(via Faithful Johannes 03 by ~tinkerbelcky on deviantART)
"Faithful John" (or Faithful Johannes) is a Grimm fairy tale about the servant of the king who must watch over the prince after the king dies. The prince falls in love with the portrait of a beautiful princess and faithful John schemes with the prince to get her to marry him. On their way home with the (kidnapped) princess (who decides she is no longer kidnapped after she finds out he’s a prince), many terrible things befall the prince, but faithful John saves him each time. The last time, John saves the princess, but the prince is suspicious of him, so he is to be beheaded. John reveals that he saved the princes life after hearing some ravens prophesy about those events. But for telling the truth, John is turned to stone. The prince laments John’s death, even after he and his new bride have two children. One day outside the church, the statue of John comes to life and tells the prince he can be brought back if the prince beheads his children. John hesitates, but does so, restoring John’s life. John (thankfully!) is able to restore the lives of the children as well and they live happily ever after.
[this is an abridged summary of the tale, from my memory of just reading it. I am reminded of the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, where the father is told to kill the son, but in that story God tells Abraham he doesn’t need to at the last moment.][the original Grimm stories are so brutal. beheading of children!]
“Rapunzel” by KDodge
I might have reblogged this before. But it’s still cool, so here it is again, probably.
There once was a young Prince who had so many and such beautiful books, that he could find them anything he wished to know except where the Garden of Paradise was to be found, and this was just what he wished most to know. When he was a very little boy, just beginning to go to school, his grandmother told him that every flower in the Garden of Paradise tasted like the sweetest cakes, and that the stamens were full of the choicest wines. On one flower there grew history, on another geography, on a third tables; so that whoever ate the flower immediately knew his lesson; the more he ate, the more he learned of history, geography, or arithmetic.
‘The Garden of Paradise’ - Hans Anderesen’s Fairy Tales (via thefairytaleblog)
Anyway, so he bounces in on his white horse like a big perfumed tea cozy, getting involved in affairs that are none of his business, and next thing you know she wakes up and —ooooh!—was she in a bad mood. The prince didn’t get half an earful, and that was after she clocked him one first for “taking liberties.” Five minutes of listening to that and, instead of marrying her, the prince gets back on his horse and rides off into the sunset. We never see him again.
Brother Number One, The Book of Lost Things, John Connolly, Page 128