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Richard Mellish Folklore: Rumpelstiltskin, thousands of years old? (82* d) RE: Folklore: Rumpelstiltskin, thousands of years old? 02 Nov 19


I tell one tale myself that I heard on a TV programme yonks ago. It comes from Tibet and the hero is a young yak; but it includes the basic themes of both The Boy Who Cried Wolf and Marrowbones.

(Thread drift warning) A few years ago Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine ran several re-tellings of well known tales from new angles. I keep meaning to try to find them in my pile of old magazines in random order.

One that I remember a bit of is Rumpelstiltskin, where I think he isn't really a baddy (though I forget why not) and his name is something to do with foreskin. The other that I remember a bit of is Snow White, where the stepmother is a nice young girl that the king takes a fancy to, and Snow White, the daughter of the old queen, is a thoroughly nasty piece of work.


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