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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Rapunzel

"Rapunzel" is a German fairy tale in the collection assembled by the Brothers Grimm, and first published in 1812 as part of Children's and Household Tales. The Grimm Brothers' story is an adaptation of the fairy tale Persinette by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force originally published in 1698. Its plot has been used and parodied in various media and its best known line ("Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair") is an idiom of popular culture.

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It is Aarne-Thompson type 310, The Maiden in The Tower.

Andrew Lang included it in The Red Fairy Book. Other versions of the tale also appear in A Book of Witches by Ruth Manning-Sanders and in Paul O. Zelinsky's 1998 Caldecott Medal-winning picture book, Rapunzel.

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Rapunzel's story has striking similarities to Rudaba which was a Persian fairytale later known as Rapunzel. The story of Rudaba dates back to the Shahnameh written in the 10th century AD in which Rudaba offered to let down her hair down from her tower so that her lover Zal could climb up to her."
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1 comment:

cameron said...

Thank you for correctly pointing out the origin of Rupunzel being from the Shahnameh which was written 1,000 years ago, but the stories contained in the book dated back thousands of years earlier. When Ferdowsi wrote the Shahnameh, he acknowledged that he was using earlier source materials which unfortunately have since been lost. Modern comic book adaptations of these stories have also been developed and can be found by googling shahnameh comic books