History Literature / TheTinderBox

23rd Dec '15 11:31:20 PM Adept
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A HansChristianAndersen tale about a soldier who comes upon a witch who tells him how to obtain lots and lots of money, if only he will bring her a tinder-box that got left down inside a passageway under an old oak tree by mistake. The soldier goes down and finds three enormous dogs, guarding in turn a chest of copper coins, a chest of silver coins, and a chest of gold coins. When he brings up some gold he is reminded of the tinder-box and goes to get it. But the witch won't tell him what is so special about the tinder-box, even upon threat of beheading. So the soldier beheads the witch. It isn't til later that he discovers by accident that the tinder-box can be used to summon the dogs, who can bring him more money.

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A HansChristianAndersen Creator/HansChristianAndersen tale about a soldier who comes upon a witch who tells him how to obtain lots and lots of money, if only he will bring her a tinder-box that got left down inside a passageway under an old oak tree by mistake. The soldier goes down and finds three enormous dogs, guarding in turn a chest of copper coins, a chest of silver coins, and a chest of gold coins. When he brings up some gold he is reminded of the tinder-box and goes to get it. But the witch won't tell him what is so special about the tinder-box, even upon threat of beheading. So the soldier beheads the witch. It isn't til later that he discovers by accident that the tinder-box can be used to summon the dogs, who can bring him more money.
11th Nov '15 2:12:07 PM Shadowgazer
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** While the witch is debatable the monarchs and the courtroom were most definitely [JerkassVictim]s as they tried to hang him for sleeping consensually with the princess.

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** While the witch is debatable the monarchs and the courtroom were most definitely [JerkassVictim]s JerkassVictim s as they tried to hang him for sleeping consensually with the princess.
11th Nov '15 2:11:17 PM Shadowgazer
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** While the witch is debatable the monarchs and the courtroom were very definitely JerkassVictims as they tried to hang him for sleeping consensually with the princess.

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** While the witch is debatable the monarchs and the courtroom were very most definitely JerkassVictims [JerkassVictim]s as they tried to hang him for sleeping consensually with the princess.
11th Nov '15 2:09:48 PM Shadowgazer
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** While the witch is debatable the monarchs and the courtroom were very definitely JerkassVictims as they tried to hang him for sleeping consensually with the princess.
27th Jun '15 4:13:09 PM fruitstripegum
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* FollowTheLeader: In a way. The story is traditional, and is a Danish take on {{Literature/Aladdin}}. The tinder box replaces the lamp, the dogs replace the djinni, and the old hag replaces the old wizard.

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* FollowTheLeader: In a way. The story is traditional, and is a Danish take on {{Literature/Aladdin}}. The tinder box replaces the lamp, the dogs replace the djinni, and the old hag replaces the old wizard. wizard.
* HellHound: Three of them. Not explicitly demonic, but certainly supernatural.



* HellHound: Three of them. Not explicitly demonic, but certainly supernatural.
5th Mar '14 3:52:11 AM Eilevgmyhren
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** In the case of the witch, noone has the slightest idea [[NightmareFuel what ''she'' would have used the dogs for]].

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** In the case of the witch, noone has the slightest idea [[NightmareFuel what ''she'' she would have used the dogs for]].for]]. She comes along as a JerkassVictim.
5th Mar '14 3:51:34 AM Eilevgmyhren
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** In the case of the witch, noone has the slightest idea [[NightmareFuel what ''she'' would have used the dogs for]].
5th Mar '14 3:50:00 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* FollowTheLeader: In a way. The story is traditional, and is a Danish take on {{Literature/Aladdin}}. The tinder box replaces the lamp, the dogs replace the djinni, and the old hag replaces the old wizard.
17th Sep '13 5:29:30 AM krimzonflygon2
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* SociopathicHero[=/=]VillainProtagonist: The soldier murders the witch for not telling him how the box works and certainly doesn't seem too bothered when his dogs tear apart an ''entire courtroom'' '''and two monarchs'''.

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* SociopathicHero[=/=]VillainProtagonist: The soldier murders the witch for not telling him how the box works works, kidnaps a princess, and certainly doesn't seem too bothered when his dogs tear apart an ''entire courtroom'' '''and two monarchs'''.
22nd Jan '13 2:14:16 PM corruptmalemenace
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* HellHound: Three of them. Not explicitly demonic, but certainly supernatural.


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* SociopathicHero[=/=]VillainProtagonist: The soldier murders the witch for not telling him how the box works and certainly doesn't seem too bothered when his dogs tear apart an ''entire courtroom'' '''and two monarchs'''.
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