. and wept bitterly for her. who was as red as blood and as white as snow. and when she looked at her and then looked at the boy. and she was continually thinking how she could get the whole of the property for her. and although at times he still grieved over his loss. that she fell on her knees. ‘If I die. his sorrow grew less. weeping. The mother loved her daughter very much. the child of his first wife was a boy. A little while later she called her husband. however.’ Then she felt comforted and happy again. he was able to go about as usual. and when she saw that it was as white as snow and as red as blood. Presently the fruit became round and firm.

and had no peace from the time he left school to the time he went back.’ said the wife.’ The thought came to her that she would kill him. and said. but she answered. and she lifted up the lid of the chest. will you have an apple?’ but she gave him a wicked look. One day the little daughter came running to her mother in the store. ‘Yes. ’Mother.’ ‘Yes. for she snatched the apple out of her little daughter’s hand. ‘Come with me.’ Just then she looked out of the window and saw him coming.’ she said.Grimms’ Fairy Tales more. The little boy now came in.room. and made her behave very unkindly to the boy. give me an apple. and said.’ She threw the apple into the chest and shut it to.’ said the little daughter again. ‘You shall not have one before your brother. ‘My son.’ said the boy. ‘Mother. and it seemed as if an evil spirit entered into her. ‘may not brother have one too?’ The mother was angry at this. the chest had a very heavy lid and a large iron lock. and the evil spirit in the wife made her say kindly to him. give me an apple. so that the poor child went about in fear. ‘Mother. when he comes out of school. and she gave her a beautiful apple out of the chest. ‘take one out for 269 of 444 . ‘how dreadful you look! Yes. She drove him from place to place with cuffings and buffetings. my child.

and when I asked him to give me the apple.’ ’Go to him again. and that frightened me. Then she was overwhelmed with fear at the thought of what she had done. give me that apple.Grimms’ Fairy Tales yourself. brother is sitting by the door with an apple in his hand. ‘I have knocked off brother’s head. ‘If only I can prevent anyone knowing that I did it. the evil spirit urged her. and took a white handkerchief out of her top drawer. little Marleen came up to her mother who was stirring a pot of boiling water over the fire. and bound it with the handkerchief so that nothing could be seen. and placed him on a chair by the door with an apple in his hand. and he looks so pale. that she ran crying and screaming to her mother. She was so terrified at this. and off went the little boy’s head. then she set the boy’s head again on his shoulders. ‘and if he does not answer.’ said her mother. So she went upstairs to her room. and his head rolled off.’ And as he bent over to do so. give him a box on the ear. and said. and nothing would stop her. ‘Mother. Soon after this. 270 of 444 . and said. ‘Oh!’ she said. and crash! down went the lid. then she gave him a box on the ear.’ and then she wept and wept.’ she thought.’ but he did not say a word. he did not answer. ‘Brother.’ So little Marleen went.

he asked. and put him in the pot. and he never even said goodbye to me!’ ’Well. made him into puddings. and he ought to have said goodbye to me.’ 271 of 444 .’ And she took the little boy and cut him up. and wept and wept. and he told me he should be away quite six weeks. ‘but no one must know about it. so that there was no need of salt. The father again asked. ‘Little Marleen. and said. he is going to stay there some time. what is done can’t be undone.’ ’I feel very unhappy about it. ‘Where is my son?’ ’Oh. ‘he is gone into the country to his mother’s great uncle. he is well looked after there.’ said the husband. Presently the father came home and sat down to his dinner. and her tears fell into the pot. he likes being there. ‘in case it should not be all right. but gave him a large dish of black pudding. we will make him into puddings. and Marleen still wept without ceasing.’ ’What has he gone there for. ‘Where is my son?’ The mother said nothing. But Marleen stood looking on. so you must keep silence.’ answered the wife. why do you weep? Brother will soon be back.’ With this he went on with his dinner.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ’What have you done!’ said her mother.

that rose high into the air. After this a mist came round the tree. Then she laid them in the green grass under the junipertree. as it might be someone clapping their hands for joy. and out of the fire there flew a beautiful bird. and as he ate. the juniper-tree stood there as before. and the branches waved backwards and forwards. and in the midst of it there was a burning as of fire. and in it she wrapped all the bones from under the table and carried them outside. then all her sadness seemed to leave her. and she wept no more. and when it could no more be seen. Little Marleen now felt as lighthearted and happy as if her brother were still alive. and she had no sooner done so. Little Marleen went upstairs and took her best silk handkerchief out of her bottom drawer. first away from one another. he threw the bones under the table. and she went back to the house and sat down cheerfully to the table and ate. And now the juniper-tree began to move. and all the time she did nothing but weep. and the silk handkerchief and the bones were gone. singing magnificently.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Then he asked his wife for more pudding. The bird flew away and alighted on the house of a goldsmith and began to sing: 272 of 444 . and then together again.

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’My mother killed her little son; My father grieved when I was gone; My sister loved me best of all; She laid her kerchief over me, And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt, Kywitt, what a beautiful bird am I!’ The goldsmith was in his workshop making a gold chain, when he heard the song of the bird on his roof. He thought it so beautiful that he got up and ran out, and as he crossed the threshold he lost one of his slippers. But he ran on into the middle of the street, with a slipper on one foot and a sock on the other; he still had on his apron, and still held the gold chain and the pincers in his hands, and so he stood gazing up at the bird, while the sun came shining brightly down on the street. ’Bird,’ he said, ‘how beautifully you sing! Sing me that song again.’ ’Nay,’ said the bird, ‘I do not sing twice for nothing. Give that gold chain, and I will sing it you again.’ ’Here is the chain, take it,’ said the goldsmith. ‘Only sing me that again.’ The bird flew down and took the gold chain in his right claw, and then he alighted again in front of the goldsmith and sang: 273 of 444

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’My mother killed her little son; My father grieved when I was gone; My sister loved me best of all; She laid her kerchief over me, And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt, Kywitt, what a beautiful bird am I!’ Then he flew away, and settled on the roof of a shoemaker’s house and sang: ’My mother killed her little son; My father grieved when I was gone; My sister loved me best of all; She laid her kerchief over me, And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt, Kywitt, what a beautiful bird am I!’ The shoemaker heard him, and he jumped up and ran out in his shirt- sleeves, and stood looking up at the bird on the roof with his hand over his eyes to keep himself from being blinded by the sun. ’Bird,’ he said, ‘how beautifully you sing!’ Then he called through the door to his wife: ‘Wife, come out; here is a bird, come and look at it and hear how beautifully it sings.’ Then he called his daughter and the children, then the apprentices, girls and boys, and they all ran up the street to look at the bird, and saw how splendid it was 274 of 444

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with its red and green feathers, and its neck like burnished gold, and eyes like two bright stars in its head. ’Bird,’ said the shoemaker, ‘sing me that song again.’ ’Nay,’ answered the bird, ‘I do not sing twice for nothing; you must give me something.’ ’Wife,’ said the man, ‘go into the garret; on the upper shelf you will see a pair of red shoes; bring them to me.’ The wife went in and fetched the shoes. ’There, bird,’ said the shoemaker, ‘now sing me that song again.’ The bird flew down and took the red shoes in his left claw, and then he went back to the roof and sang: ’My mother killed her little son; My father grieved when I was gone; My sister loved me best of all; She laid her kerchief over me, And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt, Kywitt, what a beautiful bird am I!’ When he had finished, he flew away. He had the chain in his right claw and the shoes in his left, and he flew right away to a mill, and the mill went ‘Click clack, click clack, click clack.’ Inside the mill were twenty of the miller’s men hewing a stone, and as they went ‘Hick hack, hick

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hack, hick hack,’ the mill went ‘Click clack, click clack, click clack.’ The bird settled on a lime-tree in front of the mill and sang: ’My mother killed her little son; then one of the men left off, My father grieved when I was gone; two more men left off and listened, My sister loved me best of all; then four more left off, She laid her kerchief over me, And took my bones that they might lie now there were only eight at work, Underneath And now only five, the juniper-tree. and now only one, Kywitt, Kywitt, what a beautiful bird am I!’ then he looked up and the last one had left off work. ’Bird,’ he said, ‘what a beautiful song that is you sing! Let me hear it too; sing it again.’ ’Nay,’ answered the bird, ‘I do not sing twice for nothing; give me that millstone, and I will sing it again.’ 276 of 444

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’If it belonged to me alone,’ said the man, ‘you should have it.’ ’Yes, yes,’ said the others: ‘if he will sing again, he can have it.’ The bird came down, and all the twenty millers set to and lifted up the stone with a beam; then the bird put his head through the hole and took the stone round his neck like a collar, and flew back with it to the tree and sang— ’My mother killed her little son; My father grieved when I was gone; My sister loved me best of all; She laid her kerchief over me, And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt, Kywitt, what a beautiful bird am I!’ And when he had finished his song, he spread his wings, and with the chain in his right claw, the shoes in his left, and the millstone round his neck, he flew right away to his father’s house. The father, the mother, and little Marleen were having their dinner. ’How lighthearted I feel,’ said the father, ‘so pleased and cheerful.’ ’And I,’ said the mother, ‘I feel so uneasy, as if a heavy thunderstorm were coming.’ 277 of 444

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But little Marleen sat and wept and wept. Then the bird came flying towards the house and settled on the roof. ’I do feel so happy,’ said the father, ‘and how beautifully the sun shines; I feel just as if I were going to see an old friend again.’ ’Ah!’ said the wife, ‘and I am so full of distress and uneasiness that my teeth chatter, and I feel as if there were a fire in my veins,’ and she tore open her dress; and all the while little Marleen sat in the corner and wept, and the plate on her knees was wet with her tears. The bird now flew to the juniper-tree and began singing: ’My mother killed her little son; the mother shut her eyes and her ears, that she might see and hear nothing, but there was a roaring sound in her ears like that of a violent storm, and in her eyes a burning and flashing like lightning: My father grieved when I was gone; ’Look, mother,’ said the man, ‘at the beautiful bird that is singing so magnificently; and how warm and bright the sun is, and what a delicious scent of spice in the air!’ My sister loved me best of all;

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then little Marleen laid her head down on her knees and sobbed. ’I must go outside and see the bird nearer,’ said the man. ’Ah, do not go!’ cried the wife. ‘I feel as if the whole house were in flames!’ But the man went out and looked at the bird. She laid her kerchief over me, And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt, Kywitt, what a beautiful bird am I!’ With that the bird let fall the gold chain, and it fell just round the man’s neck, so that it fitted him exactly. He went inside, and said, ‘See, what a splendid bird that is; he has given me this beautiful gold chain, and looks so beautiful himself.’ But the wife was in such fear and trouble, that she fell on the floor, and her cap fell from her head. Then the bird began again: ’My mother killed her little son; ’Ah me!’ cried the wife, ‘if I were but a thousand feet beneath the earth, that I might not hear that song.’ My father grieved when I was gone; then the woman fell down again as if dead. 279 of 444

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My sister loved me best of all; ’Well,’ said little Marleen, ‘I will go out too and see if the bird will give me anything.’ So she went out. She laid her kerchief over me, And took my bones that they might lie and he threw down the shoes to her, Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt, Kywitt, what a beautiful bird am I!’ And she now felt quite happy and lighthearted; she put on the shoes and danced and jumped about in them. ‘I was so miserable,’ she said, ‘when I came out, but that has all passed away; that is indeed a splendid bird, and he has given me a pair of red shoes.’ The wife sprang up, with her hair standing out from her head like flames of fire. ‘Then I will go out too,’ she said, ‘and see if it will lighten my misery, for I feel as if the world were coming to an end.’ But as she crossed the threshold, crash! the bird threw the millstone down on her head, and she was crushed to death. The father and little Marleen heard the sound and ran out, but they only saw mist and flame and fire rising from the spot, and when these had passed, there stood the little 280 of 444

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and seemed as if it would never cease growing. and gave it to the king. he became a gardener. the best thing perhaps is to carry it and give it to the king as a mark of respect. so. ‘What a wonderful thing!’ said the king. and never will again. The poor man thought he would try to better himself. ‘What shall I do with it? if I sell it. and drew the turnip to the court. there was one plant bigger than all the rest. and dug his ground well.’ Then he yoked his oxen. but such a 282 of 444 . the one was rich and the other poor. and sowed turnips. and it kept getting larger and larger. it will bring no more than another. the little turnips are better than this. so that it might have been called the prince of turnips for there never was such a one seen before. and the gardener knew not what in the world to do with it. and two oxen could hardly draw it. nor whether it would be a blessing or a curse to him. ‘I have seen many strange things.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE TURNIP There were two brothers who were both soldiers. One day he said to himself. and for eating. pulling off his red coat. At last it was so big that it filled a cart. When the seed came up.

and your majesty knows him well. no!’ answered the gardener. However. and all the world knows him. for if his brother had received so much for only a turnip. and thought he must have a much larger gift in return. what must his present be wroth? The king took the gift very graciously. ‘I am no child of fortune. everybody forgets me.Grimms’ Fairy Tales monster as this I never saw. I am a poor soldier. you are a true child of fortune. but because I am poor.’ ‘Ah. When the brother heard of all this.’ Then he gave him gold and lands and flocks. who never could get enough to live upon. and said he knew not what to give in return more valuable and 283 of 444 . ‘You shall be poor no longer. I will give you so much that you shall be even richer than your brother. and how a turnip had made the gardener so rich. he envied him sorely. he determined to manage more cleverly than his brother. and said. so I laid aside my red coat. and bethought himself how he could contrive to get the same good fortune for himself. and set to work. I have a brother. who is rich. tilling the ground. Where did you get the seed? or is it only your good luck? If so. and made him so rich that his brother’s fortune could not at all be compared with his.’ The king then took pity on him. and got together a rich present of gold and fine horses for the king.

and he resolved to kill his brother. the murderers rushed out upon him. and were going to hang him on a tree. he proved to be a student. But whilst they were getting all ready. who was journeying along on his nag. ‘Dear brother. they heard the trampling of a horse at a distance. he cried out.Grimms’ Fairy Tales wonderful than the great turnip. When he reached home. and having shown them where to lie in ambush. he knew not upon whom to vent his rage and spite. and drag it home with him. I have found a hidden treasure. and swung him up by a cord to the tree. and ran away. which so frightened them that they pushed their prisoner neck and shoulders together into a sack. so the soldier was forced to put it into a cart. and at length wicked thoughts came into his head. let us go and dig it up. till he made a hole large enough to put out his head. As soon as the man in the sack saw him passing under the tree. and share it between us. and singing as he went. When the horseman came up. Meantime he worked and worked away. So he hired some villains to murder him. bound him.’ The other had no suspicions of his roguery: so they went out together. ‘Good 284 of 444 . where they left him dangling. and said. and as they were travelling along. a merry fellow. he went to his brother.

my friend!’ The student looked about everywhere. the number of the sands on the seashore. and seeing no one. learned great and wondrous things. at last he said. Wert thou but once here. ‘A little space I may allow thee to sit here. and I shall know all that man can know. and not knowing where the voice came from. here have I. ‘Blessed be the day and hour when I found you. cannot you contrive to let me into the sack for a little while?’ Then the other answered. and shall come forth wiser than the wisest of mankind. A little longer. all the learning of the schools is as empty air. if thou wilt reward me well and entreat me kindly. in a short time. for behold here I sit in the sack of wisdom. ‘Lift up thine eyes. cried out. Here I discern the signs and motions of the heavens and the stars. Compared to this seat. but thou must tarry yet an hour below. my friend. as if very unwillingly. the virtues of all simples. and of precious stones. The student listened to all this and wondered much.’ 285 of 444 . till I have learnt some little matters that are yet unknown to me. of birds. ‘Who calls me?’ Then the man in the tree answered. the healing of the sick.Grimms’ Fairy Tales morning! good morning to thee. the laws that control the winds. though wouldst feel and own the power of knowledge.

‘dost thou not feel that wisdom comes unto thee? Rest there in peace. he trotted off on the student’s nag. and set him free. opened the sack. ‘How is it with thee. ‘that is not the way. ‘Thou must let the sack of wisdom descend. ‘Wait a while. 286 of 444 . and left the poor fellow to gather wisdom till somebody should come and let him down. tied up the sack. ‘Now then.’ So the student let him down. till thou art a wiser man than thou wert. ‘let me ascend quickly.’ Then he pushed him in head first.’ cried he. Then the other pretended to give way. and then thou shalt enter. and he begged earnestly that he might ascend forthwith. for his thirst for knowledge was great.’ said the gardener.’ As he began to put himself into the sack heels first. by untying yonder cord.’ So saying. but the time hung heavy upon him.Grimms’ Fairy Tales So the student sat himself down and waited a while. and soon swung up the searcher after wisdom dangling in the air. friend?’ said he. and said.

had something given me.’ ‘Never mind. Hans.’ Hans takes the needle. sticks it into a hay-cart. Hans?’ ‘Stuck in the haycart. Gretel. mother. Hans.’ ‘Good evening.’ Gretel presents Hans with a needle.’ ‘That was ill done. Hans.’ ‘What did you take her?’ ‘Took nothing. Hans. ‘Good day. Hans?’ ‘To Gretel. I want to have something given me.’ ‘Oh. mother. and follows the cart home. Hans says: ‘Goodbye. Goodbye. Hans. ‘Good day. I’ll behave well.’ ’Whither away. Hans.’ ‘What did Gretel give you?’ ‘Gave me a needle. Hans?’ Hans answered: ‘To Gretel. Where have you been?’ ‘With Gretel. Goodbye.’ ‘Goodbye. What do you bring that is good?’ ‘I bring nothing. I’ll do better next time.’ ‘Goodbye. Hans. mother. Gretel. ‘Good evening. I’ll behave well. What do you bring that is good?’ ‘I bring nothing. You should have stuck the needle in your sleeve. Hans. Hans.’ ‘Good day.’ Hans comes to Gretel.’ ‘Goodbye.’ ‘Good day. I want to have something given 287 of 444 .’ Hans comes to Gretel.Grimms’ Fairy Tales CLEVER HANS The mother of Hans said: ‘Whither away.’ ‘Behave well.’ ‘Oh. Gretel. mother.’ ‘Where is the needle.’ ‘Behave well.

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to me.’ Gretel presents Hans with a knife. ‘Goodbye, Gretel.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans takes the knife, sticks it in his sleeve, and goes home. ‘Good evening, mother.’ ‘Good evening, Hans. Where have you been?’ ‘With Gretel.’ What did you take her?’ ‘Took her nothing, she gave me something.’ ‘What did Gretel give you?’ ‘Gave me a knife.’ ‘Where is the knife, Hans?’ ‘Stuck in my sleeve.’ ‘That’s ill done, Hans, you should have put the knife in your pocket.’ ‘Never mind, will do better next time.’ ’Whither away, Hans?’ ‘To Gretel, mother.’ ‘Behave well, Hans.’ ‘Oh, I’ll behave well. Goodbye, mother.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans comes to Gretel. ‘Good day, Gretel.’ ‘Good day, Hans. What good thing do you bring?’ ‘I bring nothing, I want something given me.’ Gretel presents Hans with a young goat. ‘Goodbye, Gretel.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans takes the goat, ties its legs, and puts it in his pocket. When he gets home it is suffocated. ‘Good evening, mother.’ ‘Good evening, Hans. Where have you been?’ ‘With Gretel.’ ‘What did you take her?’ ‘Took nothing, she gave me something.’ ‘What did Gretel give you?’ ‘She gave me a goat.’ ‘Where is the goat, Hans?’ ‘Put it in my pocket.’ ‘That was ill

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done, Hans, you should have put a rope round the goat’s neck.’ ‘Never mind, will do better next time.’ ’Whither away, Hans?’ ‘To Gretel, mother.’ ‘Behave well, Hans.’ ‘Oh, I’ll behave well. Goodbye, mother.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans comes to Gretel. ‘Good day, Gretel.’ ‘Good day, Hans. What good thing do you bring?’ ‘I bring nothing, I want something given me.’ Gretel presents Hans with a piece of bacon. ‘Goodbye, Gretel.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans takes the bacon, ties it to a rope, and drags it away behind him. The dogs come and devour the bacon. When he gets home, he has the rope in his hand, and there is no longer anything hanging on to it. ‘Good evening, mother.’ ‘Good evening, Hans. Where have you been?’ ‘With Gretel.’ ‘What did you take her?’ ‘I took her nothing, she gave me something.’ ‘What did Gretel give you?’ ‘Gave me a bit of bacon.’ ‘Where is the bacon, Hans?’ ‘I tied it to a rope, brought it home, dogs took it.’ ‘That was ill done, Hans, you should have carried the bacon on your head.’ ‘Never mind, will do better next time.’ ’Whither away, Hans?’ ‘To Gretel, mother.’ ‘Behave well, Hans.’ ‘I’ll behave well. Goodbye, mother.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans comes to Gretel. ‘Good day, 289 of 444

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Gretel.’ ‘Good day, Hans, What good thing do you bring?’ ‘I bring nothing, but would have something given.’ Gretel presents Hans with a calf. ‘Goodbye, Gretel.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans takes the calf, puts it on his head, and the calf kicks his face. ‘Good evening, mother.’ ‘Good evening, Hans. Where have you been?’ ‘With Gretel.’ ‘What did you take her?’ ‘I took nothing, but had something given me.’ ‘What did Gretel give you?’ ‘A calf.’ ‘Where have you the calf, Hans?’ ‘I set it on my head and it kicked my face.’ ‘That was ill done, Hans, you should have led the calf, and put it in the stall.’ ‘Never mind, will do better next time.’ ’Whither away, Hans?’ ‘To Gretel, mother.’ ‘Behave well, Hans.’ ‘I’ll behave well. Goodbye, mother.’ ‘Goodbye, Hans.’ Hans comes to Gretel. ‘Good day, Gretel.’ ‘Good day, Hans. What good thing do you bring?’ ‘I bring nothing, but would have something given.’ Gretel says to Hans: ‘I will go with you.’ Hans takes Gretel, ties her to a rope, leads her to the rack, and binds her fast. Then Hans goes to his mother. ‘Good evening, mother.’ ‘Good evening, Hans. Where have you been?’ ‘With Gretel.’ ‘What did you take her?’ ‘I 290 of 444

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took her nothing.’ ‘What did Gretel give you?’ ‘She gave me nothing, she came with me.’ ‘Where have you left Gretel?’ ‘I led her by the rope, tied her to the rack, and scattered some grass for her.’ ‘That was ill done, Hans, you should have cast friendly eyes on her.’ ‘Never mind, will do better.’ Hans went into the stable, cut out all the calves’ and sheep’s eyes, and threw them in Gretel’s face. Then Gretel became angry, tore herself loose and ran away, and was no longer the bride of Hans.

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An aged count once lived in Switzerland, who had an only son, but he was stupid, and could learn nothing. Then said the father: ‘Hark you, my son, try as I will I can get nothing into your head. You must go from hence, I will give you into the care of a celebrated master, who shall see what he can do with you.’ The youth was sent into a strange town, and remained a whole year with the master. At the end of this time, he came home again, and his father asked: ‘Now, my son, what have you learnt?’ ‘Father, I have learnt what the dogs say when they bark.’ ‘Lord have mercy on us!’ cried the father; ‘is that all you have learnt? I will send you into another town, to another master.’ The youth was taken thither, and stayed a year with this master likewise. When he came back the father again asked: ‘My son, what have you learnt?’ He answered: ‘Father, I have learnt what the birds say.’ Then the father fell into a rage and said: ‘Oh, you lost man, you have spent the precious time and learnt nothing; are you not ashamed to appear before my eyes? I will send you to a third master, but if you learn nothing this time also, I will no longer be your father.’ The youth remained a 292 of 444

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whole year with the third master also, and when he came home again, and his father inquired: ‘My son, what have you learnt?’ he answered: ‘Dear father, I have this year learnt what the frogs croak.’ Then the father fell into the most furious anger, sprang up, called his people thither, and said: ‘This man is no longer my son, I drive him forth, and command you to take him out into the forest, and kill him.’ They took him forth, but when they should have killed him, they could not do it for pity, and let him go, and they cut the eyes and tongue out of a deer that they might carry them to the old man as a token. The youth wandered on, and after some time came to a fortress where he begged for a night’s lodging. ‘Yes,’ said the lord of the castle, ‘if you will pass the night down there in the old tower, go thither; but I warn you, it is at the peril of your life, for it is full of wild dogs, which bark and howl without stopping, and at certain hours a man has to be given to them, whom they at once devour.’ The whole district was in sorrow and dismay because of them, and yet no one could do anything to stop this. The youth, however, was without fear, and said: ‘Just let me go down to the barking dogs, and give me something that I can throw to them; they will do nothing to harm me.’ As he himself would have it so, they gave him some food for the 293 of 444

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wild animals, and led him down to the tower. When he went inside, the dogs did not bark at him, but wagged their tails quite amicably around him, ate what he set before them, and did not hurt one hair of his head. Next morning, to the astonishment of everyone, he came out again safe and unharmed, and said to the lord of the castle: ‘The dogs have revealed to me, in their own language, why they dwell there, and bring evil on the land. They are bewitched, and are obliged to watch over a great treasure which is below in the tower, and they can have no rest until it is taken away, and I have likewise learnt, from their discourse, how that is to be done.’ Then all who heard this rejoiced, and the lord of the castle said he would adopt him as a son if he accomplished it successfully. He went down again, and as he knew what he had to do, he did it thoroughly, and brought a chest full of gold out with him. The howling of the wild dogs was henceforth heard no more; they had disappeared, and the country was freed from the trouble. After some time he took it in his head that he would travel to Rome. On the way he passed by a marsh, in which a number of frogs were sitting croaking. He listened to them, and when he became aware of what they were saying, he grew very thoughtful and sad. At last he 294 of 444

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arrived in Rome, where the Pope had just died, and there was great doubt among the cardinals as to whom they should appoint as his successor. They at length agreed that the person should be chosen as pope who should be distinguished by some divine and miraculous token. And just as that was decided on, the young count entered into the church, and suddenly two snow-white doves flew on his shoulders and remained sitting there. The ecclesiastics recognized therein the token from above, and asked him on the spot if he would be pope. He was undecided, and knew not if he were worthy of this, but the doves counselled him to do it, and at length he said yes. Then was he anointed and consecrated, and thus was fulfilled what he had heard from the frogs on his way, which had so affected him, that he was to be his Holiness the Pope. Then he had to sing a mass, and did not know one word of it, but the two doves sat continually on his shoulders, and said it all in his ear.

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come with me.’ she spoke to him in a friendly way. what can you be thinking of? Have you the cheek to ask how I am getting on? What have you learnt? How many arts do you understand?’ ‘I understand but one. and have into the bargain a sackful of cunning. I will teach you how people get away from the hounds. you wretched beard-cleaner. ‘Good day. and for a long time did not know whether he would give any answer or not.’ Just then came a hunter with four dogs. You make me sorry for you. ‘I am master of a hundred arts. and as she thought to herself: ‘He is clever and full of experience. modestly. looked at the cat from head to foot. dear Mr Fox. full of all kinds of arrogance.’ replied the cat. At last he said: ‘Oh. and sat down at the top of it.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE FOX AND THE CAT It happened that the cat met the fox in a forest. ‘When the hounds are following me.’ ‘Is that all?’ said the fox. ‘What art is that?’ asked the fox. The cat sprang nimbly up a tree. 296 of 444 . where the branches and foliage quite concealed her. I can spring into a tree and save myself. you hungry mouse-hunter. how are you? How is all with you? How are you getting on in these hard times?’ The fox. you piebald fool. and much esteemed in the world.

’ cried the cat. Mr Fox. but the dogs had already seized him. you would not have lost your life. ‘You with your hundred arts are left in the lurch! Had you been able to climb like me. and were holding him fast. ‘Ah. Mr Fox.’ 297 of 444 . open your sack.’ cried the cat to him.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ‘Open your sack.

When they had got on some way they came to four crossways. and what he wanted. ‘I am going to try my luck in the world. Begin by learning some craft or another. and see how you can get on. each leading to a different country. and their little bundles on their shoulders. and as the eldest was hastening on a man met him.’ So the four brothers took their walking-sticks in their hands. you must go out into the wide world and try your luck.’ said a poor man to his four sons. ‘Here we must part. and after bidding their father goodbye. went all out at the gate together. ‘that is not an honest calling. and in the meantime each must try what he can do for himself. ‘Then. and asked him where he was going. Then the eldest said.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE FOUR CLEVER BROTHERS ’Dear children. and I will teach you to become the cunningest thief that ever was. but this day four years we will come back to this spot. ‘go with me. and should like to begin by learning some art or trade.’ said the other.’ ‘No. ‘I have nothing to give you.’ said the man. and what can one look to earn by it in the end but 298 of 444 .’ So each brother went his way.’ answered he.

for I will only teach you to steal what will be fair game: I meddle with nothing but what no one else can get or care anything about. who. ‘I do not know yet. that nothing could escape him that he had once set his mind upon. that he became very clever in the craft of the woods.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the gallows?’ ‘Oh!’ said the man.’ The plan pleased him much. and taught him so well all that belonged to hunting. he gave him a glass. when once you understand the stars.’ The third brother met a huntsman. It is a noble art. that when he had served out his time. and he soon showed himself so clever. and wanted to leave his master. and he soon became such a skilful star-gazer. ‘Then come with me. ‘Whatever you shoot at with this bow you will be sure to hit. when he found out what he was setting out upon. and be a star-gazer.’ 299 of 444 . The second brother also met a man. and when he left his master he gave him a bow. who took him with him. and where no one can find you out. ‘you need not fear the gallows. for nothing can be hidden from you.’ said he.’ So the young man agreed to follow his trade. and said. ‘With this you can see all that is passing in the sky and on earth. asked him what craft he meant to follow. and nothing can be hidden from you. and said.

’ said he. and when he left his master. at the time agreed upon. ‘that is not my sort of tailoring. will never suit me. and said. working backwards and forwards with a needle and goose. he came into the plan.’ The star-gazer took his glass. and the joint will be so fine that no seam will be seen. Then. ‘Five. ‘I should like to try what each of you can do in this way. ‘sitting cross-legged from morning to night. as they were sitting before the house under a very high tree. one day. and you will learn quite another kind of craft from that. ‘You can sew anything with this.’ 300 of 444 . where they told him all that had happened to them. come with me. he gave him a needle. no!’ said the young man. and learnt tailoring from the beginning. and how each had learned some craft. tell me how many eggs there are in it. the father said.Grimms’ Fairy Tales The youngest brother likewise met a man who asked him what he wished to do. and having welcomed each other.’ Not knowing what better to do.’ ‘Oh!’ answered the man. set off towards their father’s home. ‘to be a tailor?’ ‘Oh. looked up.’ After the space of four years. and said. ‘At the top of this tree there is a chaffinch’s nest. ‘Would not you like. the four brothers met at the four cross-roads. be it as soft as an egg or as hard as steel.’ So he looked up. and said to the second son.

’ said he to the young tailor. ’Now comes your turn. the thief was sent to take them back to the nest. and hatched them: and in a few days they crawled out. where the tailor had sewn them together.’ said the father to the eldest son. and had only a little red streak across their necks. and brought away to his father the five eggs from under the bird. and the fifth in the middle. and learnt something worth the knowing.’ Then the tailor took his needle. so neatly that the shot shall have done them no harm.’ So the cunning thief climbed up the tree. ‘Cut all the eggs in two pieces at one shot. sons!’ said the old man. and at one shot struck all the five eggs as his father wished. Then she went on sitting. and put them under the bird without its knowing it. ‘sew the eggs and the young birds in them together again. and sewed the eggs as he was told. and put one on each corner of the table.’ The huntsman took up his bow. and said to the huntsman.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ‘Now. and when he had done. and it never saw or felt what he was doing. ‘take away the eggs without letting the bird that is sitting upon them and hatching them know anything of what you are doing. but kept sitting on at its ease. ’Well done. ‘you have made good use of your time. Then the father took the eggs. but I am sure I do not know which ought to 301 of 444 .

There they found the princess sitting. and went and stole her away from under the dragon. and the dragon was lying asleep. till they came to the right place.’ said the huntsman. Then the four brothers said to each other.Grimms’ Fairy Tales have the prize. ‘Here is a chance for us.’ said the star-gazer. let us try what we can do. that a time might soon come for you to turn your skill to some account!’ Not long after this there was a great bustle in the country. so quietly and gently that the beast did not know it. as he looked through his glass. Oh. but went on snoring. and asked for a ship for himself and his brothers. 302 of 444 .’ ‘Then I will try my skill. for the king’s daughter had been carried off by a mighty dragon. and he soon cried out.’ Then he went to the king. with his head upon her lap. ‘I dare not shoot at him. as the star-gazer had said. ‘I see her afar off. guarding her. ‘I will soon find out where she is. and they sailed together over the sea.’ And they agreed to see whether they could not set the princess free. on the rock. and I can spy the dragon close by. and made it known that whoever brought her back to him should have her for a wife.’ said the thief. however. and the king mourned over his loss day and night. sitting upon a rock in the sea. ‘for I should kill the beautiful young lady also.

They were still not safe. for he awoke and missed the princess. But when he got over the boat. ‘If I had not found the princess out. Then away they hastened with her full of joy in their boat towards the ship. but soon came the dragon roaring behind them through the air. view. the huntsman took up his bow and shot him straight through the heart so that he fell down dead. When they had brought home the princess to her father. but you must settle amongst yourselves which it is to be.’ said the thief.’ Then there arose a quarrel between them. Download the free trial version. and he sat down upon these. therefore she ought to be 303 of 444 . for he was such a great beast that in his fall he overset the boat. and then tacked them together so quickly that the boat was soon ready. and the star-gazer said. therefore she ought to be mine.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. and he said to the four brothers.’ ‘Your seeing her would have been of no use. and they then reached the ship and got home safe. there was great rejoicing. and with a few large stitches put some of the planks together. ‘if I had not taken her away from the dragon. ‘One of you shall marry her. and edit PDF. all your skill would have been of no use. So the tailor took his needle. and sailed about and gathered up all pieces of the boat. and they had to swim in the open sea upon a few planks. and wanted to pounce upon them and carry off the princess.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales mine. the best way is for neither of you to have her: for the truth is. as a reward for his skill. 304 of 444 . he would. therefore she is mine. she is mine. But to make up for your loss. and took good care of their father. and as all cannot have the young lady. as he had said.’ So the brothers agreed that this plan would be much better than either quarrelling or marrying a lady who had no mind to have them. And the king then gave to each half a kingdom.’ ‘And if I had not sewn the boat together again. and they lived very happily the rest of their days. after all. and somebody took better care of the young lady.’ said the tailor. ‘for if I had not killed the dragon. have torn you and the princess into pieces. than to let either the dragon or one of the craftsmen have her again. half a kingdom. I will give each of you.’ ‘No.’ Then the king put in a word. there is somebody she likes a great deal better. ‘you would all have been drowned. ‘Each of you is right.’ said the huntsman. and said.

and bid them goodbye. the people laughed at him. and on 305 of 444 . he came to a fine castle. ‘Dear father. in one half of which it seemed to be summer-time and in the other half winter. the second for jewels. her father said he would try what he could do. and was very fond of flowers. On one side the finest flowers were in full bloom. And when the time came for him to go home. he had bought pearls and jewels for the two eldest. So he kissed all three. The eldest wished for pearls. thinking what he should bring her. said. and around the castle was a garden.’ Now it was no easy task to find a rose. but he had sought everywhere in vain for the rose.Grimms’ Fairy Tales LILY AND THE LION A merchant. for it was the middle of winter. and asked him whether he thought roses grew in snow. was once setting out upon a journey. who had three daughters. but the third. for Lily was his dearest child. who was called Lily. bring me a rose. This grieved him very much. but before he went he asked each daughter what gift he should bring back for her. and when he went into any garden and asked for such a thing. yet as she was his prettiest daughter. and as he was journeying home.

and said. when up sprang a fierce lion. they were riding away well pleased. ‘It may be my youngest daughter. And as he came near home. she came running. unless you undertake to give me whatever meets you on your return home. it was Lily. and told him to go to a beautiful bed of roses that was there.’ And at last the man yielded with a heavy heart. and kissed him. and roared out. ‘A lucky hit!’ said he.’ But the man was unwilling to do so and said. and bring him away one of the finest flowers. ‘Whoever has stolen my roses shall be eaten up alive!’ Then the man said. But her father began to be very sorrowful. if you agree to this. and said he would give the lion whatever should meet him first on his return.’ Then the servant was greatly frightened. as he called to his servant. his youngest and dearest daughter. ‘nothing. ‘I knew not that the garden belonged to you. and always runs to meet me when I go home. I will give you your life. This done. and when she saw that he had brought her the rose. who loves me most. 306 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales the other everything looked dreary and buried in the snow. and the rose too for your daughter. can nothing save my life?’ ‘No!’ said the lion. and welcomed him home. ‘It may perhaps be only a cat or a dog. and to weep. and took the rose. she was still more glad. that met him.

And when Lily came to the castle. but every morning he left his bride. the word you have given must be kept. and if you wish to go and visit her my 307 of 444 . for your eldest sister is to be married. and said she should not go. he will tear you in pieces. and soothe him: perhaps he will let me come safe home again. and when he has you. for I have said I would give you to a wild lion. After some time he said to her. he welcomed her so courteously that she agreed to marry him. and they lived happily together a long time. The wedding-feast was held. and then he held his court. I will go to the lion.’ The next morning she asked the way she was to go. and said. The prince was only to be seen as soon as evening came. ‘Alas. ‘Tomorrow there will be a great feast in your father’s house. and went forth with a bold heart into the wood. and eat you. By day he and all his court were lions. till the night came again. ‘Dear father. and went away by himself.’ Then he told her all that had happened. she knew not whither. But the lion was an enchanted prince. and took leave of her father. let what would happen. but in the evening they took their right forms again. my dearest child! I have bought this flower at a high price. But she comforted him.Grimms’ Fairy Tales saying.

and be forced to wander about the world for seven long years. for he should be changed into a dove. a very small ray of light fell upon the prince. and said she would take care no light should fall upon him. and passed with the torches before the hall. but. and stayed till the feast was over. Her second sister was soon after married. But she told them how happy she was. Then the wedding was held with great pomp. she gave him no rest. unluckily. However.’ Then she rejoiced much at the thoughts of seeing her father once more. no one saw that there was a crack in the door. and then went back to the wood. and everyone was overjoyed to see her. for they had thought her dead long since. and she chose a large hall with thick walls for him to sit in while the wedding-torches were lighted. and took with them their little child.Grimms’ Fairy Tales lions shall lead you thither. for if the least ray of the torch-light should fall upon him his enchantment would become still worse. and when Lily was asked to go to the wedding. So at last they set out together.’ But he would not. and set out with the lions. but as the train came from the church. In a moment he disappeared. and said that it would be a very hazardous thing. she said to the prince. ‘I will not go alone this time—you must go with me. and when his wife came in and looked for 308 of 444 .

nor took any rest. ‘Thou shinest through the night.’ So she thanked the sun.’ said the sun. for one day as she was travelling on she missed the white feather. and said. and when the moon arose. and at last you may overtake and set me free. for seven years. and it said to her. she cried unto it. and poor Lily followed. ‘Seven years must I fly up and down over the face of the earth. but every now and then I will let fall a white feather. ‘Now. but I will give thee a casket—open it when thy hour of need comes.Grimms’ Fairy Tales him. ‘Thou shinest everywhere. over field and 309 of 444 . and went on her way till eventide. Thus she went roving on through the wide world. on the hill’s top and the valley’s depth—hast thou anywhere seen my white dove?’ ‘No. and showed her the way she was to journey. and thought to herself that the time was fast coming when all her troubles should end. ‘no aid of man can be of use to me. she found only a white dove. that will show you the way I am going. and every now and then a white feather fell. and when she lifted up her eyes she could nowhere see the dove. he flew out at the door. and looked neither to the right hand nor to the left. follow it.’ This said. Then she began to be glad. yet repose was still far off. ‘I have not seen it.’ thought she to herself.’ So she went to the sun and said.

Go to the Red Sea. and she raised up her voice to it. and said they too had not seen it. break it off. ‘I cannot help thee but I will give thee an egg— break it when need comes. and is changed once more into a lion. and both of them will appear to you in their own forms.’ Then she thanked the moon. and he will carry you over the waters to your home. ‘Thou blowest through every tree and under every leaf—hast thou not seen my white dove?’ ‘No. and there he is fighting with a dragon. and went on till the night-wind blew. for the seven years are passed away. on the right shore stand many rods—count them. Then look round and thou wilt see a griffin. and said.’ Then the night-wind said. and so the lion will have the victory.’ said the night-wind.Grimms’ Fairy Tales grove—hast thou nowhere seen my white dove?’ ‘No. ‘I have seen the white dove—he has fled to the Red Sea. ‘but I will ask three other winds.’ continued the 310 of 444 . jump on to his back with thy beloved one as quickly as possible. but the south wind said. and when thou comest to the eleventh. winged like bird. and the dragon is an enchanted princess.’ said the moon. ‘I will give thee counsel. sitting by the Red Sea. perhaps they have seen it.’ Then the east wind and the west wind came. and smite the dragon with it. I will also give thee this nut. who seeks to separate him from you.

But no sooner was the princess released from the spell. and found all as the night-wind had said. and smote the dragon. So she put it on. and went off carrying the prince away with her. and so long as the cock crows. long way. till I find him once again. and all the people gazed upon her.’ She went on for a long. and there was a feast got ready.’ So our poor wanderer went forth. but she took heart and said. otherwise he would not have the strength to bear you the whole way. Thus the unhappy traveller was again forsaken and forlorn. than she seized the prince by the arm and sprang on to the griffin’s back. 311 of 444 . and she heard that the wedding was about to be held. if. thou dost forget to throw down the nut. ‘Heaven aid me now!’ said she.Grimms’ Fairy Tales night-wind. and found that within it lay a dress as dazzling as the sun itself. he will let you both fall into the sea. ‘When you are half-way over. and out of the waters will immediately spring up a high nut-tree on which the griffin will be able to rest. and she took the casket that the sun had given her. therefore. and she plucked the eleventh rod. and went into the palace. throw it down. and the lion forthwith became a prince. I will journey on. ‘As far as the wind blows. till at length she came to the castle whither the princess had carried the prince. and the dragon a princess again.

But as she sat she bethought herself of the egg that the moon had given her. and she sat herself down at his feet. she was led into his chamber. and the nightwind. and sat herself down and wept. and said: ‘I have followed thee seven years. ‘Let me speak with the bridegroom this night in his chamber.’ At last the princess agreed. And 312 of 444 . and at last I have helped thee to overcome the dragon.’ The princess asked what she meant. and the prince had fallen asleep. Wilt thou then forget me quite?’ But the prince all the time slept so soundly. ‘but for flesh and blood. and seemed like the whistling of the wind among the fir-trees. but she told her chamberlain to give the prince a sleeping draught.’ said she. ‘Not for gold and silver. and when she broke it. and forced to give up the golden dress. the moon. that her voice only passed over him. so as to form the most beautiful sight in the world. and she said. and when she saw that there was no help for her. and I will give thee the dress. When evening came. that he might not hear or see her. she went out into a meadow.Grimms’ Fairy Tales and the dress pleased the bride so much that she asked whether it was to be sold. that played about. and then nestled under the old one’s wings. Then poor Lily was led away. to seek thee. I have been to the sun. there ran out a hen and twelve chickens of pure gold.

but Heaven hath sent you to me in a lucky hour. and how faithful and true to him she had been. for the strange princess had thrown a spell around me.’ Then the princess thought to betray her as before. and seated themselves on the griffin. And the chamberlain told him all—how he had given him a sleeping draught. who flew back with them over the Red Sea. When they were half313 of 444 . and was to come again that night.’ And they stole away out of the palace by night unawares. he knew his beloved wife’s voice. Then the prince took care to throw away the sleeping draught. and agreed to what she asked: but when the prince went to his chamber he asked the chamberlain why the wind had whistled so in the night. and sprang up. and said. but for flesh and blood: let me again this evening speak with the bridegroom in his chamber. so that I had altogether forgotten you. and I will give thee the whole brood. and was so pleased that she came forth and asked her if she would sell the brood. ‘You have awakened me as from a dream.Grimms’ Fairy Tales she rose up and drove them before her. ‘Not for gold or silver. and when Lily came and began again to tell him what woes had befallen her. till the bride saw them from her window. and how a poor maiden had come and spoken to him in his chamber.

314 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales way across Lily let the nut fall into the water. and after all their troubles they lived happily together to the end of their days. whereon the griffin rested for a while. now grown up to be comely and fair. and then carried them safely home. There they found their child. and immediately a large nut-tree arose from the sea.

my master has forgotten all that I have done for him so many years. my friend?’ said he. what chance can I have of that? he knows I have none. ‘I want you no longer. and edit PDF. stretch yourself out quite 315 of 444 . lie down there. and wandered up and down in the wood. and because I can no longer work he has turned me adrift.’ Then he opened the door and turned him adrift. view. and said. and says unless I become stronger than a lion he will not take me back again. or he would not talk so. I shall not take you back again until you are stronger than a lion.’ However. so take yourself off out of my stable. ‘I will help you. THE FOX AND THE HORSE A farmer had a horse that had been an excellent faithful servant to him: but he was now grown too old to work. and said. ‘justice and avarice never dwell in one house. Presently a fox met him: ‘What’s the matter. the fox bid him be of good cheer. seeking some little shelter from the cold wind and rain.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. The poor horse was very melancholy. so the farmer would give him nothing more to eat. ‘why do you hang down your head and look so lonely and woe-begone?’ ‘Ah!’ replied the horse. Download the free trial version.

‘I have got the better of him’: and when the farmer saw his old servant. ‘Jip! Dobbin! Jip!’ Then up he sprang. and then you can draw him to your den. till all the birds of the wood flew away for fright.’ said he. and said. the fox clapped the horse on the shoulder. When the work was done. ‘A little way off lies a dead horse. and he said. come with me and you may make an excellent meal of his carcase.’ This advice pleased the lion. and pretend to be dead. ’Here he is. and moved off. the fox said. and said to him.’ The lion was greatly pleased. ‘You will not be able to eat him comfortably here. and the fox went straight to the lion who lived in a cave close by. I’ll tell you what—I will tie you fast to his tail. his heart relented. and when they came to the horse. ‘Thou shalt stay in thy stable and be 316 of 444 . and made his way quietly over the fields to his master’s house.’ The horse did as he was told. The beast began to roar and bellow. and eat him at your leisure. dragging the lion behind him. master. and set off immediately. so he laid himself down quietly for the fox to make him fast to the horse. but the horse let him sing on. But the fox managed to tie his legs together and bound all so hard and fast that with all his strength he could not set himself free.Grimms’ Fairy Tales stiff.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales well taken care of. 317 of 444 .’ And so the poor old horse had plenty to eat. and lived—till he died.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE BLUE LIGHT There was once upon a time a soldier who for many years had served the king faithfully. ‘who gives anything to a run-away soldier? Yet will I be compassionate. tomorrow. but when the war came to an end could serve no longer because of the many wounds which he had received.’ ‘What do you wish?’ said the soldier.’ The soldier consented. ‘Do give me one night’s lodging. The king said to him: ‘You may return to your home. When darkness came on. until in the evening he entered a forest. and next day laboured with all his strength. ‘That you should dig all round my garden for me. he saw a light. went away greatly troubled. and walked the whole day. for he only receives wages who renders me service for them. and take you in. 318 of 444 .’ Then the soldier did not know how to earn a living. if you will do what I wish. and you will not receive any more money. ‘I see well enough. ‘that you can do no more today.’ said he to her. but I will keep you yet another night.’ ‘Oho!’ she answered. which he went up to. ‘or I shall starve. and a little to eat and drink. but could not finish it by the evening. and came to a house wherein lived a witch.’ said the witch. I need you no longer.

‘Tomorrow. Behind my house. she stretched down her hand and wanted to take the blue light away from him. and you shall bring it up again. which was still half full. He found the blue light. and made her a signal to draw him up again.’ thought he. but of what use was that to him? He saw very well that he could not escape death. let him fall again into the well. and never goes out. you shall only do me a very trifling piece of work. into which my light has fallen.Grimms’ Fairy Tales in payment for which you must tomorrow chop me a load of wood. ‘This shall be my last pleasure. it burns blue. there is an old dry well.’ The soldier spent the whole day in doing it. and let him down in a basket. and the blue light went on burning. then suddenly he felt in his pocket and found his tobacco pipe. ‘No. but when he came near the edge. When the smoke had circled about the cavern. pulled it out. and chop it small. The poor soldier fell without injury on the moist ground. ‘I will not give you the light until I am standing with both feet upon the ground. perceiving her evil intention. 319 of 444 .’ The witch fell into a passion. lit it at the blue light and began to smoke.’ said he. She did draw him up.’ Next day the old woman took him to the well. He sat for a while very sorrowfully. and went away. and in the evening the witch proposed that he should stay one night more.

He went to the best inn. what are your commands?’ ‘What my commands are?’ replied the soldier. riding on a wild tom-cat and screaming frightfully. ‘It is all done. The soldier returned to the town from which he come. he said to the little man: ‘Now go and bind the old witch. What further commands has my lord?’ inquired the dwarf. ‘and the witch is already hanging on the gallows. ‘you can return home. and carry her before the judge. and I will appear before you at once. ‘then in the first place help me out of this well.’ said the little man. ‘I must do everything you bid me. Nor was it long before the little man reappeared. When he was above. ‘Good. and the soldier took as much gold as he could carry. if I summon you.Grimms’ Fairy Tales suddenly a little black dwarf stood before him. none.’ Thereupon he vanished from his sight. only be at hand immediately.’ ‘Nothing more is needed than that you should light your pipe at the blue light. and led him through an underground passage. ordered himself handsome 320 of 444 . On the way the dwarf showed him the treasures which the witch had collected and hidden there.’ In a short time she came by like the wind. quite astonished. and said: ‘Lord.’ The little man took him by the hand. ‘At this moment.’ said he.’ said the soldier. but he did not forget to take the blue light with him.’ answered the soldier.

and clean and brighten them. ‘get to your work at once! Fetch the broom and sweep the chamber. you will fare ill. and told him that she had had a very strange dream.’ The manikin said: ‘That is an easy thing for me to do. ‘Late at night. bring her here in her sleep. Next morning when the princess arose she went to her father. but he has dismissed me. without opposition. and laid her in her bed.’ and then he threw them in her face. and now I want to take my revenge. for if it is discovered. ‘Aha! are you there?’ cried the soldier. when the king’s daughter is in bed. she shall do servant’s work for me. and then bade the landlord furnish him a room as handsome as possible. When it was ready and the soldier had taken possession of it.shut eyes. the manikin carried her back to the royal palace. however. silently and with half. and made her pick them up again. and left me to hunger. did everything he bade her. and the manikin carried in the princess. She. he summoned the little black manikin and said: ‘I have served the king faithfully.’ When twelve o’clock had struck. but a very dangerous thing for you. he ordered her to come to his chair. When the first cock crowed. the door sprang open.’ ‘What am I to do?’ asked the little man. 321 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales clothes. and then he stretched out his feet and said: ‘Pull off my boots.’ When she had done this.

and before you come back from the place where you are taken.’ said the king.’ But unseen by the king. clean his boots. ‘keep your shoes on when you go to bed. they will fall out and leave a track in the streets. It was only a dream. hide one of them there. and make a small hole in the pocket. some peas certainly did fall out of her pocket. I will soon contrive to 322 of 444 . and yet I am just as tired as if I really had done everything. Fill your pocket full of peas.’ said she. At night when the sleeping princess was again carried through the streets. ‘and taken into a soldier’s room. for the crafty manikin had just before scattered peas in every street there was. and I had to wait upon him like a servant.’ ‘We must think of something else. sweep his room. picking up peas.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ‘I was carried through the streets with the rapidity of lightning. and do all kinds of menial work. Next morning the king sent his people out to seek the track. and heard all. ‘I will give you a piece of advice. the manikin was standing beside him when he said that.’ ‘The dream may have been true. for in every street poor children were sitting. but it was all in vain. last night. but they made no track. and saying: ‘It must have rained peas.’ said the king. and then if you are carried away again. And again the princess was compelled to do servant’s work until cock-crow.

he lighted his pipe and summoned the black 323 of 444 .’ The black manikin heard this plot.’ His comrade ran thither and brought him what he wanted. In his flight he had forgotten the most valuable things he had. and when this man came up. revealed it to him.Grimms’ Fairy Tales find it. but before she went away.’ replied the soldier. and the soldier himself. was soon brought back. and thrown into prison. the blue light and the gold. said to him: ‘Be so kind as to fetch me the small bundle I have left lying in the inn. The soldier tapped at the pane of glass. As soon as the soldier was alone again. and that if the shoe were found in the soldier’s house it would go badly with him. and at night when the soldier again ordered him to bring the princess. he was standing at the window of his dungeon. and told him that he knew of no expedient to counteract this stratagem. and I will give you a ducat for doing it. she hid her shoe under the bed. ‘Do what I bid you. Next morning the king had the entire town searched for his daughter’s shoe. and had only one ducat in his pocket. and again this third night the princess was obliged to work like a servant. who at the entreaty of the dwarf had gone outside the gate. when he chanced to see one of his comrades passing by. It was found at the soldier’s. And now loaded with chains.

and his daughter to wife. he begged a last favour of the king. he threw himself on the soldier’s mercy. and merely to be allowed to live at all.Grimms’ Fairy Tales manikin. the manikin was there with a small cudgel in his hand. ‘What is it?’ asked the king. 324 of 444 . and as soon as a few wreaths of smoke had ascended. and said: ‘What does my lord command?’ ‘Strike down to earth that false judge there. and did not venture to stir again.’ Then the manikin fell on them like lightning.’ ‘You may smoke three.’ Next day the soldier was tried. When he was led forth to die. darting this way and that way. ‘Have no fear. ‘That I may smoke one more pipe on my way. and his constable. and let them do what they will. the judge condemned him to death.’ answered the king. The king was terrified. ‘Go wheresoever they take you. and though he had done nothing wicked. ‘but do not imagine that I will spare your life. and spare not the king who has treated me so ill. and whosoever was so much as touched by his cudgel fell to earth. gave him his kingdom for his own.’ said the latter to his master. only take the blue light with you.’ Then the soldier pulled out his pipe and lighted it at the blue light.

and he followed the sound of the voice. do what she would.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE RAVEN There was once a queen who had a little daughter. you will fall into a deep 325 of 444 . she will offer you food and drink. ‘I am by birth a king’s daughter. if you do. and flew away from her through the open window. the raven said. As he drew near. set me free. a man was making his way through the wood when he heard a raven calling. she opened the window.’ Scarcely were the words out of her mouth. you can. and said: ‘I wish you were a raven and would fly away. still too young to run alone.’ ‘What am I to do?’ he asked. but you must not take of either. Long after this. and seeing the ravens flying round the castle. then I should have a little peace. She replied. The bird took its flight to a dark wood and remained there for a long time. wherein lives an old woman. She grew impatient. and meanwhile the parents could hear nothing of their child. when the child in her arms was turned into a raven. however. and the mother could not quiet it. but am now under the spell of some enchantment. One day the child was very troublesome. ‘Go farther into the wood until you come to a house.

he went outside into the garden and mounted the tan-heap to 326 of 444 . and will not be able to help me. ‘Alas! I know even now that you will take something from the woman and be unable to save me. and the last by four black horses. and urged him saying.’ answered the man. the old woman met him. but if you fail to keep awake and I find you sleeping.’ ’No.’ But she would not leave him alone. ‘Poor man! how tired you are! Come in and rest and let me give you something to eat and drink. one drink counts for nothing. but the raven said. As it drew towards the appointed hour. and on that you must stand and watch for me.Grimms’ Fairy Tales sleep. I shall drive there in my carriage at two o’clock in the afternoon for three successive days. ‘I will neither eat not drink.’ and at last he allowed himself to be persuaded. and drank. and said. I shall not be set free.’ The man promised to do all that she wished. at least you might take a draught of wine.’ The man assured her again that he would on no account touch a thing to eat or drink. ‘If you will not eat anything. In the garden behind the house is a large tan-heap. When he came to the house and went inside. the first day it will be drawn by four white. the second by four chestnut.

overcome by her persistent entreaties that he would take something. He had not been there long before he began to feel so tired that his limbs seemed hardly able to support him. Download the free trial version. and unable to resist it. she called him and shook him. he lay down for a little while. sighing. Suddenly a feeling of fatigue came over him. he still continued sleeping. As the raven drove along her four chestnut horses. and edit PDF. view. At two o’clock the raven came driving along. ‘I know he has fallen 327 of 444 . and he could not stand upright any longer. she said sorrowfully to herself. however. she said to herself. Towards two o’clock he went into the garden and on to the tan-heap to watch for the raven. await the raven. At last. The next day at noon. to keep awake. but in another minute his eyes closed of their own accord. She got out of her carriage and went to him. that all the noises in the world would not have awakened him. drawn by her four white horses. there she found him as she had feared. ‘I know he has fallen asleep.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. fully determined. but even before she reached the spot. and he fell into such a deep sleep. the old woman came to him again with food and drink which he at first refused. lying on the tan-heap. but it was all in vain. he lifted the glass and drank again.’ When she entered the garden. so again he lay down and fell fast asleep. fast asleep.

Then she placed beside him a loaf. and a flask of wine. and when he smelt the wine. and throwing himself down. and will not be able to set me free.’ She went as before to look for him. that however much he took of them. and took a deep draught. and said mournfully. do you want to kill yourself?’ He answered. but he slept. At two o’clock the raven could be seen approaching. they would never grow less. he was unable to resist the temptation. When the hour came round again he went as usual on to the tan-heap in the garden to await the king’s daughter. ‘I know he has fallen asleep. ‘I may not and will not either eat or drink. After that she drew a gold 328 of 444 . as well as her horses.’ She found him sleeping heavily. ‘What is this? You are not eating or drinking anything. he slept like a log. and some meat. but he felt even more overcome with weariness than on the two previous days.’ But she put down the dish of food and the glass of wine in front of him. and this time her coachman and everything about her. of such a kind. were black.Grimms’ Fairy Tales asleep. and all her efforts to awaken him were of no avail. She was sadder than ever as she drove along. The following day the old woman said to him. and it was impossible to awaken him.

however. but he had no idea in which direction he ought to go. this is well within your power to accomplish. but he heard 329 of 444 . he read the letter. come to the golden castle of Stromberg. and knew from it all that had happened. and that evening.’ She then returned to her carriage and drove to the golden castle of Stromberg. ‘She has no doubt been here and driven away again. Once more the night came on. Again the next day he pursued his way through the forest. He travelled about a long time in search of it and came at last to a dark forest. eager to start on his way and to reach the castle of Stromberg. off her finger. Finally. thinking to rest again. you still wish to do so. if. he was grieved at heart. he lay down as before.’ Then his eyes fell on the things which were lying beside him.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ring. and said. and put it upon one of his. and it is now too late for me to save her. she finished with the following words: ‘I see that as long as you remain here you will never be able to set me free. When the man awoke and found that he had been sleeping. through which he went on walking for fourteen days and still could not find a way out. she laid a letter near him. on which her name was engraved. in which. after giving him particulars of the food and drink she had left for him. and worn out he lay down under a bush and fell asleep. He rose up without delay.

’ said the man. and ate and drank to his heart’s content. and the man brought out the bread. ‘If the giant sees me going in. The giant was pleased with the good cheer. for I have not had anything to eat for a long time. He found that the light came from a house which looked smaller than it really was. ‘It is lucky for that you have come. were still unconsumed. ‘for I do not willingly give myself up to be eaten. He thought to himself. meat.’ However. When the giant saw him. after a while he summoned up courage and went forward.’ replied the giant. my life will not be worth much. and wine. he called out. I only thought of eating you because I had nothing else. which although he had eaten and drunk of them.’ ‘I would rather you let that alone. from the contrast of its height with that of an immense giant who stood in front of it. and then seeing a little glimmer ahead of him.’ So they went indoors together and sat down.’ ‘If that is so. ‘I will leave you in peace.Grimms’ Fairy Tales such a howling and wailing that he found it impossible to sleep. I can have you now for my supper. if you are wanting food I have enough to satisfy your hunger. He waited till it was darker and people had begun to light up their houses. he went towards it. When he had finished his supper the man asked him if he could direct 330 of 444 .

and he told them he would look on his own maps as soon as he had eaten and appeased his hunger. I must then return to look after the child who is in our care. ‘Never mind.’ So he fetched his map. on it are marked all the towns. who was away in search of provisions. where he left him. and looked for the castle.’ The giant. saying. Accordingly. ‘I have two hours to spare. they all went up together to his room and looked through his maps. ‘and I will carry you into the neighbourhood of the castle. carried the man to within about a hundred leagues of the castle. ‘How shall I be able to get there?’ asked the man. when he had finished his supper. for the castle was not marked even on these.’ said the giant. but could not find it. When the brother came home.Grimms’ Fairy Tales him to the castle of Stromberg. The man now thought he should like to continue his journey. we will look on those. Then he fetched other older maps. but the giant begged him to remain for a day or two longer until the return of his brother.’ but they searched in vain. they asked him about the castle of Stromberg. villages. thereupon. and they went on looking for the castle until at last they found it. and houses. ‘I will look on my map. but the castle was not to be found. The giant said.’ he said. but it was many thousand miles away. ‘I have larger maps upstairs in the cupboard. 331 of 444 .

but looking round and seeing nobody. but the sides were so slippery that every time he attempted to climb he fell back again. He was overjoyed to see her.’ The man journeyed on day and night till he reached the golden castle of Stromberg. he went out and asked them why 332 of 444 . and there he sat and watched for a whole year. but still was unable to get nearer to her.’ he cried again. ‘God be with you. and again they paused and looked about. and every day he saw the king’s daughter driving round her castle. on a glass mountain. he was greatly grieved. ‘God be with you.’ so he built himself a little hut. they went on again with their fighting. A third time he called out. Looking out from his hut one day he saw three robbers fighting and he called out to them.’ and then thinking he should like to know the cause of dispute between the three men. When he saw that it was impossible to reach her. and longed to get to the top of the mountain.’ They stopped when they heard the call. ‘God be with you. He found it situated. ‘I will remain here and wait for her. which now became more furious. and looking up from the foot he saw the enchanted maiden drive round her castle and then go inside.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ‘You will be able to walk the remainder of the way yourself. and said to himself. but seeing no one went back to their fighting. however.

He mounted the steps and 333 of 444 . but he gave it a blow with his stick. but something that is of far more value. made him get on the horse. One of them said that he had found a stick. When he reached the gate of the castle. and handed him the stick and the cloak. crying. he found it closed. therefore. Then he fell upon them with the stick and beat them one after another.Grimms’ Fairy Tales they were fighting so angrily with one another. and even up the glass mountain. and it flew wide open at once and he passed through. ‘I will give you something in exchange for those three things. not money. and the third had caught a horse which would carry its rider over any obstacle. you idle vagabonds. and when he had put this round him he was no longer visible. I must first.’ The robbers. for that I have not got. or whether they would separate. you have got what you deserve. are you satisfied now!’ After this he rode up the glass mountain. the man said. and it immediately flew open. and that he had but to strike it against any door through which he wished to pass. On hearing this. prove whether all you have told me about your three things is true. Another told him that he had found a cloak which rendered its wearer invisible. however. They had been unable to decide whether they would keep together and have the things in common. ‘There.

and she kissed him. but could find him nowhere. and threw it into the goblet. and said.’ She sought for him about the castle. Then he dismounted and took her in his arms. and cried aloud for joy.’ 334 of 444 . ‘Now you have indeed set me free. He took the ring which she had given him off his finger.’ she exclaimed. so that it rang as it touched the bottom. When therefore she came to the castle gate she saw him. with a golden goblet full of wine in front of her. and tomorrow we will celebrate our marriage. She could not see him for he still wore his cloak. ‘That is my own ring. Meanwhile he had gone outside again and mounted his horse and thrown off the cloak.Grimms’ Fairy Tales entered the room where the maiden was sitting. ‘and if that is so the man must also be here who is coming to set me free.

the youngest of whom was called Dummling. it was not long before he made a false stroke. and let me have a draught of your wine. be off with you. and said: ‘Do give me a piece of cake out of your pocket. After this the second son went into the forest. and his mother gave him. I am so hungry and thirsty.’ But the clever son answered: ‘If I give you my cake and wine.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE GOLDEN GOOSE There was a man who had three sons. and the axe cut him in the arm.[*] and was despised.’ and he left the little man standing and went on. It happened that the eldest wanted to go into the forest to hew wood. When he entered the forest he met a little grey-haired old man who bade him good day. a cake and a bottle of wine. I shall have none for myself. But when he began to hew down a tree. The little old grey man met him likewise. and before he went his mother gave him a beautiful sweet cake and a bottle of wine in order that he might not suffer from hunger or thirst. and sneered at on every occasion. And this was the little grey man’s doing. like the eldest. so that he had to go home and have it bound up. mocked. and asked 335 of 444 .

and after that the little man said: ‘Since you have a good heart. you do not understand anything about it. said: ‘Give me a piece of your cake and a drink out of your bottle. So they ate and drank. leave it alone. Then Dummling said: ‘Father. I am so hungry and thirsty. when he had made a few blows at the tree he struck himself in the leg. His punishment. and are willing to divide what you have. But the second son.’ The father answered: ‘Your brothers have hurt themselves with it. it was a fine sweet cake.’ But Dummling begged so long that at last he said: ‘Just go then. and with it a bottle of sour beer. and greeting him. I will give you 336 of 444 . was not delayed. we will sit down and eat. too.’ Dummling answered: ‘I have only cindercake and sour beer. and when Dummling pulled out his cinder-cake. you will get wiser by hurting yourself.’ His mother gave him a cake made with water and baked in the cinders. When he came to the forest the little old grey man met him likewise. be off!’ and he left the little man standing and went on. and the sour beer had become good wine. said sensibly enough: ‘What I give you will be taken away from myself. do let me go and cut wood.Grimms’ Fairy Tales him for a piece of cake and a drink of wine. if that pleases you. so that he had to be carried home.’ So they sat down. however.

’ and ran to them. He lifted her up.’ she thought. but she had scarcely touched her sister than she was held fast. ‘I may as well be there too. Now the host had three daughters.’ and as soon as Dummling had gone out she seized the goose by the wing. There stands an old tree. At last the third also came with the like intent. Dummling went and cut down the tree. thinking only of how she might get a feather for herself. for goodness’ sake keep away!’ But she did not understand why she was to keep away. went to an inn where he thought he would stay the night. The second came soon afterwards. The eldest thought: ‘I shall soon find an opportunity of pulling out a feather. and would have liked to have one of its golden feathers. but as soon as she had 337 of 444 . and you will find something at the roots. and when it fell there was a goose sitting in the roots with feathers of pure gold. but her finger and hand remained sticking fast to it. who saw the goose and were curious to know what such a wonderful bird might be. and the others screamed out: ‘Keep away.Grimms’ Fairy Tales good luck. cut it down. and taking her with him.’ Then the little man took leave of him. ‘The others are there.

wherever his legs took him. now right. she remained sticking fast to her. Whilst the five were trotting thus one behind the other. But they had scarcely touched 338 of 444 . Before long the sexton came by and saw his master. without troubling himself about the three girls who were hanging on to it. now left. The next morning Dummling took the goose under his arm and set out. the parson called out to them and begged that they would set him and the sexton free. He was astonished at this and called out: ‘Hi! your reverence. and was himself obliged to run behind. In the middle of the fields the parson met them. and when he saw the procession he said: ‘For shame. why are you running across the fields after this young man? Is that seemly?’ At the same time he seized the youngest by the hand in order to pull her away. but was also held fast to it. you good-for-nothing girls. the parson. running behind three girls. They were obliged to run after him continually. whither away so quickly? Do not forget that we have a christening today!’ and running after him he took him by the sleeve. So they had to spend the night with the goose. two labourers came with their hoes from the fields.Grimms’ Fairy Tales touched her sister. but as soon as he touched her he likewise stuck fast.

So he had put forth a decree that whosoever should be able to make her laugh should marry her. and as soon as she saw the seven people running on and on. Thereupon Dummling asked to have her for his wife.’ 339 of 444 . Dummling thought of the little grey man. a barrel of wine I have just emptied. and in the same place where he had felled the tree. and as if she would never stop. ‘just come with me and you shall be satisfied. but the king did not like the son-in.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. she began to laugh quite loudly. view. and now there were seven of them running behind Dummling and the goose. Dummling asked him what he was taking to heart so sorely. Download the free trial version.’ said Dummling. When Dummling heard this. who had a very sorrowful face.law. the sexton when they were held fast. he went with his goose and all her train before the king’s daughter. but that to me is like a drop on a hot stone!’ ’There. cold water I cannot stand. and edit PDF. I can help you. Soon afterwards he came to a city. where a king ruled who had a daughter who was so serious that no one could make her laugh. and made all manner of excuses and said he must first produce a man who could drink a cellarful of wine. and he answered: ‘I have such a great thirst and cannot quench it. so he went into the forest. who could certainly help him. one behind the other. he saw a man sitting.

and drank and drank till his loins hurt. he must first find a man who could eat a whole mountain of bread. and I must tie myself up if I am not to die of hunger. but the king again sought a way out. and making an awful face. Then Dummling for the third time asked for his bride. where in the same place there sat a man who was tying up his body with a strap. and he made a new condition. and from it he caused a huge mountain of bread to be baked.’ At this Dummling was glad. Then Dummling asked once more for his bride. but what good is that when one has such a hunger as I? My stomach remains empty. you shall eat yourself full. and saying: ‘I have eaten a whole ovenful of rolls.Grimms’ Fairy Tales He led him into the king’s cellar. should take away his daughter. and before the day was out he had emptied all the barrels. began to eat. whom everyone called Dummling. and ordered a ship which could sail on 340 of 444 .’ He led him to the king’s palace where all the flour in the whole Kingdom was collected. and by the end of one day the whole mountain had vanished. and said: ‘Get up and come with me. but the king was vexed that such an ugly fellow. The man from the forest stood before it. Dummling did not think long. but went straight into the forest. and the man bent over the huge barrels.

he said: ‘Since you have given me to eat and to drink. he could no longer prevent him from having his daughter. I will give you the ship. and when the king saw that. ‘As soon as you come sailing back in it. ‘you shall have my daughter for wife.’ Then he gave him the ship which could sail on land and water.’ said he.Grimms’ Fairy Tales land and on water. and there sat the little grey man to whom he had given his cake. and I do all this because you once were kind to me. Dummling inherited his kingdom and lived for a long time contentedly with his wife. and after the king’s death.’ Dummling went straight into the forest. The wedding was celebrated. [*] Simpleton 341 of 444 . When he heard what Dummling wanted.

a little old man met them and asked what was the matter. overhung with rocks 342 of 444 . and the prince thought to himself. ‘I know what would. If he could have a draught of it he would be well again. and as they were walking together very mournfully in the garden of the palace. ‘If I bring my father this water.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE WATER OF LIFE Long before you or I were born. ‘I had rather die than place you in such great danger as you must meet with in your journey. This king once fell very ill—so ill that nobody thought he could live. His sons were very much grieved at their father’s sickness. he will make me sole heir to his kingdom.’ Then the eldest son said. there reigned.’ Then he set out: and when he had gone on his way some time he came to a deep valley. as it was the only thing that could save him. They told him that their father was very ill. ‘I will soon find it’: and he went to the sick king. ‘it is the Water of Life. and that they were afraid nothing could save him. ‘No. in a country a great way off. and begged that he might go in search of the Water of Life. a king who had three sons. but it is very hard to get.’ said the king.’ But he begged so hard that the king let him go.’ said the little old man.

whither so fast?’ ‘What is that to thee. and he found himself unable to move a step. you ugly imp?’ said the prince haughtily. But the dwarf was enraged at his behaviour.Grimms’ Fairy Tales and woods. ‘Prince. So 343 of 444 .’ The king was at first very unwilling to let him go. so that he was shut in all round. and thus he was forced to abide spellbound. I will go in search of the Water of Life. and the kingdom will fall to me if I find the water. Meantime the old king was lingering on in daily hope of his son’s return. and at last the way was so straitened that he could not go to step forward: and when he thought to have turned his horse round and go back the way he came. and as he looked around. with a sugarloaf cap and a scarlet cloak. but at last yielded to his wish. ‘Father. he heard a loud laugh ringing round him.’ For he thought to himself. ‘My brother is surely dead. so that as he rode on the mountain pass became narrower and narrower. and the dwarf called to him and said. but again the laugh rang in his ears. till at last the second son said. he saw standing above him on one of the rocks a little ugly dwarf. He next tried to get off his horse and make his way on foot. and rode on. and found that the path was closed behind him. and laid a fairy spell of ill-luck upon him.

who stopped him at the same spot in the mountains. and are wise enough to seek for advice.Grimms’ Fairy Tales he set out and followed the same road which his brother had done. ‘I am going in search of the Water of Life. and he. ‘I do not. The water you seek springs from a well in an enchanted castle. because my father is ill. ‘Prince. and aid me if you can!’ ‘Do you know where it is to be found?’ asked the dwarf. too. ‘No.’ ‘Then as you have spoken to me kindly. and like to die: can you help me? Pray be kind. and are too proud to ask or take advice. So he set out. busybody!’ said the prince scornfully. that you may be 344 of 444 . and the dwarf met him too at the same spot in the valley. and trusted he should soon be able to make his father well again. Pray tell me if you know. ‘Prince. and said. But the dwarf put the same spell upon him as he put on his elder brother. and rode on.’ said the prince. who think themselves above everyone else. I will tell you how and where to go. Thus it is with proud silly people. prince. among the mountains. saying. whither so fast?’ And the prince said. and. whither so fast?’ ‘Mind your own affairs. was at last obliged to take up his abode in the heart of the mountains. the youngest son said he would go and search for the Water of Life. as before. When the second prince had thus been gone a long time. and met with the same elf.

and take some of the Water of Life before the clock strikes twelve. and found everything to be as the dwarf had told him. Around it he saw several knights sitting in a trance. and said. over sea and over land. strike the iron door of the castle three times with the wand. and went travelling on and on. Further on he came to a room where a beautiful young lady sat upon a couch. which he also took. The door flew open at the third stroke of the wand. then hasten on to the well. and she welcomed him joyfully. till he came to his journey’s end. and when the lions were quieted he went on through the castle and came at length to a beautiful hall. then he pulled off their rings and put them on his own fingers. for if you tarry longer the door will shut upon you for ever. Then she told him that the well that 345 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales able to reach it in safety. I will give you an iron wand and two little loaves of bread. and it will open: two hungry lions will be lying down inside gaping for their prey. if he would come back in a year and marry her. the kingdom should be his. and took the wand and the bread. if he would set her free from the spell that bound her.’ Then the prince thanked his little friend with the scarlet cloak for his friendly aid. but if you throw them the bread they will let you pass. In another room he saw on a table a sword and a loaf of bread.

So he laid himself down. and the bread will never fail you. and sleep fell upon him unawares. ran to the well. filled a cup that was standing by him full of water. with the sword you can at a blow slay whole armies. who set out in 346 of 444 . and draw what he wanted before the clock struck twelve.’ Then the prince thought to himself. When he found himself safe. Just as he was going out of the iron door it struck twelve. so he said. and bade him make haste. ‘You have made a noble prize. He walked on. and the door fell so quickly upon him that it snapped off a piece of his heel. he passed by the little dwarf. ‘I cannot go home to my father without my brothers’. ‘My dear friend. and he thought to himself. and as he walked through beautiful gardens he came to a delightful shady spot in which stood a couch. Then he sprang from the couch dreadfully frightened. as he felt tired.Grimms’ Fairy Tales held the Water of Life was in the palace gardens. and hastened to get away in time. and gaze on the lovely scenes around him. cannot you tell me where my two brothers are. who. said. so that he did not wake up till the clock was striking a quarter to twelve. when he saw the sword and the loaf. he was overjoyed to think that he had got the Water of Life. that he would rest himself for a while. and as he was going on his way homewards.

and on their way home came to a country that was laid waste by war and a dreadful famine. But the prince gave the king of the land the bread. so that it was feared all must die for want. and then to marry him. however. though unwillingly. and thus the kingdom was once more in peace and plenty. 347 of 444 . and he slew the enemy’s army with it.’ Their brother. how he had found the Water of Life.Grimms’ Fairy Tales search of the Water of Life before me. When they came to the sea. for they have bad hearts. and scorned to ask advice. Then they all three rode on together. they got into a ship and during their voyage the two eldest said to themselves. and had taken a cup full of it. and all his kingdom ate of it. and never came back?’ ‘I have shut them up by a charm between two mountains. ‘because they were proud and ill-behaved. saying. that the dwarf at last set them free. and told them all that had happened to him. was greatly rejoiced to see them. and how she had engaged to wait a whole year. and to give him the kingdom. And he lent the king the wonderful sword. ‘Beware of them.’ The prince begged so hard for his brothers. and how he had set a beautiful princess free from a spell that bound her.’ said the dwarf. In the same manner he befriended two other countries through which they passed on their way.

When they came to their journey’s end. did you? You have had the trouble and we shall have the reward. and blamed the youngest for what they had done. which is our right’. You had better say nothing about this to our 348 of 444 . and had brought it with them. and was as strong and well as in his younger days. and laughed at him. Then they waited till he was fast asleep. however. and agreed together how they could ruin him.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ‘Our brother has got the water which we could not find. and then both the elder sons came in. so they were full of envy and revenge. He no sooner began to drink of what they brought him. with all your cleverness. you found the Water of Life. Pray. brother. ‘Well. Scarcely. that he might drink and be healed. and poured the Water of Life out of the cup. the youngest son brought his cup to the sick king. and took it for themselves. but that they had found the Water of Life. therefore our father will forsake us and give him the kingdom. than he felt his sickness leave him. had he tasted the bitter sea-water when he became worse even than he was before. if you do not take care. and said that he wanted to poison their father. Then they went to their brother. why did not you manage to keep your eyes open? Next year one of us will take away your beautiful princess. and said. giving him bitter sea-water instead.

and thought that he really meant to have taken away his life.’ The prince started at this. and said. so he called his court together.Grimms’ Fairy Tales father.’ The old king was still very angry with his youngest son. for he does not believe a word you say.’ ‘With all my heart. you shall lose your life into the bargain: but be quiet. till one day. when the king’s chief huntsmen went a-hunting with him. and do you give me your shabby one. and do not think I shall be angry. and we will let you off. and gave him the shabby one.’ ‘Alas!’ said the huntsman. and I will change dresses with you. ‘Let me live. and said. and all agreed that he ought to be put to death. and they were alone in the wood together.’ Then he took the prince’s coat. ‘the king has ordered me to shoot you. you shall take my royal coat to show to my father. and went away through the wood. ‘I am sure I shall be glad to save you.’ said the huntsman. what is the matter with you?’ ‘I cannot and dare not tell you. the huntsman looked so sorrowful that the prince said. and asked what should be done. for I could not have shot you.’ said he. But the prince begged very hard. ‘My friend. The prince knew nothing of what was going on. ‘Only tell me what it is. and if you tell tales. for I will forgive you. 349 of 444 .

‘O that my son were still alive! how it grieves me that I had him killed!’ ‘He is still alive. that if his son would come back to his court he would forgive him. and rode straight up to the gate upon it. and made it known thoughout all his kingdom. and brought home his royal coat. and had a road made leading up to her palace all of shining gold. with rich gifts of gold and precious stones for his youngest son. and he thought his son might still be guiltless.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Some time after. and that they must send him away at once.’ At this the king was overwhelmed with joy. ‘and I am glad that I had pity on him. was her true lover. in order to rid them of their enemy and feed their people.’ said the huntsman. they must be sure was not the right one. and said to his court. when the eldest brother thought that he would make haste to go to the princess. and told her courtiers that whoever came on horseback. The time soon came. but let him go in peace. and that they must let him in: but whoever rode on one side of it. three grand embassies came to the old king’s court. This touched the old king’s heart. now all these were sent from the three kings to whom he had lent his sword and loaf of bread. Meanwhile the princess was eagerly waiting till her deliverer should come back. and say 350 of 444 .

and thought it very beautiful. and set out in search of his betrothed bride. he stopped to look at it. and he thought to himself. So he journeyed on. Download the free trial version. ‘It is a pity to ride upon this beautiful road’. But when he came to the gate. The second prince set out soon afterwards on the same errand. he could not be what he said he was. so he turned aside and rode on the right-hand side of it. and away he went. ‘What a pity it is that anything should tread here!’ Then he too turned aside and rode on the left side of it. he stopped to look at it. the third brother left the forest in which he had lain hid for fear of his father’s anger.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. view. As he came before the palace and saw the golden road. and that he too must go away about his business. and edit PDF. the guards. and rode so quickly that he did not even see what the road was made of. who had seen the road he took. but went with his horse straight over it. and the kingdom with her. and 351 of 444 . Now when the full year was come round. and that he should have her for his wife. But when he came to the gate the guards said he was not the true prince. and said to himself. and his horse had set one foot upon it. and when he came to the golden road. that he was the one who had set her free. and must go about his business. thinking of her all the way. said to him.

and wanted to punish his wicked sons. the princess told him she had heard of his father having forgiven him. and should now be her husband and lord of the kingdom. And the old king was very angry. and got into a ship and sailed away over the wide sea. he went to visit his father. And now the old king gathered together his court. but they made their escape. and the merry bells run. and where they went to nobody knew and nobody cared. with the sugarloaf hat. and the princess welcomed him with joy. and asked all his kingdom to come and celebrate the wedding of his son and the princess. and among the rest came the friendly dwarf. came at once on the summons. And all the good people they danced and they sung. And feasted and frolick’d I can’t tell how long. Then he told him everything.Grimms’ Fairy Tales as he came to the gate it flew open. And the wedding was held. 352 of 444 . and said he was her deliverer. gentle and simple. before his wedding with the princess. And young and old. taking her with him. noble and squire. and of his wish to have him home again: so. how his brothers had cheated and robbed him. When the first joy at their meeting was over. and yet that he had borne all those wrongs for the love of his father. and a new scarlet cloak.

He said to him: ‘Dear son. I wished to see you once again before my end.’ and thereupon the king shut his eyes. and near his death. and said: ‘Yes. When therefore the son had been proclaimed king. When I am king. and desired to see him once again before his end. His first betrothed heard of this. The son was in such trouble that he did not think what he was doing. he was forced to keep the promise which he had given his father.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE TWELVE HUNTSMEN There was once a king’s son who had a bride whom he loved very much. I give you a ring as a remembrance of me.’ and he named a certain king’s daughter who was to be his wife. I will return and fetch you. and she was promised to him. and died. your will shall be done. news came that his father lay sick unto death. and when he reached his father. dear father. Then he said to his beloved: ‘I must now go and leave you. and the time of mourning was over. the latter was dangerously ill. and caused the king’s daughter to be asked in marriage. promise me to marry as I wish.’ So he rode away. 353 of 444 . And when he was sitting beside her and very happy. and fretted so much about his faithfulness that she nearly died.

’ The father said: ‘If it be possible. until eleven young maidens were found who exactly resembled his daughter in face. When they came to the king’s daughter. all alike. The king. and rode to the court of her former betrothed. and she herself put on the twelfth suit. figure. but as they were such handsome fellows. and size. however. I wish for eleven girls exactly like myself in face. figure. and if he would take all of them into his service. why are you so sad? You shall have whatsoever you will. and now they were the king’s twelve huntsmen.’ and he caused a search to be made in his whole kingdom. whom she loved so dearly. and size. and rode away with them. had a lion which was a wondrous animal. It came to pass that one evening he said to the king: ‘You think you have twelve huntsmen?’ ‘Yes. Thereupon she took her leave of her father. The king looked at her and did not know her. your desire shall be fulfilled. she had twelve suits of huntsmen’s clothes made. 354 of 444 .’ said the king. for he knew all concealed and secret things. he said: ‘Yes.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Then her father said to her: ‘Dearest child.’ and that he would willingly take them. Then she asked if he required any huntsmen. and the eleven maidens had to put on the huntsmen’s clothes.’ She thought for a moment and said: ‘Dear father.

’ The lion said: ‘They have been informed that they were going to be put to the test.’ Then the king’s daughter thanked him. There was. they stepped so firmly on them. Then they went away again. and said: ‘The lion wants to make the king believe that you are girls.’ The king said: ‘That cannot be true! How will you prove that to me?’ ‘Oh. sure walk. they are twelve girls. and when they walk over peas none of them stir. and the peas roll about.’ So next morning when the king had the twelve huntsmen called before him. and said to her maidens: ‘Show some strength. and have assumed some 355 of 444 . however.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ‘they are twelve huntsmen. ‘and then you will soon see. and they came into the ante-chamber where the peas were lying. Men have a firm step. and when he heard that they were going to be put to this test he went to them and repeated everything. and step firmly on the peas. just let some peas be strewn in the ante-chamber. a servant of the king’s who favoured the huntsmen. that not one of the peas either rolled or stirred.’ The king was well pleased with the counsel. but girls trip and skip.’ answered the lion. and caused the peas to be strewn. and had such a strong. and drag their feet.’ The lion continued: ‘You are mistaken. they walk just like men. and the king said to the lion: ‘You have lied to me.

and never once looked at the spinning-wheels. So when they were alone the king’s daughter said to her eleven girls: ‘Show some constraint.Grimms’ Fairy Tales strength. for they have not looked at the spinning-wheels. The twelve huntsmen always followed the king to the chase. and that is what no man would do. Now it came to pass that once when they were out hunting. and disclosed the project. who was well disposed to the huntsmen. it hurt her so much that her heart was almost broken. and his liking for them continually increased. would no longer believe the lion. went to them.chamber.’ And next morning when the king had his twelve huntsmen summoned. and she fell fainting to the ground.’ The king liked the advice. and they will go to them and be pleased with them. news came that the king’s bride was approaching.’ The king. they went through the ante-chamber. But the servant. The king thought something had happened to his 356 of 444 . and do not look round at the spinning-wheels. Just let twelve spinning-wheels be brought into the ante. Then the king again said to the lion: ‘You have deceived me. When the true bride heard that. and had the spinning-wheels placed in the ante-chamber.’ The lion replied: ‘They have restrained themselves. however. they are men.

ran up to him. for he had a wife already. and when he looked in her face he recognized her.’ He sent a messenger to the other bride. and drew his glove off. and when she opened her eyes he said: ‘You are mine.Grimms’ Fairy Tales dear huntsman. Then he saw the ring which he had given to his first bride. Thereupon the wedding was celebrated. he had told the truth. because. wanted to help him. and entreated her to return to her own kingdom. and I am yours. after all. and no one in the world can alter that. 357 of 444 . and someone who had just found an old key did not require a new one. Then his heart was so touched that he kissed her. and the lion was again taken into favour.

black dwarf. He had two richly laden ships then making a voyage upon the seas. in which he had embarked all his wealth. as he was roaming along in a brown study. thinking with no great comfort on what he had been and what he now was. Thus from being a rich man he became all at once so very poor that nothing was left to him but one small plot of land. and ease his mind of a little of his trouble. friend. a son. ‘what is it you take so deeply to heart?’ ‘If you would do me any good I would willingly tell you. in the hope of making great gains. why so sorrowful?’ said he to the merchant. and barely able to run alone. One day. ‘Prithee.’ said the merchant. rough-looking. and was like to be. all on a sudden there stood before him a little. when the news came that both were lost. that was very young.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN There was once a merchant who had only one child. and there he often went in an evening to take his walk.’ Then the merchant told him how all his wealth was gone to the bottom of the sea. ‘Who knows but I may?’ said the little man: ‘tell me what ails you. and perhaps you will find I may be of some use. and how he had 358 of 444 .

and saw what it was that he had bound himself to do. ‘only undertake to bring me here. and would not take it in.’ said the dwarf. ‘Oh. his little boy was so glad to see him that he crept behind him. 359 of 444 . and forgetting all about his son. he should see the bearer. whatever meets you first on your going home. at any rate. but forgot his little boy Heinel. when the money came. twelve years hence. so he agreed to the bargain. that it would most likely be his dog or his cat. and that. but as no gold was come. and signed and sealed the bond to do what was asked of him. and laid fast hold of his legs. But as he drew near home. or something of that sort. trembling with fear and horror. and I will give you as much as you please. At the sight of this he was overjoyed. Then the father started. he saw a large pile of gold lying on the floor. instead of his iron. and looked up in his face and laughed.’ The merchant thought this was no great thing to ask. trouble not yourself about that.Grimms’ Fairy Tales nothing left but that little plot of land. About a month afterwards he went upstairs into a lumber-room to look for some old iron. that he might sell it and raise a little money. and there. he made himself easy by thinking that it was only a joke that the dwarf was playing him.

for this fairy knew what good luck was in store for him.’ When the time came. that was fond of him. so that care and sorrow were written upon his face. uglylooking. black dwarf. ‘Have you anything to say to us. Then Heinel said. ‘Have you 360 of 444 . but could not find any way to get into it. my friend. and became a richer merchant than before. at last.Grimms’ Fairy Tales went into trade again. and walked round and round about the circle. and set himself and his father in the middle of it. Meantime little Heinel grew up. but his father would not tell for some time. without knowing it. or what do you want?’ Now Heinel had found a friend in a good fairy. however. ‘Father. jump over it. or dared not. sold him for gold to a little. and that the twelve years were coming round when he must keep his word. give yourself very little trouble about that. At last the boy said to him. the father and son went out together to the place agreed upon: and the son drew a circle on the ground. and he either could not. and had told him what to do. The boy one day asked what was the matter. and as the end of the twelve years drew near the merchant began to call to mind his bond. and became very sad and thoughtful. The little black dwarf soon came. I shall be too much for the little man. he said that he had.

‘so please to step in here.’ ‘Fair and softly. the fairy had told Heinel what fortune was in store for him. to make a sort of drawn battle of the matter. and that he should thus be set adrift. and spent it. ‘What do you want here?’ The dwarf said.’ said the little old man. ‘right is right. not with you. and let us talk it over.’ The old man grinned.’ said the son. Heinel agreed that his father must give him up. ‘I come to talk with your father. they came to terms. I have paid my money. ‘pray give him up his bond at once. who seemed so anxious for his company. as if he should have been very glad to get into the circle if he could. and showed his teeth. that lay on the sea-shore hard by. and left to the bad or good luck of wind and 361 of 444 . The old man held his tongue. on the other hand. after a long talk. and he did not choose to be given up to his hump-backed friend. and your father has had it.’ said Heinel. that the father should push him off with his own hand. but Heinel said again. So.’ ‘You must have my consent to that first. so be so good as to let me have what I paid it for. and that so far the dwarf should have his way: but.’ ‘You have cheated and taken in my father. it was settled that Heinel should be put into an open boat.Grimms’ Fairy Tales brought me what you said you would?’ said the dwarf to the merchant. Then at last. if he followed his own course.

The young man sat safe within. 362 of 444 . so the merchant thought that poor Heinel was lost. for you alone can save me. however. and they will be dressed in chain armour. The boat. ‘Are you at last come to set me free? Twelve long years have I waited here for the fairy to bring you hither as she promised. till at length it ran ashore upon an unknown land. ‘Here. for it was enchanted. and it went safely on. lying coiled up on a cushion in one of the chambers. till at last he found a white snake.’ said he to himself. and soon raised the boat up again.’ So he once more searched the whole palace through. ‘must I find the prize the good fairy told me of. Now the white snake was an enchanted princess. They will ask what you do here. Then he took leave of his father. and said. and went home very sorrowful. but before it got far off a wave struck it. and set himself in the boat. did not sink. thinking that at any rate he had had his revenge. whip. As he jumped upon the shore he saw before him a beautiful castle but empty and dreary within. This night twelve men will come: their faces will be black. and she was very glad to see him.Grimms’ Fairy Tales weather. but give no answer. and let them do what they will—beat. for the good fairy took care of her friend. and it fell with one side low in the water. while the dwarf went his way.

They lived together very happily. and said. ‘Take this ring. or torment you—bear all. prick. But the queen was against his going. and fell on his neck and kissed him. the wedding was celebrated.’ And all came to pass as she had said. and put 363 of 444 . and will wash you with it. only promise never to make use of it to bring me hence to your father’s house. and said. and bring you back to life and health. The second night twelve others will come: and the third night twenty-four. and spoke not a word. ‘I know well that misfortunes will come upon us if you go. when the king thought of his father. he gave her no rest till she agreed. and he began to long to see him once again. whatever you wish it will bring you. Download the free trial version. and the third night the princess came. and will come and bring you the Water of Life. And thus eight years had passed over their heads.’ However. Heinel bore all.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. and edit PDF. and at twelve o’clock they must go away. and I shall be free. and the queen had a son. view. pinch. and he was crowned king of the Golden Mountain. Joy and gladness burst forth throughout the castle. At his going away she gave him a wishing-ring. who will even cut off your head. only speak not a word.’ Then he said he would do what she asked. but at the twelfth hour of that night their power is gone. and put it on your finger.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales the ring on his finger. The king. ‘Is there no mark by which you would know me if I am really your son?’ ‘Yes. But the merchant said. who he knew was long since dead: and as he was only dressed like a poor shepherd. and was married to a princess. he must be a fine king truly who travels about in a shepherd’s frock!’ At this the son was vexed. In an instant they stood before him. where a shepherd dwelt. however. and forgetting his word. and thus passed unknown into the town. When he came to his father’s house.’ said his mother. still vowed that he was his son. and said he had had but one son. but the merchant would not believe him. ‘our Heinel had a mark like a raspberry on his right arm. turned his ring. because he was so strangely clad. ‘that can never be true.’ Then he showed them the mark. and wished himself near the town where his father lived. and borrowed his old frock. and they knew that what he had said was true. Heinel found himself at the gates in a moment. and had a son seven years old. and said. So he went up to a neighbouring hill. he would not even give him anything to eat. and wished for his queen and son. but the guards would not let him go in. his poor Heinel. He next told them how he was king of the Golden Mountain. he said he was his son. but 364 of 444 .

he shall part the goods between us. a cloak that made the owner invisible.’ As soon as he had fallen asleep. and said.’ said he.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the queen wept. ‘Heads off!’. sit by me. He did all he could to soothe her. ‘they would say I am a sorcerer: I will journey forth into the world. she drew the ring from his finger.’ So saying he set out and travelled till he came to a hill. but she was not so in truth. One day he took her to walk with him out of the town. ‘I can never go back to my father’s house. and said he had broken his word. however. and sleep a while. and saw that the ring was gone from his finger. and crept softly away. ‘I am very much tired. and bad luck would follow. Then he sat himself down. and a pair of boots that carried the wearer wherever he wished. and she at last seemed to be appeased. And when he awoke he found himself alone. till I come again to my kingdom. and showed her the spot where the boat was set adrift upon the wide waters. I will rest my head in your lap. ‘Little men have sharp wits. where three giants were sharing their father’s goods. 365 of 444 . and as they saw him pass they cried out and said.’ Now there was a sword that cut off an enemy’s head whenever the wearer gave the words. and was only thinking how she should punish him. or gave him any form he pleased. and wished herself and her son at home in their kingdom.

‘not unless you undertake not to say. charging him to try it on a tree. he took it away and ate it himself. and he wished himself a fly.’ said he: ‘now give me the sword. As Heinel came near his castle he heard the sound of merry music. he took it and drank it. and when a glass of wine was handed to her. and sat there weeping. where no one saw him. and 366 of 444 . and she went into her chamber alone. fear and remorse came over her.’ So they gave it him. and in a moment he was a fly. and the moment he had all three in his power. ‘Heads off!’ for if you do we are all dead men. he wished himself at the Golden Mountain. Then he threw his cloak around him. But when anything to eat was put upon her plate. ‘The cloak is very well. Then they gave him the cloak.’ ‘No. then he might know how to set a value upon them. her plate and cup were always empty. and passed through the castle hall. and there he was at once. Upon this.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Heinel said they must first let him try these wonderful things. though they kept on giving her meat and drink. He next asked for the boots also. and thus. and placed himself by the side of the queen. So the giants were left behind with no goods to share or quarrel about.’ said they. and the people around told him that his queen was about to marry another husband.

peers. but only asked them if they would go in peace or not. ‘One indeed came who set thee free. and Heinel was once more king of the Golden Mountain. but how have you used him? Ought he to have had such treatment from thee?’ Then he went out and sent away the company. Then they turned upon him and tried to seize him. and with the word the traitors’ heads fell before him.Grimms’ Fairy Tales he followed her there. he would enter into no parley with them. 367 of 444 . ‘was I not once set free? Why then does this enchantment still seem to bind me?’ ’False and fickle one!’ said he. and he is now near thee again. ‘Alas!’ said she to herself. ‘Heads Off!’ cried he. for that he was come back to the kingdom. but he drew his sword. and great men mocked at him. and said the wedding was at an end. However. But the princes.

’ and have that nailed up above your house-door. but not long. a rich and great lord had some money stolen. and at length inquired if he too could not be a doctor. and whatsoever else pertains to medicine. and would willingly have been a doctor too. have a sign painted for yourself with the words: ‘I am Doctor Knowall. who drove with two oxen a load of wood to the town. turn your cart and your two oxen into money. When the money was being counted out to him. So he remained standing a while. in the second. ‘In the first place buy yourself an A B C book of the kind which has a cock on the frontispiece. thirdly.’ said the doctor. and when the peasant saw how well he ate and drank. and sold it to a doctor for two talers. ‘Oh.Grimms’ Fairy Tales DOCTOR KNOWALL There was once upon a time a poor peasant called Crabb. Then he was told about Doctor Knowall who lived in such and such a village. and must know what had become of the 368 of 444 . When he had doctored people awhile. his heart desired what he saw. and get yourself some clothes.’ ‘What must I do?’ asked the peasant.’ The peasant did everything that he had been told to do. yes. ‘that is soon managed. it so happened that the doctor was sitting at table.

and let both of them have a seat in the carriage.Grimms’ Fairy Tales money. Yes. and they all drove away together. but Grete. yes. must go too. Grete. and Crabb was told to sit down and eat. And when the first servant came with a dish of delicate fare. the table was spread. and asked Crabb if he were Doctor Knowall. ‘Oh. and the lord told the doctor that he was to show 369 of 444 . he was. The servant. drove out to the village. that is the second. So the lord had the horses harnessed to his carriage.’ The lord was willing. So when he went in with his dish. however. that was the first. but my wife.’ and as he actually was so.’ The second did not want to go in at all. he said. The third fared no better. he said I was the first. thought he intended by that to say: ‘That is the first thief. the peasant nudged his wife.’ This servant was equally alarmed. ‘Yes. but was forced. he was terrified. When they came to the nobleman’s castle.’ meaning that was the servant who brought the first dish. Then he was to go with him and bring back the stolen money. for the peasant again said: ‘Grete. my wife. and he got out as fast as he could. the peasant nudged his wife.’ said he. too. that is the third. and said to his comrade outside: ‘The doctor knows all: we shall fare ill. and said: ‘Grete.’ The fourth had to carry in a dish that was covered. and said: ‘Grete. and he seated himself with her at the table.

if he would not denounce them. sat down to the table. and full of terror.’ When the lord heard that. crept into the stove to hear if the doctor knew still more. there were crabs. With this the doctor was satisfied. turned the pages backwards and forwards. and said that they would willingly restore it and give him a heavy sum into the bargain. and returned to the hall. They led him to the spot where the money was concealed. he must also know who has the money!’ On this the servants looked terribly uneasy. he cried: ‘There! he knows it. and looked for the cock. crying: ‘That man knows everything!’ Then Doctor Knowall showed the lord where the money 370 of 444 . however. so you had better come out!’ Then the fellow in the stove thought that the doctor meant him. and made a sign to the doctor that they wished him to step outside for a moment. The doctor looked at the dish. Actually. poor Crabb. now will I search in my book where the gold is hidden. all four of them confessed to him that they had stolen the money. and cried: ‘Ah. for if he did they would be hanged. had no idea what to say. As he could not find it immediately he said: ‘I know you are there. When therefore he went out. and guess what was beneath the cover. But the doctor sat still and opened his A B C book.Grimms’ Fairy Tales his skill.’ The fifth servant. sprang out. and said: ‘My lord.

and received from both sides much money in reward. but did not say who had stolen it.Grimms’ Fairy Tales was. and became a renowned man. 371 of 444 .

he did not know how what was done could be undone. ‘Surely. but they said she should at once be christened. and so they were in such a hurry that all let their pitchers fall into the well. and last of all one daughter. and they stood very foolishly looking at one another. Although the little girl was very pretty.’ said he. ‘the whole seven must have forgotten themselves over some game of play’. and when he had waited still longer and they yet did not come. Scarcely had he spoken these words when he heard a croaking over his head. for none dared go home. In the meantime the father was uneasy.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE SEVEN RAVENS There was once a man who had seven sons. and could not tell what made the young men stay so long. Sorry as he was to see his wish so fulfilled. she was so weak and small that they thought she could not live. So the father sent one of his sons in haste to the spring to get some water. and looked up and saw seven ravens as black as coal flying round and round. and did not know what to do. and comforted himself as well as he could for the 372 of 444 . but the other six ran with him. Each wanted to be first at drawing the water. he flew into a rage and wished them all turned into ravens.

but said it was the will of Heaven. and what had become of them.Grimms’ Fairy Tales loss of his seven sons with his dear little daughter. a loaf of bread in case she should be hungry. but the little girl mourned sadly about it every day. and went to her father and mother. whatever it might cost her. a little pitcher of water in case she should be thirsty. wherever they might be. and that her birth was only the innocent cause of it. For a long time she did not know that she had ever had any brothers. ‘Yes. and thought herself bound to do all she could to bring her brothers back. but still ‘tis a pity that her brothers should have been lost for her sake. for her father and mother took care not to speak of them before her: but one day by chance she heard the people about her speak of them. and she had neither rest nor ease. till at length one day she stole away.’ Then she was much grieved. and asked if she had any brothers. who soon became stronger and every day more beautiful. then she came 373 of 444 .’ said they. So they dared no longer hide the truth from her. and a little stool to rest upon when she should be weary. and journeyed till she came to the world’s end. Thus she went on and on. and free them. She took nothing with her but a little ring which her father and mother had given her. ‘she is beautiful indeed. and set out into the wide world to find her brothers.

‘I smell flesh and blood this way!’ so she took herself away in a hurry and came to the stars. but the moon was cold and chilly. ‘If you have not this little piece of wood. ‘My masters are not at home. so she ran away quickly to the moon. and the stars were friendly and kind to her. and said. but the sun looked much too hot and fiery. so this faithful little sister took a knife out of her pocket and cut off her little finger. rolled it up in a little cloth. What was to be done? She wanted to save her brothers. and said. and there your brothers live. but the morning star rose up and gave her a little piece of wood. and found the door shut. and said.’ answered she. Then the dwarf said. and she saw she had lost the gift of the good stars. As she went in.Grimms’ Fairy Tales to the sun. Then she felt for the little piece of wood. the seven ravens. that was just the size of the piece of wood she had lost.’ The little girl took the piece of wood. and put it in the door and opened it. but if you will wait till they 374 of 444 . and each star sat upon his own little stool. and had no key of the castle of the glassmountain. ‘What are you seeking for?’ ‘I seek for my brothers. but when she unwrapped the cloth it was not there. and went on again until she came to the glass-mountain. you cannot unlock the castle that stands on the glass-mountain. a little dwarf came up to her.

eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. and the dwarf said. and knew that it was his father’s and mother’s. come. pray step in. and went merrily home.’ Now the little dwarf was getting their dinner ready. she ran forward.’ When the seventh came to the bottom of his glass. and edit PDF. and looked for their little plates and glasses. he looked at it. Download the free trial version. and set them upon the table. and said. and all hugged and kissed each other. view. but she let the ring that she had brought with her fall into the last glass. and he brought their food upon seven little plates. ’Who has eaten from my little plate? And who has been drinking out of my little glass?’ ’Caw! Caw! well I ween Mortal lips have this way been. 375 of 444 . ‘Here come my masters. Then said one after the other. ‘O that our little sister would but come! then we should be free. and their drink in seven little glasses. On a sudden she heard a fluttering and croaking in the air. and out of each little glass she drank a small drop. and out of each little plate their sister ate a small piece. and found there the ring.’ When the little girl heard this (for she stood behind the door all the time and listened).’ When they came in. and in an instant all the ravens took their right form again. they wanted to eat and drink.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE WEDDING OF MRS FOX 376 of 444 .

The maid heard someone standing at the house. ‘what is Mrs Fox doing?’ The maid replied: ’She is sitting in her room. miss. Miss Cat? Do you sleep or do you wake?’ She answered: ’I am not sleeping. When it became known that the old fox was dead. Will you be my guest for supper?’ ’No.’ said the fox. thank you. Weeping her little eyes quite red. Would you know what I am making? I am boiling warm beer with butter. Because old Mr Fox is dead. Miss Cat. and did the cooking. I am waking. sat by the fire. She went and opened it. Mrs Fox went up to her room.’ 377 of 444 . and it was a young fox. knocking. and wished to put her to the test. He stretched himself out under the bench. who believed that his wife was not faithful to him. Moaning in her gloom. suitors presented themselves. and behaved as if he were stone dead. who said: ’What may you be about.Grimms’ Fairy Tales FIRST STORY There was once upon a time an old fox with nine tails. and her maid. shut herself in.door. did not move a limb.

and cudgelled all the rabble. tap.’ she cried. that a young fox is here. and drove them and Mrs Fox out of the house.’ But just as the wedding was going to be solemnized. yes. each with one tail more than the other. tap. 378 of 444 . but he did not fare better than the first. are you inside?’ ‘Oh. old Mr Fox stirred under the bench.’ ‘Certainly. The door she knocks at tap. my little cat. He had two tails. my dear?’ ’Has he nine as beautiful tails as the late Mr Fox?’ ‘Oh. After this still more came.’ answered the cat. but they were all turned away.’ Miss Cat went downstairs and sent the wooer away.’ ‘What does he look like. like old Mr Fox.’ The cat goes up the stairs trip. until at last one came who had nine tails. and another fox was at the door who wished to woo Mrs Fox. ‘he has only one. no. And carry old Mr Fox outside. trap. who would like to woo her. miss. ‘Mistress Fox. she said joyfully to the cat: ’Now open the gates and doors all wide.’ ‘Then I will not have him.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ’Do just tell her. Soon afterwards there was another knock. When the widow heard that. ‘A wooer he stands at the door out there. young sir.

For old Mr Fox is no more.’ The wolf answered: ’If she’s in want of a husband now. thank you. ‘Is Mrs Fox not at home?’ The cat said: ’She sits upstairs in her room. and the cat who was servant to Mrs Fox. Then will it please her to step below?’ The cat runs quickly up the stair.Grimms’ Fairy Tales SECOND STORY When old Mr Fox was dead. and knocked at the door. And lets her tail fly here and there. Will you be my guest. 379 of 444 . Bewailing her sorrowful doom. Mrs Cat of Kehrewit. the wolf came as a suitor. and eat?’ ’No. Mrs Cat. How comes it that alone you sit? What are you making good?’ The cat replied: ’In milk I’m breaking bread so sweet. Bewailing her trouble so sore.’ answered the wolf. opened it for him. and said: ’Good day. The wolf greeted her.

’ When the wolf was gone. and all the beasts of the forest. and has a little pointed mouth?’ ‘Yes. a stag.’ answered the cat. ‘Then he won’t do for me.’ said Mrs Fox.’ ‘Then let him come upstairs.’ said the cat. and ordered the servant to prepare the wedding feast. fling out my old man! For many a fine fat mouse he brought. a hare. Up with the window. one after the other. ‘he has. and there was much rejoicing and dancing. 380 of 444 . ’Sweep me the room as clean as you can.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Until she comes to the parlour door. Yet of his wife he never thought.’ Then the wedding was solemnized with young Mr Fox. Then Mrs Fox said: ‘Has the gentleman red stockings on. With her five gold rings at the door she knocks: ‘Are you within. At length came a young fox. Then will it please you to step below? Mrs Fox asked: ‘Has the gentleman red stockings on. they are dancing still. But ate up every one he caught. But one of the good qualities which old Mr Fox had possessed. was always lacking. and the cat had continually to send the suitors away. came a dog. a bear. good Mistress Fox? If you’re in want of a husband now. a lion. and if they have not left off. and has he a pointed mouth?’ ‘No.

and said to him. take it. you seem merry enough. and one will fall down dead: the cloak will fall too. and put his hand in his pocket and gave her what he had. to what I am going to tell you. there came up a little old woman. ‘Listen. it is a wishing-cloak.’ The huntsman took pity on her. and when you wear it you will find yourself at any place where you may wish to be. and said. he heard a screaming 381 of 444 . I will reward you for your kindness. but she took hold of him.’ The huntsman thanked her. and after a little time you will come to a tree where you will see nine birds sitting on a cloak. good day. do pray give me something to eat.’ When he had gone a hundred steps or so. Cut open the dead bird. my friend. take out its heart and keep it. Then he wanted to go his way. It is the bird’s heart that will bring you this good luck.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE SALAD As a merry young huntsman was once going briskly along through a wood. it will be a fine thing for me. and thought to himself. Shoot into the midst of them. ‘Good day. go your way. and you will find a piece of gold under your pillow every morning when you rise. but I am hungry and thirsty. ‘If all this does happen.

and tugging at each other as if each wished to have it himself. and looked up and saw a flock of birds pulling a cloak with their bills and feet. It so happened that his road one day led through a thick wood. ‘Of what use is this gold to me whilst I am at home? I will go out into the world and look about me. and there lay the piece of gold glittering underneath.Grimms’ Fairy Tales and chirping in the branches over him. ‘Well. and at last thought to himself. at the end of which was a large castle in a green meadow. and went his way. screaming. and the cloak with it. and at one of the windows stood an old woman with a very beautiful young lady by her side looking about them. He heaped up a great deal of gold. fighting. Then the huntsman did as the old woman told him.’ said the huntsman. Now the old 382 of 444 . then he shot into the midst of them so that their feathers flew all about. the same happened next day. cut open the bird.’ Then he took leave of his friends. took out the heart. Off went the flock chattering away. The next morning when he awoke he lifted up his pillow. and indeed every day when he arose. and hung his bag and bow about his neck. and carried the cloak home with him. but one fell down dead. ‘this is wonderful. this happens just as the old woman said’.

’ said the young lady.Grimms’ Fairy Tales woman was a witch. and said to himself. for it is more fit for us than for him. and he never found any more gold under his pillow. for it lay now under the young lady’s. Then the old woman said. and doing everything that she wished.’ ‘Let us leave him that. ‘we have got the bird’s heart. but the real reason was. and it was not long before he was so much in love that he thought of nothing else but looking at the lady’s eyes. for I have money enough to pay for anything I want’. He has a bird’s heart that brings a piece of gold under his pillow every morning. ‘he has already lost his wealth. ’Well.’ said the old witch.’ Then the witch was very angry. and said to the young lady. 383 of 444 . ‘There is a young man coming out of the wood who carries a wonderful prize. ‘I have been travelling so long that I should like to go into this castle and rest myself. that he wanted to see more of the beautiful lady. and was welcomed kindly. and the old woman took it away every morning. and that we must also get. we must get it away from him. my dear child. Then he went into the house.’ So the lady stole it away. ‘Now is the time for getting the bird’s heart.’ Meantime the huntsman came nearer and looked at the lady. but not the wishing-cloak yet. but he was so much in love that he never missed his prize. and said.

But the old witch made a deep sleep come upon him. and set herself at the window. and I want so much to go there. ‘Let us sit down and rest ourselves a little.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ‘Such a cloak is a very rare and wonderful thing. and looked about the country and seemed very sorrowful. ‘What makes you so sad?’ ‘Alas! dear sir.’ So she did as the old woman told her. hung it on her own. for who can reach it? only the birds and the flies—man cannot. that whenever I think of it I cannot help being sorrowful. and I must and will have it. When he awoke and found that his lady had tricked him. he said. and wished herself home again. ‘I’ll take there with all my heart’.’ said she. and the moment he wished to be on the granite mountain they were both there. The diamonds glittered so on all sides that they were delighted with the sight and picked up the finest. and whilst he was sleeping on she took the cloak from his shoulders. and he laid his head in her lap and fell asleep. and left him alone on the wild rock. ‘Alas! what roguery there is in the world!’ and there he sat in 384 of 444 .’ So they sat down.’ said the huntsman. ‘yonder lies the granite rock where all the costly diamonds grow. and he said to the young lady. so he drew her under his cloak. I am so tired that I cannot stand any longer. then the huntsman said.’ ‘If that’s all your grief. picked up the diamonds.

so he laid himself down as if he were in a sound sleep. and when he had sat there a short time a cloud came rolling around him.’ And they passed on. but scarcely had 385 of 444 . he’ll go climbing higher up the mountain. for here I see neither apples nor pears. he thought to himself. not knowing what to do.’ So he picked out a fine head and ate of it. if not I shall be worse off than before.’ said the second. and he fell quite gently to the ground amongst the greens and cabbages. ‘I can only save myself by feigning to be asleep’. Now this rock belonged to fierce giants who lived upon it. till it settled in a garden. and caught him in a whirlwind and bore him along for some time. ‘It’s not worth the trouble. and said.’ said the third.Grimms’ Fairy Tales great grief and fear. ‘let him live. ‘What worm is this that lies here curled up?’ ‘Tread upon him and kill him. But the huntsman had heard all they said. nothing but vegetables. he climbed to the top of the mountain. ‘I wish I had something to eat. and as he saw three of them striding about. When the giants came up to him. and said. nor any kind of fruits. the first pushed him with his foot. ‘I can eat salad. and some cloud will come rolling and carry him away. it will refresh and strengthen me. and as soon as they were gone. Then he looked around him.’ At last he thought to himself.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales he swallowed two bites when he felt himself quite changed. ‘This will help me to my fortune again. and after wandering about a few days he luckily found it. Then he stained his face all over brown. and when he awoke the next morning he broke off a head both of the good and the bad salad. I have been lucky enough to find it.’ So he went away to try and find the castle of his friends. Then he laid himself down and slept off a little of his weariness. but the heat of the sun scorches so that it begins to wither. ‘that I can go no farther. and saw with horror that he was turned into an ass. ‘who are you? and what is your business?’ ‘I am. ‘I am so tired.’ 386 of 444 . and scarcely had he tasted it when he felt another change come over him.’ said he. and went into the castle and asked for a lodging. and the salad tasted very nice. so that even his mother would not have known him. so he ate on till he came to another kind of salad.’ said the witch. ‘a messenger sent by the king to find the finest salad that grows under the sun. and enable me to pay off some folks for their treachery. and I don’t know that I can carry it farther. he still felt very hungry.’ ‘Countryman. However. and have brought it with me.’ said he. and soon saw that he was lucky enough to have found his old shape again. and thought to himself.

letting the dish with the salad fall on the ground. view. and edit PDF. ‘I will go into the kitchen and see. laid them on the dish and brought them 387 of 444 . so he opened his bag and gave them the bad. and ate some leaves.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. but took a few leaves immediately and put them in her mouth. ‘I have two heads of it with me.’ Then he thought something must have happened. Download the free trial version. but on the way she too felt a wish to taste it as the old woman had done. The messenger sat all this time with the beautiful young lady. she said. When the witch and the young lady heard of his beautiful salad. so she also was turned into an ass and ran after the other. and said. was going to carry it up. Now the servant-maid came into the kitchen. they longed to taste it.’ ‘To be sure. ‘I don’t know where the salad can be. and when it was ready she could not wait till it was carried up.’ And as he went he saw two asses in the court running about.’ answered he. ‘those two have had their share. and seeing the salad ready. ‘All right!’ said he. let us just taste it. Then the witch herself took it into the kitchen to be dressed. and the salad lying on the ground. and scarcely were they swallowed when she lost her own form and ran braying down into the court in the form of an ass.’ Then he took up the rest of the leaves. and as nobody came with the salad and she longed to taste it. and said. ‘Dear countryman. and will give you one’.

’ said he. ‘The other two. where he found everything he wanted. ‘Give the old one stripes three times a day and hay once. ‘but how shall I treat them?’ Then the huntsman said. ‘What’s the matter?’ said the miller. give them food and room. ‘if you will take them. and tied them all three to a rope and took them along with him till he came to a mill and knocked at the window. give the next (who was the servant-maid) stripes once a day and hay three times. Some days after.’ said the other.’ said the miller.’ ‘With all my heart. I will pay you whatever you ask. and give the youngest (who was the beautiful lady) hay three times a day and no stripes’: for he could not find it in his heart to have her beaten. and treat them as I tell you. and when they came. ‘I bring you the dish myself that you may not wait any longer. the miller came to him and told him that the old ass was dead. ‘I have three tiresome beasts here. ‘are alive and eat. he gave 388 of 444 . ‘Now you shall be paid for your roguery. Then the huntsman washed his face and went into the court that they might know him. saying.’ said he. and told the miller to drive them back to him. but are so sorrowful that they cannot last long.’ So she ate of it. After this he went back to the castle. and like the others ran off into the court braying away.Grimms’ Fairy Tales to the young lady.’ Then the huntsman pitied them.

and as for the bird’s heart. and lived together very happily till they died. I will give it you too. And the beautiful young lady fell upon her knees before him. for I mean to make you my wife. ‘O dearest huntsman! forgive me all the ill I have done you. it was against my will. it will be just the same thing. ‘Keep it. and said.Grimms’ Fairy Tales them some of the good salad to eat.’ So they were married. Your wishing-cloak hangs up in the closet. for I always loved you very much. my mother forced me to it.’ But he said. 389 of 444 .

or in the night-time. but if his father bade him fetch anything when it was late. and when people saw him they said: ‘There’s a fellow who will give his father some trouble!’ When anything had to be done. he answered: ‘Oh. and could not imagine what they could mean. and the way led through the churchyard.Grimms’ Fairy Tales THE STORY OF THE YOUTH WHO WENT FORTH TO LEARN WHAT FEAR WAS A certain father had two sons. but the younger was stupid and could neither learn nor understand anything.’ thought he. and could do everything. must be an art of which I understand nothing!’ 390 of 444 . it was always the elder who was forced to do it. or any other dismal place. the elder of who was smart and sensible. I’ll not go there. ‘That. it makes us shudder!’ The younger sat in a corner and listened with the rest of them. Or when stories were told by the fire at night which made the flesh creep. too. no father. ‘They are always saying: ‘It makes me shudder. the listeners sometimes said: ‘Oh. it makes me shudder!’ for he was afraid. it makes me shudder!’ It does not make me shudder.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales Now it came to pass that his father said to him one day: ‘Hearken to me. if it could but be managed. what a blockhead that brother of mine is! He will never be good for anything as long as he lives! He who wants to be a sickle must bend himself betimes.’ The father sighed. and I will soon polish him. but you will not earn your bread by that. I should like to learn how to shudder.’ ‘Well. ‘Just think. you fellow in the corner there. I don’t understand that at all yet. 391 of 444 .’ said he.’ replied the sexton.’ he replied. you are growing tall and strong. but you do not even earn your salt. and you too must learn something by which you can earn your bread.’ Soon after this the sexton came to the house on a visit. father. and told him how his younger son was so backward in every respect that he knew nothing and learnt nothing. and the father bewailed his trouble. Look how your brother works.’ The father was glad to do it. and thought to himself: ‘Goodness. ‘he can learn that with me. and answered him: ‘You shall soon learn what it is to shudder. ‘I am quite willing to learn something— indeed. ‘when I asked him how he was going to earn his bread.’ The elder brother smiled when he heard that.’ ‘If that be all. Send him to me. he actually wanted to learn to shudder.

and was just going to take hold of the bell rope. he ran against him and pushed the ghost down the stairs. ‘or take yourself off. and he had to ring the church bell. you have no business here at night. so that it fell down the ten steps and remained lying there in a corner. he saw a white figure standing on the stairs opposite the sounding hole.’ uttered no sound and stood as if he were made of stone. ‘Give an answer. and secretly went there before him. remained standing motionless that the boy might think he was a ghost.Grimms’ Fairy Tales for he thought: ‘It will train the boy a little. but the figure made no reply. the sexton awoke him at midnight.’ The sexton therefore took him into his house.’ cried the boy. The boy cried a second time: ‘What do you want here?—speak if you are an honest fellow. ‘Who is there?’ cried he. and without saying a word went to bed. or I will throw you down the steps!’ The sexton thought: ‘He can’t mean to be as bad as his words. however. went home. ‘You shall soon learn what shuddering is. and did not move or stir. After a day or two. and as that was also to no purpose. Then the boy called to him for the third time. and when the boy was at the top of the tower and turned round.’ thought he. Thereupon he rang the bell.’ The sexton. 392 of 444 . and bade him arise and go up into the church tower and ring the bell.

and wakened the boy. I should be sorry if it were.Grimms’ Fairy Tales and fell asleep. and had broken his leg. ‘The devil must have put them into your head.’ The father was terrified. Take the good-for-nothing fellow out of our house. I don’t know. who was lying moaning in the corner. but he did not come back.’ ‘Ah. Just go there and you will see if it was he. ‘What wicked tricks are these?’ said he. I did not know who it was. and then with loud screams she hastened to the boy’s father. and threw him downstairs. and I entreated him three times either to speak or to go away. At length she became uneasy. I am quite innocent.’ said the father. ‘has been the cause of a great misfortune! He has thrown my husband down the steps so that he broke his leg. ‘I have nothing but 393 of 444 .’ The woman ran away and found her husband.’ cried she. She carried him down.’ ‘Father. and ran thither and scolded the boy. ‘Your boy.’ ‘No. The sexton’s wife waited a long time for her husband. He was standing there by night like one intent on doing evil. ‘do listen to me. and as he would neither gave an answer nor go away.’ replied the boy. and asked: ‘Do you know where my husband is? He climbed up the tower before you did. ‘but someone was standing by the sounding hole on the other side of the steps. I took him for a scoundrel.’ he replied.

Take these and go into the wide world. understand one art which will support me. and went forth on the great highway.’ ’Yes. the boy put his fifty talers into his pocket. there is the tree where seven men have married the ropemaker’s daughter. wait only until it is day.’ spoke the father. If you desire nothing more than that. ‘it is easily done. and tell no one from whence you come. Here are fifty talers for you. and then I shall. for I have reason to be ashamed of you. but if I 394 of 444 . and you will soon learn how to shudder. I will see you no more.’ answered the youth. Go out of my sight.Grimms’ Fairy Tales unhappiness with you. and are now learning how to fly. and when they had walked a little farther to where they could see the gallows. therefore. at any rate. the man said to him: ‘Look.’ When the day dawned.’ ‘If that is all that is wanted. it shall be as you will. Then will I go forth and learn how to shudder. father. father. and who is your father. ‘it is all the same to me. and continually said to himself: ‘If I could but shudder! If I could but shudder!’ Then a man approached who heard this conversation which the youth was holding with himself.’ ‘Learn what you will. I can easily keep it in mind. right willingly. and wait till night comes. Sit down beneath it.’ ‘Yes.

and set them all round it to warm themselves. and they moved backwards and forwards. I cannot help you. but at midnight the wind blew so sharply that in spite of his fire. unbound one of them after the other. and the fire caught their clothes. Then he stoked the fire. ‘how should I know? Those fellows up there did not 395 of 444 . or I will hang you up again. And as the wind knocked the hanged men against each other. but were quite silent. At this he grew angry. So he said: ‘Take care. and waited till evening came. and let their rags go on burning. Just come back to me early in the morning. he thought to himself: ‘If you shiver below by the fire. Then he sat down by his fire and fell asleep. and said: ‘Well do you know how to shudder?’ ‘No.’ and he hung them up again each in his turn. did not hear.’ answered he.Grimms’ Fairy Tales learn how to shudder as fast as that. And as he was cold.’ Then the youth went to the gallows. he raised the ladder. and brought down all seven. But they sat there and did not stir. you shall have my fifty talers. and said: ‘If you will not take care.’ The dead men. blew it. he could not get warm. how those up above must freeze and suffer!’ And as he felt pity for them. and the next morning the man came to him and wanted to have the fifty talers. sat down beneath it. he lighted himself a fire. and climbed up. I will not be burnt with you. however.

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open their mouths, and were so stupid that they let the few old rags which they had on their bodies get burnt.’ Then the man saw that he would not get the fifty talers that day, and went away saying: ‘Such a youth has never come my way before.’ The youth likewise went his way, and once more began to mutter to himself: ‘Ah, if I could but shudder! Ah, if I could but shudder!’ A waggoner who was striding behind him heard this and asked: ‘Who are you?’ ‘I don’t know,’ answered the youth. Then the waggoner asked: ‘From whence do you come?’ ‘I know not.’ ‘Who is your father?’ ‘That I may not tell you.’ ‘What is it that you are always muttering between your teeth?’ ‘Ah,’ replied the youth, ‘I do so wish I could shudder, but no one can teach me how.’ ‘Enough of your foolish chatter,’ said the waggoner. ‘Come, go with me, I will see about a place for you.’ The youth went with the waggoner, and in the evening they arrived at an inn where they wished to pass the night. Then at the entrance of the parlour the youth again said quite loudly: ‘If I could but shudder! If I could but shudder!’ The host who heard this, laughed and said: ‘If that is your desire, there ought to be a good opportunity for you here.’ ‘Ah, be silent,’ said the hostess, ‘so many prying persons have already lost their lives, it 396 of 444

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would be a pity and a shame if such beautiful eyes as these should never see the daylight again.’ But the youth said: ‘However difficult it may be, I will learn it. For this purpose indeed have I journeyed forth.’ He let the host have no rest, until the latter told him, that not far from thence stood a haunted castle where anyone could very easily learn what shuddering was, if he would but watch in it for three nights. The king had promised that he who would venture should have his daughter to wife, and she was the most beautiful maiden the sun shone on. Likewise in the castle lay great treasures, which were guarded by evil spirits, and these treasures would then be freed, and would make a poor man rich enough. Already many men had gone into the castle, but as yet none had come out again. Then the youth went next morning to the king, and said: ‘If it be allowed, I will willingly watch three nights in the haunted castle.’ The king looked at him, and as the youth pleased him, he said: ‘You may ask for three things to take into the castle with you, but they must be things without life.’ Then he answered: ‘Then I ask for a fire, a turning lathe, and a cutting-board with the knife.’ The king had these things carried into the castle for him during the day. When night was drawing near, the 397 of 444

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youth went up and made himself a bright fire in one of the rooms, placed the cutting-board and knife beside it, and seated himself by the turning-lathe. ‘Ah, if I could but shudder!’ said he, ‘but I shall not learn it here either.’ Towards midnight he was about to poke his fire, and as he was blowing it, something cried suddenly from one corner: ‘Au, miau! how cold we are!’ ‘You fools!’ cried he, ‘what are you crying about? If you are cold, come and take a seat by the fire and warm yourselves.’ And when he had said that, two great black cats came with one tremendous leap and sat down on each side of him, and looked savagely at him with their fiery eyes. After a short time, when they had warmed themselves, they said: ‘Comrade, shall we have a game of cards?’ ‘Why not?’ he replied, ‘but just show me your paws.’ Then they stretched out their claws. ‘Oh,’ said he, ‘what long nails you have! Wait, I must first cut them for you.’ Thereupon he seized them by the throats, put them on the cuttingboard and screwed their feet fast. ‘I have looked at your fingers,’ said he, ‘and my fancy for card-playing has gone,’ and he struck them dead and threw them out into the water. But when he had made away with these two, and was about to sit down again by his fire, out from every hole and corner came black cats and black dogs with red398 of 444

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hot chains, and more and more of them came until he could no longer move, and they yelled horribly, and got on his fire, pulled it to pieces, and tried to put it out. He watched them for a while quietly, but at last when they were going too far, he seized his cutting-knife, and cried: ‘Away with you, vermin,’ and began to cut them down. Some of them ran away, the others he killed, and threw out into the fish-pond. When he came back he fanned the embers of his fire again and warmed himself. And as he thus sat, his eyes would keep open no longer, and he felt a desire to sleep. Then he looked round and saw a great bed in the corner. ‘That is the very thing for me,’ said he, and got into it. When he was just going to shut his eyes, however, the bed began to move of its own accord, and went over the whole of the castle. ‘That’s right,’ said he, ‘but go faster.’ Then the bed rolled on as if six horses were harnessed to it, up and down, over thresholds and stairs, but suddenly hop, hop, it turned over upside down, and lay on him like a mountain. But he threw quilts and pillows up in the air, got out and said: ‘Now anyone who likes, may drive,’ and lay down by his fire, and slept till it was day. In the morning the king came, and when he saw him lying there on the ground, he thought the evil spirits had killed him and he was dead. Then said he: ‘After all it 399 of 444

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is a pity,—for so handsome a man.’ The youth heard it, got up, and said: ‘It has not come to that yet.’ Then the king was astonished, but very glad, and asked how he had fared. ‘Very well indeed,’ answered he; ‘one night is past, the two others will pass likewise.’ Then he went to the innkeeper, who opened his eyes very wide, and said: ‘I never expected to see you alive again! Have you learnt how to shudder yet?’ ‘No,’ said he, ‘it is all in vain. If someone would but tell me!’ The second night he again went up into the old castle, sat down by the fire, and once more began his old song: ‘If I could but shudder!’ When midnight came, an uproar and noise of tumbling about was heard; at first it was low, but it grew louder and louder. Then it was quiet for a while, and at length with a loud scream, half a man came down the chimney and fell before him. ‘Hullo!’ cried he, ‘another half belongs to this. This is not enough!’ Then the uproar began again, there was a roaring and howling, and the other half fell down likewise. ‘Wait,’ said he, ‘I will just stoke up the fire a little for you.’ When he had done that and looked round again, the two pieces were joined together, and a hideous man was sitting in his place. ‘That is no part of our bargain,’ said the youth, ‘the bench is mine.’ The man wanted to push him away; the youth, 400 of 444

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however, would not allow that, but thrust him off with all his strength, and seated himself again in his own place. Then still more men fell down, one after the other; they brought nine dead men’s legs and two skulls, and set them up and played at nine-pins with them. The youth also wanted to play and said: ‘Listen you, can I join you?’ ‘Yes, if you have any money.’ ‘Money enough,’ replied he, ‘but your balls are not quite round.’ Then he took the skulls and put them in the lathe and turned them till they were round. ‘There, now they will roll better!’ said he. ‘Hurrah! now we’ll have fun!’ He played with them and lost some of his money, but when it struck twelve, everything vanished from his sight. He lay down and quietly fell asleep. Next morning the king came to inquire after him. ‘How has it fared with you this time?’ asked he. ‘I have been playing at nine- pins,’ he answered, ‘and have lost a couple of farthings.’ ‘Have you not shuddered then?’ ‘What?’ said he, ‘I have had a wonderful time! If I did but know what it was to shudder!’ The third night he sat down again on his bench and said quite sadly: ‘If I could but shudder.’ When it grew late, six tall men came in and brought a coffin. Then he said: ‘Ha, ha, that is certainly my little cousin, who died only a few days ago,’ and he beckoned with his finger, and 401 of 444

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cried: ‘Come, little cousin, come.’ They placed the coffin on the ground, but he went to it and took the lid off, and a dead man lay therein. He felt his face, but it was cold as ice. ‘Wait,’ said he, ‘I will warm you a little,’ and went to the fire and warmed his hand and laid it on the dead man’s face, but he remained cold. Then he took him out, and sat down by the fire and laid him on his breast and rubbed his arms that the blood might circulate again. As this also did no good, he thought to himself: ‘When two people lie in bed together, they warm each other,’ and carried him to the bed, covered him over and lay down by him. After a short time the dead man became warm too, and began to move. Then said the youth, ‘See, little cousin, have I not warmed you?’ The dead man, however, got up and cried: ‘Now will I strangle you.’ ’What!’ said he, ‘is that the way you thank me? You shall at once go into your coffin again,’ and he took him up, threw him into it, and shut the lid. Then came the six men and carried him away again. ‘I cannot manage to shudder,’ said he. ‘I shall never learn it here as long as I live.’ Then a man entered who was taller than all others, and looked terrible. He was old, however, and had a long white beard. ‘You wretch,’ cried he, ‘you shall soon learn 402 of 444

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what it is to shudder, for you shall die.’ ‘Not so fast,’ replied the youth. ‘If I am to die, I shall have to have a say in it.’ ‘I will soon seize you,’ said the fiend. ‘Softly, softly, do not talk so big. I am as strong as you are, and perhaps even stronger.’ ‘We shall see,’ said the old man. ‘If you are stronger, I will let you go—come, we will try.’ Then he led him by dark passages to a smith’s forge, took an axe, and with one blow struck an anvil into the ground. ‘I can do better than that,’ said the youth, and went to the other anvil. The old man placed himself near and wanted to look on, and his white beard hung down. Then the youth seized the axe, split the anvil with one blow, and in it caught the old man’s beard. ‘Now I have you,’ said the youth. ‘Now it is your turn to die.’ Then he seized an iron bar and beat the old man till he moaned and entreated him to stop, when he would give him great riches. The youth drew out the axe and let him go. The old man led him back into the castle, and in a cellar showed him three chests full of gold. ‘Of these,’ said he, ‘one part is for the poor, the other for the king, the third yours.’ In the meantime it struck twelve, and the spirit disappeared, so that the youth stood in darkness. ‘I shall still be able to find my way out,’ said he, and felt about, found the way into the room, and slept there by his fire. 403 of 444

so that the little fishes would sprawl about him. ‘what can it be? My dead cousin was here.’ said he.’ said the king. ‘you have saved the castle. what makes me shudder so?— what makes me shudder so. but no one told me what it was to shudder. Then he woke up and cried: ‘Oh. he shall soon learn what it is to shudder. ‘but still I do not know what it is to shudder!’ Then the gold was brought up and the wedding celebrated. but howsoever much the young king loved his wife. and a bearded man came and showed me a great deal of money down below. and however happy he was. and had a whole bucketful of gudgeons brought to her.’ And this at last angered her.’ he answered.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Next morning the king came and said: ‘Now you must have learnt what shuddering is?’ ‘No. he still said always: ‘If I could but shudder—if I could but shudder. and shall marry my daughter.’ She went out to the stream which flowed through the garden. dear wife? Ah! now I know what it is to shudder!’ 404 of 444 .’ ‘That is all very well.’ ‘Then. Her waiting-maid said: ‘I will find a cure for him. his wife was to draw the clothes off him and empty the bucket full of cold water with the gudgeons in it over him. At night when the young king was sleeping.

so she called him ‘Coxcomb. and she only made sport of them. ‘his 405 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales KING GRISLY-BEARD A great king of a land far away in the East had a daughter who was very beautiful.’ The sixth was not straight enough. that had been laid to dry over a baker’s oven. Once upon a time the king held a great feast. and counts. and haughty. The fourth was too pale. and conceited. The first was too fat: ‘He’s as round as a tub.’ said she. and dukes. and they all sat in a row. And thus she had some joke to crack upon every one: but she laughed more than all at a good king who was there. The next was too tall: ‘What a maypole!’ said she.’ The fifth was too red. and princes. The next was too short: ‘What a dumpling!’ said she. and as she passed by them she had something spiteful to say to every one. and she called him ‘Wallface.’ said she. and barons. and earls. but so proud. and asked thither all her suitors. and knights. ranged according to their rank —kings. so she said he was like a green stick. Then the princess came in. ‘Look at him. that none of the princes who came to ask her in marriage was good enough for her.

he begged a boon. that I will give you my daughter for your wife. ‘You have sung so well. ‘Pray. ‘whose is this wood?’ ‘It belongs to King Grisly-beard. that came to the door.’ So they brought in a dirty-looking fellow. But the old king was very angry when he saw how his daughter behaved.’ So the king got the nickname of Grisly-beard. When this was over the king said. and took her with him.’ The princess begged and prayed. Then the king said.’ So words and tears were of no avail.Grimms’ Fairy Tales beard is like an old mop. be he prince or beggar. and he vowed that.’ 406 of 444 . he said. and how she ill-treated all his guests. ‘Now get ready to go—you must not stay here—you must travel on with your husband.’ Then the fiddler went his way. and they soon came to a great wood. and she was married to the fiddler. ‘Let him come in. and when he had sung before the king and the princess. ‘I have sworn to give you to the first comer.’ answered he. who began to play under the window and beg alms. Two days after there came by a travelling fiddler. willing or unwilling. but the king said. and I will keep my word. all had been thine. ‘hadst thou taken him. the parson was sent for. he shall be called Grisly-beard. and when the king heard him.’ said she. she should marry the first man.

‘It belongs to King Grisly-beard. it had all been thine. ‘What a paltry place!’ said she. When they had eaten a very scanty meal they went to bed. and the fiddler was forced to help her. ‘to whom does that little dirty hole belong?’ Then the fiddler said. for I am very tired. ‘would that I had married King Grisly-beard!’ Next they came to some fine meadows. and put on water and cook my supper. hadst thou taken him. hadst thou taken him. ‘you must do for yourself whatever is to be done.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ‘Ah! unlucky wretch that I am!’ sighed she. but 407 of 444 . they had all been thine. ‘Whose is this noble city?’ said she. ‘would that I had married King Grisly-beard!’ Then they came to a great city. ‘Whose are these beautiful green meadows?’ said she.’ ‘Ah! wretch that I am!’ sighed she. ‘why did I not marry King Grisly-beard?’ ‘That is no business of mine.’ ‘Ah! unlucky wretch that I am!’ said she.’ But the princess knew nothing of making fires and cooking.’ ‘Where are your servants?’ cried she. ‘What do we want with servants?’ said he. where we are to live. ‘That is your and my house. Now make the fire.’ said the fiddler: ‘why should you wish for another husband? Am not I good enough for you?’ At last they came to a small cottage. ‘They belong to King Grisly-beard.

went to buy her wares. but it made her fingers very sore. but the threads cut her tender fingers till the blood ran. you can do no work: what a bargain I have got! However. and you shall stand in the market and sell them. and said she must work.’ said he: ‘try and spin. and then her husband bought a fresh lot of ware.Grimms’ Fairy Tales the fiddler called her up very early in the morning to clean the house. and she began to weave. perhaps you will do that better. ‘if any of my father’s court should pass by and see me standing in the market. ‘you are good for nothing. At first the trade went well. I’ll try and set up a trade in pots and pans. and brought them home. ‘See now. ‘I see this work won’t do. and paid their money without thinking of taking away the goods. and she sat herself down with it in the corner of the market. if she did not wish to die of hunger.’ said the fiddler. we can’t go on thus. the man said. You must learn to weave baskets.’ So she sat down and tried to spin. Thus they lived for two days: and when they had eaten up all there was in the cottage. how they will laugh at me!’ But her husband did not care for that.’ ‘Alas!’ sighed she. 408 of 444 . seeing such a beautiful woman. but a drunken soldier soon came by. for many people. They lived on this as long as it lasted. ‘Wife. spending money and earning nothing.’ Then he went out and cut willows.

She had not been there long before she heard that the king’s eldest son was passing by. and she went to one of the windows and looked out. ‘what will my husband say?’ So she ran home and told him all.Grimms’ Fairy Tales and rode his horse against her stall. so I have been to the king’s palace. which she put into her basket to take home. Everything was ready. ‘Who would have thought you would have been so silly.’ Thus the princess became a kitchen-maid.’ said he. ‘Ah! what will become of me?’ said she. and on this they lived. ‘as to put an earthenware stall in the corner of the market. Then she bitterly grieved for the pride and folly which had brought her so low. I see you are not fit for this sort of work. and asked if they did not want a kitchen-maid. but she was allowed to carry home some of the meat that was left. and helped the cook to do all the dirtiest work. going to be married. And the servants gave her some of the rich meats. 409 of 444 . and knew not what to do. and broke all her goods into a thousand pieces. where everybody passes? but let us have no more crying. Then she began to cry. and there you will have plenty to eat. and all the pomp and brightness of the court was there. and they say they will take you.

he kept fast hold. they danced and sang. and welcomed her home on her marriage. and the cover of the basket came off. and to show you the folly of your illtreatment of me. in came the king’s son in golden clothes. I brought you there because I really loved you. and her father and his whole court were there already. and it is time to hold our marriage feast. and when he saw a beautiful woman at the door. and brought her back and said. that she wished herself a thousand feet deep in the earth. ‘Fear me not! I am the fiddler who has lived with you in the hut. all were merry. Joy was in every face and every heart. but on the steps King Grisly-beard overtook her. but she trembled for fear. and said she should be his partner in the dance.’ Then the chamberlains came and brought her the most beautiful robes. as she was going out. I have done all this only to cure you of your silly pride. I am also the soldier that overset your stall. However. Then everybody laughed and jeered at her. so that the meats in it fell about. The feast was grand. She sprang to the door to run away. and led her in.Grimms’ Fairy Tales All on a sudden. Now all is over: you have learnt wisdom. 410 of 444 . he took her by the hand. for she saw that it was King Grisly-beard. and I only wish that you and I had been of the party. who was making sport of her. and she was so abashed.

and it lay there in deep stillness and solitude. Then on the third day. none came home again.’ But of these also. and the next day he sent out two more huntsmen who were to search for him. but sometimes an eagle or a hawk flying over it. full of all kinds of wild animals. and you would never come out again. view. One day he sent out a huntsman to shoot him a roe. he sent for all his huntsmen. and nothing was seen of it. when an unknown huntsman announced himself to the king as seeking a situation.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. and do not give up until you have found all three. and offered to go into the dangerous forest. ‘Perhaps some accident has befallen him.’ The huntsman replied: ‘Lord. From that time forth. I will venture it at my own risk.’ 411 of 444 . no one would any longer venture into the forest. and said: ‘Scour the whole forest through. of fear I know nothing. but he did not come back. IRON HANS There was once upon a time a king who had a great forest near his palace. would not give his consent.’ said the king. however. but they too stayed away. This lasted for many years. and edit PDF. Download the free trial version. I fear it would fare with you no better than with the others. The king. none were seen again. and said: ‘It is not safe in there.

’ answered the man. There was great astonishment over the wild man. ‘No.’ and ran away. and a naked arm stretched itself out of the water.’ said the boy. the king has forbidden it. and the queen herself was to take the key into her keeping. his golden ball fell into the cage. and wanted to pursue it.’ ‘Not till you have opened the door for me. seized it. The boy ran thither and said: ‘Give me my ball out. could go no farther. but hardly had the dog run two steps when it stood before a deep pool. and led him away to the castle. the king. The king had a son of eight years. When the huntsman saw that. It was not long before the dog fell in with some game on the way. They bound him with cords. ‘I will not do that. and whose hair hung over his face down to his knees. however. the wild man 412 of 444 . And from this time forth everyone could again go into the forest with safety. and while he was playing. and forbade the door to be opened on pain of death. he went back and fetched three men to come with buckets and bale out the water. who was once playing in the courtyard. had him put in an iron cage in his courtyard. When they could see to the bottom there lay a wild man whose body was brown like rusty iron. The next day he again went and asked for his ball. and drew it under.Grimms’ Fairy Tales The huntsman therefore betook himself with his dog to the forest.

wild man. The king sent out people to seek for him in the fields. and brought the key. cast all thought to the winds. you can get it there. She knew nothing about it. but it was gone. When the king came home. and asked the queen how that had happened. he observed the empty cage. who wanted to have his ball back. or I shall be beaten!’ The wild man turned back. he called and cried after him: ‘Oh. set him on his shoulder. The boy had become afraid. and went with hasty steps into the forest. The door opened with difficulty. and said to him: ‘You will never see your father and mother again. and hurried away. and the boy went once more and said: ‘I cannot open the door even if I wished. do not go away. When it was open the wild man stepped out. On the third day the king had ridden out hunting. for I have not the key. She called the boy. took him up. When the wild man had once more reached the dark forest. but no one answered. gave him the golden ball.’ The boy. and much grief reigned in the royal court.’ Then the wild man said: ‘It lies under your mother’s pillow. he took the boy down from his shoulder. 413 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales said: ‘Open my door. and sought the key. Then he could easily guess what had happened. and the boy pinched his fingers. but they did not find him.’ but the boy would not.

but take care you do not again let anything go in. but saw that it was quite gilded. His finger hurt him again and 414 of 444 . and take care that nothing falls into it. this time it may pass. looked at the boy.’ He made a bed of moss for the boy on which he slept. and more than anyone in the world. and said: ‘What has happened to the well?’ ‘Nothing nothing. you shall sit beside it.’ The boy placed himself by the brink of the well. and I have compassion on you. for you have set me free. you shall fare well. But he said: ‘You have dipped your finger into the water. I will come every evening to see if you have obeyed my order. Of treasure and gold have I enough. As he was thus sitting. his finger hurt him so violently that he involuntarily put it in the water. He drew it quickly out again. all was to no purpose. and held his finger behind his back. and said: ‘Behold.Grimms’ Fairy Tales but I will keep you with me.’ he answered. and often saw a golden fish or a golden snake show itself therein. that the man might not see it. or it will be polluted. and whatsoever pains he took to wash the gold off again. In the evening Iron Hans came back. and took care that nothing fell in. the gold well is as bright and clear as crystal. and the next morning the man took him to a well.’ By daybreak the boy was already sitting by the well and watching it. If you do all I bid you.

but it was already quite gilded. and then unhappily a hair fell down into the well.’ said he. but if this happens for the third time then the well is polluted and you can no longer remain with me. and said: ‘Take the handkerchief off. and did not stir his finger.’ Then the golden hair streamed forth.handkerchief and tied it round his head. He took it quickly out. in order that the man might not see it. When he came he already knew everything. But as you have not a bad heart. and already knew what had happened. Go forth into the world. and trying to look straight into the eyes. ‘I will allow you to watch by it once more. He raised himself up quickly. But the time was long to him. and he looked at the reflection of his face on the surface of the water. however much it hurt him. his long hair fell down from his shoulders into the water. You can imagine how terrified the poor boy was! He took his pocket.’ On the third day. ‘You have not stood the trial and can stay here no longer. Iron Hans came. it was of no use. and 415 of 444 . And as he still bent down more and more while he was doing so. but the whole of the hair of his head was already golden and shone like the sun.Grimms’ Fairy Tales he passed it over his head. and let the boy excuse himself as he might. there you will learn what poverty is. the boy sat by the well. ‘You have let a hair fall into the well.

The people about court did not at all know what use they could make of him. I cannot. come to the forest and cry: ‘Iron Hans. greater than you think. and told him to stay. At length the cook took him into his service. but as he did not like to let his golden hair be seen. if you fall into any difficulty. but they liked him. Once when it so happened that no one else was at hand. My power is great. but could find none.’ and then I will come and help you. and said he might carry wood and water.Grimms’ Fairy Tales as I mean well by you.’ He answered: ‘Ah.’ Then the king’s son left the forest. and asked how he could take such a boy as that into his service. I have a bad sore place on my head. and he said: ‘When you come to the royal table you must take your hat off. There he looked for work. Such a thing as that had never yet come under the king’s notice. At length he went to the palace. the cook ordered him to carry the food to the royal table. he kept his little cap on.’ Then the king had the cook called before him and scolded him. and asked if they would take him in. and that 416 of 444 . and he learnt nothing by which he could help himself. and walked by beaten and unbeaten paths ever onwards until at length he reached a great city. and I have gold and silver in abundance. there is one thing I will grant you. and rake the cinders together. Lord.

however. and get another. hoe and dig. As the sun shone on his hair it glittered and flashed so that the rays fell into the bedroom of the king’s daughter.’ replied the boy. and exchanged him for the gardener’s boy. and cried to him: ‘Boy. Then she saw the boy. and will please her better.’ He again said: ‘I may not. and bear the wind and bad weather. and gathered wild field-flowers and bound them together. caught at his cap and pulled it off.’ When he got into the room. the king’s daughter said: ‘Take your cap off. and said: ‘How can you take the king’s daughter a garland of such common flowers? Go quickly. and then his golden hair rolled down on his shoulders. He wanted to run out. however. the day was so warm he took his little cap off that the air might cool him. I have a sore head. The cook. and up she sprang to see what that could be. ‘the wild ones have more scent. bring me a wreath of flowers.’ ‘Oh.’ He put his cap on with all haste. And now the boy had to plant and water the garden. and seek out the prettiest and rarest. had pity on him. and it was splendid to behold. it is not seemly to keep it on in my presence.’ She. Once in summer when he was working alone in the garden.Grimms’ Fairy Tales he was to send him away at once. no. When he was ascending the stairs with them. but 417 of 444 . the gardener met him.

and he would not have her money. and gave him a handful of ducats.’ The others laughed. and will go to the wars also. and then he went in with it. only give me a horse. On the third day things went just the same. who was superior in strength and had a mighty army.’ When they had gone forth. and wanted to take it away from him. Not long afterwards. and said: ‘Seek one for yourself when we are gone. and said: ‘I present them to your children. he went into the stable. she instantly snatched at his cap. and 418 of 444 . He took them to the gardener. and did not know whether or not he could offer any opposition to the enemy. Then said the gardener’s boy: ‘I am grown up. and led the horse out. she could not get his cap away from him. The king gathered together his people. She again gave him a handful of ducats. but he held it fast with both hands. and limped hobblety jib.Grimms’ Fairy Tales she held him by the arm. hobblety jib. but he cared nothing for the gold pieces. it was lame of one foot. the country was overrun by war. and gave them to the gardener for playthings for his children. we will leave one behind us in the stable for you. nevertheless he mounted it. but he would not keep them.’ The following day the king’s daughter again called to him that he was to bring her a wreath of field-flowers. With these he departed. they can play with them.

and give me my three-legged horse again. and could hardly be restrained. and their swords flashed in the sun. and never stopped. Instead of returning to the king.’ ‘That you shall have. and still more than you ask for. Then the youth galloped thither with his iron soldiers. until there was not a single man left.Grimms’ Fairy Tales rode away to the dark forest. and beat down all who opposed him. he called ‘Iron Hans’ three times so loudly that it echoed through the trees. When he got near the battlefield a great part of the king’s men had already fallen. and rode at the head of the soldiers. mounted the other. who led a horse that snorted with its nostrils.’ Then the wild man went back into the forest. Thereupon the wild man appeared immediately. They began to flee. ‘Take back your horse and your troops. however. and it was not long before a stable-boy came out of it. and said: ‘What do you desire?’ ‘I want a strong steed. for I am going to the wars. and called forth Iron Hans. but the youth pursued.’ All that 419 of 444 . he conducted his troop by byways back to the forest. When he came to the outskirts. ‘What do you desire?’ asked the wild man. and little was wanting to make the rest give way. broke like a hurricane over the enemy. The youth made over his three-legged horse to the stable-boy. and behind them followed a great troop of warriors entirely equipped in iron.

and I did not see him again.Grimms’ Fairy Tales he asked was done.’ When the feast was announced. and said: ‘He has just come home on his three. and wished him joy of his victory. but he smiled. and said: ‘He followed the enemy. and soon he was riding on his threelegged horse.legged horse. and called Iron Hans.’ And then he was still more ridiculed.’ said Iron Hans. When the king returned to his palace.’ ‘It is as safe as if you had it already. and the others have been mocking him. ‘I am not the one who carried away the victory. ‘but a strange knight who came to my assistance with his soldiers. his daughter went to meet him. ‘What do you desire?’ asked he. Perhaps the unknown man will show himself. and crying: ‘Here comes our hobblety jib back again!’ They asked. but the king did not know.’ The king said to his daughter: ‘I will proclaim a great feast that shall last for three days. ‘That I may catch the king’s daughter’s golden apple. and it would have gone badly without me. the youth went out to the forest.’ She inquired of the gardener where his boy was. ‘You shall likewise have a suit of red armour 420 of 444 .’ said he. too: ‘Under what hedge have you been lying sleeping all the time?’ So he said: ‘I did the best of all.’ The daughter wanted to hear who the strange knight was. and you shall throw a golden apple.

but none of them caught it but he. should go away again they should pursue him. 421 of 444 . Again he was the only one who caught the apple. But when he was riding off with it. he received from Iron Hans a suit of black armour and a black horse. and if he would not come back willingly. The youth nevertheless escaped from them. The king grew angry. and threw a golden apple to the knights. but his horse leapt so violently that the helmet fell from the youth’s head. and was recognized by no one. The king’s daughter came forward. and one of them got so near him that he wounded the youth’s leg with the point of his sword. and again he caught the apple. and ride on a spirited chestnut-horse. the youth galloped to the spot. they were to cut him down and stab him. he must appear before me and tell his name.’ When the day came. On the second day Iron Hans equipped him as a white knight. the king’s attendants pursued him.Grimms’ Fairy Tales for the occasion. but galloped off with it. They rode back and announced this to the king. took his place amongst the knights.’ He gave the order that if the knight who caught the apple. and they could see that he had golden hair. and said: ‘That is not allowed. and gave him a white horse. and he did not linger an instant. only as soon as he had it he galloped away. On the third day.

Give me your daughter to wife. and only came home yesterday evening. and he was so handsome that all were amazed. always in different colours.’ The maiden laughed. who is your father?’ ‘My father is a mighty king. and then his golden hair fell down over his shoulders. and who caught the three golden apples?’ asked the king.Grimms’ Fairy Tales The following day the king’s daughter asked the gardener about his boy. you are no gardener’s boy. and said: ‘He does not 422 of 444 .’ The king had him summoned into his presence. ‘that indeed you can. tell me. and gold have I in plenty as great as I require.’ said the king. But the king’s daughter went up to him and took it off. you may see the wound which your people gave me when they followed me. can I do anything to please you?’ ‘Yes.’ answered he.’ ‘I well see. ‘Yes.’ answered he. ‘and here the apples are. he has likewise shown my children three golden apples which he has won. ‘Are you the knight who came every day to the festival. ‘If you desire further proof.’ and he took them out of his pocket. and he came and again had his little cap on his head. ‘He is at work in the garden. the queer creature has been at the festival too.’ ‘If you can perform such deeds as that. ‘that I owe my thanks to you. But I am likewise the knight who helped you to your victory over your enemies. and returned them to the king.

and was by enchantment a wild man. and edit PDF. and a stately king came in with a great retinue. embraced him and said: ‘I am Iron Hans. view. but I have already seen by his golden hair that he was no gardener’s boy. for they had given up all hope of ever seeing their dear son again. His father and mother came to the wedding.’ and then she went and kissed him. Download the free trial version.’ 423 of 444 . And as they were sitting at the marriage-feast. but you have set me free. all the treasures which I possess. stand much on ceremony. the music suddenly stopped. the doors opened. and were in great delight.eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. He went up to the youth. shall be your property.

she shut her eyes and died. ‘this will not do. still there was not one to be found who had golden hair. But this beautiful queen fell ill. and had had all their trouble for nothing. At last. his wise men said. and who has golden hair like mine. But the king was not to be comforted. who was just as beautiful as her mother. So the messengers came home. Now the king had a daughter. the king must marry again. and had the same golden hair. the king looked at her and saw that she 424 of 444 .’ Then when the king in his grief promised all she asked. And when she was grown up. and for a long time never thought of taking another wife. however. whose queen had hair of the purest gold. that we may have a queen. But there was no princess in the world so beautiful.’ So messengers were sent far and wide. to seek for a bride as beautiful as the late queen. and when she felt that her end drew near she called the king to her and said. and was so beautiful that her match was not to be met with on the whole face of the earth. ‘Promise me that you will never marry again. and if there had been. unless you meet with a wife who is as beautiful as I am.Grimms’ Fairy Tales CAT-SKIN There was once a king.

another must be of shining silver. and to take the finest fur out of their skins: and thus a mantle of a thousand furs was made. but hoped the king would soon give up such thoughts. like the stars: and his hunters were told to hunt out all the beasts in his kingdom. like the sun. ‘May I not marry my daughter? She is the very image of my dead wife: unless I have her. but she got up in the night when all were asleep. But the king made the most skilful workmen in his kingdom weave the three dresses: one golden. like the sun. I want a mantle of a thousand different kinds of fur put together.Grimms’ Fairy Tales was just like this late queen: then he said to his courtiers.’ And his daughter was also shocked. When all were ready. the king sent them to her. to which every beast in the kingdom must give a part of his skin. and took 425 of 444 . like the moon. ‘Heaven forbid that a father should marry his daughter! Out of so great a sin no good can come. and you say there must be a queen. another silvery. and a third sparkling.’ And thus she though he would think of the matter no more. like the moon.’ When the courtiers heard this they were shocked. and said. I shall not find any bride upon the whole earth. and a third must be dazzling as the stars: besides this. so she said to him. ‘Before I marry anyone I must have three dresses: one must be of gold.

and the stars—up in a nutshell.’ So the huntsmen took it up.’ And the huntsmen went up to the tree. and bark. ‘I am a poor child that has neither father nor mother left. and packed the three dresses—of the sun. but there it lies fast asleep. and wrapped herself up in the mantle made of all sorts of fur. and when they came back again said. ‘if you can catch it alive. she sat herself down in the hollow of a tree and soon fell asleep: and there she slept on till it was midday. and journeyed on the whole night. and run round and round. Miss Cat-skin. the moon.’ said the king. and a golden brooch. till at last she came to a large wood. As she was very tired. such as we never saw before. you will do for the kitchen. Now as the king to whom the wood belonged was hunting in it. you 426 of 444 . ‘Yes. ‘and see what sort of game lies there. and the maiden awoke and was greatly frightened. a golden necklace.Grimms’ Fairy Tales three of her trinkets. his dogs came to the tree. Then she threw herself upon Heaven for help in her need. ‘In the hollow tree there lies a most wonderful beast. its skin seems to be of a thousand kinds of fur. a golden ring. and besmeared her face and hands with soot.’ Then they said. and began to snuff about. and went away. have pity on me and take me with you. ‘Look sharp!’ said the king to the huntsmen. and we will take it with us. and said.’ ‘See.

and they thought she could be no less than a king’s daughter.Grimms’ Fairy Tales can sweep up the ashes. and went into her cabin. sift the ashes. and washed the soot from off her face and hands. and do things of that sort. but be back again in half an hour’s time. and so went to the feast. She next opened her nutshell. to blow the fire.’ So they put her into the coach. and held out his hand and danced with 427 of 444 . pick the herbs. and took her home to the king’s palace. you may lie and sleep there. and made to fetch wood and water. and do all the dirty work. Then they showed her a little corner under the staircase.’ And she was sent into the kitchen. But the king came up to her. ‘Ah! pretty princess!’ thought she. so that her beauty shone forth like the sun from behind the clouds. ‘what will now become of thee?’ But it happened one day that a feast was to be held in the king’s castle. so she said to the cook. where no light of day ever peeped in. and said. ‘Cat-skin. you may go. and brought out of it the dress that shone like the sun. ‘May I go up a little while and see what is going on? I will take care and stand behind the door. Thus Cat-skin lived for a long time very sorrowfully. to rake out the ashes.’ And the cook said. for nobody knew her. ‘Yes. Everyone made way for her. and took off the fur skin.’ Then she took her little lamp. pluck the poultry.

the king ordered his soup to be brought in. When she went into the kitchen to her work. and toasted a slice of bread first.’ As soon as the cook went away. Cat-skin heated the king’s soup. the cook said. and he thought in his heart. that he thought he had never tasted any so good before. The guards that stood at the castle gate were called in: but they had seen no one. ‘Let that alone till the morning. The truth was. pulled off her dress. I should like to run up now and give a peep: but take care you don’t let a hair fall into it. and began to rake the ashes. she went and looked in the cabin for her little golden ring. he ordered the cook to be sent for. At the bottom he saw a gold ring lying. and put it into the dish in which the soup was. that she had run into her little cabin. as nicely as ever she could. ‘I never saw any one half so beautiful. blackened her face and hands. and heat the king’s soup. and was Cat. and as he could not make out how it had got there.skin again. put on the fur-skin cloak. The cook was 428 of 444 . no one knew wither. and when the king looked round for her. she was gone. When the dance was over. and it pleased him so well. or you will run a chance of never eating again.Grimms’ Fairy Tales her. and when it was ready.’ When the dance was at an end she curtsied.

and when the 429 of 444 . ‘To tell the truth I did not cook it. ‘but come again in half an hour. After a time there was another feast.Grimms’ Fairy Tales frightened when he heard the order.’ Then he went before the king. washed herself quickly.’ ‘How came you in my palace?’ asked he.’ said she. and cook the king the soup that he likes so much. if it be so. But the king said.’ said she. and Cat-skin asked the cook to let her go up and see it as before. ‘I am good for nothing. it was better done than you could do it. so the king sent her away again about her business. but Cat-skin did.’ said he. Then she would not own that she knew anything about the ring.’ said the king: and when she came he said to her. and he asked him who had cooked the soup. and to have boots and shoes thrown at my head. looking like a king’s daughter.’ Then she ran to her little cabin.’ ‘Then let Cat-skin come up. the king went up to her. ‘but to be scullion-girl. ‘I did. and rejoiced at seeing her again. ‘that has lost both father and mother. ‘That is not true. and when she went in.’ ‘But how did you get the ring that was in the soup?’ asked the king. ‘Who are you?’ ‘I am a poor child. ‘You must have let a hair fall into the soup. and put it on. ‘Yes.’ Then he answered. you will have a good beating.’ answered the cook. and took her dress out which was silvery as the moon. and said to Cat-skin.

After the dance was at an end she managed to slip out. and ordered that the dance should be kept up a long time.Grimms’ Fairy Tales dance began he danced with her. he would have held her fast by the 430 of 444 . so slyly that the king did not see where she was gone. But when the king had ordered a feast to be got ready for the third time. so he sent for the cook. Then she put on her dress which sparkled like the stars.’ said the cook. and went into the kitchen to cook the soup. Cat-skin was brought again before the king. ‘You must be a witch. who ate it. he put a gold ring on her finger without her seeing it. Whilst the cook was above stairs. When it was at an end.skin. and went into the ball-room in it. it happened just the same as before. then it was brought to the king. and the king danced with her again. who was again forced to tell him that Cat-skin had cooked it. but she sprang into her little cabin. So whilst he was dancing with her. but she still told him that she was only fit to have boots and shoes thrown at her head. he let her go up as before. and it pleased him as well as before. so that it pleases the king better than mine. Cat. she got the golden necklace and dropped it into the soup.’ However. ‘for you always put something into your soup. and made herself into Cat-skin again. and thought she had never looked so beautiful as she did then.

Then he got hold of the fur and tore it off. 431 of 444 . But the king said. and as soon as the cook was gone. and kept fast hold of it. and soon saw the white finger. so she had not time to take off her fine dress. and in her haste did not blacken herself all over with soot. and she could no longer hide herself: so she washed the soot and ashes from her face. and the starry dress sparkled underneath it. When the king got to the bottom. and when she wanted to loose herself and spring away. and sprang so quickly through the crowd that he lost sight of her: and she ran as fast as she could into her little cabin under the stairs. Then she ran into the kitchen.Grimms’ Fairy Tales hand. and showed herself to be the most beautiful princess upon the face of the earth. and we will never more be parted from each other. ‘You are my beloved bride.’ And the wedding feast was held. and stayed beyond the halfhour. and threw her fur mantle over it. she put the golden brooch into the dish. he ordered Cat-skin to be called once more. and cooked the king’s soup. But this time she kept away too long. but she slipped away. and her golden hair and beautiful form were seen. and the ring that he had put on it whilst they were dancing: so he seized her hand. but left one of her fingers white. the fur cloak fell off a little on one side.

432 of 444 . as ever was heard of or seen in that country.Grimms’ Fairy Tales and a merry day it was. or indeed in any other.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales SNOW-WHITE AND ROSERED There was once a poor widow who lived in a lonely cottage. She had two children who were like the two rose-trees. and helped her with her housework.’ and their mother would add: ‘What one has she must share with the other. Rose-red liked better to run about in the meadows and fields seeking flowers and catching butterflies. one of which bore white and the other red roses. and when Snow. In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose-trees. and one was called Snow-white. They were as good and happy. and the other Rose. only Snow-white was more quiet and gentle than Rose-red. but Snowwhite sat at home with her mother. The two children were so fond of one another that they always held each other by the hand when they went out together.’ 433 of 444 . as busy and cheerful as ever two children in the world were.white said: ‘We will not leave each other. or read to her when there was nothing to do.red.’ Rose-red answered: ‘Never so long as we live.

The little hare would eat a cabbage-leaf out of their hands. and the birds sat still upon the boughs. and night came on.Grimms’ Fairy Tales They often ran about the forest alone and gathered red berries. and would certainly have fallen into it in the darkness if they had gone only a few paces further. but said nothing and went into the forest. Once when they had spent the night in the wood and the dawn had roused them. the roe grazed by their side. And when they looked round they found that they had been sleeping quite close to a precipice. And their mother told them that it must have been the angel who watches over good children. but came close to them trustfully. and slept until morning came. No mishap overtook them. they saw a beautiful child in a shining white dress sitting near their bed. the stag leapt merrily by them. In the summer Rose-red took care of the house. if they had stayed too late in the forest. and sang whatever they knew. they laid themselves down near one another upon the moss. and their mother knew this and did not worry on their account. He got up and looked quite kindly at them. and every 434 of 444 . and no beasts did them any harm. Snow-white and Rose-red kept their mother’s little cottage so neat that it was a pleasure to look inside it.

I will do you no harm! I am half-frozen.’ and then they sat round the hearth. and the mother took her spectacles and read aloud out of a large book. view. The mother said: ‘Quick. someone knocked at the door as if he wished to be let in. and bolt the door. In the evening. in which was a rose from each tree. the dove fluttered. it must be a traveller who is seeking shelter. the lamb bleated. and behind them upon a perch sat a white dove with its head hidden beneath its wings. Rose-red screamed and sprang back. In the winter Snow-white lit the fire and hung the kettle on the hob. but it was not. and only want to warm myself a little beside you. One evening. thinking that it was a poor man. The kettle was of brass and shone like gold. and Snow-white hid herself behind her mother’s bed. black head within the door. Download the free trial version. and edit PDF. and the two girls listened as they sat and spun. the mother said: ‘Go.’ 435 of 444 .eBook brought to you by Grimms’ Fairy Tales Create. morning laid a wreath of flowers by her mother’s bed before she awoke. Rose-red. Snow. as they were thus sitting comfortably together.white. it was a bear that stretched his broad. And close by them lay a lamb upon the floor. so brightly was it polished. when the snowflakes fell.’ Rosered went and pushed back the bolt. But the bear began to speak and said: ‘Do not be afraid. open the door.

children. the mother said to the bear: ‘You can lie there by the hearth. knock the snow out of my coat a little’.’ As soon as day dawned the two children let him out. and when he growled they laughed. and were not afraid of him. They tugged his hair with their hands. It was not long before they grew quite at home.red. Rose-red.’ So they both came out. so they brought the broom and swept the bear’s hide clean. Rose. he means well.’ said the mother. put their feet upon his back and rolled him about.Grimms’ Fairy Tales ’Poor bear. 436 of 444 . But the bear took it all in good part. Will you beat your wooer dead?’ When it was bed-time. and he trotted across the snow into the forest. The bear said: ‘Here. and byand-by the lamb and dove came nearer. only take care that you do not burn your coat. come out. ’Snow-white. and then you will be safe from the cold and the bad weather. and played tricks with their clumsy guest.’ Then she cried: ‘Snow-white. and the others went to bed. ‘lie down by the fire. only when they were too rough he called out: ‘Leave me alive. children. and he stretched himself by the fire and growled contentedly and comfortably. or they took a hazel-switch and beat him. the bear will do you no harm.

and the bear was hurrying out. when the earth is frozen hard. and what once gets into their hands. The bear ran away quickly. does not easily see daylight again. they break through it. dear bear?’ asked Snowwhite. and let the children amuse themselves with him as much as they liked. but she was not sure about it.Grimms’ Fairy Tales Henceforth the bear came every evening at the same time. laid himself down by the hearth. ‘I must go into the forest and guard my treasures from the wicked dwarfs. In the winter. and as she unbolted the door for him. when the sun has thawed and warmed the earth. and they got so used to him that the doors were never fastened until their black friend had arrived.’ Snow-white was quite sorry at his departure. and was soon out of sight behind the trees.’ ‘Where are you going. and it seemed to Snow-white as if she had seen gold shining through it. 437 of 444 . then. the bear said one morning to Snow-white: ‘Now I must go away. and in their caves. they are obliged to stay below and cannot work their way through. and come out to pry and steal. When spring had come and all outside was green. and cannot come back for the whole summer. but now. he caught against the bolt and a piece of his hairy coat was torn off.

but the cursed wedge was too smooth and suddenly sprang out. When they came nearer they saw a dwarf with an old withered face and a snow-white beard a yard long. He glared at the girls with his fiery red eyes and cried: ‘Why do you stand there? Can you not come here and help me?’ ‘What are you up to. and the silly. The little bit of food that we people get is immediately burnt up with heavy logs. and the tree closed so quickly that I could not pull out my beautiful white beard. The end of the beard was caught in a crevice of the tree. I had just driven the wedge safely in. greedy folk. so now it is tight and I cannot get away. and close by the trunk something was jumping backwards and forwards in the grass. ‘You stupid. we do not swallow so much as you coarse. There they found a big tree which lay felled on the ground. but they could not make out what it was. milk-faced things laugh! Ugh! how odious you are!’ 438 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales A short time afterwards the mother sent her children into the forest to get firewood. prying goose!’ answered the dwarf: ‘I was going to split the tree to get a little wood for cooking. and everything was going as I wished. and the little fellow was jumping about like a dog tied to a rope. little man?’ asked Rosered. and did not know what to do. sleek.

‘you surely don’t want to go into the water?’ ‘I am not such a fool!’ cried the dwarf. grumbling to himself: ‘Uncouth people. a moment later a big 439 of 444 . ‘why should you fetch someone? You are already two too many for me. to cut off a piece of my fine beard. can you not think of something better?’ ‘Don’t be impatient.’ said Rose-red. it was caught too fast.’ said Snow-white. They ran to it and found it was the dwarf.’ and she pulled her scissors out of her pocket. Some time afterwards Snow-white and Rose-red went to catch a dish of fish. ‘You senseless goose!’ snarled the dwarf. As they came near the brook they saw something like a large grasshopper jumping towards the water. and lifted it up. and unluckily the wind had tangled up his beard with the fishing-line. ‘I will run and fetch someone. ‘don’t you see that the accursed fish wants to pull me in?’ The little man had been sitting there fishing. ‘I will help you. and went off without even once looking at the children. as if it were going to leap in. and cut off the end of the beard. and which was full of gold. Bad luck to you!’ and then he swung the bag upon his back. ‘Where are you going?’ said Rosered. but they could not pull the beard out.Grimms’ Fairy Tales The children tried very hard. As soon as the dwarf felt himself free he laid hold of a bag which lay amongst the roots of the tree.

and laces and ribbons. and was in urgent danger of being dragged into the water.Grimms’ Fairy Tales fish made a bite and the feeble creature had not strength to pull it out. The road led them across a heath upon which huge pieces of rock lay strewn about. to disfigure a man’s face? Was it not enough to clip off the end of my beard? Now you have cut off the best part of it. It happened that soon afterwards the mother sent the two children to the town to buy needles and thread. they held him fast and tried to free his beard from the line. but all in vain. the fish kept the upper hand and pulled the dwarf towards him. whereby a small part of it was lost. flying slowly round and round above them. He held on to all the reeds and rushes. and without another word he dragged it away and disappeared behind a stone. There they noticed a large bird hovering in the air. I wish you had been made to run the soles off your shoes!’ Then he took out a sack of pearls which lay in the rushes. it sank lower and lower. The girls came just in time. beard and line were entangled fast together. but it was of little good. When the dwarf saw that he screamed out: ‘Is that civil. There was nothing to do but to bring out the scissors and cut the beard. you toadstool. 440 of 444 . for he was forced to follow the movements of the fish. I cannot let myself be seen by my people.

full of pity. went on their way and did their business in town. who by this time were used to his ingratitude. 441 of 444 .Grimms’ Fairy Tales and at last settled near a rock not far away. and slipped away again under the rock into his hole. They ran up and saw with horror that the eagle had seized their old acquaintance the dwarf. The children. and his ashen. you clumsy creatures!’ Then he took up a sack full of precious stones. piteous cry. As they crossed the heath again on their way home they surprised the dwarf. and was going to carry him off. ‘Why do you stand gaping there?’ cried the dwarf. He was still cursing when a loud growling was heard. who had emptied out his bag of precious stones in a clean spot. The evening sun shone upon the brilliant stones. and pulled against the eagle so long that at last he let his booty go. they glittered and sparkled with all colours so beautifully that the children stood still and stared at them.grey face became copper-red with rage. at once took tight hold of the little man. and had not thought that anyone would come there so late. As soon as the dwarf had recovered from his first fright he cried with his shrill voice: ‘Could you not have done it more carefully! You dragged at my brown coat so that it is all torn and full of holes. Immediately they heard a loud. The girls.

I will give you all my treasures. I have had to run about the forest as a savage bear until I was freed by his death. Now he has got his well-deserved punishment. the beautiful jewels lying there! Grant me my life. spare me. fat as young quails.’ Then they recognized his voice and waited. but the bear called to them: ‘Snow-white and Rose-red. for mercy’s sake eat them!’ The bear took no heed of his words. look. for the bear was already close.’ he said. ‘I am a king’s son. but gave the wicked creature a single blow with his paw. and he did not move again. and Rose-red to his brother. what do you want with such a slender little fellow as I? you would not feel me between your teeth. Then in the dread of his heart he cried: ‘Dear Mr Bear. Come. do not be afraid. and they divided between them the great treasure 442 of 444 . I will come with you. Snow-white was married to him. who had stolen my treasures. they are tender morsels for you. but he could not reach his cave. and he stood there a handsome man. and when he came up to them suddenly his bearskin fell off. The girls had run away. clothed all in gold. ‘and I was bewitched by that wicked dwarf. The dwarf sprang up in a fright. wait.Grimms’ Fairy Tales and a black bear came trotting towards them out of the forest. take these two wicked girls.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales which the dwarf had gathered together in his cave. ****** The Brothers Grimm. in the German state of Hesse. who made the first English translation in 1823. white and red. near Frankfurt. and every year bore the most beautiful roses. and their collection was first published with scholarly notes and no illustration. and both studied law at Marburg University. selecting about 443 of 444 . Throughout their lives they remained close friends. Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859). and they stood before her window. Although their intention was to preserve such material as part of German cultural and literary history. the tales soon came into the possession of young readers. The old mother lived peacefully and happily with her children for many years. Jacob was a pioneer in the study of German philology. But they were best (and universally) known for the collection of over two hundred folk tales they made from oral sources and published in two volumes of ‘Nursery and Household Tales’ in 1812 and 1814. were born in Hanau. not completed until a century after their deaths. This was in part due to Edgar Taylor. and although Wilhelm’s work was hampered by poor health the brothers collaborated in the creation of a German dictionary. She took the two rose-trees with her.

’ They have been an essential ingredient of children’s reading ever since.Grimms’ Fairy Tales fifty stories ‘with the amusement of some young friends principally in view. 444 of 444 .

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