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** The elves help the poor Cobbler and his wife each night, by making fine shoes to sell. Each morning the Cobbler after selling the shoes for the elves have made, he is shown to use a bit of his newfound money to help another person in need. Most variants the elves continue until the shoemaker's debt is paid off or until he is rich enough to retire, at which point the Cobbler and his wife decide to see whose been helping them. Once they see the sorry condition the elves clothing are in, the Cobbler and his wife create shoes and clothing for the elves as a repayment of sorts for the help they have given them; and the elves in turn leave as their aid is no longer needed.

* BittersweetEnding: The cobbler's business is saved, but the story usually ends with the elves leaving, never to return. At least one version states that giving them clothes released them from a curse, a version that likely inspired Dobby's story.

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** The elves help the poor Cobbler and his wife each night, by making fine shoes to sell. Each morning the Cobbler after selling the shoes for the elves have made, he is shown to use a bit of his newfound money to help another person in need. Most variants the elves continue until the shoemaker's debt is paid off or until he is rich enough to retire, at which point the Cobbler and his wife decide to see whose been helping them. Once they see the sorry condition the elves clothing are in, the Cobbler and his wife create shoes and clothing for the elves as a repayment of sorts for the help they have given them; and the elves in turn leave as their aid is no longer needed.

* BittersweetEnding: The cobbler's business is saved, but the story usually ends with the elves leaving, never to return. At least one version states that giving them clothes released them from a curse, a version that likely inspired [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Dobby's story. story]].

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* AdaptationalModesty: Most older versions of the tale stated that the elves were naked, which oddly enough was a plot point, as the Shoemaker and his wife give them clothing out of gratitude for helping them. Most adaptations give the elves clothes, though to keep the Aesop intact, they make the clothes ragged and dusty.

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* AnAesop: Help those in need.
** The elves help the poor Cobbler and his wife each night, by making fine shoes to sell. Each morning the Cobbler after selling the shoes for the elves have made, he is shown to use a bit of his newfound money to help another person in need. Most variants the elves continue until the shoemaker's debt is paid off or until he is rich enough to retire, at which point the Cobbler and his wife decide to see whose been helping them. Once they see the sorry condition the elves clothing are in, the Cobbler and his wife create shoes and clothing for the elves as a repayment of sorts for the help they have given them; and the elves in turn leave as their aid is no longer needed.


''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/shoemaker/index.html The Elves and the Cobbler]]'' (or ''The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Shoemaker and the Elves'') is an often copied and re-made {{fairy tale}} about a poor shoemaker who receives much-needed help from elves. It is best known from the [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Brothers Grimm fairy tales]], where it was included as entry no. 39 as ''Die Wichtelmänner'' (''The Gnomes'').

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''[[http://www."[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/shoemaker/index.html The Elves and the Cobbler]]'' Cobbler]]" (or ''The "The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Shoemaker", "The Shoemaker and the Elves'') Elves") is an often copied and re-made {{fairy tale}} about a poor shoemaker who receives much-needed help from elves. It is best known from the [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Brothers Grimm fairy tales]], where it was included as entry no. 39 as ''Die Wichtelmänner'' (''The Gnomes'').
"Die Wichtelmänner" ("The Gnomes").



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The tale has inspired many adaptations and popular culture references. Animated short adaptations include "WesternAnimation/JollyLittleElves" by Creator/WalterLantz in 1934, and Creator/TexAvery's 1950 MGM cartoon short "The Peachy Cobbler". The house-elf Dobby in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets,'' who can only be freed from his drudgery with a gift of clothing, is another reference to this fairy tale.

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The tale has inspired many adaptations and popular culture references. Animated short adaptations include "WesternAnimation/JollyLittleElves" ''WesternAnimation/JollyLittleElves'' by Creator/WalterLantz in 1934, and Creator/TexAvery's 1950 MGM cartoon short "The ''The Peachy Cobbler".Cobbler''. The house-elf Dobby in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets,'' who can only be freed from his drudgery with a gift of clothing, is another reference to this fairy tale.


'''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/shoemaker/index.html "The Elves and the Cobbler"]]''' (or "The Elves and the Shoemaker", "The Shoemaker and the Elves") is an often copied and re-made {{fairy tale}} about a poor shoemaker who receives much-needed help from elves. It is best known from the [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Brothers Grimm fairy tales]], where it was included as entry no. 39 as "Die Wichtelmänner" ("The Gnomes").

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''Die Wichtelmänner'' (''The Gnomes'').


The tale has inspired many adaptations and popular culture references. Among these, Tex Avery adapted the story for his 1950 MGM cartoon short ''The Peachy Cobbler''. The house-elf Dobby in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets,'' who can only be freed from his drudgery with a gift of clothing, is another reference to this fairy tale.

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The tale has inspired many adaptations and popular culture references. Among these, Tex Avery adapted the story for his Animated short adaptations include "WesternAnimation/JollyLittleElves" by Creator/WalterLantz in 1934, and Creator/TexAvery's 1950 MGM cartoon short ''The "The Peachy Cobbler''.Cobbler". The house-elf Dobby in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets,'' who can only be freed from his drudgery with a gift of clothing, is another reference to this fairy tale.


The fairy tale follows a poor cobbler with ailing sales. One night he wakes up to find the shoes he had planned to create in the morning already made, and much to his fortune a customer comes in and pays more than usual for the shoes. This gives him enough money to buy materials for two pairs of shoes, which he again finds already finished on the counter the next morning. The pattern repeats for several days, and the poor cobbler's fortunes turn as his shop becomes famous. But one night the cobbler and his wife hide in the shop so they can see who has been creating the shoes for him. To their astonishment, they see a group of little elves, themselves wearing ragged, dirty clothing and barefoot. In gratitude, they leave gifts of shoes and little clothes, watching again to see the elves happily accept their new finery. Thereafter they do not come again, but the cobbler no longer needs their help and considers their joy his reward.

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The fairy tale follows a poor cobbler with ailing sales. One night he wakes up to find the shoes he had planned to create in the morning already made, and much to his fortune a customer comes in and pays more than usual for the shoes. This gives him enough money to buy materials for two pairs of shoes, which he again finds already finished on the counter the next morning. The pattern repeats for several days, and the poor cobbler's fortunes turn as his shop becomes famous. But one night the cobbler and his wife hide in the shop so they can see who has been creating the shoes for him. To their astonishment, they see a group of little elves, themselves who are naked (or in most modern retellings, wearing ragged, dirty clothing and barefoot.barefoot). In gratitude, they leave gifts of shoes and little clothes, watching again to see the elves happily accept their new finery. Thereafter they do not come again, but the cobbler no longer needs their help and considers their joy his reward.


The fairy tale follows a poor cobbler with ailing sales. One night he wakes up to find the shoes he had planned to create in the morning already made, and much to his fortune a customer comes in and pays more than usual for the shoes. The event recurs a few times, leading the way to better times for the poor cobbler. One day the cobbler discovers a pair of elves creating the shoes for him, and out of compassion decides to make some clothes for the creatures. The elves happily accept the gifts and thereafter do not come again, but they have ushered in a new era of good business for him.

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The fairy tale follows a poor cobbler with ailing sales. One night he wakes up to find the shoes he had planned to create in the morning already made, and much to his fortune a customer comes in and pays more than usual for the shoes. This gives him enough money to buy materials for two pairs of shoes, which he again finds already finished on the counter the next morning. The event recurs a few times, leading the way to better times pattern repeats for several days, and the poor cobbler. One day cobbler's fortunes turn as his shop becomes famous. But one night the cobbler discovers a pair of elves and his wife hide in the shop so they can see who has been creating the shoes for him, him. To their astonishment, they see a group of little elves, themselves wearing ragged, dirty clothing and out barefoot. In gratitude, they leave gifts of compassion decides shoes and little clothes, watching again to make some clothes for see the creatures. The elves happily accept the gifts and thereafter their new finery. Thereafter they do not come again, but they have ushered in a new era of good business for him.
the cobbler no longer needs their help and considers their joy his reward.


* BittersweetEnding: The cobbler's business is saved, but the story usually ends with the elves leaving, never to return. At least one version states that giving them clothes released them from a curse, a version that likely inspired Dobby's story.



* ChristmasMiracle: The Elves are discovered by the Shoemaker first on Christmas.

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* CharacterWitness: Some versions begin with the couple sharing their last scrap of food with someone, often one of the elves, and they are rewarded with their help. Others have them repay the elves by making them clothes.
* ChristmasMiracle: The Elves are discovered by the Shoemaker first on Christmas.

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* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: Some variations of the story depict the elves [[BarefootPoverty wearing raggedy clothing and no shoes at all]], which is what prompts the cobbler to make shoes for them.


The fairy tale follows a poor cobbler with ailing sales. One night he wakes up to find the shoes he had planned to create in the morning already made, and much to his fortune a customer comes in and pays more than usual for the shoes. The event recurred a few times, leading the way to better times for the poor cobbler. One day the cobbler discovered a pair of elves creating the shoes for him and out of compassion decides to make some clothes for the creatures. The elves happily accepted the gifts and thereafter did not come again, but they had ushered in a new era of good business for him.

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The fairy tale follows a poor cobbler with ailing sales. One night he wakes up to find the shoes he had planned to create in the morning already made, and much to his fortune a customer comes in and pays more than usual for the shoes. The event recurred recurs a few times, leading the way to better times for the poor cobbler. One day the cobbler discovered discovers a pair of elves creating the shoes for him him, and out of compassion decides to make some clothes for the creatures. The elves happily accepted accept the gifts and thereafter did do not come again, but they had have ushered in a new era of good business for him.



* DeusExMachina: Very convenient of the elves to turn up just when sales were ailing...

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* HouseFey: The elves, who steal into the shop at night while the humans are asleep to make shoes out of pure goodwill.
* DeusExMachina: Very convenient of the elves to turn up just when sales were are ailing...


The tale has inspired many adaptations and popular culture references. Among these, Tex Avery adapted the story for his 1950 MGM cartoon short ''The Peachy Cobbler''. The house-elf Dobby in ''HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets,'' who can only be freed from his drudgery with a gift of clothing, is another reference to this fairy tale.

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The tale has inspired many adaptations and popular culture references. Among these, Tex Avery adapted the story for his 1950 MGM cartoon short ''The Peachy Cobbler''. The house-elf Dobby in ''HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets,'' ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets,'' who can only be freed from his drudgery with a gift of clothing, is another reference to this fairy tale.


"The Elves and the Cobbler" (or "The Elves and the Shoemaker", "The Shoemaker and the Elves") is an often copied and re-made {{fairy tale}} about a poor shoemaker who receives much-needed help from elves. It is best known from the [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Brothers Grimm fairy tales]], where it was included as entry no. 39 as "Die Wichtelmänner" ("The Gnomes").

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'''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/shoemaker/index.html "The Elves and the Cobbler" Cobbler"]]''' (or "The Elves and the Shoemaker", "The Shoemaker and the Elves") is an often copied and re-made {{fairy tale}} about a poor shoemaker who receives much-needed help from elves. It is best known from the [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Brothers Grimm fairy tales]], where it was included as entry no. 39 as "Die Wichtelmänner" ("The Gnomes").


"The Elves and the Cobbler" (or "The Elves and the Shoemaker", "The Shoemaker and the Elves") is an often copied and re-made {{fairy tale}} about a poor shoemaker who receives much-needed help from elves. It is best known from the [[TheBrothersGrimm Brothers Grimm fairy tales]], where it was included as entry no. 39 as "Die Wichtelmänner" ("The Gnomes").

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"The Elves and the Cobbler" (or "The Elves and the Shoemaker", "The Shoemaker and the Elves") is an often copied and re-made {{fairy tale}} about a poor shoemaker who receives much-needed help from elves. It is best known from the [[TheBrothersGrimm [[Creator/TheBrothersGrimm Brothers Grimm fairy tales]], where it was included as entry no. 39 as "Die Wichtelmänner" ("The Gnomes").



* ChristmasMiracle: The Elves are discovered by the Shoemaker first on Christmas.

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* ChristmasMiracle: The Elves are discovered by the Shoemaker first on Christmas.



* LawOfInverseFertility: In some versions, the shoemaker and his wife are trying to have a baby, but have been unsuccessful. They ''do'' conceive, and it's implied to be due to some of the elves' magic being left with them at the end.

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* LawOfInverseFertility: In some versions, the shoemaker and his wife are trying to have a baby, but have been unsuccessful. They ''do'' conceive, and it's implied to be due to some of the elves' magic being left with them at the end.

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