Grundtvig, S., Unpublished Collection. (Told and written down by Mr. Nis Callesen, farmer, North Sleswick.)
Heroine, Danish princess, may not wed her lover, English prince--Help at grave (mother's)--Countertasks (from father)--Rank dresses, and crowskin gown--Heroine flight to England; magic formula--Menial heroine (kitchen-maid) --Meeting-place (church)--Threefold flight--Lost shoe and half of finger-ring obtained by prince--Recognition food contains other half of ring--Happy marriage.
(1) King of England's son wooes the beautiful daughter of the king of Denmark, but is not allowed to wed her.-- (2) She goes to mother's grave, and mother bids her ask father for a gown of gold brocade, one of silver brocade, and a crow-skin gown. When she has these she must step into a carriage, and say, "Light before me! dark behind me! None shall see whither I speed."-- (3) In this way she arrives in England, leaves the carriage in the town, and, dressed in the crow-skin gown, gets a situation as kitchen-maid. She goes thrice to church in her brocaded gowns. The king's son gets one of her shoes and half her finger-ring.-- (5) The other half she throws anon into his cup, and makes herself known to him.-- (6) Then they are married.
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.
While the original text of this book is out of copyright, the special formatting and compilation available on SurLaLune Fairy Tales is copyrighted. Be aware that while the original content has been honored, page numbering, footnote numbering, redesigned charts, links, and other aspects are unique to this site's version of the text. Use at your own risk. For private and fair use educational purposes only.