Children's Legends, No. 3
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Once there was a poor woman who had two children. The youngest one had
to go into the forest every day to fetch wood. Once when he had gone a
very long way to find wood, a child who was very little but very strong
came to him and helped him gather the wood and carried it up to his house,
but then in the wink of an eye he disappeared. The child told his mother
about this, but she did not believe him. Finally the child brought a rose
and said that the beautiful child had given it to him and that when the
rose was in full blossom he would come again. The mother placed the rose
into water. One morning the child did not get up; the mother went to his
bed and found him lying there dead. On that same morning the rose came
into full blossom.
- Source: Die
Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children's and Household Tales --
Grimms' Fairy Tales), Kinderlegenden (Children's Legends), no. 3.
- Translated from Low German by D. L.
Ashliman. © 2000.
- The Grimms received this legend from the Westphalian family von
- "The Rose" is one of ten "Children's Legends" added as an appendix to
the Grimms' Children's and Household Tales with the second edition
(1819). In succeeding editions, until and including the final edition of
1857, "The Rose" underwent only superficial stylistic changes.
Links to related sites
- For more accounts of foretold deaths, see the following texts (all in
the original German) from the Grimms' Deutsche Sagen: Der Tod des
zu Merseburg (263), Die Lilie im
Korvei (264), Rebundus im Dom zu
Lübeck (265), Glocke läutet
selbst (266), Todesgespenst
- The Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household
Tales (Grimms' Fairy Tales).
- The Grimm Brothers' Home
- Aging and Death in Folklore.
An essay by D.
L. Ashliman, with supporting texts from proverbs, folktales, and myths
from around the world.
- D. L. Ashliman's folktexts, a library of folktales, folklore,
fairy tales, and mythology.
Revised September 6, 2006.