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ali888
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(10/13/06 1:48 pm)


Urgent question: devil in an acorn/nutshell; sound familiar?
When I was a kid, my parents had an old hardcover book of
folktales/fairy tales (in the vein of the Blue Fairy Book, Green
Fairy Book, etc.) that included a story about a young boy who outsmarts the devil by tricking him into making himself small enough to fit into an acorn or nutshell. When the devil does it, the boy smashes the acorn. Does this sound familiar? I need to find a print version. Any info would be great.

Heidi Anne Heiner
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(10/13/06 1:58 pm)



Re: Urgent question: devil in an acorn/nutshell; sound famil
You most likely want the Norwegian Lad and the Deil.

Similar tales include:

Brother Lustig (Grimm)

Beppo Pipetta (Crane)

Brother Giovannone (Crane)

Heidi

Edited by: Heidi Anne Heiner at: 10/13/06 2:01 pm
ali888
Registered User
(10/13/06 2:10 pm)


Re: Urgent question: devil in an acorn/nutshell; sound famil
That's it exactly. Thank you so much. -ali

Northerner4me
Registered User
(10/15/06 11:46 am)


Also Death in a Nut
There's also a version that is quite similar told by the Scottish traveller storyteller Duncan Williamson. It's called Death in a Nut and is in one of his books (can't remember which just off the cuff).

Edited by: Northerner4me at: 10/15/06 11:46 am

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