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Posted By: Steve Gardham
01-Nov-19 - 04:57 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Rumpelstiltskin, thousands of years old?
Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumpelstiltskin, thousands of years old?
Hi Mo
Possible but unlikely. It's a very strong motif and a strong plot, and of course very brief. The use of different utensils to make the same point is typical of the movement of a motif from one culture to another.
A clever little story like this with a very pointed moral can move very quickly across the world.