Herr Korbes

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Herr Korbes is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, number 41.[1] They found it in both the district of the Maine and Hesse.[1]

It is Aarne-Thompson type 210, The Traveling Animals and the Wicked Man.[2] Another tale of this type is the Grimms' The Pack of Ragamuffins.[3]


A cock and a hen go to Herr Korbes's house in a carriage. Along the way, they pick up a millstone, an egg, a duck, a pin, and a needle. Herr Korbes is not at home; they go in and when he returns, they attack him.


In their third edition, the Grimms added a sentence to the end, that Korbes must have been a wicked man.


  1. ^ a b Jacob and Wilheim Grimm, Household Tales, "Herr Korbes"
  2. ^ D.L. Ashliman, "The Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household Tales (Grimms' Fairy Tales)"
  3. ^ D.L. Ashliman, "Herr Korbes"