[DWJ] Swan Brothers

Paul Andinach pandinac at ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au
Wed Aug 23 00:14:39 EDT 2006


On Wed, 23 Aug 2006, Judith Ridge wrote:

> As for the Grimm version, it¹s called The Six Swans and the sister
> has to make the shirts our of starflowers. Unusual to have six
> brothers‹even numbers don¹t get much of a look-in in folk tales.

Perhaps the thinking was that six brothers plus one sister makes
seven all together. Seven is a very fairy tale number.


Paul
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"Hold fast to the one noble thing."



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