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Topic Research: Folklore of the Rhineland

I chose three stories from the Rhineland region of Germany, the area where my dad was born. The first of these stories is "Mouse Tower" (or Poems of Tragedy: IV. Germany—God’s Judgment on a Wicked Bishop by Robert Southey), a legend about an evil ruler who is eaten by mice for his sins. I like this story for several reasons: 1) it is pretty unforgettable, 2) it has some historical relevance, as the Mouse Tower is a real structure built by the Romans and still standing today, and 3) Wikipedia provides useful background on the tale, found here. The second story I liked is called "The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was," which is a Brothers Grimm tale about a boy who could not shudder. He spends the entire story asking people to help him learn how to shake, and various people come up with different ideas. Each of these ideas, however, does not work, until the girl he marries douses him with cold river water, finally making him shudder. I thought …

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