ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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It's common knowledge that the origins of some of our favorite childhood movies are decidedly dark, but the fairy tales below are way too creepy to be re-vamped by even the most potent Disney magic...

The Goose Girl

Although the title sounds innocent enough, this story is overbrimming with tragedy and bloodshed.

A princess is sent out by her mother in order to be married, but it's far too dangerous for her to go alone so the young maiden is given a magical charm made from her mother's own blood, a taking horse name Falada and a maid to help her on her travels.

Unfortunately, the deceitful maid gets her hands on the powerful blood charm and takes advantage of the princess while she is weak and unprotected. The princess is forced to swap clothes and horses along with agreeing to a an breakable oath that she will never reveal her true identity. If she broke her promise, the maid would have hear murdered and discard her body deep in the woods.

When they arrive in the kingdom, the maid in disguise marries the prince and the true princess is forced to get a peasants job tending geese. Desperate to ensure her ruse isn't discovered, the imposter princess has Falada slaughtered so the horse cannot speak, but the real princess bribes to local butcher to hang his served head on the city wall so she can speak to her only friend each day.

One day, a young boy tried to pluck out one of the real princesses glden hairs as she tended to her geese, but she summoned a wind to blow his hat away and distract him. Realizing this is no ordinary girl, he informs the king and eventually the real princesses identity is discovered.

After the genuine princess is married to the son, the king has the decpetive handmaiden thrown into a barrel studded with razor sharp nails and she is dragged across the city by white horses until she dies.

Fitcher’s Bird

This truly bizarre Grimm's fairy tale is a story of kidnap, mutilation and betrayal that is as dark as children's tales come.

A strange beggar abducts the eldest sister in a household of three daughters and takes her to a golden house, where he promises to give her everything she desires if she becomes his wife.

One day, the beggar had to go on an errand so he left his potential bride with a white egg to look after and warned her not to enter a particular room if she wanted to avoid a painful death.

Once the beggar had left, the bride-to-be's curiosity got the better of her and she let herself into the hidden room. Inside she discovered the dismembered limbs and desecrated corpses of multiple dead girls with an axe and a chopping block in the corner.

She immediately dropped the egg in shock and fled the scene, but try as she might, she couldn't scrub the blood off the egg's pure white surface.

When the beggar returned and saw the state of his egg, he dragged the girl into the murder room and hacked her up with his axe. He then returned to their house and abducted the second sister who suffered the same fate.

The youngest sister proved to be the wisest of them all though. Suspicious about what had happened to her older siblings, she left the egg behind before investigating the secret room. The final sister immediately recognized the mutilated corpses of her siblings and pieced them back together and resurrected them (because, fairy tales).

When the beggar returned home and saw the spotless egg, he pronounced that the younger sister would be his true bride. The wily girl smuggled her two sisters in a delivery of gold that was being presented to her father by the beggar as a dowry, and covered herself in honey and feathers to disguise herself as a bird and hid in a nearby tree.

When the beggar had left, the sisters leapt out of the gold and told their father what had happened. He avenged the terrible crimes by barricading the doors of the golden house shut and burning the beggar and all of his friends who had gathered for the wedding alive inside.

The Singing Bone

In yet another Grimm tale, a brother murders another to impress a fair maiden, but justice is served in the most brutal fashion.

A giant wild boar is running amok in a local kingdom, and in desperation, the king offers his only daughter's hand in marriage to whoever can slay the murderous beast.

Two brother's volunteered to kill the beast. One was influenced by pride, while the other was concerned about the well being of the citizens. They split up to increase their chances of locating the killer swine.

In a forest, the kind younger brother encountered a dwarf who sensed his pure heart and gave him an enchanted spear to kill the boar with. Shortly after, the boy found the creature and split it's heart in two with the enchanted spear.

He hauled the trophy onto his back and then went to share the good news with his brother, who he found in a local tavern. In order to celebrate the kill, the older brother bought his sibling ale until he was good and drunk and then murdered him, burying his body under a bridge. He then took the boar to the princess and cried crocodile tears about how his brother had been torn apart by the boar.

The murderer lived happily with his new wife for a while, until on a fateful day, a shepherd dug up one of the kind borther's bones and fashioned it into a horn. When he blew the horn for the first time, it screamed a terrible song of murder.

The shepherd presented his horrific new instrument to the king who followed it's directions to the grave. The eldest brother was tied into a sack and thrown into the sea for his crimes.

The Enchanted Tsarevich

This Russain folktale sees a slimy suitor go from grotesque to perfection, but by then it is too late for the princess to marry him.

A monstrous snake with three heads tricks a father into giving him his youngest daughter as a wife, and she is forced to go and live with the beast in his castle.

During the day, the snake leaves the girl well alone, but at night he slithers outside her bedroom door while she sleeps. Eventually he persuades her to move her bed into his room and finally she begins to sleep next to the snake every night.

The snake comes to love the girl with all his heart and he is upset by how much she misses her family, so he allows her to go home for one evening. When the girl goes home, her sisters are how jealous of how happy she seems with her snake suitor so they rub onions into their eyes to make it look as if they are crying with worry and persuade the kind-hearted girl to stay the night to comfort them.

When she returns to the castle she doesn't find the snake, but a beautiful prince who is dead through the grief of thinking his lover would never return.

(Source: Listverse)


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