A report on The Girl Without Hands

German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm.

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Penta of the Chopped-off Hands

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Italian literary fairy tale written by Giambattista Basile in his 1634 work, the Pentamerone.

Italian literary fairy tale written by Giambattista Basile in his 1634 work, the Pentamerone.

The Brothers Grimm cited it as an analog to The Girl Without Hands.

The One-Handed Girl

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Swahili fairy tale, collected by Edward Steere in Swahili Tales.

Swahili fairy tale, collected by Edward Steere in Swahili Tales.

Other variants of this tale include The Girl Without Hands, The Armless Maiden, Penta of the Chopped-off Hands and Biancabella and the Snake.

Biancabella and the Snake

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Italian literary fairy tale written by Giovanni Francesco Straparola in The Facetious Nights of Straparola.

Italian literary fairy tale written by Giovanni Francesco Straparola in The Facetious Nights of Straparola.

Other variants of this tale include The Girl Without Hands, Penta of the Chopped-off Hands, The Armless Maiden, and The One-Handed Girl.

The Armless Maiden

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Russian fairy tale collected by Alexander Afanasyev in Narodnye russkie skazki.

Russian fairy tale collected by Alexander Afanasyev in Narodnye russkie skazki.

Other variants of this tale include The Girl Without Hands, Penta of the Chopped-off Hands, Biancabella and the Snake, and The One-Handed Girl.

Emaré

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Middle English Breton lai, a form of mediaeval romance poem, told in 1035 lines.

Middle English Breton lai, a form of mediaeval romance poem, told in 1035 lines.

However, the exact form of this tale—the heroine who flees, marries, and is then exiled after accusations at the time of the birth of her child—is also found in many fairy tales, such as Penta of the Chopped-off Hands, and many fairy tales, such as The Girl Without Hands and The One-Handed Girl, feature the exile, marriage, and second exile while offering a different reason for her alienation from her father.

Allerleirauh

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Fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm.

Fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm.

The motif of a father who tries to marry his own daughter is overwhelmingly found in fairy tales of this variety, ending with the three balls, but it also appears in variants of "The Girl Without Hands".

Vitae duorum Offarum

Vitae duorum Offarum

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Literary history written in the mid-thirteenth century, apparently by the St Albans monk Matthew Paris; however, the most recent editor and translator of the work rejects this attribution and argues for an earlier date, in the late twelfth century.

Literary history written in the mid-thirteenth century, apparently by the St Albans monk Matthew Paris; however, the most recent editor and translator of the work rejects this attribution and argues for an earlier date, in the late twelfth century.

Vitae duorum Offarum
Depiction of Offa from Matthew Paris's tract on St. Alban

The story contains many fairy tales motifs: the heroine forced to flee an incestuous marriage, such as The She-Bear, Allerleirauh, Donkeyskin, and The King who Wished to Marry His Daughter (tale type ATU 510B, "Peau d'Asne"); a strange woman found by the king, who marries her, but who is then forced into exile with her children owing to substituted letters, such as The Girl Without Hands and The Armless Maiden; or a fairy tale featuring both elements, as in Penta of the Chopped-off Hands (tale type ATU 706, "The Maiden Without Hands").

Yvain fighting Gawain in order to regain the love of his lady Laudine. Medieval illumination from Chrétien de Troyes's romance, Yvain, le Chevalier au Lion

Chivalric romance

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Type of prose and verse narrative that was popular in the noble courts of High Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

Type of prose and verse narrative that was popular in the noble courts of High Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

Yvain fighting Gawain in order to regain the love of his lady Laudine. Medieval illumination from Chrétien de Troyes's romance, Yvain, le Chevalier au Lion
Holger Danske, or Ogier the Dane, from the Matter of France
A knight rescues a lady from a dragon.

Early persecuted heroines were often driven from their husbands' homes by the persecutions of their mothers-in-law, whose motives are seldom delineated, and whose accusations are of the heroines' having borne monstrous children, committed infanticide, or practiced witchcraft — all of which appear in such fairy tales as The Girl Without Hands and many others.

Title page of first volume of Grimms' Kinder- und Hausmärchen (1819) 2nd Ed.

Grimms' Fairy Tales

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German collection of fairy tales by the Grimm brothers or "Brothers Grimm", Jacob and Wilhelm, first published on 20 December 1812.

German collection of fairy tales by the Grimm brothers or "Brothers Grimm", Jacob and Wilhelm, first published on 20 December 1812.

Title page of first volume of Grimms' Kinder- und Hausmärchen (1819) 2nd Ed.
Grimm Brothers
Monument to brothers Grimm in the market place in Hanau. (Hessen, Germany)
Frontispiece used for the first volume of the 1840 4th edition
Frontispiece used for the second volume of the 1840 4th edition. The portrait by Ludwig Emil Grimm bears resemblance to the storyteller Dorothea Viehmann.

The Girl Without Hands or The Handless Maiden (Das Mädchen ohne Hände): KHM 31

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The Girl Without Hands (film)

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2016 French animated drama film directed, written, edited, and animated by Sébastien Laudenbach in his feature debut; Laudenbach animated the entire film on his own.

2016 French animated drama film directed, written, edited, and animated by Sébastien Laudenbach in his feature debut; Laudenbach animated the entire film on his own.

Film poster

The film is based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name and stars the voices of Anaïs Demoustier and Jérémie Elkaïm.