Brothers Grimm tale

Episode 52. King Thrushbeard

“Long and thin has little in!”

It’s yet another win for Adam in the listener story poll, but will this story stack up?

After a princess insults her suitors, her angry father makes her marry a singing fiddler and she’s plunged into a life of poverty. But will their new crockery start-up save them from hunger and plight? And how many plot holes can a story have before it stops making sense?

Find out in our latest tale King Thurshbeard, where we learn why princesses need to do what they’re told, which bird has the most crooked beak, and what exactly Shakespeare and Henry VIII have to do with it all.

Chromolithograph after a drawing by Thekla Brauer, published in 1898.


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