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Literature / Jorinde and Joringel

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"Jorinde and Joringel" is a German Fairy Tale from The Brothers Grimm.

Once Upon a Time, two young lovers, Jorinde and Joringel went for a walk in the woods. Unbeknownst to them, the woods are home to a wicked witch who transforms unlucky travelers, changing women into birds and men into statues in her castle. Of course, Jorinde and Joringel quickly become her next victims. However, she decides to set Joringel free after taking away Jorinde, content with that the lovers will never see each other again.


Some time later, Joringel has a strange dream about a magic flower that can break the witch's spells. For nine days, he searches for it, then returns to the witch's castle. He's immune to her petrification spell, and when she tries to flee with one specific nightingale, he realizes that must be Jorinde. He then touches the witch with the flower, taking away her magic. He then breaks the spell on Jorinde, then the several hundred women-turned-birds and men-turned-statues in the castle, and Jorinde and Joringel live Happily Ever After.


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