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Water and Salt is an Italian fairy tale collected by Thomas Frederick Crane in his Italian Popular Tales. 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. ... Thomas Frederick Crane (1844-1927) was an American folklorist. ...

It is Aarne-Thompson type 923, love like salt. Antti Amatus Aarne (1867 - 1925) was a Finnish folklorist, who developed the initial version of what became the Aarne-Thompson classification system of classifying folktales, first published in 1910. ...


A king asked his daughters how much they loved him. The oldest said, like her eyes; the middle, like her heart; the youngest, like water and salt. Outraged, her father ordered the youngest executed, but her sisters hid her in a cave and had a dog killed. The youngest son is a stock character in fairy tales, where he features as the hero. ...

The youngest daughter was found by a magician, who took her to his house opposite the royal castle. A prince fell in love with her. The magician ordered them to kill him the day before the wedding, to invite three kings, one of them her father, and to serve her father no water and salt. When they killed him, his blood transformed the stairs into gold, so that the kings were afraid to climb it, but the prince insisted. At the banquet, the king could not eat without water and salt, and his daughter revealed to him what she had done.

See also

Cap O Rushes is an English fairy tale collected by Joseph Jacobs in English Fairy Tales. ... The Goose-Girl at the Well is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, tale number 179. ... The Dirty Shepherdess is a French fairy tale collected by Paul Sébillot. ... The Hairy Man ( also called Machmud G. ) is a Russian fairy tale. ... This article is about the Snow White character. ... The Water of Life (German: Das Wasser des Lebens) is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm, tale number 97. ...

External links

  • SurLaLune Fairy Tale site Water and Salt
  • "Love Like Salt" a collection of similar tales



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