Daily Archives: December 17, 2013

387 Stories: Day 8: Story 8: The Frog King, Or Iron Heinrich: A New Version by Philip Pullman

Title: The Frog King, Or Iron Heinrich
Author: Brothers Grimm, a new version by Philip Pullman
Taken from: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Today was the day to start believing in fairy tales all over again. To look at the world from a child’s point of view and not with the cynicism I have been harboring for a while now. Winter is upon us and I honestly could not think of a better reason for today’s story to be a retelling of a Grimm brothers fairy tale. This one is “The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich”.


We all are aware of the fairy tale. A princess. A ball of yarn that falls in a well. A frog to the rescue with a condition and at the end of it all, there is happy ever after ending. The metaphor of kissing a frog is so apt for modern times. The entire setting is not lost when Pullman says it. In fact, I think he enhances it also with a quick note at the end, telling readers more about the fairy tale. A nice one for today.