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Rumpelstilzchen [Rumple-stilts-skin]


A passionate little deformed dwarf. A miller’s daughter was enjoined by a king to spin straw into gold, and the dwarf did it for her, on condition that she would give him her first child. The maiden married the king, and grieved so bitterly when her first child was born that the dwarf promised to relent if within three days she could find out his name. Two days were spent in vain guesses, but the third day one of the queen’s servants heard a strange voice singing—

Little dreams my dainty dame

Rumpelstilzchen is my name.”

The queen, being told thereof, saved her child, and the dwarf killed himself with rage. (German Popular Stories.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Rule Nisi
Rule of Thumb (The)
Rule of the Road (The)
Rule the Roost (To)
Rump Parliament
Rumpelstilzchen [Rumple-stilts-skin]
Rumping Dozen
Run Amuck
Run a Rig (To)
Run Riot (To)
Run Thin (To)
Run a Man Down (To)
Run of the House (The)
Runs may Read (He that)