Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rumpelstiltskin

Collected by The Brother's Grimm

Summary:
     A miller tells the king a lie, that his daughter can turn straw into gold. The king brings the daughter to his castle and locks her in a room with a spindle and straw. He tells her that if she fails to spin the straw into gold she will be executed/locked in a dungeon.
Rumplestiltskin, an impish magical elf-like creature comes to her rescue, spinning the straw into gold in exchange for a piece of jewelry. On the third night the miller's daughter has nothing left to give Rumpelstiltskin, so she promises him her first born child. After the third night the king marries the miller's daughter and she becomes queen. Soon after she gives birth to a son, and Rumpelstiltskin shows up to take what she had promised.
       The queen is so upset that Rumpelstiltskin takes pity on her. He gives her three days and nights to guess his name. if she guesses right, she keeps her baby. On the last night the queen revisits her home village and her animal friends return to her. She sends them into the woods to find Rumpelstiltskin and they find out what his name is. The queen gets to keep her first born, and Rumpelstiltskin disappears (in some versions blows up, falls into the ground, or rips himself in half) in a fit of anger.

Read the full tale (English translation) here


Other Versions/Depictions of Rumpelstiltskin


                                                  Faerie tale Theater Episode

Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theater is a television show that started in 1892 and ended in 1987. Each episode is a stage-like telling of a fairy tale. Many of the episodes have guest stars playing the characters.

Watch Faerie Tale Theater's Rumpelstiltskin Here!

Some images from Faerie Tale Theater's Rumpelstiltskin, starring Shelley Duvall 

Faerie tale theater, 1982

Faerie Tale Theater, 1982



Rumpelstiltskin, the character, appears in:


1996 Horror Film, Rumpelstiltskin by Mark Jones 

1996 Rumpelstiltskin, Ruby-Spears Production

Shrek Forever After, 2010

Shrek Forever After, 2010

ABC's TV series Once Upon a Time, 2011

Once Upon a Time, 2011








Cool Rumpelstiltskin Themed Items:

                                                         Spun Gold in a Bottle Pendant
For sale in my shop, The Fairytale Store!



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