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Allerleirauh or All-Kinds-of-Fur is a fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm. Since the second edition published in 1819, it has been recorded as Tale no. 65. Andrew Lang included it in The Green Fairy Book. A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... they are very interesting writers. ... For the former National Basketball Association player, see Andrew Lang (basketball). ...

It is Aarne-Thompson folktale type 510B, the persecuted heroine.


A king promised his dying wife that he would not marry unless to a woman as beautiful as she was, and when he looked for a new wife, he realized that the only woman that would not break the promise was his own daughter.

The daughter tried to make the wedding impossible by asking for three dresses, one as golden as the sun, one as silver as moon, and one as bright as the stars, and a mantle made from the fur of every kind of animals in the kingdom. When her father provides them, she takes them, with a gold ring, a gold spinning-wheel, and a gold reel, and runs.

She slept in a forest where a king hunted, and his dogs found her. She asked them to have pity on her, and received a place in the kitchen, where she worked, and was called "All-Kinds-of-Fur."

When the king held a ball, she went to it in her golden dress, and the king fell in love with her. The next morning, the cook set her to make soup for the king, and she put her golden ring in it. The king found it, and questioned the cook, and then All-Kinds-of-Fur, but she revealed nothing.

The next ball, she went dressed in her silver dress, and put the golden spinning-wheel in the soup, and the king again could discover nothing.

The third ball, she went in the star dress, and the king slipped a golden ring on her finger without her noticing it, and ordered that the last dance go longer than usual. She was not able to get away in time to change; she was able only to throw her fur mantle over her clothing before she had to cook the soup. When the king questioned her, he caught her hand, seeing the ring, and when she tried to pull it away, her mantle slipped, revealing the star dress. The king pulled off the mantle, revealing her, and they married.


Among variants of this tale, the threat of enforced marriage to her own father, as here, is the usual motive for the heroine's flight, but others are possible. Catskin fled because her father, who wanted a son, was marrying her off to the first prospect. Cap O' Rushes was thrown out because her father interpreted her words to mean she did not love him.

The father's attempt to marry his daughter was also taken up into saints' legends, as the legend of Saint Dymphna. St. ...

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  • Sur La Lune "Allerleirauh"
  • Sur La Lune "All-Kinds-of-Fur"



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