Multilingual Folk Tale Database


Aarne-Thompson-Uther Classification of Folk Tales

653: The Skillful Brothers

      650-699 Supernatural Power or Knowledge

            300-749 TALES OF MAGIC

The father has them trained. Display of their accomplishments. The bird's nest on the tree. The stolen princess recovered. Cf. Type 513, 514. I. The Four Brothers Tested. (a) Four brothers sent to learn trades return home and are tested. (b) The…

Variants

653A: The Rarest Thing in the World

A princess is offered to the one bringing the rarest thing in the world [T68.1]. Three brothers set out and acquire magic objects: a telescope which shows all that is happening in the world [D1323.15], a carpet (or the like) which transports one at…

Examples

ATUAuthorYearCountryLanguageTitle
653 Giambattista Basile 1634 Italy Neapolitan Li Cinco Figlie
653 Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm ???? Germany English The four skilful brothers

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