Multilingual Folk Tale Database


Aarne-Thompson-Uther Classification of Folk Tales

461: Three Hairs of the Devil

      460-499 Supernatural Tasks

            300-749 TALES OF MAGIC

Prophecy, Urias letter, and resultant marriage; cf. Type 930. I. Introduction. Prophecy that a youth is to become the king's son-in-law. Vain attempts to prevent the marriage. II. Quest for Devil's Hairs. (a) The hero is sent on a quest to hell to…

Variants

461A: The Journey to the Deity for Advice or Repayment

Cf. Type 460A. I. The Quest. A poor man sets out to seek a deity to recover lost gold, to seek advice, or for other reasons. II. The questions. On his way, various questions are given to which he is asked to find the answers: (a) Persons with various…

Examples

ATUAuthorYearCountryLanguageTitle
461 Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm / Margaret Hunt 1884 Germany English The devil with the three golden hairs
461 Asbjørnsen & Moe / George Dasent 1859 Norway English Rich Peter the Pedlar

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