History Literature / TheThreeLittleMenInTheWood

4th Aug '15 5:36:41 PM Adept
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* FrogsAndToads: As the stepsister discovered, insulting three little men is unwise.
19th Aug '14 3:36:44 PM LadyYuki
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight.

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* BackFromTheDead: And all it took was for the king to brandish his sword three times over her.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight. In fact, one of the heroine's rewards for her kindness is to grow ''more'' beautiful with each passing day.



* {{Curse}}: On the stepsister.

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* {{Curse}}: On the stepsister.The stepsister has three of them laid upon her for her selfishness and laziness.



* ImpossibleTask: Gathering strawberries.

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* ImpossibleTask: Gathering strawberries.strawberries in the dead of winter.



* OurGhostsAreDifferent: They're -- ducks.

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* NoNameGiven: None of the characters are referred to by name.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: They're -- They're...ducks.



* RagsToRoyalty: The daughter.
* RuleOfThree: Three visits, three swings of the sword.

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* RagsToRoyalty: The daughter.
heroine.
* RuleOfThree: Three visits, three visits from the heroine's ghost,three swings of the sword.king's sword. Both of the girls also get three rewards or curses placed upon them. And, of course, the three little men themselves.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The heroine's father vanishes completely from the story after he's married the stepmother.
11th Nov '13 12:38:31 PM felinecritic
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight.
* BlessedWithSuck: Having gold coins fall out of your mouth with every word you speak may be pretty cool at first. After a while it's going to get really inconvenient.

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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight.
* BlessedWithSuck: Having gold coins fall out of your mouth with every word you speak may be pretty cool at first. After a while it's going to get really inconvenient.
straight.
11th Nov '13 12:38:10 PM felinecritic
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* BlessedWithSuck: Having gold coins fall out of your mouth with every word you speak may be pretty cool at first. After a while it's going to get really inconvenient.
11th Nov '13 12:36:09 PM felinecritic
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* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Played straight.
1st Oct '13 9:23:14 PM DynamicDragon
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2nd Mar '13 4:43:57 AM LordGro
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'''''The Three Little Men In The Wood''''' is a German FairyTale collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm.

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'''''The Three Little Men In The in the Wood''''' is a German FairyTale collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm.
the Creator/BrothersGrimm.
2nd Mar '13 4:23:58 AM LordGro
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'''''The Three Little Men In The Wood''''' is a German FairyTale collected by Creator/TheBrothersGrimm.

A widow with a daughter persuaded the daughter of a widower to persuade her father to marry her. Then she oppressed her. Finally, she sent her into the winter woods with orders to gather strawberries. There, she met three little men, who asked what had happened to her, asked her to share her food, and then asked her to sweep off their back step. When she went, they decided she would grow more beautiful every day, have gold fall from her mouth when she spoke, and marry a king. Also, while she swept, she found strawberries.

Her arrogant stepsister insisted on going after the strawberries. She was rude to the little men and refused to share her food. So they cursed her to grow uglier, have toads drop from her mouth, and die a miserable death. She never found strawberries.

The furious stepmother sent her stepdaughter to rinse yarn in the frozen river. A king saw her and took her off to marry her. They had a baby. The stepmother and her daughter came to the castle, threw the queen out of the window, and put the daughter in her place. The stepmother refused to let the king see her, and blamed the toads on her illness.

A scullion, however, saw a duck swim up and ask what happened in the castle. Then she became a woman again and nursed the baby. On her third visit, she told the scullion to tell the king to swing his sword three times over her while on the threshold. This brought her back to life.

At the baby's christened, the king asked the stepmother what punishment should be inflicted on someone who threw someone in the water. She said, "The wretch deserves nothing better than to be taken and put in a barrel stuck full of nails, and rolled down hill into the water." So the king had it done to her and her daughter.

Full text [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/13threemenforest.html here]]. Compare ''Literature/BrotherAndSister''.
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!!Tropes included:

* CinderellaCircumstances: Under the stepmother's rule.
* {{Curse}}: On the stepsister.
* FrogsAndToads: As the stepsister discovered, insulting three little men is unwise.
* ImpossibleTask: Gathering strawberries.
* TheLostWoods: Where the little men live.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: They're -- ducks.
* {{Pride}}: The stepsister.
* RagsToRoyalty: The daughter.
* RuleOfThree: Three visits, three swings of the sword.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Speaking with the little men.
* WickedStepmother: Our villain.
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