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Encyclopedia > The Lion and the Mouse
The Lion and the Mouse, illustrated by Milo Winter in a 1919 Aesop anthology
The Lion and the Mouse, illustrated by Milo Winter in a 1919 Aesop anthology

The Lion and the Mouse is an Aesop's fable. In the fable, a lion wants to eat a mouse who wakes him up. The mouse begs forgiveness and promises to return the favor if ever he is given the opportunity. He also makes the point that such unworthy prey as he should not stain the lion's great paws. Later, the lion is captured by hunters and tied to a tree; the lion roars with all his might so that someone might help him. The mouse hears the lion's pleas and frees him by gnawing through the ropes. The moral of this story is stated in the last line of the fable: Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Brushtail grabs a big Plymouth Rock hen by the neck, in an Milo Winter illustration for Doctor Rabbit and Brushtail the Fox, by Thomas Clark Hinkle Milo Winter (August 7, 1888- 1956) was a book illustrator, who produced works for editions of Aesops Fables, Arabian Nights, Alice in Wonderland... Aesop, as depicted in the Nuremberg Chronicle by Hartmann Schedel. ... For other uses, see Lion (disambiguation). ... This article is about the rodent. ...

Little friends may prove great friends.

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted"


Another Aesop fable with a similar moral lesson concerns a slave who removes a thorn from a lion's paw, and the lion later comes to the slave's rescue.[1]


The story may have Ancient Egyptian roots, a nearly identical tale was told by Thoth to Hathor in one myth. Thoth (Ramesseum, Luxor) Thoth (his Greek name derived from the Egyptian *, written by Egyptians as ) was considered one of the most important deities of the Egyptian pantheon, often depicted with the head of an ibis. ... For other uses, see Hathor (disambiguation). ...


Pop Culture References

  • C.S. Lewis may have referenced the fable in a scene in his book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In that particular scene, the mythical lion Aslan, after sacrificing himself to gain the release of Edmond, is chewed free from the evil witch Jadis's restraining ropes by a team of mice. When Aslan was raised from the dead, the Narnian mice were made Talking Beasts.
  • In the Disney animated film The Rescuers, the all-mouse "Rescue Aid Society" was apparently founded by the mouse from this fable.
Clive Staples Lewis (November 29, 1898 – November 22, 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis, was an author and scholar. ... The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis. ... The Rescuers is a 1977 animated feature produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on June 22, 1977. ...

 
 

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