(4/7/02 8:49:20 pm)
| The Twelve Dancing Princesses|
One of my favorite fairy tales is The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I've been fooling around with ideas for a rewrite. Can anyone help me with the symbolism in the original tale?
(4/8/02 11:22:41 am)
| Re: The Twelve Dancing Princesses|
You might find the essay by Haley Thomas in "Marvels &
Tales" useful: www.langlab.wayne.edu/MarvelsHome/v13n2.html
(4/9/02 11:50:28 am)
You might try something on the significance of the cloak of invisability and the broken branch.
(4/9/02 4:04:59 pm)
| symbolism in 12 Dancing Princesses|
Some random thoughts:
kingdom underground=faery realm
the broken branches--might be related to the silver apple branch that was the "ticket" of admittance to the faery realm in some Celtic myths
the cup that the man brought back from the faery realm--that one could get *very* interesting, if it did hearken back to Grail symbolism. Also note that in one version the man is a poor cowherd (the innocent, "Percivale" type), and in the other he is a soldier with a nagging wound...
I tried to write a revision of the story some months ago recasting it as an Arthurian sort of tale. I didn't get anywhere, because I realized I had all these fun ideas about the symbolism but no interesting characters with which to flesh it out. I might get back to it one of these days.