Collected Item: ““The Brave Little Tailor, or Seven at One Stroke.” Grimm’s Household Fairy Tales, translated by Ella Boldey, with illustrations by R. André, New York: McLoughlin Bros., 1890, pp. 91-96.”
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“The Brave Little Tailor, or Seven at One Stroke.” Grimm’s Household Fairy Tales, translated by Ella Boldey, with illustrations by R. André, New York: McLoughlin Bros., 1890, pp. 91-96. https://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00078883/00001/7j
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Grimm’s Household Fairy Tales
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In this edition of the Grimm’s Fairytale story, there are two detailed illustrations of giants depicted as a larger normal humans, not a monstrous ones. However, they act like monstrous giants eating sheep and living in a cave.
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A tailor sits at home and while making a vest kills seven flies at once with a cloth. Impressed by his actions he makes a belt saying, “seven at one stroke” and leaves for the city to make money on his accomplishment. When travelling he runs into an ogre; when the ogre sees the tailor’s belt, he makes him prove his strength with multiple tasks, which the tailor uses his wit to trick the ogre into thinking he does the tasks. After leaving the ogre he comes upon a kingdom where the king lives; the king tells the tailor if he can follow three tasks, he is able to have the princess’s hand in marriage and half the king’s wealth. The first task is to kill giants, the second is to catch a unicorn, and the third is to catch a wild boar. When marrying the princess, she realizes he is not a great soldier but a tailor and tells her father to kill him, when the tailor overhears this, he devises a plan to stay alive and keeps his marriage and his fortune.
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