Why the Bear Is Stumpy-Tailed

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Why the Bear Is Stumpy-Tailed (Norwegian: Hvorfor bjørnen er stubbrumpet) is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in Norske Folkeeventyr.[1]

It is Aarne-Thompson type 2, The Tail-Fisher.[2]


A bear sees a fox with fish. The fox tells him to fish by putting his tail into the water. The bear sits so long that his tail is frozen in and he tears it off to escape.


This tale is widespread, and includes other possible victims, including wolves and rabbits.[2]