Grundtvig, S., Unpublished Collection. (Written down by Mr. Nik. Christensen, student, Vensyssel, North Jutland.)
Princess may not marry her choice; is sent to wilderness-- Outcast heroine--Menial heroine (takes service in lover's palace)--Prince to wed old princess when she has finished her web; Woodencloak finishes it. Bride cannot wear wedding-gown; sends Woodencloak as bride. Prince gives her an apple and gold ring; asks these from old princess in the evening. She must go to Woodencloak, who in the end becomes queen-- Happy marriage.
(1) The Flint-king will not allow his daughter to marry the son of the Flen-king, but turns her out into the forest.-- (2) Princess gets a situation in her lover's palace. He is to marry an old princess as soon as she has finished her web. Wooden-coat finishes it.-- (3) Bride wants to lend Wooden-coat a fine gown which she has brought from home; but it does not fit her. So Wooden-coat, who is to be bride in her place, must wear her own gown. On the way to church, Wooden-coat says, "A dress fits best the one it belongs to."-- (4) King gives her first an apple, then a gold ring, he asks for them again in the evening, and old princess must each time go to consult Wooden-coat.-- (5) At last the mystery is solved; Wooden-coat becomes queen, and the old princess is turned out of doors.
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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