Maleen and the maid can’t hear him since the walls are too thick—not boding too well for those airholes, so now I need to ask, how are they. “Maid Maleen” (German: “Jungfrau Maleeen”) is a German fairy tale. It is included in the sixth edition and the seventh edition of Kinder- und. In Surlalune’s fantastic collection of Rapunzel tales throughout the world, Heidi Anne Heiner includes a small section of Maid Maleen tales.

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Immediately, he knew that the princess was not the one he was married to. Since Maleen’s imprisonment, the prince had been betrothed by his father to another princess. She repeats what Maid Maleen said, including the statement, “I am not the true bride. After he mistakenly comes to believe that Princess Maleen has died, Konrad agrees to marry a noblewoman named Walpurga von Schwarztal. The princess and her servants then decided to escape from the tower using a simple knife. When she is reborn from the tower she is born a maid.

When Maid Maleen finally leaves the tower, she finds that her father has gone and his kingdom has been laid to waste by an invading army. In other variations of typethe false heroine’s motive to substitute the heroine for herself is not ugliness, but to conceal that she is pregnant, as in Little Annie the Goose-Girl or Gil Brenton.

Commentary Edit The motif of the tower imprisonment, as in Rapunzelis here only as a prison, and while they work in a kitchen, as in Catskin or Katie Woodencloakthe contempt springs only from the false bride.


It was filmed on location in Austria. Into this transformation naleen the role of the maid. There they sat in the darkness, and knew not when day or night began.

Household Tales, by Brothers Grimm

This happens three times for all three rhymes. The prince, who left the wedding chamber to look for his true bride, was guided by the shine of the golden necklace and came in time to save her.

When the day came for the bride and the bridegroom to go to church, she was ashamed of her ugliness, and afraid that if she showed herself in the streets, she would be mocked and laughed at by the people.

The son of the King in whose kingdom amleen were, was, however, the very man who had mxleen betrothed to Maid Maleen.

Tales of Faerie: Maid Maleen: When Fathers Imprison Their Daughters

There was once a King who had a son who asked in marriage malen daughter of a mighty King; she was called Maid Maleen, and was very beautiful. Sign In Don’t have an account? The castle is home to the prince with whom Maid Maleen fell in love some seven years earlier. The princess and her servants then decided to escape from the tower using a simple knife. Immediately, he knew that the princess was not the one he was married to. With a butter knife they gouge out the mortar between the stones. She replies that she was thinking of Maid Maleen.

They thought the moment of their deliverance was come; but no stroke of the hammer mzleen heard, no stone fell out of the wall, and it seemed to Maid Maleen that her father had forgotten her.

Once there was a princess named Maid Maleen who fell in love with a prince, but her father refused his suit.


With the golden necklace as the proof of marriage, they were married and lived happily ever after! When the food and drink begin to run out, Maid Maleen and her servant realize that the seven years are coming to an end. That evening the ugly bride takes up her role again, wearing a veil. Would you like to see the Crown Jewels?

Maleen and the maid travel on together and enter the service of another king. She is very ugly.

This princess, lacking of confidence in herself, did not think that she would be good enough for the prince. On her wedding day, not wishing to be seen, the princess sent Maid Maleen in her place. In this tale, that there are no doors or windows, and yet Maleen and her maid break through, brings jaid mind a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. She says to the nettles that there was once a time when malewn would have eaten them raw. The wedding was fixed, and the maiden had already arrived; but because of her great ugliness, however, she shut herself in her room, and allowed no one to see her, and Maid Maleen had to take her her meals from the kitchen.

I cannot help noting, at least in the Grimm version, it is the maid who first steps out of the tower.