Thursday, September 23, 2010
RUMPELSTILTSKIN: A GRIMM'S FAIRY TALE
Let's speak of Folktales....Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin is a Grimm's Fairy Tale. There were several versions presented by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. Whereas many other folktales present good values, this story seems to, (at least in part,) reward rather unfortunate behavior. The only character truly punished in the end is Rumpelstiltskin, the elf with magical powers.
In this story, a man (in my version, a miller) brags about himself. He especially tells of his daughter's extreme abilities... she can spin straw into gold. The greedy king hears about it and decides that the miller's daughter shall spin gold for him. If she succeeds, he will marry her. If she fails, she will be killed. With the help of the magical elf, the miller's daughter spins THREE rooms full of straw into gold. For his greediness, the king marries the miller's daughter. For his foolishness, the miller is the son-in-law of the king.
My version of Rumpelstiltskin, while preserving the basic story, softens it in parts.
To read this story,