Rumpelstiltskin A fairy tale by Grimm Brothers
Once there was a miller who was poor, yet he had a beautiful daughter. One day he needed to go and identify with the king, and so as to make himself seem important, he said to him, "I have a daughter who can turn straw into gold."
The king was amazed and he wanted to test her. He took her into a room filled with straw, gave her a turning haggle reel, and asked her to turn the straw into gold by morning. The poor miller’s daughter started to cry as she didn’t know what to do.
Suddenly, the door was opened and a little man came in. He asked the girl why she was crying. The girl told him that she needed to turn the straw into gold. The little man told that he would do that for her if she can give him something. The girl gave him her necklace, and the little man turned all the straw into gold by morning.
When the king saw the gold at morning, he was bewildered. However, he was not satisfied yet, and so he took her into a larger room filled with straw and asked her to turn them into gold. The young lady knew not how to help herself, and was crying, when the entryway opened once more, the little man showed up. This time, the girl gave him her ring. The little man took the ring and turned all the straw into gold.
But the king took her into another room and gave a lot more straw the next day. But this time she didn’t have anything to give the little man. So the little man asked her to give the first child she will give birth. The girl agreed, and the little man did his job.
However, the king married the miller’s daughter, and a year after, the miller’s daughter brought a beautiful boy into the world. One day, the little man came into her room, and said, "Now give me what you guaranteed."
The queen was shocked. She started to cry and begged to leave her son. The little man told that he would leave her son if she could find out the little man’s name within three days. On the next day, the queen tried to find out his name, but she couldn’t. On the second day, she made an announcement throughout the country to find out the little man’s name. On the third day, a man came to her and said, "I went to a high mountain toward the end of the timberland, and I saw a strange little man dancing and singing and said his name aloud.
The queen was really happy, and when the little man came in, and asked, what is his name?"
She said, "Maybe your name is Rumpelstiltskin?"
The little man was angry and in his annoyance he drove his right foot so profound into the earth that his entire leg went in, and afterward in anger he pulled at his left leg so hard with both hands that he tore himself in two.
Moral of the Story:
This story teaches us not to be greedy, and not to lie to anyone in any circumstances. It tells us to be careful of the decisions that we take. And lastly, it tells us to be careful about what we say. The little man sang and told his name, and that’s how the man heard and told the queen the little man’s name. So, be careful of what you say, you never know who’s listening.