Multilingual Folk Tale Database


Aarne-Thompson-Uther Classification of Folk Tales

451: The Nurse looking for her Brothers,

      450-459 Brother or Sister

            400-459 Supernatural or Enchanted Wife (Husband) or Other Relative

                  300-749 TALES OF MAGIC

The twelve brothers are changed into ravens. Cf. The Speechless Princess, Types 705, 710. I. The Brothers and their Sister. (a) Seven (twelve) brothers have a younger sister. (b) The parents have promised the death of the brothers if a daughter is…

Variants

451A: The Sister Seeking her Nine Brothers

She sets forth with the mare whose offspring are the steeds of her nine brothers. Contrary to warning the girl obeys a fairy and goes bathing. The fairy takes the girl's clothes as carriage and leaves in their place her own rags and a hog harnessed…

Examples

ATUAuthorYearCountryLanguageTitle
451 Giambattista Basile ???? Italy English The Seven Doves
451 Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm / Margaret Hunt 1884 Germany English The twelve brothers
451 Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm / Margaret Hunt 1884 Germany English The seven ravens
451 Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm / Margaret Hunt 1884 Germany English The six swans
451 Asbjørnsen & Moe / George Dasent 1859 Norway English The Twelve Wild Ducks

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