When I was flipping through my books of fairy-tales I realized there was another tale including Snow-White. This left me wondering if it could have anything to do with the previous Snow-White tale I had dug into. Welp, I was wrong. Even though the name is the same there is a completely different story line, but it does make me wonder if there is any way a screenwriter could potentially connect the two… There has to be a way.
The tale titled Snow-White and Rose-Red gives us a completely new story line that involves these two girls and their mother who is a poor widow. This story was also written by the Brothers Grimm.
The family lives in a cottage in the woods and the two sisters are very close but are also complete opposites. The two sisters resembled those of the two rose trees that were outside of their house, now was filled with white roses while the other was red. Snow-White had blonde hair while the Rose-Red had dark hair and ruby red lips. Rose-Red seems to resemble the Snow-White in the Seven Dwarfs!
Snow-White is described as more quite and relaxed than Rose-Red, Rose-Red is described to like to run through the forest and fields within the story. The would often collect berries together and no matter how late they stayed in the woods they never came to any harm. One night they decided to sleep in the woods and her mother was not distressed when they didn’t return… Only in a fairy tale would that happen.
The girls keep the cottage very neat and they worked together to accomplish chores within the summer and winter. They would always bolt the door before bed until one night there was a knock on the door.
To their surprise it was a black bear! Now, of course this black bear spoke and explained that they shouldn’t be afraid because he won’t harm them. The mother told the girls to welcome the bear in and wipe the snow from his fur. Because it was winter the bear was looking for a warm place to sleep and that is what the family provided. The girls teased the bear until he told them that he had had enough. This process continued throughout the entire winter making sure to never lock the door before the bear showed up.
When spring came and all outside was green the bear said he had to leave for the entire summer. When the girls asked why he had to leave he told them he had to guard his treasures from the wicked dwarfs. So there are dwarfs in this story! The bear continued to explain that in the winter the dwarfs cannot work their way through the ground to his treasure. Sadly, Snow-White unbolted the door and watched their new bear friend leave.
Shortly after the bears departure Snow-White and Rose-Red’s mother sent them on an errand in which they encounter a dwarf with his yard long beard caught in the crevice of the tree. The girls tried to help him pull it out however nothing seemed to work. Instead Snow-White pulled out scissors and trimmed the end of his beard. The dwarf was angry the girls had cut off the end of his beard and expressed his anger. Saying “bad luck to you!” (260) before huffing off.
Later on they come to encounter the dwarf again, Now If I saw him I would turn around immediately. The girls were going to the river to catch some fish when they see the dwarf had gotten his beard caught in his fishing line. A big fish had bit his line and the dwarf was not strong enough to reel it in. Almost being dragged into the water the girls had no choice but to trim his beard again. Saying the dwarf was pissed off is an understatement. He had some words to say to the girls alright before huffing off once more.
Ahh yes the sheer luck of the girls running into the dwarf a g a i n. Their mother had sent them to buy needles, thread, laces, and ribbon when they noticed a large bird swoop down.
Next thing they knew they heard a loud cry and say that the eagle had the dwarf in his talons. The two girls yanked at the dwarf until the eagle let go. When the dwarf recovered he screamed at the girls for tugging on his coat. He pointed out the tears that were created and called the girls “clumsy creatures” (261). If anyone is clumsy it’s you Mr. Dwarf. He then shoves his precious stones into a hole nearby and the girls continued on their way.
On their way home the dwarf had emptied his bag of precious stones in the walkway and thought that no one would pass so late. The dwarfs face went red with rage because the girls were staring at his glittering stones. He was angrily approaching the girls when the bear came trotting towards the three of them. At the sight of the bear the dwarf was filled with fear. The dwarf pleaded with the bear to spare his life in exchange for jewels and then tried to offer the girls to the bear instead of him. The bear gave the dwarf a single blow and the dwarf did not move again.
The girls had run off when the bear called to Snow-White and Rose-Red. They knew the bears voice and waited for him to catch up, suddenly the bears skin fell off revealing a handsome man. He explained that he is the King’s son (shocker) and the dwarf had bewitched him and stolen his treasures, only the dwarfs death would free him.
Snow-White married the bear man while Rose-Red married his brother. How old are these girls? Their ages were never really mentioned so its unclear their age on when they’re married…They decided the dwarfs treasure between the two and the mother lived happily with her children for many years and even took the rose trees with her and planted them beneath her window bearing the most beautiful white and red roses every year.
It’s funny to see few similarities to the original Snow-White tale and how there is still the inclusion of the dwarves, princes, and appearances based of roses. I wonder if they would eventually be able to intertwine these two storylines in a movie? I feel like someway, somehow it is definitely a possibility. I hear anything is possible when it comes to storylines, it’s all about what you can get away with!