ISSN: 2397-9607 Issue 412
In this 412th issue of the Baba Indaba’s Children's Stories series, Baba Indaba narrates the Polish Fairy Tale "RÜBEZAHL”.
Rübezahl is a folklore mountain spirit of the Karkonosze, or Giant, Mountains which run along the border between the historical lands of Bohemia (Czech Republic) and Silesia (Poland).
In legend, Rübezahl appears as a giant, a gnome, or mountain spirit. With good people he is friendly, teaching them medicine and giving them presents. However, if someone derides him he exacts a severe revenge. He sometimes plays the role of a trickster in folk tales.
Our story starts with Rübezahl tending a flock of sheet in a sweet mountain glade. He spies and falls in love with a fair maiden, a daughter of the King. He plans to win her love by enchanting a nearby grotto by turning rocks into white marble, daisies into climbing roses, rocks into crystals and berries into strange and exotic fruits. Even sparrows are transformed into exotic colourful creatures.
On arriving the princess and her companions are amazed by their discovery. After tasting the fruits and exploring this magical mini-wonderland, the princess cries out that nothing would content her but to bathe in the marble pool. This she did………
But what happened next you ask…? Well, to find the answer to this question, and any others you may have, you will have to download and read this story to find out for yourself.
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