Day 1 – The Twelve Brothers

This is another story I remember reading as a child. Partially it sticks in my mind because it’s another one with a violent punishment for the villain. As a child, those punishments were deeply satisfying; children are violent little creatures with very strong views on morality.

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Day 0 of Thirty One Days

So I’m going to try this again this year, with hopefully better results. I got an ear infection last year (not surprising – I get ear infections frequently and always when I’m trying something difficult like this) and by the time I got that and some other life things sorted out, I was like twelve…

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Day 5 – The Princess in Disguise

Speaking of beautiful dresses, this is another story that features the gowns gold like sunshine, silver as the moon and sparkling as the stars. The Princess in Disguise or Roughskin is the story of a princess who flees a marriage with her father, disguises herself as a dirty creature and ultimately wins a king of…

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Day 4 – The True Bride

We’re back to the Grimms today. (East of the Sun, West of the Moon being a Scandinavian story and therefore not included in the Grimm Brothers’ collection.) The True Bride is a story which I originally learned under a different title – The Linden Tree. (Some translations use lime tree instead of linden; they’re the…

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Day 3 – East of the Sun, West of the Moon

East of the Sun, West of the Moon is, according to scholars, one of the oldest fairy tales we know of. The first half shares elements (the unseen groom, peering at him in the dark, only to force him to leave) with Cupid and Psyche of Greek and Roman mythology, but the Greeks and Romans…

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Day 2 – Cinderella

This time I went for a classic: Cinderella. But this isn’t the French version, with a fairy godmother and a glass slipper (and mice, if we talk about the Disney version). This is the German version. It has three days worth of balls, and Cinderella gets her dresses from a tree on her mother’s grave.…

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Day 1 – The Goose Girl

I’m starting with one of the earliest stories from my childhood. In fact, this is the fairy tale my mother talks about. She says that when I was three or so, I was watching a fairy tale show of The Goose Girl, and they got to the punishment at the end, and she asked me…

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