A fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm Grimm 8. As her father wished to give her to another, the prince was rejected; but as they both loved each other with all their hearts, they would not give each other up, and Maid Maleen said to her father, "I can and will take no other for my husband. When it was finished, he said, "Therein shalt thou be imprisoned for seven years, and then I will come and see if thy perverse spirit is broken. There they sat in the darkness, and knew not when day or night began. What else could they do but lament and complain? Meanwhile the time passed, and by the diminution of the food and drink they knew that the seven years were coming to an end.

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What I mean by this is it has a very clear beginning, middle, and end. The two women know the seven years are coming to an end after their food and drink supply falters. Therefore, they also know that if nobody rescues them, they will both die there in the tower. With great labour they succeeded in getting out one stone, and then a second, and a third, and when three days were over the first ray of light fell on their darkness, and at last the opening was so large that they could look out.

After they got the opening large enough so they could jump through assumedly quite a feat, although the height of the tower is never specified, and in other versions of this tale the tower is a mound instead — I mention this very briefly later , they wander off in search of food. Can you guess where they end up? However, her jealousy ends up getting the best of her, and the secret is exposed. The prince identifies Maid Maleen as his true wife, and the ugly bride is taken away.

Maid Maleen then admits that she is indeed Maid Maleen, and the prince is elated. The false bride was rewarded for what she had done by having her head cut off. I was not expecting this tale to end like it did, although I am happy with the way things turned out for Maid Maleen. First, her father seemingly got what he deserved.

Not only did his form of punishment serve to protect and aid Maid Maleen, he lost the two things he really cared about: his status as a mighty King, and his life assumedly. Am I happy that the people within the entire kingdom [again, assumedly] were also wiped out? On the topic of the substituted bride, it appears that Maid Maleen is one of two recognized fairy tales in which this motif is not identifiable as a sister or acquaintance, but of a stranger.

Betrayal would be a looming part, so what is stopping Maid Maleen from being the interrupting over thrower here? The description of the substituted bride is what. Additionally, this wicked bride was willing to deceive the prince throughout the wedding ceremony, and then continued to deceive him when asked what she had sung to him leading up to the vows. For love and for good, Maid Maleen must be the true bride.

This is an excellent example of that.


Maid Maleen

Unknown Origin Once there was a princess named Maid Maleen who fell in love with a prince , but her father refused his suit. When Maid Maleen said she would marry no other, the king had her and her servants locked up in a tower, with food that would be enough to feed them for seven years. After seven long years, the food eventually ran out, but no one came to release them or deliver more food. The princess and her servants then decided to escape from the tower using a simple knife. When they finally managed to break free of the tower, they found the kingdom destroyed and the king long since gone. This princess, lacking of confidence in herself, did not think that she would be good enough for the prince. Thus, she would not leave her room and let him see her.


Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: Maid Maleen

News New ish Layout World of Tales has a fresh new look! I hope you like it! I will be clearing bugs in the next days. Maid Maleen Fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm Three was once a King who had a son who asked in marriage the daughter of a mighty King; she was called Maid Maleen, and was very beautiful. As her father wished to give her to another, the prince was rejected; but as they both loved each other with all their hearts, they would not give each other up, and Maid Maleen said to her father, "I can and will take no other for my husband.


When Maid Maleen finally leaves the tower, she finds that her father has gone and his kingdom has been laid to waste by an invading army. Forced to fend for herself, Maid Maleen eventually finds work as a servant in a castle in another kingdom. The castle turns out to be the home of the prince with whom Maid Maleen fell in love years earlier. The tale has been adapted to other media. Her father, however, wants her to marry someone else.

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