#FairytaleTuesday: Mrs. Fox

So, this is yet another weird little story brought to us by the Brothers Grimm that has managed to hang on and come back through every printed version of Grimm's fairytales. It seems to be very popular but there's an element of this story that has me asking a really important question and it doesn't seem that anyone has really answered it, as yet. But first... the story!

#FolkloreThursday: The Ceasg

Stories of the ceasg tell that it is not uncommon for them to come to land and take a human lover. It is believed that they are able to shed their mermaid skin and become human while on land, which allows for these assignations. If any children should be born from these unions, the ceasg, even once she has returned to the water, will continue to watch over her her children and their descendants by protecting their boats from storms and guiding them to the best fishing areas.

#FairytaleTuesday: Rapunzel

[CW: child abuse, attempted suicide] One of the most well known fairytales in the world, this one was published by the Grimm brothers in 1812 but it first appeared several centuries earlier. Giambattista Basile’s Petrosinella is the oldest written version, dating back to 1634. Mademoiselle de la Force published Persinette in 1698 and Johann Gustav Büsching published Das Mährchen von der Padde in 1812, shortly before the Grimm's published their version.

#FairytaleTuesday: Little Brother and Little Sister

[CW: child abuse, violence against women] This is a relatively old tale which was first seen in print in Giambattista Basile's Pentamarone in the mid-17th century. It can be seen in various forms all over Europe and was told to the Grimm brothers by Marie Hassenpflug. A shortened version was included in the first edition of their tales but the story was later expanded for subsequent editions. This one contains obvious similarities to tale type 451: The Nurse Looking for Her Brothers, which we touched on in #FairytaleTuesday: The Twelve Brothers.

#FairytaleTuesday: The Twelve Brothers

[CW: threats of violence to children and women] This is one of my favorite story types and includes a number of variants, including  The Six Swans, The Twelve Wild Ducks, Udea and her Seven Brothers, The Wild Swans, The Seven Ravens, and The Magic Swan Geese. This particular version was told to the Grimm brothers by Julia and Charlotte Ramus and included in the first edition of their tales.

#FairytaleTuesday: The Hand with the Knife

[CW: mutilation, child neglect] Aarne-Thompson-Uther Index type 576: The Magic Knife This is one of those lesser known tales that appeared in the Grimm’s first edition but was removed in later editions. I couldn't find this specific story in the ATU classification and there is no history available that I could find without doing some serious … Continue reading #FairytaleTuesday: The Hand with the Knife