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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.


"Jorinde and Joringel" contains examples of:

  • Baleful Polymorph: What becomes of the women who trespass near the witch's castle. The titular Jorinde becomes a nightingale.
  • Brought Down to Normal: How Joringel defeats the witch.
  • Couple Theme Naming: Jorinde and Joringel have similar names, and is one of the few Fairy Tale couples that is already in a relationship from the start of story.
  • Damsel in Distress: The witch turns Jorinde into a nightingale and holds her captive in her castle, alongside several hundred other unnamed women-turned-birds.
  • Dub Name Change: Some translations of the story call the lovers "Florinda" and "Yoringal". Not to be confused with a completely different fairy tale about someone named Florinda.
  • Fantastic Flora: The magic flower is described as blood-red with a pearl in the middle.
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  • The Power of Love: Well, that and the power of a magic Macguffin flower.
  • Taken for Granite: What becomes of the men who trespass near the witch's castle.
  • Wicked Witch


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