Das Märchen von Aschenputtel - Zeichnung von Adrian Ludwig Richter
the fairy tale of Aschenputtel - design of Adrian Ludwig judge

the Aschenputtel or ash-bubble, in the English linguistic area as Cinderella admits, in the French as Cendrillon, in the Italian as La Cenerentola, in the Russian as Soluschka is one in the European culture area wide-spread Märchenfigur, which emerges among other things also in the fairy tale collection of the brothers Grimm.

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as the nut/mother of a girl, who grows up in a rich house probably protected,, marries the father dies soon thereafter a new woman, who brings two daughters also in the house.Stepmother and stepsisters make in all erdenkliche way the life heavy for the girl. Because it do not only carry roughest dirt work out, but from now on also in ash beside the stoveto sleep, it must Aschenputtel is called. Its only comfort is the Bäumchen on the grave of its nut/mother, which it can complain its wrong.

The king of the country lets a celebration of several days, on which all beautiful virgins are invited align soon thereafter, thus the son oneWife to select can. The vain stepsisters want to prevent that Aschenputtel participates in the celebration, although it asks for it.

Unidentified Aschenputtel succeed nevertheless with the help of a good Fee to mix among the guests and the king son falls in love with them. He would like to now know, whothe beautiful unknown quantity is, but twice she, it succeeds to entwischen. With the third time it loses their golden slippers on the lock stairs, and which leaves generally speaking country fell in love for the virgin to look, who the slippers fits, so that it can bring it home as a bride.

The stepsisters try in vain to pull the delicate shoe over their feet. Aschenputtel is found finally nevertheless as a true bride and the stepsisters receives her fair punishment.

origin of the fairy tale

like also different of the fairy tales, has “Aschenputtel” a long history behind itself.Thus the first recordings of this fairy tale originate from the Empire of China 9. Century, the old Egypt, of the Romans and North American natives. After Ulf Diederichs does not give it to less than 400 circulating Aschenputtel fairy tales. The most well-known apart from the variant of the brothers Grimm is thosefrom Charles Perrault wrote, which carries the name Cendrillon ou La petite pantoufle de verre and 1697 was noted. This fairy tale variant with the mice transformed into mould and Kürbis, which become with the help of the Fee the Kutsche, has considerably rolls itself of Disney Zeichentrickfilm Cinderella coined/shaped, which originated in to 1950. The name of Perraults version (Cinderella or the small glass slippers) already suggests an important difference to Grimms fairy tale: Aschenputtel let slippers from squirrel fur fall there intentionally and not from glass, so that the prince could regain her. Hereone sees that this fairy tale is already much older than the written down versions and only for children was adapted. History has at one time more sense, if the prince the whole country bereist and looks for a virgin. In addition it leaves itself the 'fur'show. Other versions of the fairy tale have a ring, which only Aschenputtel exactly fits. In many versions among other things Perraults does not help Aschenputtel property Fee, but her deceased nut/mother, that appears as goat or a cow. Also the ball takes several days long and on firstDay is Aschenputtel still punctually again at home. To slippers from glass into history were by the way brought, because glass of precious was to be formed and more with difficulty than gold. The brothers Grimm took again the gold version, there to glass at their time already usually and too fragilewas. In another version of the fairy tale the girl finds the dresses under a tree at the grave of their nut/mother, who is grown up from a branch, which you bring along their father of a journey. All versions of the fairy tale have together that one in their lifeheroine unfortunately placed on the love of a prince hopes. The moral of this history can be summarized completely simply with the words: Property always one recompences.


  • a sentence from the fairy tale, frequently quoted in the vernacular, is:

The good in the Töpfchen, thosebad in the Kröpfchen.

  • Aschenputtel colloquially also an inconspicuous, colorless young girl, is called sees also to Mauerblümchen

culture-historical influences

the history of the Aschenputtels numerous dramas, operas, a set of works of the forming art and films inspired. To call would be among other things:


  • Ulf Diederichs: Who's who in the fairy tale,Dtv 2002 ISBN 3423325372
  • Marian Roalfe Cox: Cinderella: 345 variance OF Cinderella, Catskin and Cap of o'Rushes, Kraus Reprint 1967 (reference work, without the variants from the asiatic linguistic area)

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Wikisource: Aschenputtel - source texts

  • the fairy tale after Ludwig Bechstein as full text with the good mountain project:

  • Aschenputtel goes to the royal ball (a lyric play, from Peter Yang after the fairy tale of the brothers Grimm newly converts):


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