The Owl (fairy tale)

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The Owl is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm in Grimm's Fairy Tales, number 174.[1]

It is Aarne-Thompson type 1281, Burning the Barn to Destroy an Unknown Animal.[2]

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In the story, a horned owl flies into a barn owned by a local at the nearby town. The owl quickly frightens all of the townspeople who try to enter the barn. The same day, a man known for his courage and bravery in warlike skills announces to the populace that they are "all acting like women". He then ventures into the barn with a spear. The owl hoots at him, and he flees in terror. The townspeople finally come up with the decision to burn the barn down and be rid of the owl forever.

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