Fairy Tale Friday: The Snake’s Treasure

The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales

Franz Xaver von Schönwerth

pg. 92-3

ATU 760*** Salvation in the Cradle / The Unquiet Grave (I don’t see why the book lists one)

I feel like there should be a different tale type for this story.

Oh, I loved this one. But it was so sad! Well, okay, not tragic sad, but disappointing.

A snake has a treasure that a man, if he follows certain instructions, will obtain. He doesn’t because he wants to the treasure all to himself. He isn’t able to follow the instruction and gets no treasure. We learn anything about the snake – how she became enchanted or why she had hidden treasure.


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