Fairy Tale Friday….The Elves And The Shoemaker πŸ‘ž

There are variations depending on the rendition of the story.

A poor shoemaker and his wife need money to pay the rent. He gives away the last pair of shoes he has to a needy lady. He has leather to make one more pair of shoes. He cuts out the pieces of leather, before going to bed, so that he can sew them into a pair of shoes on the morrow. Elves come in the night and make the pair of shoes which he sells for more than his asking price the next day. He uses that money to pay the rent, buy food and more shoe leather. He feeds a poor traveler…….

He has just enough money to buy enough leather for two pairs of shoes. He cuts the pieces of leather for two pairs, and retires for the night. The elves come, again, that night and make two pairs of shoes with the additional leather. He gives away one pair to a needy person and sells the other pair to a referral from the first customer who is immensely satisfied……
He buys leather for three and stays up to find the elves making the shoes. The shoemaker and wife make clothes for the elves the next day, but the elves are freed when given clothes, so they leave, and the shoemaker and his wife never see them again.

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7 thoughts on “Fairy Tale Friday….The Elves And The Shoemaker πŸ‘ž

  1. There is a contradiction here, I think. First, we think that because the shoemaker was generous and helps the needy, the elves help him by making shoes. But when he makes clothes for them because they were helping him and gives to them, they go away and he loses them forever!

  2. I’ve always liked this story. No gruesome turn of events in it. As to the elves disappearing, sometimes miracles are only for a season…

    The elves on the front of the book cover you posted remind me of Elijah Wood in Fellowship of the Rings! πŸ™‚ He looked so cherubic in that first film.

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