Briar Rose | Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales | Bedtime Stories (2022)

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Briar Rose | Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales | Bedtime Stories (1)

A king and queen once upon a time reigned in a country a great way off, where there were in those days fairies. Now this king and queen had plenty of money, and plenty of fine clothes to wear, and plenty of good things to eat and drink, and a coach to ride out in every day: but though they had been married many years they had no children, and this grieved them very much indeed.

But one day as the queen was walking by the side of the river, at the bottom of the garden, she saw a poor little fish, that had thrown itself out of the water, and lay gasping and nearly dead on the bank. Then the queen took pity on the little fish, and threw it back again into the river; and before it swam away it lifted its head out of the water and said,

‘I know what your wish is, and it shall be fulfilled, in return for your kindness to me—you will soon have a daughter.’

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What the little fish had foretold soon came to pass; and the queen had a little girl, so very beautiful that the king could not cease looking on it for joy, and said he would hold a great feast and make merry, and show the child to all the land. So he asked his kinsmen, and nobles, and friends, and neighbours.

But the queen said,

‘I will have the fairies also, that they might be kind and good to our little daughter.’

Now there were thirteen fairies in the kingdom; but as the king and queen had only twelve golden dishes for them to eat out of, they were forced to leave one of the fairies without asking her. So twelve fairies came, each with a high red cap on her head, and red shoes with high heels on her feet, and a long white wand in her hand: and after the feast was over they gathered round in a ring and gave all their best gifts to the little princess. One gave her goodness, another beauty, another riches, and so on till she had all that was good in the world.

Just as eleven of them had done blessing her, a great noise was heard in the courtyard, and word was brought that the thirteenth fairy was come, with a black cap on her head, and black shoes on her feet, and a broomstick in her hand: and presently up she came into the dining-hall.

Now, as she had not been asked to the feast she was very angry, and scolded the king and queen very much, and set to work to take her revenge. So she cried out,

‘The king’s daughter shall, in her fifteenth year, be wounded by a spindle, and fall down dead.’

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Then the twelfth of the friendly fairies, who had not yet given her gift, came forward, and said that the evil wish must be fulfilled, but that she could soften its mischief; so her gift was, that the king’s daughter, when the spindle wounded her, should not really die, but should only fall asleep for a hundred years.

However, the king hoped still to save his dear child altogether from the threatened evil; so he ordered that all the spindles in the kingdom should be bought up and burnt. But all the gifts of the first eleven fairies were in the meantime fulfilled; for the princess was so beautiful, and well behaved, and good, and wise, that everyone who knew her loved her.

It happened that, on the very day she was fifteen years old, the king and queen were not at home, and she was left alone in the palace. So she roved about by herself, and looked at all the rooms and chambers, till at last she came to an old tower, to which there was a narrow staircase ending with a little door. In the door there was a golden key, and when she turned it the door sprang open, and there sat an old lady spinning away very busily.

‘Why, how now, good mother,’ said the princess; ‘what are you doing there?’

‘Spinning,’ said the old lady, and nodded her head, humming a tune, while buzz! went the wheel.

‘How prettily that little thing turns round!’ said the princess, and took the spindle and began to try and spin. But scarcely had she touched it, before the fairy’s prophecy was fulfilled; the spindle wounded her, and she fell down lifeless on the ground.

However, she was not dead, but had only fallen into a deep sleep; and the king and the queen, who had just come home, and all their court, fell asleep too; and the horses slept in the stables, and the dogs in the court, the pigeons on the house-top, and the very flies slept upon the walls. Even the fire on the hearth left off blazing, and went to sleep; the jack stopped, and the spit that was turning about with a goose upon it for the king’s dinner stood still; and the cook, who was at that moment pulling the kitchen-boy by the hair to give him a box on the ear for something he had done amiss, let him go, and both fell asleep; the butler, who was slyly tasting the ale, fell asleep with the jug at his lips: and thus everything stood still, and slept soundly.

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A large hedge of thorns soon grew round the palace, and every year it became higher and thicker; till at last the old palace was surrounded and hidden, so that not even the roof or the chimneys could be seen. But there went a report through all the land of the beautiful sleeping Briar Rose (for so the king’s daughter was called): so that, from time to time, several kings’ sons came, and tried to break through the thicket into the palace. This, however, none of them could ever do; for the thorns and bushes laid hold of them, as it were with hands; and there they stuck fast, and died wretchedly.

After many, many years there came a king’s son into that land: and an old man told him the story of the thicket of thorns; and how a beautiful palace stood behind it, and how a wonderful princess, called Briar Rose, lay in it asleep, with all her court. He told, too, how he had heard from his grandfather that many, many princes had come, and had tried to break through the thicket, but that they had all stuck fast in it, and died.

Then the young prince said, ‘All this shall not frighten me; I will go and see this Briar Rose.’

The old man tried to hinder him, but he was bent upon going.

Now that very day the hundred years were ended; and as the prince came to the thicket he saw nothing but beautiful flowering shrubs, through which he went with ease, and they shut in after him as thick as ever. Then he came at last to the palace, and there in the court lay the dogs asleep; and the horses were standing in the stables; and on the roof sat the pigeons fast asleep, with their heads under their wings. And when he came into the palace, the flies were sleeping on the walls; the spit was standing still; the butler had the jug of ale at his lips, going to drink a draught; the maid sat with a fowl in her lap ready to be plucked; and the cook in the kitchen was still holding up her hand, as if she was going to beat the boy.

Then he went on still farther, and all was so still that he could hear every breath he drew; till at last he came to the old tower, and opened the door of the little room in which Briar Rose was; and there she lay, fast asleep on a couch by the window. She looked so beautiful that he could not take his eyes off her, so he stooped down and gave her a kiss.

But the moment he kissed her she opened her eyes and awoke, and smiled upon him; and they went out together; and soon the king and queen also awoke, and all the court, and gazed on each other with great wonder. And the horses shook themselves, and the dogs jumped up and barked; the pigeons took their heads from under their wings, and looked about and flew into the fields; the flies on the walls buzzed again; the fire in the kitchen blazed up; round went the jack, and round went the spit, with the goose for the king’s dinner upon it; the butler finished his draught of ale; the maid went on plucking the fowl; and the cook gave the boy the box on his ear.

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And then the prince and Briar Rose were married, and the wedding feast was given; and they lived happily together all their lives long.


Header illustration by Prawny on Pixabay, with thanks.



1. The thirteenth fairy is angry there is not a place for her, and so casts a terrible spell on the baby Briar Rose. Do you think this was fair of her? Why or why not?

2. If the thirteenth fairy’s feelings were hurt, what are some other things she might have done to help her feel less angry?



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  8. Rumpelstiltskin.
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What is the Brothers Grimm story of Sleeping Beauty? ›

Tale Summary

Since the twelfth wise woman had not yet given her gift, she says that instead of death, the princess will fall into a deep slumber for a hundred years. The princess, Rosamond, pricks her finger in her fifteenth year and fulfills the prophecy, where she falls into a deep sleep along with the entire castle.

How is the thirteenth fairy described in Briar Rose? ›

Just as eleven of them had done blessing her, a great noise was heard in the courtyard, and word was brought that the thirteenth fairy was come, with a black cap on her head, and black shoes on her feet, and a broomstick in her hand: and presently up she came into the dining- hall.

What is the darkest Grimm story? ›

The Robber Bridegroom

This might be the most disturbing Grimm story yet. A man sets out to marry a miller's daughter. The man asks her to come over to his house, for he had people coming over to meet his bride-to-be. When the girl gets to the small isolated house, she finds it empty.

What is the moral of Briar Rose? ›

The theme of Little Briar Rose is the rewarding of the good- love conquers all. The prince saves Little Briar Rose when he wakes her up from her deep sleep. In Little Briar Rose, her mother and father are King and Queen. Even though she is raised with love and care, there aren't a lot of references of it in the story.

Why is Sleeping Beauty called Briar Rose? ›

In the original story written by the Grimm brothers in the 19th century, Sleeping Beauty was named Briar Rose. When Disney made a new version of the tale it was decided she would use both the names Aurora and Sleeping Beauty, although the three fairies refer to her as Briar Rose in order to conceal her identity.

What is Maleficent's real name? ›

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What is the 13th fairy? ›

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Who is the 13th fairy in Sleeping Beauty? ›

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Is Cinderella a Grimm fairytale? ›

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Is Beauty and the Beast a Grimm fairytale? ›

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What is the saddest fairy tale? ›

The Story of a Mother

This fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen is one of the saddest of his fairy tales and explains the lengths a mother goes for the life of her child. The tale was first published December 1847.

What's the oldest fairy tale? ›

Analysis showed Beauty And The Beast and Rumpelstiltskin to be about 4,000 years old. And a folk tale called The Smith And The Devil, about a blacksmith selling his soul in a pact with the Devil in order to gain supernatural abilities, was estimated to go back 6,000 years to the Bronze Age.

Who is the strongest fairy? ›

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Who is the most famous fairy? ›

1. The Fairy Godmother (Cinderella) Cinderella is allegedly the world's favourite fairy tale, with hundreds of versions around the globe. Not all feature the fairy godmother, but she is in the version most of us know best and remember from our earliest days, whether from books, film, pantomime or ballet.

Who is the best fairy? ›

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Briar's best friend is Apple White who she follows in the Royal and Rebel Conflict.

Who is Briar beauty the daughter of? ›

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Is Aurora and Briar Rose the same person? ›

Princess Aurora, also known as Sleeping Beauty or Briar Rose, is a fictional character who appears in Walt Disney Productions' 16th animated feature film Sleeping Beauty (1959). Originally voiced by singer Mary Costa, Aurora is the only child of King Stefan and Queen Leah.

What did Maleficent do to Briar Rose? ›

Maleficent said she put Briar Rose under the sleeping curse: Until King Stefan the Square Jawed undid all my work with true love's kiss. What if … what if Mal suspected that Briar Rose really DID love her, and not King Stefan at all, and that she was only marrying him for his kingdom.

Is Sleeping Beauty a real story? ›

1. The story of Sleeping Beauty was based on the fairy tale “La Belle Au Bois Dormant,” published in 1697 by Charles Perrault. This tale also served as the inspiration for the Brothers Grimm tale, The Briar Rose, published in 1812.

What is Snow Whites real name? ›

Snow White's real name is Snow White. In the original story made by the Brothers Grimm, they describe how the child came to have that name. They say that the Queen was sewing on a snowy day.

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Is Lily Maleficent's daughter? ›

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Did Maleficent have a child? ›

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What is a true fairy? ›

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What happens when a fairy dies? ›

Fairies are usually conceived as being characteristically beautiful or handsome and as having lives corresponding to those of human beings, though longer. They have no souls and at death simply perish.

Did Rapunzel get pregnant? ›

Rapunzel doesn't realize she's pregnant until her clothes don't fit. In the original story, which the Grimms altered possibly for reasons of propriety, the witch discovers that her prize has been getting some because Rapunzel innocently asks why her waist band is getting bigger.

Did Sleeping Beauty get pregnant? ›

The King Ditches Sleeping Beauty And She Gets Pregnant

Nine months later, Sleeping Beauty gives birth to two children, a boy and a girl, while she is still asleep. The author brushes past how, exactly, it's possible to sleep through a twin labor. Once the babies are born, two fairies appear to help care for them.

What disorder did Sleeping Beauty have? ›

Kleine–Levin syndrome (KLS), also called “Sleeping beauty syndrome” is a rare disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of hypersomnia and to various degrees, hyperphagia, cognitive disturbances, and hypersexuality.

Who Is the Black Fairy's son? ›

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What are evil fairies called? ›

Perhaps the most terrifying of all fairies in folklore were the Nuckelavee and the Dullahan, beings so malevolent and dangerous that their very names are believed to bring bad luck.

Which 2 German brothers wrote a famous collection of fairy tales? ›

Two hundred years ago, two young German librarians by the names of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published a collection of tales that would become one of the most influential works of folklore in Germany, Europe, and eventually the world.

Is Alice in Wonderland a Grimm fairytale? ›

This hardback edition of the grimm fairytale series of alice in wonderland is made up of the 6 comics that made up the series.

Did the Grimm brothers write all the fairy tales? ›

The Brothers Grimm didn't write the fairy tales

Despite the fact that Jacob and Wilhelm are often associated with Snow White and Rapunzel, the brothers didn't actually write any of those stories. In fact, the stories existed long before the two men were born in Germany in the mid 1780s.

Is Goldilocks a Grimm fairytale? ›

Goldilocks & the Three Bears is issue #9 in the Grimm Fairy Tales.

Who wrote the most fairy tales? ›

Fairytale writer Charles Perrault, who was a scion of a good family, wrote new fairytales and adapted existing fairy stories. The characters in his stories acted as was usual at that time, and his fairytales took place in the 'normal human world'. Charles Perrault wrote a total of eleven fairytales.

Is Sleeping Beauty a German fairy tale? ›

Grimm Brothers' version

The brothers considered rejecting the story on the grounds that it was derived from Perrault's version, but the presence of the Brynhild tale convinced them to include it as an authentically German tale.

Who wrote the first fairytale? ›

In the broader definition of the genre, the first famous Western fairy tales are those of Aesop (6th century BC) in ancient Greece.

Is Rapunzel a Grimms tale? ›

Rapunzel (/rəˈpʌnzəl/ rə-PUN-zəl, German: [ʁaˈpʊntsl̩] ( listen)) is a German fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm and first published in 1812 as part of Children's and Household Tales (KHM 12).

What is the real story behind Alice and Wonderland? ›

Stubborn, precocious and curious, the character of Alice was based on a real little girl named Alice Liddell, with a brunette bob and short fringe. Alice Liddell was no ordinary muse: she nagged, bossed and bullied Dodgson into writing down her story.

What causes Alice in Wonderland syndrome? ›

The causes for AIWS are still not known exactly. Typical migraine, temporal lobe epilepsy, brain tumors, psychoactive drugs ot Epstein-barr-virus infections are causes of AIWS. AIWS has no proven, effective treatment. The treatment plan consists of migraine prophylaxis and migraine diet.

Is Cinderella a Grimm fairytale? ›

The Grimm Brothers from Germany took many common tales only known in oral tradition and published them in 1812 in their book Grimm's Fairy Tales. Cinderella was one of these stories, but known in the German language as Ashenputtel.

Who originally created fairy tales? ›

When it comes to the origin of Western fairy tales, the 19th century Brothers Grimm get a lot of the credit. Few scholars believe the Grimms were actually responsible for creating the tales, but academics probably didn't realize how old many of these stories really are.

Are Disney movies based on Grimm tales? ›

Among the stories that can be rightfully claimed to be theirs that have been adapted by Walt Disney Animation Studios include: Brave Little Tailor ("Das tapfere Schneiderlein", Tale 20) Hansel and Gretel - Babes in the Woods and Hansel and Gretel ("Hänsel und Gretel" ("Jackie and Maggie"), Tale 15)

Is Little Red Riding Hood a Brothers Grimm? ›

In 1812, the Brothers Grimm published “Rotkäppchen,” the tale that many know today as “Little Red Riding Hood.” But the story has much deeper and broader roots than 19th century Germany.

Is Sleeping Beauty A Grimm fairytale? ›

"Sleeping Beauty" (French: La Belle au bois dormant "The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood") by Charles Perrault or "Little Briar Rose" (German: Dornröschen) by the Brothers Grimm is a classic fairy tale written by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, which involves a beautiful princess, a sleeping enchantment, and a ...

Is Goldilocks a boy or girl? ›

The second version replaced the old woman with a young girl named Goldilocks, and the third and by far best-known version replaced the original bear trio with Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear. Longman, Rees, etc. What was originally a frightening oral tale became a cozy family story with only a hint of menace.


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