Monday, December 02, 2013

Reader's Post #1087- Brothers Grimm: The Elves and the Shoemaker

As many of my frequent readers can attest, I've been a long time fan of Sporcle, the online trivia site. However, their app has always been terrible and so my trivia fix has always been limited to when I'm at my computer. Then last week I discovered the QuizUp app and I've on a binge. In fact, I'm now the Canadian leader in Children's Literature. The Children's Literature could stand more variety and to do well in the  certainly it wouldn't hurt to brush up on one's Grimm's fairy tales. I was surprised to find that I've not yet read any of their works for this blog since I began 8 years ago. But it's December, there are elves in the story and a brief mention of Christmas so it seemed like a good a time as any.

"The Elves and the Shoemaker" was not an unfamiliar story to me, but there were parts I definitely didn't remember. (The elves were naked???) It's the story of elves helping out a poor, hardworking shoemaker during the night and pleasantly surprising to this modern reader, the shoemaker and his wife don't take advantage. Instead they are grateful and make clothes (not replacement clothes, as I'd remembered, just clothes) for the elves who are delighted but then leave forever. It's hard to comment on the Grimms' writing as these were folktales collected by the brothers and since translated into English so many times that it's kind of silly for me to even be suggesting they're the authors, but in any case, it's a charming story and I'm glad they were involved in its preservation.

Also, I never drew the connection to Dobby in Harry Potter books before now. Elves are apparently relieved of their duties when you give them clothes. I'm guessing there are some pretty cold elves in the North Pole.

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1 comment:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Naked elves? I am there!