The History Of Fairy Tales

Fairy tales often stem from real life. Jack and his bean stalk, for instance, has its roots in the battle between Prince Savipattugak and his brother, Giantanaparan.  ‘Gak’ raised an army to defeat Giantanaparan’s forces but the cost was borne by the rice farmers. Gak hid his forces in the enormous Periteri forest, planning to surprise Giantanaparan from above. But the disgruntled farmers gave away the strategy. Giantanaparan had his men threaten to axe each hiding place until surrender. However, Gak refused to descend calling on Giantanaparan to climb and fight. He accepted the challenge but they both fell to their deaths.

One enormous Periteri came to represent both courage and sibling folly. Many adherents visited; vendors, pandering to the trade built shops and lodges around its base. Nowadays the buildings are ruins; no one visits and instead we remember Gak and Giant and their tale of greed and hubris.  

This story is written in response to a prompt from Di at Pensivity101. She is a voracious writer of poems and prose and you really should visit if you don’t already. The prompt uses this image and these rules

The challenge is to write a piece of historical fiction about it. There’s a

• 150 word limit

• Try not to use the words tree & green

There is also this request to tag others. You know who you are without me saying…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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12 Responses to The History Of Fairy Tales

  1. Thanks for tking up the challenge Geoff. Good as always!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ritu says:

    I love this, especially as we are using Jack and the Beanstalk as our story in Nursery this week!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. And what of the singing harp?

    Liked by 2 people

  4. You hit that mark perfectly! Most enjoyable 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. willowdot21 says:

    Excellent Geoff 💜

    Liked by 1 person

  6. JT Twissel says:

    Wonderfully twisted just like the tree’s roots!

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