[MY BOOKISH OBSESSIONS] Grimm’s Fairy tales// The Three Snake-Leaves//

As I was browsing through my bookshelf, looking for something – ANYTHING – that would give me an idea for this month’s reading theme, my hands fell on the loveliest book ever – my collection of Grimm’s Fairy tales. 

The last time I read it was back in 2017! IT’S BEEN WAYY TOOO LONG and NOW I THINK IT’S TIME to bring back the REAL stuff, the dark clouds, the wicked hearts, and the gory details. 

Note: Stop eating. It’s going to get nasty here.

Oh, to be young and in love. And then die and take your lover with you. 

And I am not talking about the famous star crossed lovers. No, we are here to witness the wickedness of another fair maidenthe King’s daughterone who, above all else, wanted to live and die together with her lover.  Sounds romantic, doesn’t it?

She had taken a vow to only marry someone who would be willing to be buried alive with her should she die first. 

Wow! Talk about hopeful beginnings, huh? 🤣

Well, that’s what she wanted – absurd as it was – and what’s more? There was a man crazy in love enough to promise her that! He didn’t know what he was taking on. Perhaps he just thought that this was ther way of being hella romantic?

But he was wrong. She was serious. Deadly serious. Literally. Because the breath of life did leave her bodysoon after their marriage  – and he was then asked to be buried with her – to be locked up in a vault with a little bread and wine so that once it was over, he could lay himself beside his beloved’s body and say goodbye to the world as he knew it.

By this time, I was already way too creeped out. I mean the fact that he took food and water wine with him inside the vault, while the rotting body of his wife lay inches away from him made me gag! Did he expect to EAT stuff in the presence of a dead body?

But then, I suppose hunger makes you do lots of crazy things. Perhaps he would have started nibbling on her body too? Like those ugly maggots making their way out of eye sockets and mouth? 

Yeah, it’s gross. But hey, why should I be the only to get creeped out? If I am going down, I am taking everybody with me.

But he found a way out – both for himself AND his dead wife – The Magic of Three Snake Leavescontaining healing properties strong enough to even bring the dead back to life. 

I was in awe of the way the whole story was structured. Can you imagine something so creepy, so complete, so magical, and full of so much wisdom compressed in only one and a half pages? I was in love now. Impressed with The Brothers Grimm and their genius.

As the story progressed however, the kind and loving youth found himself at the end of the oceanbetrayed by his wife, who was no longer the same. Bringing people back from dead has it’s side effects, after all. Haven’t you read The Tales of Beedle The Bard? 

In the end, although his wife and her accomplice were punished for their wickedness against the man by the King, I wasn’t satisfied. Was she the real villain here? Was it really HER fault that she was brought back to life with a part of her soul probably forgotten?

What do you think?
Was her husband’s decision to bring her back wrong?
Didn’t he do it just to save himself? Of course any one of us would have chosen the same if presented with such a choice but even so. Was it all HER fault?
Who is the wicked one here?

Perhaps the snakes.

I told you about the three snake leaves, didn’t I? Well, when the man was alone with his dead wife in the vault, a snake crept in and made his way towards the body. The husband got angry and cut it into three pieces. Later another one came, and seeing that it’s companion was lying there all chop-sueyed- went away and came back with those three magical leaves which made the snake whole again, the same ones that the man later used to bring his wife back to life. 

I wonder now what had happened to that other snake. Perhaps he was the wicked one, giving the man glittering but false hope.

sigh

This is how reading these stories make me feel. ALWAYS. I am left with a dozen questions the answers to which come very slowly, if they ever come at all.

It’s an amazing experience, nonetheless. SUCH IMAGINATION! SUCH CREATIVITY!

But HEY! now I have YOU guys to discuss with. So, what do you think? 

38 thoughts on “[MY BOOKISH OBSESSIONS] Grimm’s Fairy tales// The Three Snake-Leaves//

  1. Stop adding book to my TBR, Rain!! I cannot keep up!! I haven’t worked my way through Shakespeare and here you are with Grimm! Who am I kidding, I love this, don’t ever stop 😂😘

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    1. Awwwww!! I am soo sorry for bombarding you with recs, hon! But….ummmm….I WILL NOT STOPPP!! Because you are my fav and I want you to read what I am reading so that we can gush about it togetherr!! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣😉😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  2. How in the world did I never hear of this Grimm fairy tale? No doubt I was creeped out with all those thoughts you put in my head but I read on regardless. I guess curiosity won over . Now I have to google this story while scenes from Coraline, Corpse Bride and Coco light up inside my head. Also the GIFs you used were simply awesome .

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    1. Ahhhhh!! I know right?! So creepy. I mean…lesser than the others but…still….I loved and hated it both at the same time – as is the general feeling while reading Grimm brothers’ work I guess!! 🤣🤣🤣

      Ahhhh!! Corpse Bride!! LOVE IT SOO SOO MUCHH!! I haven’t Caroline though! By Neil Gaiman right?!

      AWWW!! Thank you SO SO SOO MUCHH! I am sooo glad you liked the gifs!! 🌟😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️

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  3. I absolutely love the Grimm’s fairy tales! 😍😍 (Most of them, at least. Have you ever read “Straw, Coal and Bean”? Dumbest story ever if you ask me 🙄. But then again, you can’t blame the brothers Grimm – they didn’t actually write the stories, they just travelled around Germany and collected everything people told them, so there are bound to be some bad eggs…) But overall, I absolutely love the dark twists many of the fairy tales have! I was quite shocked when I realized that my friends in the US grew up with very different versions of the stories from the ones I had been told as a kid lol 😅 They lose so much nuance when you take the gruesome parts out! I’m so glad to hear you also enjoy the dark originals 😊😊

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    1. ME TOOOOO!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️ Ummm….I don’t think? You know I must have but since it’s been a while, I may have forgotten! Gotta go back and search for it again! ❤️

      Hahah!! Yeahhh!! But still you know..the way they have presented all these stories is….simply marvellous!! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️

      YESS!! Exactlyy!! I didn’t read the original darker ones until just a few years ago you know…so you can guess my….horror when I did read them!! 🤣🤣 But I ended up loving them even more!! SO MANY AMAZING IDEAS!! 😍😍😍😍

      I agree!! The original ones have a kind of beauty that just cannot be replaced!

      I am sooo glad you are interested in this month’s theme!! IT WILL MAKE IT ALL THE MORE FUN!! 😍😍😍😍

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      1. I am so excited!!! This is definitely a great monthly theme 😊😊
        And lololol, I don’t think you’re missing out on anything if you don’t remember that particular fairy tale… Although I am kind of curious why people even thought it was worthy of telling in the first place 😂
        And it’s so interesting to hear people’s opinions who stumbled across the original versions later! I actually never thought they were particularly disturbing at all, until I started talking about Cinderella’s sisters cutting off parts of their feet to my American friend when I was around seven or eight. She was fascinated, but I think her mom was a bit horrified about what kinds of bedtime stories my parents told my siblings and me 😂😂😂

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    1. Haha!! Yessss…it’s…quite creepy. Not the most but…enough! 🤣🤣

      Awww thank you soo muchh, Star! Thank you for your lovely comment, as always!! 😍❤️

      And hey…which one’s your fav?! 😍

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      1. I’ve no idea, there are so many good ones! I’ve always had a soft spot for Hansel and Grethel. It might have been the house made of gingerbread, which intrigued me. 😁

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    1. Ahhhh YESS!! Mine too! I had no idea how very grim they ACTUALLY were until a few yeas ago! But I love them just the same!! 😍😍😍😍😍😉❤️❤️

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  4. So eeeewww and creepy and yucky. Eating beside a dead body and a snake cut into 3 pieces. All kinds of no, no, no, no way, no sir, no how 🤦🏻‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️Grimm fairytales are like that though.💖

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    1. OH MY GOD YESSS!! How did I forget about it!! I haven’t read the book but I watched the movie with my bro – and DAMNN!! 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱 And you know, now that you’ve mentioned it, there are way too many similarities in this one and Pet Sematary! 😱

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  5. I used to be super into folklore and fairy tales and I love checking out the old Grimm Fairy Tales and also looking into their origins, it’s pretty fascinating and they’re also pretty dark and interesting.

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    1. Oh? I have never tried to dig that further but maybe this month’s theme would finally give me the chance to explore!! 😍😍😍 That you so much for the idea, Lisa! ❤️🌺

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    1. Awww!! Thank you SOOO MUCHHH, hon! You are too sweet! Your comment definitely made my day!! ❤️🌺 I am so very glad you liked it!! AND YESS!! PLEASE DO GIVE Grimm’s fairytales A TRY WHENEVER YOU CAN!! ❤️😇🌟

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    1. OHH??!? I am SO glad someone else has read it tooooo!! It was soo creepy!!! 😱😱

      Oh my god YES! I agree!! That mild wave of curiosity around the story really lent intrigue to it – made me question it! 😍

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  6. Aah, I loved reading your thoughts on this story!! Grimm fairy tales are *so dark*, and I think most people forget that because of all the Disney movies and adaptations 😅 I haven’t read brothers Grimm fairytales in a while, but this post is reminding me that maybe I should get back into them!

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    1. AHH!!! I am SOOOO glad you liked the post, Chana! This one really was quite dark! AND YESS!!! Disney’s watered-down versions, although have their own charm, don’t compare with the originals!!!!

      OH MY GODDD YESS YOU SHOULD!! I mean PLEASE DOOO!!! I would LOVGE to know your thoughts on the stories! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. YESSSS!!! They are the BESTTEST when it comes to making your insides coil with all those gory details!! 🤢🤣🤣

      Oh yes PLEASE DO! It’s a good one! 😍❤️ AND I AM SOO SOO GLAD THAT YOU LIKED THE POST, hon!! Thank you so much for your lovely comment! ❤️😇

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  7. Fuck that man! If you promise to romantically die with your wife then don’t be a coward and DO IT!! Don’t be a fake goth!! A promise is a promise!! 😤😤😤 Get some cyanide with you and make it quick but don’t chicken out!! He probably just wanted to marry a princess like every next guy but wasn’t prepared to face the consequences… 😤😤😡

    I haven’t read the original Grimm Brothers’ Tales but I appreciate how those are the least watered down from the creepy even in the pop culture. Great post!! ❤

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  8. When I first heard of the Grimm’s and their terrifying tales that never made it to our bedside, I was amazed. How could they spare us from all the gore and terror we crave deep down?! I’ve always wanted to read them since I first discovered them but I never found a pretty edition to cherish for the rest of my life. I’ll definitely have to fix that! 😀

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