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Collected Item: ““The Knights of the Fish,” The Brown Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang, New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1914, pp. 343-350.”

Full bibliographic citation (MLA)

“The Knights of the Fish,” The Brown Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang, New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1914, pp. 343-350.

Title of the complete book/anthology (not a single chapter/fairy tale)

The Brown Fairy Book

The name of the author or editor of the complete book/anthology (leave blank if none are listed)

Andrew Lang

Illustrator(s) of the book/anthology (leave blank if none are listed)

H.J. Ford

City where the book/anthology was published

New York, London, Bombay, and Calcutta

The country where the book/anthology was published (use United States for US publications)

US, England, and India

The publisher of the book/anthology (as written on the title page)

Longmans, Green, and Co.

Date of publication (or date range from the library catalog, if no dates are listed in the book)


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The fairy tale type (use the drop down menu)

Dragon Slayers

The author of the fairy tale/chapter (leave blank if none is listed). If there is only an author for the whole book/anthology listed, use that author again for this entry

Fernan Caballaro

What is special about this version of the tale?

Two twin knights who originated from an apathetic, talking fish set out on an adventure. The first knight finds a dragon, slays it to save the princess, and then marries her. He seeks out a mysterious enchanted castle with echoing spirits and is tricked into falling into a cavern by an old witch. The second knight, his twin brother, stumbles upon the city his brother was crowned in and is curious as to why the people think they recognize him. He deciphers that his brother set off to the enchanted castle after talking to the princess and then tricks the old witch who resides there into saving his brother, all the knights who took upon the castle before him, and all the beautiful women who were sacrificed to the dragon.

This tale is different because it is almost two in one as well as the previously slain men and the women who were sacrificed come back to life at the end.

A brief summary of the plot that highlights any unique variations

An apathetic, talking fish befriends a hungry cobbler who allows the cobbler to eat him and bury part of his flesh in a garden. The garden grows larger and spits out two twin babies that eventually become men. They decide to leave home one day after being tired of mistaken for each other and vow to return home if anything noteworthy happens. The twin who took off east encountered a solemn city with every citizen weeping because this year their princess was the beautiful girl chosen to be sacrificed to their dragon. The eastern twin saves the princess by tricking the dragon with its own reflection. When the dragon fights the mirror that tricked him, the eastern twin slays the dragon and saves the princess. The eastern Knight of the Fish takes the princess’ hand in marriage as a token of the King’s gratitude for saving his daughter. The eastern Knight of the Fish sees the enchanted Castle of Albatroz in the distance and rides off to see it in the morning. The echoes of the castle awake an ugly old woman who resides there, and she gives him a tour of the enchanted castle and leads him into a dark room where he falls through a trap door. Meanwhile, the western-riding Knight of the Fish stumbles upon the village of his twin brother’s princess and is curious as to why everyone thinks they recognize him. The princess is happy to see him and asks what the enchanted castle has, but he says he has to return before he can tell her. The western Knight of the Fish confronts the old lady and she is fearful of him. She gives him a task of bringing her back to life with some ingredients from the garden before she lets him know where his brother resides. The old lady shows him his brother and those who fell before, and they come back to life with the same magic potion constructed. The western Knight of the Fish also found a cavern of all the bodies of the girls who had been sacrificed to the dragon and also brought them back to life. The castle fell as the old lady died at the rage of her captives escaping.

The original source of the fairy tale, if easily identifiable (Straparola, Basile, de Beaumont, Perrault, Grimm, etc.)

Cuentos, Oraciones, Adivinas recogidos por Fernan Caballaro.

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