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Donna Minkowitz
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(3/18/07 5:09 pm)


enchanted prince in the form of a ring
Hi there. I'm Donna Minkowitz, a writer in Brooklyn, New York and I'm wondering if anyone remembers any tales in which a prince is enchanted in the form of a gold (or other precious) ring, or any small, hard metal object really, and the enchantment is broken by throwing the ring/prince against the wall or on the ground??

I'm sure I remember a fairy tale like this, and would like to use it in my writing as it speaks strongly to me, but I cannot find it anywhere. I remember more distinctly an enchanted prince fairy tale in which the frog or other repulsive amphibian is thrown against the wall or floor and turns into the prince (rather than being kissed), but cannot quite place this version of the story either.

If anyone knows versions of either story and could post, I would appreciate it greatly. I love this web site.

Many thanks,
Donna Minkowitz

Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(3/18/07 5:43 pm)


Re: enchanted prince in the form of a ring
Donna,

The prince is thrown against the wall to break the enchantment in The Frog Prince/King from Grimms. There is no kiss in the original tale.

I'm not familiar with a version using a ring, although a golden ball is also in the early part of the tale and has nothing to do with the enchantment which is never explained.

Heidi

Donna Minkowitz
Registered User
(3/19/07 9:36 am)


Re: enchanted prince in the form of a ring
Thanks, Heidi. That is very helpful.

I've always been curious about the golden ball and its relation to the (golden?) ball played with by Nausicaa and her friends in the Odyssey, and also the ball sometimes played with by another group of maidens, Persephone and her friends, before she is seized by Hades.

ErmineLady
Registered User
(3/19/07 2:48 pm)


Re: enchanted prince in the form of a ring
A golden ball also turns up in the ballad The FATAL GALLOWS TREE where the girl is threatened with hanging because she has lost it... a precious thing, carelessly lost by a young girl, which causes her a great deal of grief could be a virginity symbol...

Rosemary Lake
Registered User
(3/20/07 2:08 am)


golden ball
Iirc, there's a Russian story called "The Wild Geese" or something like that, about a little girl in a poor family whose little brother is stolen (by the wild geese?). She travels far and finds a little house and in it is her brother, safe and 'playing with a golden ball.' The ball was never mentioned in the story before or after. Certainly the poor family didn't have a golden toy, and iirc the kidnappers weren't rich either.

Luthi says that gold flags the 'sought-after' object, and this sounds like an example of that.

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(4/18/07 9:50 pm)


a ring, at least
In Father Weathersky, the hero turns himself in a ring to hide himself from his master -- he's not a prince, but he gets a princess to hide him on her finger and ends up marrying her.

kristiw
Registered User
(4/19/07 11:49 am)


Re: a ring, at least
There's a modern fairy tale, "Petronella," in which the princess is given a comb, a mirror, and a ring for three nights of tasks, which she throws down behind her as she escapes. The first two gifts become a forest and a lake, respectively, to slow down the magician chasing her. The ring grows in size, catches the magician and pins his arms and legs together. Because it's a modern reworking the princess ends up marrying the magician-- to get the ring to release him she gives him a kiss and it reappears on her finger.

MaryCatelli
Registered User
(4/19/07 4:44 pm)


Re: a ring, at least
sigh


Farmer Weathersky.

One millenium I will remember that

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