Rumpelstiltskin, a Grimm Brothers fairy tale

June 30, 2020 5:54 am


Commonly associated with the Country of Germany and thought to be around 4,000 years old the Grimm Brothers fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin is not a well-known story.  A poor Miller tries to convince the King that his daughter has magical powers and can spin straw into Gold!  The King calls the Millers bluff and locks the frightened girl in a small room full of straw demanding she spin it into gold by the following morning or he will have her executed!  The day is almost breaking and the poor girl distraught by not being able to complete the impossible task.  A magical goblin appears in the room and in exchange for her silver necklace he spins the straw into gold.

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When the King sees all the gold he is over the moon because he hadn’t invested in any IFA software supplied by companies such as and his Kingdom is on the verge of bankruptcy!  Overjoyed with her achievements the greedy King locks the girl in a bigger room full of straw and demands she again spin it into gold.  Rumpelstiltskin comes again and in exchange for the girl’s precious ring he spins the straw and Gold fills the room.  The third night the same thing happens only the goblin demands that the terrified girl promise him her first born child in exchange for the gold.

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When the child is born the goblin agrees that if the girl can guess his name within three days, he will not take the baby.  After sneaking into the woods and watching him, the girl learns his name is Rumpelstiltskin and he has to leave with nothing.