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Stumbled across this today.... Needless to say I'm pretty disturbed now. Good ol' fairytales. I did not create this list; the link to the original content is at the bottom, along with my thoughts. Feel free to leave your thoughts too! I'll be posting a proper update soon so stay tuned.

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The Pied Piper

In the tale of the Pied Piper, we have a village overrun with rats. A man arrives dressed in clothes of pied (a patchwork of colors) and offers to rid the town of the vermin. The villagers agree to pay a vast sum of money if the piper can do it and he does. He plays music on his pipe which draws all the rats out of the town. When he returns for payment the villagers won't cough up so the Pied Piper decides to rid the town of children too! In most modern variants, the piper draws the children to a cave out of the town and when the townsfolk finally agree to pay up, he sends them back. In the darker original, the piper leads the children to a river where they all drown (except a lame boy who couldn't keep up). Some modern scholars say that there are connotations of pedophilia in this fairy tale.

Little Red Riding Hood

The version of this tale that most of us are familiar with ends with Riding Hood being saved by the woodsman who kills the wicked wolf. But in fact, the original French version (by Charles Perrault) of the tale was not quite so nice. In this version, the little girl is a well bred young lady who is given false instructions by the wolf when she asks the way to her grandmothers. Foolishly riding hood takes the advice of the wolf and ends up being eaten. And here the story ends. There is no woodsman no grandmother just a fat wolf and a dead Red Riding Hood. The moral to this story is to not take advice from strangers.

The Little Mermaid

The 1989 version of the Little Mermaid might be better known as "The big whopper!" In the Disney version, the film ends with Ariel the mermaid being changed into a human so she can marry Eric. They marry in a wonderful wedding attended by humans and merpeople. But, in the very first version by Hans Christian Andersen, the mermaid sees the Prince marry a princess and she despairs. She is offered a knife with which to stab the prince to death, but rather than do that she jumps into the sea and dies by turning to froth. Hans Christian Andersen modified the ending slightly to make it more pleasant. In his new ending, instead of dying when turned to froth, she becomes a "daughter of the air" waiting to go to heaven so, frankly, she is still dead for all intents and purposes.

Snow White

In the tale of snow white that we are all familiar with, the Queen asks a huntsman to kill her and bring her heart back as proof. Instead, the huntsman can't bring himself to do it and returns with the heart of a boar. Now, fortunately disney hasn't done too much damage to this tale, but they did leave out one important original element: in the original tale, the Queen actually asks for Snow White's liver and lungs which are to be served for dinner that night! Also in the original, Snow White wakes up when she is jostled by the prince's horse as he carries her back to his castle not from a magical kiss. What the prince wanted to do with a dead girl's body I will leave to your imagination. Oh in the Grimm version, the tale ends with the Queen being forced to dance to death in red hot iron shoes!

Sleeping Beauty

In the original sleeping beauty, the lovely princess is put to sleep when she pricks her finger on a spindle. She sleeps for one hundred years when a prince finally arrives, kisses her, and awakens her. They fall in love, marry, and (surprise surprise) live happily ever after. But alas, the original tale is not so sweet (in fact, you have to read this to believe it.) In the original, the young woman is put to sleep because of a prophesy, rather than a curse. And it isn't the kiss of a prince which wakes her up: the king seeing her asleep, and rather fancying having a bit, rapes her. After nine months she gives birth to two children (while she is still asleep). One of the children sucks her finger which removes the piece of flax which was keeping her asleep. She wakes up to find herself raped and the mother of two kids.


This fair tale is a little different from the others because rather than sanitizing the original, it was modified by the original author to make it more gruesome. In the original tale, Rumpelstiltskin spins straw into gold for a young girl who faces death unless she is able to perform the feat. In return, he asks for her first born child. She agrees but when the day comes to hand over the kid, she can't do it. Rumpelstiltskin tells her that he will let her off the bargain if she can guess his name. She overhears him singing his name by a fire and so she guesses it correctly. Rumpelstiltskin, furious, runs away, never to be seen again. But in the updated version, things are a little messier. Rumpelstiltskin is so angry that he drives his right foot deep into the ground. He then grabs his left leg and rips himself in half. Needless to say this kills him.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

In this heart warming tale, we hear of pretty little goldilocks who finds the house of the three bears. She sneaks inside and eats their food, sits in their chairs, and finally falls asleep on the bed of the littlest bear. When the bears return home they find her asleep she awakens and escapes out the window in terror. The original tale (which actually only dates to 1837) has two possible variations. In the first, the bears find Goldilocks and rip her apart and eat her. In the second, Goldilocks is actually an old hag who (like the sanitized version) jumps out of a window when the bears wake her up. The story ends by telling us that she either broke her neck in the fall, or was arrested for vagrancy and sent to the "House of Correction".

Hansel and Gretel

In the widely known version of Hansel and Gretel, we hear of two little children who become lost in the forest, eventually finding their way to a gingerbread house which belongs to a wicked witch. The children end up enslaved for a time as the witch prepares them for eating. They figure their way out and throw the witch in a fire and escape. In an earlier French version of this tale (called The Lost Children), instead of a witch we have a devil. Now the wicked old devil is tricked by the children (in much the same way as Hansel and Gretel) but he works it out and puts together a sawhorse to put one of the children on to bleed (that isn't an error he really does). The children pretend not to know how to get on the sawhorse so the devil's wife demonstrates. While she is lying down the kids slash her throat and escape.

The Girl Without Hands

Frankly, the revised version of this fairy tale is not a great deal better than the original, but there are sufficient differences to include it here. In the new version, a poor man is offered wealth by the devil if he gives him whatever is standing behind his mill. The poor man thinks it is an apple tree and agrees but it is actually his daughter. The devil tries to take the daughter but can't because she is pure, so he threatens to take the father unless the daughter allows her father to chop off her hands. She agrees and the father does the deed. Now that is not particularly nice, but it is slightly worse in some of the earlier variants in which the young girl chops off her own arms in order to make herself ugly to her brother who is trying to rape her. In another variant, the father chops off the daughter's hands because she refuses to let him have sex with her.


In the modern Cinderella fairy tale we have the beautiful Cinderella swept off her feet by the prince and her wicked step sisters marrying two lords with everyone living happily ever after. The fairy tale has its origins way back in the 1st century BC where Strabo's heroine was actually called Rhodopis, not Cinderella. The story was very similar to the modern one with the exception of the glass slippers and pumpkin coach. But, lurking behind the pretty tale is a more sinister variation by the Grimm brothers: in this version, the nasty step-sisters cut off parts of their own feet in order to fit them into the glass slipper hoping to fool the prince. The prince is alerted to the trickery by two pigeons who peck out the step sister's eyes. They end up spending the rest of their lives as blind beggars while Cinderella gets to lounge about in luxury at the prince's castle.


Personally, I feel 'The Girl with No Hands' should've come in at number 1 because that sounds horrific!! I'm not surprised I've never heard of it, it's highly disturbing, almost horror movie material. And the fate of all the villains is so horrendous I actually feel a little sorry for them! In particular the Queen in Snow White and the nasty step sisters from Cinderella. Nobody deserves to have their eyes plucked out by pigeons.

This list got me to thinking though. Why has the content of these stories been dampened by modern censorship? What has changed in society that suddenly means we're refusing to expose our kids to life's nasties? Do we coddle our children too much? Would it make a difference to society if children were brought up being taught morals through the means of these very grim fairytales? I would love to study the difference in behaviour of children brought up with the modernised versions and the original versions - I wonder if their behaviour, both long term and short term, would differ? What do you think? Should we stick to modern happy endings or expose kids to these stories? I don't like to mention the 'R' word anywhere on the internet, but there were some pretty gruesome sections in the Bible, yet kids get brought up on that too as a means of teaching them right and wrong. Are these fairytales so different? (Not implying the Bible is a fairytale, I mean to compare them as a source of educating kids).

Your opinions are, as always, very welcome.

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ReimaHowaido Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Oh, and if I remember right...
Japan has a nice ending for everyone in their stories~
For example: The Red Ridinghood. The wolf gets to live happily ever after, learning that he shouldn't do bad things
ReimaHowaido Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
There is this one story that I have in one book: 'A fairytale for every day' or such.. The book has 'medium versions' of most of the stories
Many people are killed there; mostly because of someone failing to manage the kings/princess 'pleasures' or quests. Whatever

But yea. The story.
It's about a boy who was always crying. He didn't have a reason to cry, actually, he cried for fun and because he wanted to annoy others. His mom told him that if he wouldn't stop the crying, his eyes would go dry. The boy just kept crying as nothing would have happened
The next night an imp, or something similar, comes and takes away the boys eyes. They actually mention 'eye sockets' and such
The first part of the story ends there and your kid goes to sleep. Great. The story then continues with the boy going to search for his eyes. I can't remember perfectly... But still.. He meets a frog which he becomes friends with. In the end the frog sacrifices itself and gets eaten by the snake that guards the eyes. The boy gets his eyes back after he had searched for them trough the other eyes. ... I can't tell if the frog was memorised after that....

And there is another one~ Some kind of otter lake. There is a princess. She drops something in the lake. The otter queen comes and tells that she can give the item back if she would cry enough so the lakes surface would rise. She fails and is pulled under. A prince then tries to help the princess and he needs to cry too. He also fails and is pulled under. Then the mother of one of the 'kids' comes. She cries too. She cries as long that there is only blood coming from her eyes. She succedes in the end and both, the princess and prince, are brought back to life...
My bad memory can't really tell... ... Maybe the two were just crying all their 'fluids' out and became hollow and dead or something... *Shrug* This story had 2 parts if I remember right

Anyway, this was something Awesome to read
Enlightening and interesting~
Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At least those stories have happy endings I suppose! Still not very nice images though. I swear some of these concepts would make awesome horror movies. Off track a bit but I was a little disturbed after watching Coraline - how she wanted to sew buttons into her eyes and how Coraline had to look for the ghost chidlren's eyes so they could be freed. I know it scared both my little sister and younger cousin.
ReimaHowaido Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
They definitely would make nice horror movies~
Hmmm... Haven't heard of that movie.... Maybe...
I bet~ I hate when something happens to eyes :C You can imagine... I sometimes have all these nightmares where my eye(s) somehow get messed up and such.... Luckily they have become rare..
Semantot Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I would like to share my childhood fairytales.

The pied piper, I heard the version (translated) where the children actually drown, because the pied piper felt deceived by the townsfolk. One handicapped boy were about to follow the pied piper, but he's too slow that after the pied piper finish drowning the other children, he forgot that one boy and just vanished into the woods. And that handicapped boy, turn back to the town after seeing there no ones around at the river and tell the story to the townsfolk, and this is the moral of story I learn, "Promise must be kept". I was 5 y/o then.

On the little mermaid, I've heard the ending where she was given a knife by some fish-witch (I don't quite recall her name, but she's not Ursula), whether to kill the prince or not, if the prince not marrying her, it was stated that since the mermaid tribe is mythical beast and shall not be known exist to mortal human. And mermaid have long life-span too. Ariel, who find the prince handsome, decided to broke the rules, no human contact. She seeks the fish-witch, let her to have a pair of legs. In return, the witch want her voice, *note that mermaid is beautiful creature that being told to have beautiful voice, luring sailor-man to their death*, so Ariel sacrifice her voice. She have legs but don't have voice to speak, so automatically, she was banished from the mermaid tribe, and the fish-witch warn her though, human shall not be trusted, so the witch gave Ariel a magical knife, which act to erase the memory of people about the existence of talking fish creature in the sea. The prince found her naked on the beach, brought her to his castle, they have party, and then the prince decided to marry, but with another woman because he thought that the woman saved him. Ariel want to tell the him the truth but cannot speak. So she cried. After the marriage, the prince set voyage, Ariel on board too, said, she must return to her home, actually want to kill the prince, but then she decided not to kill him, instead, jump into the ocean and become bubbles and disappeared/died, since she's nowhere to go. I still remember how hard I was crying after she ends like that. And I learned this, "Don't expect anything in return to our good deeds" or something like that. I heard this when I was 5 y/o.

and the little red riding hood. I guess the ending where she was eaten is the very one I heard when I was 6 and the teacher told us that not to disobey our mom advice or you'll end up like the red riding hood. It's sort of curse or the like, because mother's words is a prayer, in our society.
Hannah-Alexander Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a slightly different version of The Little Mermaid than I've heard! Very interesting and morbid. I always feel sorry for Ariel. All your variations are very interesting :)
Semantot Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
why the pied piper felt deceived? because the townsfolk originally agrees to pay him a sum of golds if he successfully shoo the vermin out.
When he finished his job, the pied piper asked for the promised gold, but the townsfolk laughed at him. he got angry and decide to give the townsfolk a lesson. At night, the pied piper play the pipe and draws the children out, to follow him... and it continues as I've mentioned before.
Semantot Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
actually i forgot this, the handicapped boy saw the children drown that he turn back to the town, he's slow that the townsfolk too late to rescue the drowned children.
yourautumn Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Oh. One of Criminal Minds' episodes was probably inspired by the Girl with No Hands :wow:
But in the episode, the mother was the one who chopped of her daughter's hand to make her look 'ugly', or undesirable :(
AwesomePonyTail Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really interesting. I kind of knew that modern fairytales were different than the original, but not to such a great extent. Wow, some of that stuff was really gruesome. I don't think i will ever read those stories again in the same way. :XD:
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