The Pink

The carnation is a fairy tale (ATU 652 ). It is in the Children's and Household Tales of the Brothers Grimm from the 2nd edition of 1819 in place 76 (KHM 76).


A childless queen gets from God to their requests a son, whose thoughts go true. The chef robs him when she sleeps, and drips her blood on the dress, which she can be walled by the King. But two angels bring her as white doves food. The chef goes away with the son and makes him a castle with garden and want a companion. The son and they love each other. The chef is afraid and wants to force to kill him or her. You do not, deceives him with the heart and lungs of a doe. The son cursed the cook in a black poodle with golden chain that eats coals. He looks after his mother, the Virgin as a carnation in his pocket, which does not otherwise mitwill and the poodle. Then he gets a job as a hunter, wishes abundance of wildlife caused, and is set by the king to the feast at his side. He leaves a servant bring the language to his mother and clarifies everything by letting show her figure Poodle and clove. The queen is fetched, but she eats nothing and dies. The king follows her from grief. The son marries the virgin.

Other Versions

The first edition tells the tale ( by family Hassenpflug ) so that the gardener creeps to be baptized into the church and hear what gift the godfather gives the child, robbed and can grow up to a huntsman. The son returns as a journeyman fighter with his beloved hunter daughter as clove and the gardener as a poodle on father's back yard. The carnation he introduces 's windows, except when he is alone. Finally, report his companions to the king. The note tells this version for even, with reference to the saying if my darling were a carnation plant, / I put him outside the window that Shah him everyone, also a song in Des Knaben Wunderhorn (2, 11, 12) and the Penta Meron ( 1, 2).

From the second edition of the story comes from Zwehrn (ie, by Dorothea cattle man), plus a well Hessian variant of the beginning: The king asks the Godfather, who first met him ( cf. KHM 42, 44, 126). It is a poor man who is the son that from 18 years to arrive all his desires. A dwarf hears it, robbing him, accuses the Queen, which is walled, and married a merchant's daughter, which should then kill the eighteen- year-olds.


The motif of innocent convicts and the modest unknowns ( " I am a poor huntsman " ) is reminiscent of many tales, especially at KHM 65 Allerleirauh or KHM 179 The goose-girl at the well. It is especially suited to the Christianization made ​​here. Comparisons particularly KHM 96 De three Vügelkens and KHM 198 Virgin Maleen. In addition to angels as white doves ( Mark 1:10, 1 Kings 19:5) reminds the children lots, which is prophesied a son to the wife of Abraham in the Old Testament. The cooking itself up in a double sense to the Lord, when he can give a woman the son ( "It is not good that you're so alone " ), which will then destroy him (see Genesis). Carnations are a symbol of Mary, Passion and death. For Poodle as hell see also Goethe's Faust I. See, Giambattista Basile Penta Meron IV, 5 The Dragon.

Hans -Jörg Uther finds echoes of the Middle Dutch couplet poetry Esmoreit from the 14th century.

KHM 76 The Clove: Kathrin Schmidt wrote a parody.