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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Maleen and the maid lament for seven years, but at the end no one comes to release them.

She substitutes her maid as a stand-in for the marriage ceremony, unbeknownst to anyone else. The son of the King in whose kingdom they were, was, however, the very man who had been betrothed to Maid Maleen.

The castle is home to the prince with whom Maid Maleen fell in love some seven years earlier.

I cannot help noting, at least in the Grimm version, it is the maid who first steps out of the tower. Maid Maleen also speaks to a footbridge and the church door. Plot Maid Maleen is a king’s daughter who falls in love with and wants to marry a certain prince. Retrieved from ” http: Little Hans, with your coat so gay, Follow me, follow me, fast as you may. Surviving on nettles, they travel to another kingdom to find work as kitchen wenches.

Seven, in the realm of numbers, has a vaunted place. Since Maleen’s imprisonment, the prince had been betrothed by his father to another princess. She went out and sought Maid Maleen.

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Then finally, she speaks to the church door: On the way to the church, Maid Maleen sees some nettles. The prince says that she cannot be his true bride if she does not have it.

When Maid Maleen said she would marry no other, the king had her and her servants locked up in tower, with food that would be enough to feed them for seven years. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Plot Edit Once there was a princess named Maid Maleen who fell in love with a prince, but her father refused his suit.

At the wedding, the prince put a golden necklace around Maid Maleen’s neck as proof of their marriage. Later that night, the prince went to the wedding chamber where the princess was waiting, but he did not see the golden necklace around her neck. His father had chosen another bride for him, whose face was as ugly as her heart was wicked. When, after long journeying, they came into another country, they tried to get work everywhere; but wherever they knocked they were turned away, and no one would have pity on them.

Fairy Tale of the Month: August 2013 Maid Maleen – Part Two

They wandered forth to seek another country, but nowhere did they find a shelter, or a human being to give them a mouthful of bread, and their need was so great that they were forced to appease their hunger with nettles. The story ends with yet another rhyme, spoken by children who pass the tower in which she spent seven years:.

Thus, she would not leave her room and let him see her. He led her home, but she did not speak a single word the whole way. The prince of this kingdom is none other than her former suitor.


Maid Maleen refuses to bow to her father’s will and jaid up her love. In either variant, the false bride is unusual in that she stands in no relationship to the real one.

She plans malen poison him on their wedding night. The tale has been adapted to other media. I have sprained my foot, and cannot well walk through the streets; thou shalt put on my wedding-clothes and take my place; a greater honour than that thou canst not have! Conflicts also erupted in West Africa, India, and the Philippines. Lights were brought, and then he saw on her neck the gold chain which he had given her at the church-door. The bride tells the prince that she got a servant to stand in for her because she was afriad of being mocked for her ugliness.

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At last they arrived in a large city and went to the royal palace. All posts tagged Maid Maleen. She replies that she was thinking of Maid Maleen, whom she claims to have heard of but never met.

Maid Maleen puts on the bride’s clothes and jewels and is brought before the prince. On the way was a nettle-plant, and she said. She is very ugly.