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Anne Lister Folklore: Rumpelstiltskin, thousands of years old? (82* d) RE: Folklore: Rumpelstiltskin, thousands of years old? 09 Nov 19

Mo, yes, but it's not often you can find the earlier form of the song, or the place name, or the story, and that was my point. In this case, it was written down in the 12th century, located in one place. Whether it was also told at the same time in the other places is something we can never know, and of course it may have been. There are differences in languages and cultures, as well. That's why I'm not suggesting any answers, just saying that the question is fascinating (to me, at least). I'm also interested in the 12th century writers who were "collecting" folklore. We can never know how old a story is, and maybe it doesn't matter, but as a storyteller and a songwriter who loves to use stories, I'm endlessly intrigued to know more about those stories, where they came from, why they were told and how they changed over the passage of time and distance. Who were the tellers, who were the audiences, why that story to that audience - and so on. These are questions we should still be asking ourselves about the stories we're fed from the media and social media. Who tells these stories, why choose these stories, who are they aimed at and why, and how much do they change according to who is targeted? But very few people ask the questions.

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