Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lost Fairy Tale: The Twelve Dancing Princesses

There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. They slept in twelve beds all in one room and when they went to bed, the doors were shut and locked up. However, every morning their shoes were found to be quite worn through as if they had been danced in all night. Nobody could find out how it happened, or where the princesses had been.

Down they all went, and at the bottom they found themselves in a most delightful grove of trees; and the leaves were all of silver, and glittered and sparkled beautifully. They came to another grove of trees, where all the leaves were of gold; and afterwards to a third, where the leaves were all glittering diamonds. On the other side of the lake stood a fine, illuminated castle from which came the merry music of horns and trumpets. There they all landed, and went into the castle, and each prince danced with his princess.

They danced on till three o'clock in the morning, and then all their shoes were worn out, so that they were obliged to leave.

To read the whole story of the twelve dancing princesses by The Brothers Grimm, visit SurLaLune. You can also check out versions from around the world it's all so very intriguing! 


Moorea Seal said...

how beautiful.

shwang said...

i loooved this story when i was younger (and i still do).

Anonymous said...

I once saw the "barbie" animated version and it completely ruined the whole fairytale to me :/

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous my Friend! I absolutely adore wonderful storytelling! :)

And you are certainly welcome for the link!! I hope it brings you some new friends!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I just happened to click onto your blog through Blaze Danielle. What a lucky find! This is my all time favorite fairy tale! I read it when I was little and I have been trying to remember the title for years! Thank you! This is really wonderful!

Hannah said...

For some reason I thought of this book today and did a Google search. As I little girl, I used to read the book over and over again. I absolutely adored the pictures!
Cool blog!