Fairy Tale Friday: Odds and Ends

November 20, 2009 at 12:10 am 7 comments

I was flipping through my collection of Grimm’s fairy tales looking for something to write about for today when I realized just how many very short, very odd stories the Grimms collected.

There are the old standards, of course — Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Snow White and Rose Red, the Bremen Town-Musicians, and Rumpelstilkskin. But in between all of those better-known stories are a few that are just plain bizarre, sometimes disturbing. So, in honour of the strangeness of the Grimms, here are a few fairy tales that will never be made into Disney films:

Frau Trude: An obstinate little girl goes to visit the local wacko, a woman named Frau Trude. Her parents have warned her that Frau Trude is bad news, but she won’t listen and goes anyway. Her parents promptly disown her. The Frau turns out to be a witch, transforms the little girl into a block of wood, and burns her. The End.

The Singing Bone: A shepherd discovers a bone in his fields which, when used as a mouthpiece for his horn, sings out that it was originally a man who was murdered by his brother. The bones are laid to rest in a cemetery while the murderous brother is sewn up in a sack and drowned.

The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean: A poor old woman is cooking a pot of beans over a fire. In her preparations, a straw has escaped the kindling, a coal fell out of the fire, and a bean has fallen from the pot. They band together and have wacky adventures until they try to cross a stream using the straw as a bridge. The straw breaks and dies, sending the coal flying into the stream where he goes out with a hiss. The bean, the asshole that he is, laughs so hard at this that he bursts his skin and a tailor has to come and sew him back up.

Actually, I can kind of see that last one becoming a Disney feature, can’t you? :P


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  • 1. Corey  |  November 20, 2009 at 7:17 am

    I can totally see that last one as a Disney feature, although the bean would somehow rescue the other two and probably not be quite such a jerk and then they would have unending misadventures into the sunset, possibly with the tailor joining them.

    “Frau Trude” sounds insane! Those nutty Grimms.

    • 2. KT  |  November 20, 2009 at 10:20 pm

      I feel like in the Disney version, the old woman would be EVIL and the tailor would be replaced by a beautiful young seamstress. Probably the bean would be an ENCHANTED bean who was really a prince or something, and then he and his magical coal and straw friends would have to rescue the seamstress from the evil woman. Or something.

      And yeah, “Frau Trude” wasn’t even the craziest one! There was one about a mouse, a bird, and a sausage that was too complicated to be synopsized, along with one about a woman who was supposed to be clever but turned out to be stupid. Good times :P

      • 3. k525k501  |  November 21, 2009 at 11:00 pm

        I want to read it when I’m home! You told me I could read it over the summer but you didn’t finish it fast enough. >.<

      • 4. Corey  |  November 22, 2009 at 6:36 am

        Let’s start writing the songs for that amazing sounding movie! I’m imagining something along the lines of “I’m Just a Bill” but inserting the word “Bean” instead.

  • 5. neuroticmom  |  November 21, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Geeze I think I need to read that book it sounds crazy.(maybe it should be banned :) ) Is that the one I bought you last year? I thought the laughing bean was pretty funny.I sort of expected him/her? to laugh so hard it fell in the water and drowned.

    • 6. KT  |  November 21, 2009 at 10:09 pm

      I feel like the Brothers Grimm has been banned somewhere! I should look it up.

      • 7. neuroticmom  |  November 22, 2009 at 8:08 pm

        Stories like the above I am sure it has!


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