Faithful John

Aaah, Faithful John! A story about true love, in all its wonderful forms. And how do you prove true love, Grimm-style? Well, shooting a horse, burning a bridal gown and beheading some babies might be a good start.

I’m serious – the amount of violent crime in this tale tops everything we’ve heard so far. Yet, it is also a hauntingly beautiful fairy tale. And it’s our first “happily ever after”.

Discerning listeners and gaming fans will notice something special: I’ve used the soundtrack of Torin’s Passage, one of my favourite Sierra games, for this episode. It was composed by the wonderful Michel Le Grand, and you can download it here.

If you’re still not over the beheaded babies and think I made it all up, read the original here.

This story is quite long – I will do an analysis in a separate podcast.

The Wolf and the Seven Kids

And then there were none. Well, one. But hey, a visit from the big, bad wolf can be devastating, especially when he is armed with chalk and flour.

Fortunately one of the seven little kids is clever enough to hide in a clock. Oh, for the good old days of yore when that was still possible. In the days of the Apple Watch that little kid would have been a goner.

You still have no idea what I am talking about, right? Well, listen to this:

 

You can find more on Ludwig Bechstein, the dude with the all-round beard, here. If you’re getting tired of me bleating on about goats, read the story here.

Truly, men are like that!

The story of a boy who went forth to learn far – part 2

Hello fellow fairy tale lovers!

Sorry it has taken so long. I’ve been beset by technical difficulties and a looong holiday.

Here is the second part of The story of a boy who went forth to learn fear. Here we discuss the meaning of this story, and also a little more on why fairy tales are so important for children.

 

Things will be a little bit slow at the moment – I need to update my technology, so please bear with me.

More lovely tales coming soon – The wolf and the 7 Kids is in the making…