So my Grimm Review two weeks ago was a few days late, and last week's still needs to be written. Between work, illness, and the general summer hecticness, I think I'll just take a few weeks off. I mean, I've been doing a post a week for over a year. I'll try to bank a few, and maybe not next week but the week after that get back to a review a week.
A huntsman was going to the woods to hunt
when he met an old woman.She asked for
alms and he gave her what he could.She
told him that in the woods he would see nine birds fighting over a cloak.If he shot into the middle of them, one would
die and the others would fly off dropping the cloak.If he swallowed the heart of the dead bird,
every morning when he woke up there would be a gold piece under his
pillow.And the cloak was a wishing
cloak.You put it on and wish where to
go and there you are.
The huntsman went into the woods and saw
the birds.He fired, one dropped dead, and
he swallowed its heart.He picked up the
cloak and walked back home.
The next morning he checked under his
pillow and found a gold piece.Once he
had gathered up a pile, he decided to see the world.
One day he came upon a castle.An old woman – a witch – and her daughter saw
the man.The witch knew at once he had a
bird’s heart and wanted it for the gold.She threatened her daughter on what she needed to do to get the heart
away from him.The huntsman – falling in
love with the maiden – decided to stay at the castle to “rest.”
Once the huntsman was fully smitten with
the girl, the witch made a drink and had the girl pass it to him.When he drank it, it brought up the bird’s
heart.The girl took it and swallowed
it.The huntsman no longer found a gold
piece under his pillow, but he was so in love that he didn’t think of it.The witch took the gold from the girl every
The witch also wanted the cloak, but the
girl wanted to leave it with the huntsman.The witch beat the girl and told her worse would happen if she didn’t
The huntsman found the girl looking out a
window.He asked what was wrong, and she
told him that in the distance was the Garnet Mountain “where the precious
stones grow.” But only the birds could get to it.So the huntsman took his cloak and put it
over him and the girl and wished them to Garnet Mountain.
They picked up a bunch of the gems, but
the witch had put a spell on the huntsman that he would fall asleep.Once he did, the girl took his cloak and
wished herself back to the castle.
When the huntsman woke up, he figured out
he had been betrayed.Before he could
figure out what to do, three giants came by.He laid down, as if asleep, but the first giants kicked him.The second told the first to step on him, but
the third said not to bother.The third
also said that if the man climbed higher, he’d be picked up by the clouds.
Once the giants left, the man climbed
higher until a cloud picked him up.It
carried him for some time, until it landed in a cabbage field.The huntsman was hungry, so decided to eat
some cabbage leaves.But once he ate the
cabbage, he turned into an ass.He was
still hungry, so he kept eating cabbages, until he came to a different kind
which turned him back into a man.
After sleeping, the huntsman picked a head
each of the donkey and human cabbages, and went to get his own.When he found the castle, he dyed his face so
nobody would recognize him.
He showed up at the castle and the witch
answered the door.He begged for
shelter, saying he was a king’s messenger sent to seek the most delicious
salad.The witch was greedy and wanted
to taste this salad, and the messenger said okay, since he had two heads of the
The witch took the head of cabbage to the
kitchen to prepare the salad, but she could not wait so she ate a couple of
leaves and turned into an ass and ran out into the courtyard.
The maid came in and she too wished to
have a taste, and she turned into an ass and ran outside.The huntsman/messenger was sat with the
maiden but was wondering where the salad was.So he went and gathered up the salad – which the maid had dropped – and took
it to the maiden.She ate and turned
into an ass and ran outside.
The huntsman washed his face and gathered
the asses.He took them to a nearby mill
and gave them to the miller, as long as he kept them as the huntsman
asked.The huntsman told him that the
old ass – the witch – was to get three beatings and one meal a day.The maid ass was to get one beating and three
meals, and the maiden ass – since he couldn’t bear the thought of her being
beaten – just three meals a day.The
A couple of days later the miller came
back saying that the old ass was dead, and the other two were very sad.So the huntsman took them back and fed them
the human cabbage.The maiden begged
forgiveness saying it was all her mother’s fault and offered to throw up the
bird’s heart, but the huntsman said to keep it because he would make her his
I have this cloak that will take me
wherever I wish.I guess I’ll walk home.
How does a bird’s heart make a gold piece
appear under your pillow?
I have a magic cloak that can take me
anywhere, so I’ll go back to my abusive mother.
That was an odd, helpful thing for the
third giant to say.
The story says the cabbages turned people
into asses, so why isn’t the story called, “Ass Cabbages?”
Who is growing these donkey cabbages?And why?What’s the story in that?
So this witch gets a gold piece every
morning and can go where “precious stones grow,” but she’s still answering the
door to beggars?
When I first read this and came to the
maid ass being beaten, I thought I had missed something in the story as to why
the huntsman would want her beaten.But
when I reread it to make my notes, the maid didn’t show up until she ate some
of the salad.What did the huntsman have