[CW: animal on animal violence]
This tale has also been known as “The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet: How They Went to the Mountains to Eat Nuts,” “The Pack of Ragamuffins,” “The Vulgar Crew,” “A Pack of No-goods,” and “The Pack of Scoundrels.” It was told to the Grimms by August von Haxthausen sometime before 1812.
This tale bears some resemblance to “The Town Musicians of Bremen,” which is not included in the Grimm Brother’s first edition. Having said that, one of my favorite songs is “Bremen,” by PigPen Theatre Co, so I’ve included it in this week’s entry. It doesn’t necessarily match the tale that’s okay.
Later that evening they came to an inn, and since they didn’t want to travel any farther, and since the duck was not walking well but swayed from side to side, they decided to stop there. At first the innkeeper raised a lot of objections and said his inn was already full. Moreover, he thought they were not a very distinguished-looking group. However, they used some sweet talk and offered him the egg that the hen had laid along the way and told him that he could also keep the duck, who laid an egg a day. So finally he relented and said they could spend the night. Now they ordered some good hot food and had a merry time of it.
Grimm, Jacob; Grimm, Wilhelm. The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition. Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.