odette_river: (Star Wars)


The Wild Swans is a fairy tale in which a girl's brothers are all turned into swans by their stepmother. To save them, she must sew a shirt for each of them out of stinging nettles harvested in graveyards. She may not talk at all during this time, or they will die. She sits in a tree, sewing, until a king passes by and sees her. He commands his men to climb up and take her down and brings her back with him to his castle. Struck by her beauty, he marries her. Not everyone is pleased with his decision, however. When she has their first child, it is taken away from her, and the king is told that she murdered it. This happens on two more occasions, until finally the king is forced to do something. Reluctantly, he orders that she be burned at the stake. When she arrives at her place of execution, her brothers arrive, too, and she is able to throw the shirts she made onto them, turning them back into humans. One shirt, however, was missing an arm, and it falls on the youngest brother, who is left with a swan's wing. Finally allowed to speak, the girl is able to explain what has happened and is saved from a death by fire.

This is that story, but different.

out of dust gold out of fire air )

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