[LMB] ot: quilting

Katherine Collett kcollett at hamilton.edu
Tue Nov 29 03:22:49 GMT 2016


On Nov 28, 2016, at 5:00 PM, Margaret Dean <margdean56 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>>>> see also, the princess with 7 swan brothers and keeping silent while
>>> harvesting nettle and spinning the thread and weaving 7 shirts. ouch.
>>> 
>> 
>> where does that fairy tale come from? (never heard of it before)
>> 
> 
> From Wikipedia:  *The Six Swans* (in German : *Die sechs Schwäne*) is a
> German fairy tale <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_tale> collected
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimm%27s_Fairy_Tales> by the Brothers Grimm
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brothers_Grimm>[1]
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Six_Swans#cite_note-1> as tale number
> 49. Andrew Lang <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Lang> included a
> variant in *The Yellow Fairy Book
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Yellow_Fairy_Book>*.[2]
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Six_Swans#cite_note-2> It is
> Aarne-Thompson <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aarne-Thompson> type 451: the
> brothers who were turned into birds.[3]
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Six_Swans#cite_note-3> Other tales of
> this type include The Magic Swan Geese
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magic_Swan_Geese>, The Seven Ravens
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Ravens>, The Twelve Wild Ducks
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twelve_Wild_Ducks>, Udea and her Seven
> Brothers <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udea_and_her_Seven_Brothers>, The
> Wild Swans <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wild_Swans>, and The Twelve
> Brothers <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twelve_Brothers>.[4]
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Six_Swans#cite_note-4>

See also Peg Kerr's The Wild Swans, which interweaves a retelling of that fairy tale set in 17th century England and America with the story of a gay teenager in New York City in the early days of AIDS.  Brilliant, but not exactly cheerful.

Katherine


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