The Six Swans

The Six Swans (in German : Die sechs Schwäne) is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm as tale number 49.wikipedia
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The Six Swans (in German : Die sechs Schwäne) is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm as tale number 49. Andrew Lang included a variant in The Yellow Fairy Book.
KHM 49: The Six Swans (Die sechs Schwäne)

The Magic Swan Geese

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Other tales of this type include The Magic Swan Geese, The Seven Ravens, The Twelve Wild Ducks, Udea and her Seven Brothers, The Wild Swans, and The Twelve Brothers.
Other variants of the Aarne-Thompson type include The Six Swans, The Twelve Wild Ducks, Udea and her Seven Brothers, The Wild Swans, The Seven Ravens, and The Twelve Brothers.

The Seven Ravens

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Other tales of this type include The Magic Swan Geese, The Seven Ravens, The Twelve Wild Ducks, Udea and her Seven Brothers, The Wild Swans, and The Twelve Brothers.
Other variants of the Aarne–Thompson type include The Six Swans, The Twelve Wild Ducks, Udea and her Seven Brothers, The Wild Swans, The Twelve Brothers, and The Magic Swan Geese.

Andrew Lang's Fairy Books

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The Six Swans (in German : Die sechs Schwäne) is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm as tale number 49. Andrew Lang included a variant in The Yellow Fairy Book.
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Brothers Grimm

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The Six Swans (in German : Die sechs Schwäne) is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm as tale number 49. Andrew Lang included a variant in The Yellow Fairy Book.
To some extent, the cruelty and violence may have been a reflection of medieval culture from which the tales originated, such as scenes of witches burning, as described in "The Six Swans".

Stepmother

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The new queen and now stepmother, who has learned witchcraft from her mother, finds out about her six stepsons and decides to get them out of her way.
Fairy tales can have variants where one tale has an evil mother and the other an evil stepmother: in The Six Swans by the Brothers Grimm and also in The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen, the heroine is persecuted by her husband's mother and in the another one by her stepmother, and in The Twelve Wild Ducks, by his stepmother.

Daughter of the Forest

* Daughter of the Forest, the first book of the Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marillier, is a detailed retelling of this story in a medieval Celtic setting.
It is loosely based on the legend of the Children of Lir and "The Six Swans" (a story that has many versions, including one by the Brothers Grimm).

The Wild Swans

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Other tales of this type include The Magic Swan Geese, The Seven Ravens, The Twelve Wild Ducks, Udea and her Seven Brothers, The Wild Swans, and The Twelve Brothers.
Sekai Meisaku Dōwa: Hakuchou no Õji (The Wild Swans: The Princess of the Swans), a 1977 anime film by Toei Animation that combines elements of The Wild Swans and The Six Swans by the Brothers Grimm. With starring Elisa is the younger of "Heidi" from Heidi, Girl of the Alps and the familiar style of Disney's Bambi.

The Twelve Brothers

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Other tales of this type include The Magic Swan Geese, The Seven Ravens, The Twelve Wild Ducks, Udea and her Seven Brothers, The Wild Swans, and The Twelve Brothers.
Other variants of the Aarne-Thompson type include The Six Swans, The Twelve Wild Ducks, Udea and her Seven Brothers, The Wild Swans, The Seven Ravens, and The Magic Swan Geese.

Udea and Her Seven Brothers

Other tales of this type include The Magic Swan Geese, The Seven Ravens, The Twelve Wild Ducks, Udea and her Seven Brothers, The Wild Swans, and The Twelve Brothers.
The Six Swans

The Twelve Wild Ducks

Other tales of this type include The Magic Swan Geese, The Seven Ravens, The Twelve Wild Ducks, Udea and her Seven Brothers, The Wild Swans, and The Twelve Brothers.
The Six Swans

The Sevenwaters Trilogy

* Daughter of the Forest, the first book of the Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marillier, is a detailed retelling of this story in a medieval Celtic setting.
Daughter of the Forest is based loosely on "The Six Swans" (a story that has many versions, one of which is recounted by Hans Christian Andersen).

The Storyteller (TV series)

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* Paul Weiland's episode "The Three Ravens" of Jim Henson's television series The Storyteller is another retelling of this classic tale.
Based on the early German folk tale, The Six Swans.

Fairy tale

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The Six Swans (in German : Die sechs Schwäne) is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm as tale number 49. Andrew Lang included a variant in The Yellow Fairy Book.

Andrew Lang

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The Six Swans (in German : Die sechs Schwäne) is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm as tale number 49. Andrew Lang included a variant in The Yellow Fairy Book.

Aarne–Thompson classification systems

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It is Aarne–Thompson type 451: the brothers who were turned into birds.

Swan

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She sews six magical shirts and goes to the hidden castle where the children are hidden for safety, then tosses the shirts over the boys and transforms them into swans.

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They tell their still human younger sister that they've heard of a way to break such curses: she must make six shirts out of nettles and can't make a sound for six years or the spell will never be broken.

Death by burning

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The King is unable to keep protecting her, and unable to properly defend herself, the queen is sentenced to be burned at the stake as a witch.

Juliet Marillier

* Daughter of the Forest, the first book of the Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marillier, is a detailed retelling of this story in a medieval Celtic setting.

Celts

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* Daughter of the Forest, the first book of the Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marillier, is a detailed retelling of this story in a medieval Celtic setting.

Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics

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* An episode from the anime series Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics, starring Mitsuko Horie as the Princess (here named Elise), Toshiko Fujita as the witch, Hideyuki Hori as the prince, Ishizuka Unsho as the king, and Koichi Yamadera, Taku Takemura, Masami Kikuchi, and Keiichi Naniwa as the brothers.

Mitsuko Horie

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* An episode from the anime series Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics, starring Mitsuko Horie as the Princess (here named Elise), Toshiko Fujita as the witch, Hideyuki Hori as the prince, Ishizuka Unsho as the king, and Koichi Yamadera, Taku Takemura, Masami Kikuchi, and Keiichi Naniwa as the brothers.

Toshiko Fujita

* An episode from the anime series Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics, starring Mitsuko Horie as the Princess (here named Elise), Toshiko Fujita as the witch, Hideyuki Hori as the prince, Ishizuka Unsho as the king, and Koichi Yamadera, Taku Takemura, Masami Kikuchi, and Keiichi Naniwa as the brothers.

Hideyuki Hori

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* An episode from the anime series Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics, starring Mitsuko Horie as the Princess (here named Elise), Toshiko Fujita as the witch, Hideyuki Hori as the prince, Ishizuka Unsho as the king, and Koichi Yamadera, Taku Takemura, Masami Kikuchi, and Keiichi Naniwa as the brothers.