The Ear of Corn (fairy tale)
Corn (wheat) used to produce many more grains, but one day God saw a woman using the grain to clean off her muddy son. Angry, he cursed them to have no more grain, since they were not worthy of it. Bystanders pleaded with him to have mercy, especially because of the children, and he chose to have it have the current amount of grain.
Different usages have led to this tale being called "The Ear of Corn" and "The Ear of Wheat" in English.
- Jacob and Wilheim Grimm, Household Tales, "The Ear of Corn"
- D.L. Ashliman, "The Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household Tales (Grimms' Fairy Tales)"