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Set in [[UsefulNotes/TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Saxony]], [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Germany]] [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatNorthernWar in the early 1700s]][[note]]The live action movie however is set during the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar, presumably because that period is more recognizable.[[/note]], it tells the story of the beggar boy Krabat. One night he has a dream of a voice and some ravens telling him to go to a mill in the village Schwarzkollm, which he eventually does. He gets accepted by the sinister, one-eyed miller as an apprentice, but he soon learns that he is in no ordinary mill: It is a "black school" -- a school for BlackMagic. An avid student at first, Krabat slowly recognizes the danger he is in: As part of the miller's DealWithTheDevil, each year, one of the apprentices has to die -- as eventually happens with Krabat's mentor and friend, Tonda.

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Set in [[UsefulNotes/TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Saxony]], [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Germany]] [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatNorthernWar in the early 1700s]][[note]]The live action movie however is set during the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar, presumably because that period is more recognizable.[[/note]], it tells the story of the beggar boy Krabat. One night he has a dream of a voice and some ravens telling him to go to a mill in the village Schwarzkollm, which he eventually does. He gets accepted by the sinister, one-eyed miller as an apprentice, but he soon learns that he is in no ordinary mill: It is a "black school" -- a school for BlackMagic. An avid student at first, Krabat slowly recognizes the danger he is in: As part of the miller's DealWithTheDevil, each year, one of the apprentices has to die -- as eventually happens with Krabat's mentor and friend, Tonda.
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* DigYourOwnGrave: What the doomed apprentices have to do.

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* DigYourOwnGrave: What In his second year as an apprentice, Krabat learns the doomed miller's contract with the Devil requires one apprentice to die on every New Year's Eve, and that the unmarked graves in a clearing nearby are the graves of previous apprentices that have been sacrificed by the miller. When Krabat, on Christmas morning, meets the apprentice Michal returning with a pick and shovel, he understands that Michal knows he will be the next victim and has spent the night digging his own grave. The third year, Krabat himself is ordered to do.dig a grave which the miller calls "his last task", and which he obviously intends for Krabat.

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* TheLegendOfChekhov: Pumphutt is introduced in a tale that's told to Krabat by one of the other boys. [[{{Foreshadowing}} Krabat even wonders who would win in a duel between Pumphutt and the Miller]].


There are also [[TheFilmOfTheBook two movie adaptations]]: A Czech animated one from 1978 by Creator/KarelZeman, and a German live action film from 2008.

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There are also [[TheFilmOfTheBook two movie adaptations]]: A Czech animated one from 1978 by Creator/KarelZeman, and a German live action live-action film from 2008.2008, with Creator/DanielBruhl.


* RuleOfSymbolism: Just the most obvious example: Where {{Jesus}} had twelve apostles, one of which became a traitor and thus responsible for his death, the master is an EvilSorceror with twelve students. [[spoiler:One of them stops following him, which leads to the master's death.]]

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Just the most obvious example: Where {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} had twelve apostles, one of which became a traitor and thus responsible for his death, the master is an EvilSorceror with twelve students. [[spoiler:One of them stops following him, which leads to the master's death.]]


Set in [[UsefulNotes/TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Saxony]], [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Germany in the early 1700s]][[note]]The live action movie however is set during the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar, presumably because that period is more recognizable.[[/note]], it tells the story of the beggar boy Krabat. One night he has a dream of a voice and some ravens telling him to go to a mill in the village Schwarzkollm, which he eventually does. He gets accepted by the sinister, one-eyed miller as an apprentice, but he soon learns that he is in no ordinary mill: It is a "black school" -- a school for BlackMagic. An avid student at first, Krabat slowly recognizes the danger he is in: As part of the miller's DealWithTheDevil, each year, one of the apprentices has to die -- as eventually happens with Krabat's mentor and friend, Tonda.

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Set in [[UsefulNotes/TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Saxony]], [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Germany Germany]] [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatNorthernWar in the early 1700s]][[note]]The live action movie however is set during the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar, presumably because that period is more recognizable.[[/note]], it tells the story of the beggar boy Krabat. One night he has a dream of a voice and some ravens telling him to go to a mill in the village Schwarzkollm, which he eventually does. He gets accepted by the sinister, one-eyed miller as an apprentice, but he soon learns that he is in no ordinary mill: It is a "black school" -- a school for BlackMagic. An avid student at first, Krabat slowly recognizes the danger he is in: As part of the miller's DealWithTheDevil, each year, one of the apprentices has to die -- as eventually happens with Krabat's mentor and friend, Tonda.


'''''Krabat''''' is a German YoungAdult novel by Otfried Preußler, [[SuggestedBy loosely]] based on an old [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorbs Sorbian]] folk legend. It has been published in English under the titles ''The Satanic Mill'' and ''The Curse of the Darkling Mill'', but later also under its original title.

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'''''Krabat''''' ''Krabat'' is a German YoungAdult novel by Otfried Preußler, [[SuggestedBy loosely]] based on an old [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorbs Sorbian]] folk legend. It has been published in English under the titles ''The Satanic Mill'' and ''The Curse of the Darkling Mill'', but later also under its original title.


Set in [[TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Saxony]], [[HolyRomanEmpire Germany in the early 1700s]][[note]]The live action movie however is set during the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar, presumably because that period is more recognizable.[[/note]], it tells the story of the beggar boy Krabat. One night he has a dream of a voice and some ravens telling him to go to a mill in the village Schwarzkollm, which he eventually does. He gets accepted by the sinister, one-eyed miller as an apprentice, but he soon learns that he is in no ordinary mill: It is a "black school" -- a school for BlackMagic. An avid student at first, Krabat slowly recognizes the danger he is in: As part of the miller's DealWithTheDevil, each year, one of the apprentices has to die -- as eventually happens with Krabat's mentor and friend, Tonda.

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Set in [[TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland [[UsefulNotes/TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Saxony]], [[HolyRomanEmpire [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Germany in the early 1700s]][[note]]The live action movie however is set during the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar, presumably because that period is more recognizable.[[/note]], it tells the story of the beggar boy Krabat. One night he has a dream of a voice and some ravens telling him to go to a mill in the village Schwarzkollm, which he eventually does. He gets accepted by the sinister, one-eyed miller as an apprentice, but he soon learns that he is in no ordinary mill: It is a "black school" -- a school for BlackMagic. An avid student at first, Krabat slowly recognizes the danger he is in: As part of the miller's DealWithTheDevil, each year, one of the apprentices has to die -- as eventually happens with Krabat's mentor and friend, Tonda.


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* MoodWhiplash: Several instances. For once the Master happily and drunkenly talks about his youth when he left the Black School he studied at and wandered around with his best friend, playing tons of pranks. When asked what happened to his friend he curtly admits having him killed.

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* MoodWhiplash: Several instances. For once the MoodWhiplash:
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Master happily and drunkenly talks about his youth when he left the Black School he studied at and wandered around with his best friend, playing tons of pranks. When asked what happened to his friend he curtly admits having him killed.



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* MoodWhiplash: Several instances. For once the Master happily and drunkenly talks about his youth when he left the Black School he studied at and wandered around with his best friend, playing tons of pranks. When asked what happened to his friend he curtly admits having him killed.
** An instance from the movie is the ending. [[spoiler: The boys are free and leave the mill and the Master behind, the very night one of them - Krabat himself this time around - would have been sacrificed to the Devil/Death. White flour dust creeps through the mill - and as the boys and the Kantorka leave the mill bursts up into flames.]] It is at once subdued and very, very awesome and works with a soft, hopeful score. And ''then'' the credits roll. And Polarkreis18's Electro-pop "Wir sind allein" starts to play. And many a movie goer in the theatre almost suffered a heartstroke. (not to mention that the song, talking about solitude and apparent freedom in it stands in stark contrast to a film that put o much emphasis on friendship and cameradine.)


There are also [[TheFilmOfTheBook two movie adaptations]]: A Czech animated one from 1978 by Karel Zeman, and a German live action film from 2008.

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There are also [[TheFilmOfTheBook two movie adaptations]]: A Czech animated one from 1978 by Karel Zeman, Creator/KarelZeman, and a German live action film from 2008.


* CleverCrows: During their magic lessons, the boys are changed into ravens.



* RavensAndCrows: During their magic lessons, the boys are changed into ravens.

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