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Fairytales Found

March 6, 2012

Not that they were lost or anything.

I haven’t updated in forever and according to my stats, my highest view day was yesterday. I didn’t even post anything yesterday. That’s not good. Anyway, I have news…

So I recently found out, just last night actually, that 500 new fairytales have been found. Yep, that’s my news. According to Guardian UK, a historian named  Franz Xaver von Schönwerth was in Germany around the same time as the Grimm Brothers. Apparently they weren’t the only fans of fairytales. Decades were spent writing down different traditions, customs and history that were told to him orally. Jacob Grimm told King Maximillion II of Bavaria that the only person who would be able to replace his and his brothers work would be Schönwerth. Von Schönwerth wrote a book using his research called “Aus der Oberpfalz – Sitten und Sagen”. There were three volumes of it and it came out in 1857-1859.

Last year, Erika Eichenseer published a book of Schönwerth’s work called Prinz Roßzwifl. Eichenseer has since then found 500 fairytales of his work, some of which haven’t appeared in any fairytale books and others that have retold classics like Cinderella. This is exciting stuff, right? Well I’m excited.

Schönwerth added no extra details to his story to make candy coated. Unlike the Grimm brothers, he stuck to his facts and research adding authenticity to the tales. A committee called Franz Xaver von Schönwerth Society was helped founded by Eichenseer. They are dedicated to analyzing and publishing his work. Eichenseer is trying to get an english translation of the work. English translator, Dan Szabo has already started working the stories. There is one tale called “Turnip Princess”

In this story a prince gets lost in the forest and then comes to a cave. Inside the cave is an old woman and her bear and dog. The witch asks the prince to stay and marry her. Though he doesn’t wish to endure her, he couldn’t leave the place.

One day when he and the bear are alone the bear instructs him to pull the rusty nail from the wall, so he will be delivered, then place it beneath a turnip in the field, then he shall have a beautiful wife. The prince got the nail and the bear turned into a bearded man with a crown. The prince then says he will find a beautiful maiden. He leaves to go to the field, while there a monster appears and he drops the nail. The nail pricked his finger and he bled until he was unconscious.

After he woke up he realized he had been asleep a long time because now he had a beard. The he searched through every turnip field but could not find what he was looking for. A day and night pass. One evening he was sitting on a ridge beneath a blackthorn bush with one branch. He broke off the branch and picked up a large, white turnip from the ground and stuck the ranch into the turnip. Then he fell asleep.

When he woke up the turnip looked like a large, open shell where there was the nail. The wall of the turnip looked like a nut-shell, the kernel seemed to shape his picture. There was a picture of a beautiful girl, he continued his search. He finally came to the old cave in the forest, but no one was there. He stuck the nail into the wall of the cave and the old women and bear were there. The prince is angry and asks the witch where she put the beautiful woman. She then giggles asking “You have me, so why do you scorn me?”

The bear also nodded. The prince said he would not be the woman’s fool again. The bear tells the prince to pull the nail out and he does. The bear was already half man. The old woman turned into a beautiful and kind girl.The prince drew out the nail and went into her arms. The spell she was under had been broken and the nail burnt up. They then went to the prince’s father’s kingdom with him.

The end.

Now wasn’t that thrilling? Yeah, maybe not… Anyway, I’m super excited for these stories to get translated into english. Like super excited, I really can’t wait until they get translated. I would attempt to learn German just to read them, however I believe it would be a shorter wait for them to be translated.

If you would like to read the Turnip Princess verbatim or what they have as verbatim, you can go to this website:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/05/turnip-princess-discovered-fairytale

Yep, okay, I’ll try to make my next post a bit quicker than like…a week and a half. Let’s all think about something for a moment…what if…Disney recreated all of these fairytales…They would never have to create an original work as long as their company is alive…Interesting thought…Except not because they would probably change half of the plot line, eliminate characters, subtract “inappropriateness”, etc. Okay, maybe i’m being a bit hard on disney…and maybe they need to come out with a new movie that isn’t a sequel, prequel, midquel, etc. Maybe.

Brave Trailer

February 25, 2012

From the creators of classics such as the Toy Story trilogy, Pixar presents its latest work, Brave.  This is Pixar’s first fairytale and is supposed to be a  darker and more mature than its previous films. This will be interesting to see because of the events that occurred in Toy Story 3. The tagline is “It is the one thing we must always be…” February 23rd the second trailer was released which is basically a longer scene of the previous one. We see the relationship between Merida and her parents more clearly. It seems she gets along with her father more than her mother. We also see further in this scene the circumstances of the arrow shooting. It’s a nice preview shooting (no pun intended). This movie is set to be released June 22, 2012 in the United States.  I’ll admit when I first saw the trailer I was thinking “Oh man, it’s going to be a How To Train Your Dragon rip off’. I can now say I’m a bit more pleasantly surprised. It looks interesting.

The original title of this film was The Bear and the Bow, I’m not a real fan of name changes as was with Rapunzel becoming Tangled. I really don’t care about whether or not the creators are trying to reach boys or whatever, sad to say, I know. I guess they changed it because the story wasn’t just about Rapunzel so naming it that would have been…pointless, I guess…I don’t really know. I just feel like they should leave the title alone. I’m curious though about the plot because of the bear in the old title.

Now, the film synopsis is…

“Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In Brave, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord MacIntosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.” (http://disney.go.com/brave/#/about/)

I’m happy to see the change in setting for Disney’s latest movies. Tangled seemed to be set in a modern time period however with the clothing, music, the word ruffians, mention of the plague…I feel it’s a bit medieval. Going back to Brave, with the music, the clothes, the events, it’s taking place in Scotland. Obviously. I just like the different places and time periods going on in the movies. Now I really like this girl. She seems feisty and not one to take orders or do whatever people expect of her. That’s great, in some cases.

She seems somewhat reminiscent to Mulan and Pocahontas, doing what they need to, going after what they want, not just sitting back waiting for something to happen. It’s refreshing and there is no love story to be seen. Hallelujah. ;) There’s still time for one to be developed though which I’m sure will become the subplot, unfortunately. Though this is Pixar, there may be no love interest throughout the whole movie, now that would be amazing…and a first. No offense to Disney of course. I love them. I love Merida’s name. I’m curious about the wish she’s going to make. This reminds me of The Little Mermaid and we all know how that wish turned out…Or for those who don’t, will in a future blog post. :)

According to LA times, Brenda Chapman, Pixar’s first female director spent six years working on Brave. She was basing this story off her and her daughter’s relationship. She also considered this to be a fairytale in the tradition of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. If this is still true I’m very intrigued in seeing the turn out because she was replaced by Andrews due to “creative differences”. This makes me extremely, extremely upset. Pixar has never had a film starring a female, I’m very curious as to why exactly Chapman was replaced. It’s very interesting that she was replaced being Pixar’s first female director and this being Pixar’s first female starred movie. I’m hoping Andrews doesn’t mess up Chapman’s vision badly. I will now forever wonder what her vision for the film was. She will still be credited as one of two directors for the film though. I’ve also heard there’s no bad blood between her and she’s still doing okay with the Pixar company.

I’m liking the music. The composer of Henry V and  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Patrick Doyle will be doing the score. He will be trying to bring a bit of Scotish feel to the music, resisting on using bagpipes until he sees what is going on (http://www.scotsman.com/news/scotland_s_pixar_tale_hits_the_right_note_1_1714496).

Overall, I’m very excited for this film and hoping I won’t be letdown too badly.

Beauty and The Beast Line Test Transformation

February 22, 2012

While searching for more concept art by Glen Keane I came across this. I have to say, seeing the line test was almost more amazing to me than the animated form. The transformation music and the sequence still got to me. I never tire of seeing it. I can’t imagine how much time and effort went into each of those drawings. The finished result is beautiful though. Glen Keane and Alan Menken really outdid themselves with this movie I feel.

Some Beast Concept art

February 22, 2012

Okay, I’m going to be working on the blog later, hopefully…In the meantime, here are some photos of the Beast and what could have been. Glen Keane is great, right? I know, he’s awesome. I’ll upload more if I don’t do a writing post later.

All of these pictures were found here, http://theartofglenkeane.blogspot.com/. Enjoy.

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Beauty and The Beast (part two)

February 17, 2012

When I made my first post I was talking about Beauty and The Beast. I’m going to continue that talk now. As previously stated, I have love Beauty and The Beast forever. Almost. I love the story of a prince being turned to a beast unless he can learn to love. That is amazing. I love everything about this movie from the scenery, the characters, the morals, and the music. It seriously makes me just want to live in a small village waiting for some fairytale to take place. Haha, that’s a bit, um, radical… Instead I’ll just daydream about it. Well…This weekend I will watch Beauty and The Beast, the commentary, and then the alternate version from when they first started. So hopefully I’ll have another blogpost up by…Monday. I’ll work on it Saturday or Sunday night. Like Belle, I am going to the bookstore, so until next time. :)

Love . . .

February 14, 2012

Yes, I shall conform to the V-Day blog postings and rants going on around the country right now. I know, I know “Not another one”. However I promise readers, if there are readers… that this one will not be like all the others, about how great Valentine’s Days is or how it’s all a conspiracy made by the card and candy companies. No, I’ve thought about this entry all day. Granted it is only 2:55pm, but still. My focus is going to be on love. I know, how cliche of myself. Since this is a fairytale blog though I decided to take a break from my Beauty and the Beast entry to focus on this for a little bit to talk about this.

Love… What all fairytales are made of, besides you know, most the Grimms’ fairytales and some of Hans Christian Andersen’s. Mostly the disney ones are made of this anyway. Love is what almost everyone longs for and searches for in their life. Someone to spend the rest of their lives with, to connect with, to care for, to love. That’s all fine, there’s no problem with that. Some people though, spend all of their lives searching for love they don’t see what’s right in front of them. We’re all victim to that, taking for granted what we have. It’s human nature. I feel though…that people in general should focus more on being content with what and who they have in their lives.

I’m blessed to have both of my parents in my life as well as my sister who I do love. Even though we argue a lot. I also have my grandma in my life to an extremely close content, my parents and sister live with her. Before my move to Topeka (and Manhattan,) I lived in Kansas City, KS. While in KC I had a lot of things, I had a lot of people that cared about me. I believe I took that for granted a lot of the time though. I didn’t always show love when I could have or should have. It wasn’t until after moving to Topeka that I realized what I lost. I had no youth group to go to, no church family, no friends. I had family though, which at times wasn’t always so great…

Putting that aside though, family is important. I know not everyone’s family is the greatest and some people don’t even have family but…it’s important that we don’t take people for granted. We don’t always know how long someone’s life is on this planet, let alone our own. So…when I was thinking about this blog post, I pictured it being a bit longer. Kind of like my seven page one I wrote about music’s impact on myself (http://thosedreamlessnights.blogspot.com/). Oh well, it’s quality that’s important, not quantity. At least that’s what people say. It is true, you can write twenty pages but unless it’s good writing, means something, has an impact or someone, or you like it for some reason…it’s worthless. Not to say bad writing isn’t…good in a way too. It is. It’s a learning process.

So…I guess what I’m trying to say is instead of being upset because you’re lonely and it feels like everyone besides you has someone, which is not the case at all, I promise, you should focus on who you do have in your life. Go hang out with a friend, get coffee, that’s what I’m doing in a little bit. Go visit a family member, tell them you love them. Surprise someone you haven’t seen in a while. Don’t stay at home being sad, it isn’t worth it. It doesn’t make things better.

For those that are quite happy today to the point that you make people want to commit mass murder, okay, I exaggerate, a bit, cherish moments like this. As I’ve said before, you don’t know how long your loved one’s life or your own is. Remember these moments during times when you fight. Don’t take this day for granted. Don’t also expect something really amazing because today is Valentine’s Day. If it happens, great. I’m not saying don’t not expect anything just…don’t get your hopes up so much that you’ll be let down.

Well, I ended up actually talking about Valentine’s Day, I guess I did conform. My sincerest apologies. I’m going to post this passage, I know, so cliche, but so true.

1 Corinthians 13:3-8a

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails

“If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my bodty to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing”

Love is so important, without love there’s no reason to live. Seriously. It doesn’t matter if it’s your family’s, your friends’, or your spouse/boyfriend or girlfriend’s love. It only matters that you have it and cherish it. It does not matter how many charities you donate too, how many mission trips you go on, how much money you raise, how much community service you’ve done. If you do not have love, it’s worthless, you’re not doing it with a joyful heart which is what matters.

God’s love is the only love like this. God is the only One like this. He is always patient and kind. Especially with humans, we sin a lot, we do a lot of bad things. That doesn’t stop God from loving us though and that is the amazing thing about it all. God does not envy unless it’s over us dedicating our time to someone or something else other than Him. God does not boast or is proud. God doesn’t dishonor or self seek. He is not easily angered, He keeps no record or wrongs.

None. When we repent and accept Jesus into our hearts, it’s over with. God doesn’t remember them anymore. That is amazing. God doesn’t enjoy evil, He doesn’t enjoy bad things happening to us or around the world. It’s the opposite actually. God rejoices with the truth. God always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. With Jesus’ example from His time on earth, we should strive to be like Him. To love, trust, hope, persevere, be kind, be humble, and patient. We should listen before we speak, really understand what another person is saying before losing our patience with them. We should watch what we say to others because someone is always watching. I know this from first hand experiences. Overall…

Love never fails, God never fails.

Now go, love, cherish, and remember yourself, family, friends, and life. Don’t take people for granted, remember God, trust Him, love Him. Remember God’s ultimate showing of love by having Jesus’ come down and die on the cross for humankind.

There must be more to this provincial life…

February 14, 2012

I started this blog months ago (April 28th…) but never actually made a posting. I’ve been looking for it though and I finally found it.I will just go over some basic information and what this blog will be about.

My name is Amber, I am 20 and a sophomore in college in the lovely state of Kansas where it just snowed last night. It’s such a lovely sight…when you don’t have to walk through it to get to class, well, it is for some people…I’m not one of them obviously. Anyway, I’m an undecided major and not sure what I’m going to be doing next year. I’ll probably be living back at…home…and getting a job or doing online classes… *sighs* It’s been a good almost two years here though. I’m not exactly ready to go back home… Oh, the reason why I may have to go home after college this semester is because I don’t have anyone to be roommates with so I can’t get an apartment… I feel like I just wasted two of my years of life here… Kind of.

On to the rest of the blog, enough about me…

I will be posting about fairytales, old adaptions and news. So Disney’s Beauty and The Beast and Beastly and other movies like that. I will also be discussing Hans Christian Andersen’s work and the Brothers Grimm fairytale collection. Along with fairytales I will be talking about various mythology ranging from Japanese to Greek to Rome to the King Arthur and Camelot legends. So I’m really excited to start.

I am going to talk about why I have started this blog. I have always loved fairytales from since I was a child. Beauty and The Beast was my favorite and I would watch it dozens of times a day, literally. I’m sorry, I’m speaking of the Disney film version, I should have mentioned that. Anyway, I love the opening song in Beauty and the Beast called “Belle”. For me that song just sets the tone of the rest of the movie, it reminds me of fairytales and just really showed that it was going to be that kind of movie. I mean obviously, with the title Beauty and The Beast, but it just really spoke to me and I knew this was going to be a classic in my eyes.

Starting from even the beautiful prologue in the movie, I think that set the tone even more than Belle’s song. I love the narrator’s voice and the scenery of this scene. I love how they used stained glass windows to tell the story. It showed so much without having a lot of specific scenes. When i hear the narration my heart just gets excited with wondering what’s going to happen and who is going to come and break the spell.

I just love how fluidly the narration and Belle’s song flow together. It just screams fairytale and enchantment to me. I love how they show the towns people and the different things going on. I think the reason I love Beauty and the Beast so much is because like Belle, I love books. I used to always read books growing up and I felt more connected to them than actual people at time. I also never really fit in with the kids at school or anything like that. “There much be more to this provincial life”. How often I long to sing that… I dream of traveling the world going from Europe to Asia to Africa to Australia and South America…documenting all I see and do…

I’ll end this post here and  come back to it later today, it’s after 12.

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