The Gist: A minstrel’s music attracts the company of a wolf, a fox and a rabbit. Not wanting animal companionship, he tricks the animals and leaves them trapped in the forest.
“The Marvelous Minstrel” is not nearly as marvelous a tale as the title would have you believe. In fact, the minstrel is downright unlikable. The animals that visit the minstrel are friendly enough and just want to learn how to play beautiful music, and yet he treats them horribly. And there are no repercussions for him! For all of his mean tricks, the minstrel walks away with a happy ending.
This story offers a very poor message about difference. I would not read this tale again.
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- The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 3rd Edition translated by Jack Zipes (Bantam, 2003)