Jorinde and Joringel

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Illustration by Heinrich Vogeler

"Jorinde and Joringel" is a German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, number 69.[1] It is Aarne–Thompson type 405.[2] The tale is found virtually exclusively in Germany,[3] although Marie Campbell found a variant in Kentucky, "The Flower of Dew".[4] The story is known in many English translations as "Jorinda and Jorindel".


An evil shape-shifting witch (or "fairy," depending on the translation) lived alone in a dark castle in the woods. She could lure wild animals and birds to her before killing them for food. She froze to stone any man who would come near to where she stood, and turn innocent maidens into birds and cage them. Jorinde and Joringel, two lovers engaged to be married, went for a walk in the forest. They came too near to the witch's lair. She turned Jorinde into a nightingale and petrified Joringel to the ground. Once she had carried away the bird, she freed Joringel, laughing that he would never see Jorinde again.

One night Joringel dreamed of a flower and that it would break all the witch's spells. He sought it for nine days, found it, and carried it back to the castle. He was not frozen to the ground when he approached the castle and it opened all the doors. He found the witch feeding the birds. She was unable to curse him. When she tried to take one cage away, he realized it was Jorinde. He touched the witch with the flower and her evil magic left her forever. He touched Jorinde with the flower and she became a woman again. Then he transformed all the other women back.

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  1. ^ Jacob and Wilheim Grimm, Household Tales, *"Jorinde and Joringel"
  2. ^ D.L. Ashliman, "The Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household Tales (Grimms' Fairy Tales)"
  3. ^ Stith Thompson, The Folktale, p 96, University of California Press, Berkeley Los Angeles London, 1977
  4. ^ Marie Campbell, Tales from the Cloud-Walking Country, p 254 Indiana University Press, Bloomington 1958

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