- The Water Nixie
The Water Nixie or The Water-Nix is a
fairy talecollected by the Brothers Grimm, tale number 79. [ [http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimm079.html "The Water Nixie"] ] It came from Hanau.Jacob and Wilheim Grimm, "Household Tales", [http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/79waternix.html "The Water-Nix" Notes] .]
Aarne-Thompsontype 313A, the girl helps the hero flee,D.L. Ashliman, " [http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/grimmtales.html The Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household Tales (Grimms' Fairy Tales)"] ] and revolves about a transformation chase. Others of this type include " The Master Maid", " Jean, the Soldier, and Eulalie, the Devil's Daughter", " The Two Kings' Children", " Nix Nought Nothing", and " Foundling-Bird". The Grimms noted " Sweetheart Roland" as an analogue.
A brother and sister fell into a well, where a nixie caught them and made them work for her. One Sunday while she was at church, they ran away. The nixie chased them. The girl threw a brush, which became a mountain with thousands of spikes, which the nixie got through with great effort. The boy threw a comb behind them, which became a mountains with thousands of teeth, which the nixie got through with great effort. The girl threw a mirror behind them, which became a mountain too slick for the nixie to climb. She went back to get an ax, but before she could chop through the mountain, they escaped.
* [http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/79waternix.html SurLaLune Fairy Tale site "The Water-Nix"]
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