The Story of Pretty Goldilocks

The Story of Pretty Goldilocks

The Story of Pretty Goldilocks or The Beauty with Golden Hair is a French literary fairy tale written by Madame d'Aulnoy. [Marie Catherine Baronne D'Aulnoy, "The Fairy Tales of Madame D'Aulnoy." Miss Annie Macdonell and Miss Lee, translators. Clinton Peters, illustrator. London: Lawrence and Bullen, 1892. [ "Fair Goldilocks"] ] Andrew Lang included it in "The Blue Fairy Book". [Andrew Lang, "The Blue Fairy Book", [ "The Story of Pretty Goldilocks"] ]

It is Aarne-Thompson type 531. This type is generally called "The Clever Horse," but is known in French as "La Belle aux cheveux d'or", after this tale. [Paul Delarue, "The Borzoi Book of French Folk-Tales", p 363, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York 1956] Other tales of this type include "Ferdinand the Faithful and Ferdinand the Unfaithful", "The Firebird and Princess Vasilisa", "Corvetto", "King Fortunatus's Golden Wig", and "The Mermaid and the Boy". [Heidi Anne Heiner, [ "Tales Similar to Firebird"] ]


A princess was so beautiful and had such golden hair that she was known as Pretty Goldilocks. A neighboring king fell in love with her from her description, but much to the king's disappointment, she rejected his ambassador, saying she had no wish to be married. A young courtier and royal favorite, called Charming, told his friends that if "he" had gone, she would have accepted, and the king threw him in prison. He lamented his fate, and the king, hearing, told him what he had said was the cause of it. Charming said that he would have drawn such a picture of the king as to make him irresistible to her, and the king decided to send him. On the way, he helped a carp that was out of water, a raven being chased by an eagle, and an owl caught in a net; each one promised to help him.

When he attempted to bring his master's suit before the princess, she told him that she had lost a ring in the river and was so vexed that she would not listen to any suit unless the ambassador brought back her ring. His dog, Frisk, advised him to try, and the carp brought him the ring. When he brought it to Goldilocks, she told him that a giant who was a prince had tried to marry her and was troubling her subjects. She could not listen unless he killed the giant. He went to fight it, and with the raven's aid in pecking the giant's eyes during the fight, he succeeded. Goldilocks refused unless he brought her some water from the Fountain of Health and Beauty, and the owl fetched the water for him.

The princess agreed then and made preparations to go and marry the king, although she at times wished they could stay, and she would marry Charming. Charming refused to be disloyal to his king.

Goldilocks married the king but remained fond of Charming, and Charming's enemies told the king that she praised him so highly, he should be jealous. The king had Charming thrown in a tower. When Goldilocks begged for his freedom, the king refused, but decided to bathe his face in the water from the Fountain of Health and Beauty to please her. A maid had broke that bottle, though, and replaced it with another, not knowing that the enchantment on that water would cause anyone who bathed in it to die.

Frisk came to the queen and asked her not to forget Charming, and the queen immediately released him and married him.

ee also

*The Death of Koschei the Deathless


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