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  • I remember being told fairy tales from a young age,

  • and at the time they seemed quite innocent.

  • From brutal torture and murder

  • to sexual assault and witchcraft,

  • here are 10 Dark Fairy Tale Origins.

  • I think everyone watching this will be familiar with the story of "Cinderella",

  • but perhaps you are only familiar with the modern version.

  • In the original version,

  • the ugly step-sisters chop off parts of their own feet

  • in an attempt to fit the glass slipper.

  • But they weren't fooling anyone.

  • When the prince learned of their tricks,

  • he ordered the removal of their eyes.

  • This was only the beginning of their punishment,

  • as they were then sentenced to death by dancing on hot coals.

  • In some versions, they weren't sentenced to death,

  • but spent the rest of their lives as blind beggars living on the streets of some medieval slum.

  • In "Hansel and Gretel",

  • two young children find themselves lost in the forest.

  • When they were taken in by an evil witch,

  • she enslaves the children with plans of eating them.

  • But they push the witch into the fire,

  • with the witch dead, they are free to escape.

  • In a different version of the tale,

  • the children are captured by the devil.

  • And just like the witch, he also plans on eating them,

  • so he keeps them locked in his house for a few days to fatten them up.

  • And the devil did have a house, where he apparently lived with his wife.

  • The devil and his wife were overweight to the point of being very slow.

  • Taking advantage of this, the children grabbed a knife and cut their throats.

  • When you hear the original version of "Snow White",

  • your childhood will be completely destroyed.

  • In the modern version, an evil queen tries to kill Snow White with a poison apple.

  • When the seven dwarfs return home,

  • they discover snow white's dead body,

  • but they couldn't bring themselves to bury her, so her body is placed in a glass coffin.

  • One year later, her body is discovered by a prince

  • who breaks the poison curse with a single kiss

  • and she is woken up.

  • The original version was rather different.

  • On discovering her body, the prince did not kiss Snow White.

  • What he did instead was steal her body.

  • So he put her on his horse for the long journey back to the castle.

  • The evil queen was captured and sentenced to death by dancing.

  • Death by dancing is quite simple:

  • a pair of iron shoes would be placed into a fire

  • until red hot,

  • and someone would be made to wear them until they die.

  • The story of Aladdin was included in "One Thousand and One Nights",

  • but oral history has ensured the survival of many versions of it.

  • Although it's an Arab folk tale,

  • it is set in China.

  • A local sorcerer convinces Aladdin to enter a booby-trapped cave in search of a magic lamp.

  • In return for the lamp he would make Aladdin the most wealthy man in all of China.

  • But the sorcerer betrays Aladdin, trapping him in the cave.

  • In most versions,

  • Aladdin is rescued and taken home by a genie

  • and the genie makes him rich.

  • In one version,

  • Aladdin doesn't ask the genie for great wealth.

  • The only thing he wants is revenge.

  • Aladdin and the genie search the town for information on the sorcerers location.

  • When no one gives them any information,

  • they start torturing people and murdering their children in front of them.

  • That's where the story ends.

  • The classic story of "Rapunzel" descries a beautiful woman trapped in a tall tower.

  • The tower had no entrance or staircase.

  • One afternoon a prince discovers the tower,

  • and Rapunzel allows him to climb into the tower, by grabbing onto her long hair.

  • They soon fall in love and hatch a plan for Rapunzel's escape.

  • But her adopted mother finds out about the plan,

  • and as she was the one who trapped Rapunzel, she didn't want it to succeed.

  • She cut off Rapunzel's hair and sent her far away.

  • She left Rapunzel's hair hanging from the tower window to trap the prince.

  • That night the prince climbed into the tower only to see Rapunzel's evil mother.

  • She pushes him from the tower

  • and he is blinded by the thorns below.

  • Some versions tell that his sight is eventually restored and he finds Rapunzel,

  • but others tell that he is blinded forever

  • and Rapunzel is lost in a far away desert forever.

  • "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" dates back to around the year 1300.

  • According to the tale,

  • the old town of Hamelin has been overrun by rats.

  • Desperate to control the situation,

  • the local townsfolk agree to pay a man to lure the rats away from Hamelin,

  • and so the man lured the rats away by playing them music on his magic pipe.

  • But when he returned,

  • the local townsfolk refused to pay him.

  • In retaliation, he decided to kidnap their children and hold them for ransom.

  • He did so in the usual way by luring them away with his pipe.

  • Now, eventually the parents paid him

  • and they were reunited with their children,

  • but there are more old and more gruesome versions of the story

  • in which he forces the children into a river where they drown.

  • "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" features the character Quasimodo.

  • He was a deformed hunchback who was abandoned by his own mother as a child.

  • Adopted by the Archdeacon of Notre-Dame, and raised in the cathedral,

  • he was never allowed to leave the Cathedral as the local population was deeply scared of him.

  • For a long time he was considered a purely fictional character,

  • but the memoirs of a Victorian sculptor suggest otherwise.

  • They describe a hunched back mason who worked on the cathedral.

  • Could Quasimodo be real?

  • "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" is a classic.

  • The story begins with a family of bears who live in a house for some reason.

  • One day the three bears leave their home to do bear things for a while.

  • While they were gone, a young girl called Goldilocks broke into their house.

  • She ate their food and fell asleep in the small bears bed.

  • As she sleeps soundly,

  • the three bears return home and discover the tiny home invader.

  • Scared by their return,

  • Goldilocks jumped out of the window and made her escape.

  • But in the oldest versions of the story Goldilocks didn't get the chance to escape.

  • The bears simply tore her to shreds.

  • I'm not quite sure what the moral of this story is...

  • In "Little Red Riding Hood",

  • a young girl travels through the woods to visit her grandmother.

  • On arriving at her grandmothers house,

  • she discovers the big bad wolf disguised as her grandmother,

  • but she didn't realize until the wolf tried to eat her.

  • And he would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for the meddling woodsman who saved the girl.

  • In the original version of the story,

  • the woodsman never rescues her,

  • and she never reaches the house.

  • It's literally just a tale of a girl being eaten by a wolf.

  • It was told to teach children not to stray from their villiages

  • as all kinds of dangers surround them.

  • The original story of "Sleeping Beauty" is somewhat similar to "Snow White",

  • although a lot more dark (darker).

  • In the story we know,

  • a young princess seems to have been struck by an illness that put her to sleep

  • Not until 100 years later is she awoken by a kiss.

  • She falls in love with the prince who kissed her, and the story pretty much ends here.

  • However in the original version the prince doesn't wake her.

  • On discovering her body,

  • he decides to rape her.

  • He then leaves her alone.

  • Despite being both asleep and over 100 years old,

  • this encounter impregnated her.

  • Nine months later she gave birth to twins who managed to wake her up.

  • It's really not a politically correct story,

  • and I'm guessing not a true one either.

I remember being told fairy tales from a young age,

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10 Dark Fairy Tale Origins

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    April Lu   posted on 2018/02/22
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