Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Fairytales : Snow White

The Most well known Version of this truly classic tale was of course released by Walt Disney and his colleagues in 1937 as their first feature length animated film with 'multi camera shots'. It was first banned in some countries when it came out as it was seen as too scary for children, It was also one of Hitler and Goebbels' favourite films.. bit disturbing don't you think? but yeah. 
This Video never fails to creep me out and make me laugh.... 

But anyway the first recorded tale of Snow White or Schneewittchen was by the famous Grimm Brothers in 1812 later than I actually expected. It did not actually have a name until 1854. 
The Grimm brothers collected folk tales from long ago 

In the tale she is only 7, there were more than 7 dwarves who actually DEMANDED her to cook and clean for them... 
In the Grimm version, the Queen orders her huntsman to take Snow White (or Snowdrop, as she is called in the first edition) into the forest, and bring back her lungs and liver as proof that he has killed her. The huntsman takes pity on Snow White, and instead brings the Queen the lungs and liver of a boar, which she eats, believing them to be Snow White’s. The Queen eventually discovers that Snow White has survived by questioning her magic mirror. She dresses in a disguise in her later attempts to kill Snow White. First, she visits the dwarfs’ house as an old peddler woman, and sells Snow White laces for a corset; but laces them too tightly, to crush her ribs and suffocate her . When that fails, she returns as a different old woman and tricks Snow White into using a poisoned comb. Finally when the comb fails to kill her, she visits again as a farmer’s wife and gives Snow White a poisoned apple. After Snow White and the Prince reveal her true nature, she is invited to their wedding, where she is forced to wear red-hot iron shoes and “dance until she dropped down dead.”
The Prince in this version does not meet her untill she is in her glass coffin and the perv decides to take the dead woman with him until the apple core shakes in her throat and THEN she wakes up . and they live happily ever after. 
The queen shocked to see snow white alive is hunted down by the dwarves and then forced to dance at snow White's wedding in RED HOT SLIPPERS and snow white laughs at this sadistically.

There is a better version of this tale on wikipedia ! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_White

As the Grimm Brothers collected folk tales it is likely that the original passed down story dates back at least till the middle ages. 
an interesting point I found was ..
. In fact, the Snow White tale was not confined to Germanic lands. In Italy, the tales of Bella Venezia and The Young Slave contain many parallels, as does the Greek story of Myrsina and the Scottish tale Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree However, the non-German tales usually depict the dwarfs as rough thugs who steal, murder, plunder, etc. but are eventually cured of their evil deeds upon seeing Snow White's beauty (even though in an Albanian version the dwarfs basically gang rape her).

The dwarves do not seem as cuddly as they did before I used to love grumpy. This reminds me of the 1997 film Snow white a tale of terror with sigourney weaver in. I like this version because it makes you pity the evil queen a bit more to how driven mad she was by the mirror and how 'liliana' or snow white felt when this new step mother moved in taking away her father's attention. It gives a greusome insight to how the dark tale might have originally been told truly revealing how mad and sadistic the queen must have became. 

Another possibility to the origin of this tale could also - like cinderella be of real life events a very likely outcome to the originality of our known bedtime stories. 
German scholar, Eckhard Sander, published Schneewittchen: Marchen oder Wahrheit? (Snow White: Is It a Fairy Tale?). Which looks into the story of Margarete von Waldeck (1553-1554), who was a countess and the alleged lover of Philip II of Spain. She was obviously married for political advance.
In goodreads.com it says
"And though Margarete was a countess, the relationship held no real political clout. Nothing could have been gained politically from their union and as a result, many have argued that Margarete was poisoned to get her out of the way. Her death at a young age, coupled with the fact that many of her contemporaries believed she had been poisoned (there is an obvious tremor in the handwriting of Margarete's final will) have convinced many that her death was in fact from poisoning. And as was the case with Snow White, Margarete allegedly had a terrible relationship with her stepmother." She also apparently was made to leave home at 16 due to her step mother and later on apparently employed young children to work in the mines as semi-slaves. 
the malnutrition attributed to a severe stunt in their growth during puberty. As a result, these workers were often ridiculed for being "poor dwarfs" who were only good for human chattel in the mines. Margarete would have certainly been aware of them since it was primarily members of her family that "employed" the "dwarfs."- IT just gets darker and darker doesn't it ! 

Margerite the slave owner herself :O
In the albanian version the main character lives with 40 dragons. Her sleep is caused by a ring. The beginning of the story has a twist, in that a teacher urges the heroine to kill her evil stepmother so that she would take her place. The origin of this tale is debated; it is likely no older than the Middle Ages. In fact there are possibly two Albanian versions of Snow White: one where her stepmother tries to kill her, and another where her two jealous sisters try to kill her. "The Jealous Sisters" is another Albanian fairy tale. In both fairy tales the death is caused by a ring.

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There are many film versions to this tale that I love 

This one is very cheesy but good still :) 

I must say I did love Snow White and the Huntsman, It was very dark and gritty giving insight into alternative versions of the tale. But 'alas' -lol very fitting in this post. I do not believe it accurate to the Grimm Story but very good all the less showing snow white as a fighter woman

Mirror Mirror was not that good but I thought it was funny and also shows snow white as a fighter. They were both released at the same time though which I find odd

Once Upon a time is also very good at portraying snow white :) 
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There wasn't that much information on this blog so I apologise but I hope you enjoyed it :) 


  1. Great post!
    I love Snow White and it's pretty cool to think about how many versions there are of the tale.! :)