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elana
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(10/21/06 1:00 am)

"Mundane" Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales?
So, this is perhaps an unusual request.

I am writing a play about the Brothers Grimm and their fairy tales for my senior thesis, and I am looking for Grimm fairy tales that are completely un-Grimm. No sadness. More specifically, no death. Fairly boring ones, even. Sickeningly happy ones. I realize that this is a very strange question, as I am pretty much asking for fairy tales with no dramatic arc in them (from a collection that is notoriously morbid). They don't even have to be published in Kinder und Hausmarchen...just, anything written or rejected by the Brothers Grimm that is either extremely mundane or sickeningly sweet. In fact, a fairy tale in which little or nothing happens would be ideal. Or a story that depicts happy, rich people who remain happy and rich throughout.

I've searched my collection, but unsurprisingly have found little. I may just have to make something up and pretend that it was one of the rejected tales told by Dorothea Viehmann (a character in my play). Ah, poetic license :P.

Thanks!

Rosemary Lake
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(10/23/06 11:55 pm)


Re: "Mundane" Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales?
I get the impression that you need a tale that isn't very good. :-)

I think in Grimm there are tales of cuckolding a husband or someone cheating on a bet etc that have no real magic, just slapstick events.

Some really mundane tales can be found in the Pentamerone etc, and some in Calvino: tricking someone into admitting a slander, etc, iirc.

If a good tale would be all right, there's a very mundane tale, "The Three Spinners." Nothing magic happens at all (unless the three old women are considered to be unrealistically deformed, or spin an unrealistic amount of yarn).

Erica Carlson
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(10/25/06 1:38 pm)

Re: Maybe another one
My recollections of "The Golden Goose" are quite benign as well. You can find it on the SurLaLune web site here: surlalunefairytales.com/goldengoose/index.html. There are two elder brothers who are wounded but not killed, and I'm pretty sure there are raunchier versions of the tale as well, but on the whole it's pretty tame. And rather funny.

Erica

elana
Registered User
(10/26/06 12:02 pm)

Re: Maybe another one
I'll look into those, thank you both!!!

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