Another version of Catskin comes from the Brothers Grimm. “Allerleirauh,” which translates to All-Fur or All-Kinds-of-Fur, is the name of both the tale and of the heroine, who wears a coat made out of…well, all kinds of fur.
When Allerleirauh’s father wants to marry her, the girl tries to weasel out of the incestuous arrangement by setting impossible tasks. She asks, in turn for a dress golden as the sun, one silvery as the moon, and one bright as the stars. But the king manages to produce these impossible dresses. So Allerleirauh asks for a coat made out of fur from every animal in the kingdom. When the king manages to provide the fanciful coat, the princess runs away, a journey that leads her to a new kingdom, and a much more suitable suitor…
The webcomic Erstwhile Tales has illustrated the whole story here. Speaking of Erstwhile Tales, this site is definitely required reading for fairy tale buffs. Artists take lesser-known tales from the Brothers Grimm, such as the Farmer’s Clever Daughter and Brother and Sister, and turn them into delightful comics. Go on, check them out for All-Fur, and stay for the other tales!
I love this illustration of Allerleirauh, or “All-Fur,” the titular heroine of the Grimms’ version of Catskin. In this interpretation of the story, the protagonist wears neither a donkey-skin nor a cat-skin, but a coat made of a bit from every animal in the kingdom. Here, artist rcmtrue has made it clear which animals contributed their pelts. And we can even see one of Allerleirauh’s three lovely dresses underneath her cloak—looks like the one as bright as the stars.
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