(10/22/00 2:25:46 am)
(10/22/00 2:36:26 am)
The spell check ate my previous. I apologise. To summarize (again) I live in Germany, near Trier. Numerous fairy tales supposedly have a basis in local legend... the real sleeping beauty castle is supposed to be @ 200 km from here and others.
One of which is that there is a walled garden with two very tall and slender towers (the "real" Rapunzel tower)in a small town near here, in Bruch. I was just wondering, if a) anyone is interested in this aspect of fairy tales and b) can anyone help confirm this local legend.
ThanX! Lonnie "Rebel" Adkins
(10/22/00 4:35:38 am)
These are a few sites I've found so far that may help...
(the above is kinda cute)
Hope these help!
(10/22/00 11:45:34 pm)
|origins of fairy tales|
It's more likely that the towers and castles you speak of became attached to the Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel legends, not that the originated them, since these classic folk motifs are very, very old and can be found all around the world. We know, for instance, that the earliest written version of Sleeping Beauty in Europe is an Italian one (not German or French as many people assume), but this would have been based on oral versions of the story that stretch so far back into the mists of time that it's impossible to say when and where exactly the Sleeping Beauty legend started.
However, it is fascinating when local legends combine with one of these ancient stories, and the stories are thus linked to local landmarks. This happens with Arthurian legends all the time. You can drive to the forest of Paimpont in Brittany, for instance, which is said to be the location of the legendary forest of Broceliande, and see the chateau where the Lady of Lake is said to have lived -- at least according to the Bretons. The Welsh, Cornish, and Scots have their own hotly contested opinions about where exactly the Arthurian stories where enacted.
The fact that the landmarks you speak of are not the only ones throughout Europe believed to be the "real" settings for classic fairy tales doesn't take away the mystery and magic of them. I'd love to know anything more you can tell us about the ones in Germany. I'm hoping to make a trip to Germany some time in the next couple of years, and it's exactly sites such as these that I'd love to see -- so any further information would be welcome. Thanks for writing in to this board!
(10/24/00 12:36:56 pm)
Thank you, Terri and Kerrie for the responses. I'll be more than happy to share what I can find over here. I have previously checked out several of the web sites mentioned, and found them helpful. Terri, It's not just the old legends that get attached to local landmarks, either... family history says our family came from Hesse by way of Russia... and great (umpteen) grandpa, married a "goose girl" from Schleswig-Holstein. Sorting out fact from fancy is difficult to say the least. I'll post what I find out, photos, too, if possible. If you (anyone) come this way, give me a hollar at email@example.com
ThanX! Lonnie " Rebel" Adkins