#FairytaleTuesday: Good Bowling and Card Playing

Aarne-Thompson-Uther Index type 326: The Youth Who Wanted to Learn What Fear Is
[CW: animal cruelty]

This story contains many variants. The version included in the original Grimm Brothers stories was a much shorter version which was told to them by Ferdinand Siebert from the village of Treysa near Kassel. And please know that when I say that there is animal cruelty, there’s a A LOT. Like, more than one would expect from such a short story.

Now, there was a young man from a poor family who thought to himself, “Why not risk my life? I’ve got nothing to lose, and a lot to win. What’s there to think about?”

Grimm, Jacob; Grimm, Wilhelm. The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition (p. 21). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.

Artist and Date Unknown
Albert Weisgerber, Date Unknown
H.J. Ford, 1889

Okay, so there was no song that I could find for this story. That’s unsurprising, given as it’s one of the less-common stories. I did, however, find Bowling Ball by Superchick. The lyrics felt appropriate, given that the story ends with the king’s daughter being given to the animal-abusing dude as a prize for surviving a haunted house for several nights. Enjoy!

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