Multilingual Folk Tale Database

Aarne-Thompson-Uther Classification of Folk Tales

552: Animals and In-laws

      500-559 Supernatural Helpers

            300-749 TALES OF MAGIC

I. Marriage to Animals. (a) A bankrupt man promises his daughters in in marriage in return for safety and money to three animals (bear, eagle, whale); or (b) three girls despairing of marriage say that they will marry any one even if it is an animal…


552A: Three Animals as Brothers-in-law

Three princesses are married to animals. The animals help their brother-in-law. See analysis: I a, c; II a, b; III b.

552B: The Animal Sons-in-law and their Magic Food

The unsuccessful imitation. See analysis: I b, c; II c, d.


552 Giambattista Basile ???? Italy English The Three Enchanted Princes
552A Vuk Stefanović Karadžić / Elodie L. Muatovich 1918 Serbia English Bash-Chalek; Or, True Steel
552 Giuseppe Pitrè 1870 Italy Sicilian Li tri figghi obbidienti

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