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Project Fairy Tale: Goose Girl Summary (Original)

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This cool idea has bloggers reading the original version of a fairy tale and three retellings. My fairy tale is "The Goose Girl" by the Brothers Grimm.

The Goose Girl
Grimm's Fairy Tales
JLC & WC Grimm
CRW, 2004
Audience: Everyone

So in this fairy tale, a princess was sent to wed a prince. Her mother sent the princess' lady-in-waiting (who was less than pleasant) along with her. For protection, the princess had a lock of hair from a fairy. Also, the horse the princess rode was a gift from the fairy and this horse could speak.

Unfortunately, after the two ladies started their journey, the lady-in-waiting decided she wouldn't help the princess anymore. The princess was... a pushover, frankly, and didn't get mad at the lady-in-waiting. While getting a drink of water, the princess lost the lock of hair and the lady-in-waiting noticed. She knew the princess was helpless without it, and took advantage of the situation. She made the princess switch places with her, threatened to kill her if the princess told anyone, and that's how the princess became the Goose Girl. Falada, the fairy's horse, saw all of this.

Because Falada knew, the lady-in-waiting had Falada beheaded, because she feared Falada would tell on her. However, the head was displayed at the gate, due to the Goose Girl begging to put it there so she could still see it. (It could still speak.)

When the Goose Girl drove the geese, she would let down her hair and the boy who helped would want to pull her hair out because it was pure silver. So she said a rhyme to keep him away, and it worked. The wind blew his hat away, and he had to chase it. By the time he caught it, she was done. He went to the king and complained about the Goose Girl because she was teasing him and told the king everything. The next day, the king watched everything happen.

He talked to the Goose Girl, and convinced her to tell him everything.

He told the prince, and the prince "rejoiced when he saw her beauty, and heard how meek and patient she had been."

The king ordered a feast, and told the story of the Goose Girl. He asked the lady-in-waiting what should be done to someone who treated the Goose Girl like that. She said that "she should be thrown into a cask stuck round with sharp nails, and that two white horses should be put to it, and should drag it from street to street till she was dead." So that's what the king did to her, and the prince and Goose Girl were married and lived happily ever after. *Bonus* The fairy came and brought Falada back to life.


  1. I love this fairy tale. I first read it after I read The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, which I presume you will be reading for this project. It is AMAZING!!!! Seriously, Shannon Hale is one fantastic writer.

  2. I loved the Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. I have the sequel on my bookshelf now. I liked her spin on it. It really made me feel like I understood the princess better. The way she was so sheltered explained why she didn't stand up for herself -- She didn't know how because she never had to before.


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