Grimms' Fairy Tales (Selected) | Study Guide

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

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Grimms' Fairy Tales (Selected) | Characters

Character Description
Briar Rose Briar Rose, from the story of the same name, is a princess who pricks her finger on a spindle and falls into an enchanted sleep. The story is also known as "Sleeping Beauty." Read More
Cinderella Cinderella, protagonist in the story of the same name, is the drudge of the household who ultimately triumphs when the prince of the realm finds out who she is. Read More
Frog King The frog in "The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich" is a prince who's under a spell from which only a princess can release him. Read More
Gretel Gretel is the resilient sister in "Hansel and Gretel" who conceives of the final ruse to ensure the siblings' freedom from the evil witch. Read More
Hansel Hansel is the enterprising brother in "Hansel and Gretel" who thinks of several schemes that help to save him and his sister from the evil witch. Read More
Little Red Riding Hood Little Red Riding Hood is a girl visiting her grandmother in the story of the same name. Read More
Rapunzel Rapunzel is a beautiful long-haired girl imprisoned by a witch in the story of the same name. Read More
Snow White Snow White is a beautiful girl who lives with seven dwarfs in the story of the same name. Read More
Beautiful sister in "Mother Holle" The beautiful, hardworking sister in "Mother Holle" performs various good deeds. She goes to live with Mother Holle and is rewarded for her hard work.
Cat in "The Bremen Town Musicians" The elderly cat joins the donkey and dog on the trip to Bremen.
Cat in "The Cat and Mouse in Partnership" The cat in "The Cat and Mouse in Partnership" is one of a friendly pair of animals who keep house together until the cat eats first their stored food and then the mouse.
Clever Gretel Gretel is a greedy, ingenious cook who engineers a way to eat two roast chickens meant for her master and his guest—without getting caught—in "Clever Gretel."
Dog in "The Bremen Town Musicians" The dog is the first companion the donkey meets when he flees his home.
Donkey in "The Bremen Town Musicians" The old donkey sets off for Bremen when he realizes his master wants to do away with him.
Dummy Dummy is the hapless youngest son in "The Golden Goose," who marries a princess after a long string of trials.
Fisherman The poor fisherman in "The Fisherman and His Wife" is granted wishes by a magic flounder.
Flounder The flounder is an enchanted prince turned magical fish. In "The Fisherman and His Wife," he grants wishes to a poor fisherman in gratitude for having been set free.
Furrypelts Furrypelts is the lovely princess in the story of the same name. She's forced to flee when her own father falls in love with her; hired to be a servant in a palace, she ends up marrying the king.
Golden goose The golden goose possesses the power to harness long lines of people behind her in the story of the same name.
Grandmother The grandmother in "Little Red Riding Hood" is eaten by the wolf after her granddaughter strays off the forest path.
Hare The vain, haughty hare races the hedgehog in "The Hare and the Hedgehog." He's tricked into running until he dies of exhaustion.
Hedgehog In "The Hare and the Hedgehog," the hedgehog challenges the hare to a race. He foils his opponent with the help of his wife.
Hedgehog's wife In "The Hare and the Hedgehog," the hedgehog's loyal wife helps her husband trick the hare.
Huntsman The huntsman in "Little Red Riding Hood" rescues Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother from the belly of the wolf.
Ilsebill, the fisherman's wife The fisherman's grasping wife makes one wish too many in "The Fisherman and his Wife."
Jorinda Jorinda is an affianced girl in "Jorinda and Joringel." She is captured by an old crone and turned into a nightingale.
Joringel Joringel is Jorinda's fiancé in "Jorinda and Joringel." He rescues Jorinda from the clutches of the evil crone.
Kind Wise Woman In "Briar Rose," the kind Wise Woman counteracts the vengeful Wise Woman's spell by turning death into sleep.
Little Brother Little Brother is turned into a fawn after drinking from a cursed stream in "Little Brother and Little Sister."
Little Sister Little Sister cares for her brother when he becomes a fawn. She marries a king and is murdered (but comes back to life) in "Little Brother and Little Sister."
Magic mirror In "Snow White," the talking mirror can discern the most beautiful female in the land.
Miller in "The Girl Without Hands" In "The Girl Without Hands," the miller inadvertently promises to give over his daughter to the devil.
Miller in "Rumpelstiltskin" In "Rumpelstiltskin," the miller sets the plot in motion by telling the king his daughter can spin straw into gold.
Miller's daughter in "The Girl Without Hands" In "The Girl Without Hands," the pious and self-sacrificing miller's daughter allows her father to cut off her hands in order to keep the devil away.
Miller's daughter in "Rumpelstiltskin" In "Rumpelstiltskin," the miller's daughter is commanded by the king to spin straw into gold.
Mother goat The brave mother of seven baby goats, six of whom are eaten by a wolf, manages to save them all in "The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids."
Mother in "Cinderella" Cinderella's mother dies at the beginning of the story of the same name.
Mother in "Snow White" Snow White's mother, in "Snow White," is granted her wish of bearing a child "as white as snow, as red as blood, and as black as ebony."
Mother Gothel In "Rapunzel," Mother Gothel takes the baby Rapunzel from her parents, imprisons Rapunzel inside a high tower with no door, and visits her daily by climbing up her long hair.
Mouse in "The Cat and Mouse in Partnership" In "The Cat and Mouse in Partnership," the mouse sets up house with a wily cat who persuades her it will benefit them both.
Old woman in "Hansel and Gretel" In "Hansel and Gretel," the old woman lives in a house made of bread and cake. She uses it to lure hungry children to their deaths.
Prince in "Briar Rose" In "Briar Rose," the prince magically passes through the briars around the sleeping Briar Rose's castle and wakes her with a kiss.
Prince in "Snow White" The prince discovers Snow White in the story of the same name, seemingly dead. He begs the dwarfs to let him take her coffin, then marries her after she's restored to life.
Prince in "The Six Servants" The prince is the lovesick swain in "The Six Servants," who manages to win the princess with the help of six most unusual men.
Princess with the golden ball The princess is a young woman who tries to get out of a promise she makes to a frog in "The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich."
Rapunzel's mother In "Rapunzel," Rapunzel's mother begs her husband to steal from Mother Gothel's garden, thus setting the plot in motion.
Rooster in "The Bremen Town Musicians" The rooster is the last creature to join the traveling group of animals in "The Bremen Town Musicians."
Rumpelstiltskin Rumpelstiltskin is a gnome who comes to the aid of a miller's daughter in the story of the same name.
Seven dwarfs In "Snow White," the seven dwarfs are miners who shelter Snow White in exchange for her housekeeping.
Six servants The lovesick prince in "The Six Servants" meets six men, each with his own amazing supernatural ability, who help him marry the daughter of the sorceress.
Sorceress queen in "The Six Servants" In "The Six Servants," the sorceress queen lures her daughter's would-be suitors to death by setting them impossible tasks.
Sorceress's daughter In "The Six Servants," the sorceress's daughter is a cold and snobbish young woman who plots unsuccessfully to avoid marrying the prince.
Stepmother in "Cinderella" Cinderella's stepmother is a cruel woman who, on marrying Cinderella's father, turns the girl into a servant.
Stepmother in "Snow White" Jealous of Snow White's beauty in the story of the same name, the girl's stepmother repeatedly tries to kill her.
Stepsisters in "Cinderella" The stepsisters in "Cinderella" are an ugly and malicious pair who do everything they can to make Cinderella unhappy.
Tailor The tailor is an ingenious tradesman who seeks his fortune in "The Brave Little Tailor." Although he is vain, his belief that he can perform remarkable feats of strength and daring allows him to do so.
Thumbling Thumbling is an ingenious thumb-sized boy who's tested by a serious of hair-raising adventures in "Thumbling."
Two white doves Two white doves sing when the prince finds his bride in "Cinderella."
Ugly sister in "Mother Holle" The ugly sister in "Mother Holle" refuses to help when asked. She also refuses to work for Mother Holle and ends by having a bucket of pitch poured over her.
Wicked wolf The wolf in "Little Red Riding Hood" poses as the child's grandmother (after he has eaten the old woman).
Widow in "Mother Holle" The Widow in "Mother Holle" is the mother of an ugly, lazy daughter and stepmother of a lovely, industrious daughter whom she constantly abuses.
Wise Woman (vengeful) in "Briar Rose" In "Briar Rose," the 13th Wise Woman puts an evil spell on Briar Rose because she's angry not to have been invited to the baby's christening.
Wise Women (good) in "Briar Rose" In "Briar Rose," the Wise Women are a group of sorceresses who confer magic gifts onto the newborn princess.
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