Thorpe, Benjamin, Yule-Tide Stories. Popular Tales and Traditions from the Swedish, Danish, and German. (Variant from Gottland of the foregoing, No. 112.)
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Ill-treated heroine (by step-mother and step-sister)--Heroine must wear cloak of crow's feathers to hide her beauty--Mannikin aid--Magic dresses procured by blowing pipe in forest--Meeting. place (church)-- Threefold flight-- Lost shoe-- Shoe marriage test--Heroine hides in oven--Animal witness (bird)--Happy marriage--Heroine shows kindness to step mother.
(1) Stepdaughter must wear cloak of crow's feathers, because she is so much more beautiful than crone's own daughter. Hence she is called Krak-Pels, i.e., Crow-Cloak.-- (2) Little old man, with whom she shares breakfast, aids her. He takes her to forest, and by blowing a pipe procures her dresses like stars, like the moon, like the sun. -- (3) She goes thrice to church without being recognised.-- (4) When prince's messenger comes to crone's dwelling to try gold shoe, Krak-Pels is frightened, and hides in oven. Bird in tree betrays her.-- (5) She marries king's son, and shows kindness to stepmother.
Cox, Marian Roalfe. Cinderella: Three Hundred and Forty-five Variants of Cinderella, Catskin, and Cap O' Rushes, abstracted and tabulated. London: David Nutt for the Folklore Society, 1893.
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