The twelve brothers

With birth control being somewhat rudimentary in 18th century Germany, a king finds himself saddled with 12 sons. Once his beloved daughter arrives, he takes a rather drastic approach to ensuring she gets her share of his fortune.

Fast forward and we find ourselves in a magic forest. Ravens, lillies, witches and tales of sibling love. A confusing story, but a beautiful one nonetheless.

It’s a classic “I heard it from these girls who heard it from a woman who heard it in her husband’s pub”. Such Chinese whispers might explain the older story fragments we find in this tale.

Confused? Read the story here.

The Wonderful Musician

A musician wanders into a forest and gets bored. Animal cruelty ensues.

Well, what can you do when all these wolves, hares and foxes are constantly clinging to your genius. After all, man is cleverer than beast, so why not demonstrate this by stringing the pesky creatures up some trees?

Truly,this is an old tale from before the days of the RSPCA. It’s a nice example of how our perception of appropriate treatment of wildlife has changed. And a neat story.

If your paws happen to be stuck in a tree trunk and you cannot press play, read the story here.

I borrowed the image from a certain Mark Thompson, who has disappeared from the internet. Sorry Mark. If you’d rather I take it down, let me know.

A shout-out also to Professor Hans-Jorg Uther, whose work is very helpful!