Monday, January 08, 2018

BookMarks #32: The Shoemaker and the Elves

Title: The Shoemaker and the Elves
Author: Jacob Grimm & Wilhelm Grimm 
Genre: Fiction, Fairytale, Children
Setting: Germany
Published: 1812

A shoemaker lands in troubled times when a cheap shoe seller sets up shop. His fortunes change as he receives help from the elves.

A very simplistic tale of how good can overcome evil but can have deeper interpretations also. It also has lessons in free market dynamics, issue of quality and price, and finally captive labour and slavery. But it is best enjoyed just as a simple fairy tale!

On further reading found that there are many versions of this faorytale (not unlike our great myths!), with each version following the broad guidelines as above.

Previously on BookMarks: The Bestseller 

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