There was a widow who had two roses in
front of her house.One with white
roses, one with red. She also had two
daughters, Snow-White and Rose-Red.The
kids were happy and did things together, but Snow-White was “more quiet and
While the two were in the forest gathering
berries, the birds and other animals would be near them, even eating out of
their hands.If it grew dark, they would
just lie down on some moss and sleep, with harm never coming to them.
One morning, after sleeping in the forest,
they saw a beautiful child dressed all in white near them.He went away without saying a word, but they
saw that they had slept near a cliff, and their mother told them it must have
been an angel watching over them.
One winter night – as they sat around the
fire listening to their mother read – there was a knock at the door.Rose-Red opened the door to who they figured
was a traveler, but it was a bear.They
screamed, but the bear told them it meant them no harm, it was just looking for
a warm place to spend the night.
So they let the bear lie before the
fire.They even took a broom and cleaned
the snow from his fur.They then began
tugging his fur, and hit him with a switch, all in good fun.In the morning, they let him out.He then spent every winter night with
When spring came, he told them he had to
go away all summer to protect his treasure from the dwarfs, who couldn’t get to
it when the ground was frozen.As he
left, a bit of fur caught on the door, and Snow-White thought she saw some
Sometime later, the two girls went to get
some firewood.They came across a dwarf
with his beard caught a log he’d been trying to split.After some insults, the girls cut off the tip
of his beard to free him.He isn’t too
happy about that, and grabs a bag of gold and runs off.
Sometime later, the two girls went
fishing.They found the dwarf who had
his beard twisted in the fishing line and a big fish was trying to get
away.After some insults, the girls cut
of a bit more of his beard.He wasn’t
happy about that, and grabbed a bag of pearls and took off.
Sometime later, the two girls were on
their way to town when they saw a bird land on some rocks, followed by
cries.They found that an eagle had
grabbed the dwarf.They pulled on the
dwarf until the eagle grew tired and let go.After some insults for them ripping his clothes, he grabbed a back of
precious stones and took off.
The girls went to town and were on their
way back when they came across the dwarf looking at his stones.He was yelling at them when the bear came out
of the woods.The dwarf tried to buy the
bear off with his treasure, even offering him the two girls.But the bear killed him.
The two girls started to run away, but
then they heard the voice of their bear friend.When they waited for him, the bearskin fell away revealing a prince
dressed in gold.He had been cursed by
the dwarf – who stole his treasure – and had to run around the forest as a bear
until the dwarf died.
The prince married Snow-White, and his
brother married Rose-Red.And they split
the treasure the dwarf had hidden away.
When I reread this to write up this
review, I had forgotten about the angel, since it played no other part in the
story.So why have it?
Even if all the animals loved you, why
would you start hitting a bear with a switch?
If I bewitched someone into a bear, I’d
then probably end up with a bearskin rug.Why risk them coming back for vengeance?
Did there really need
to be two sisters?I mean, couldn’t
Snow-White or Rose-Red have done all these things themselves?Then there wouldn’t have been any need for
this brother who just suddenly appears.