The Beam (tale)
The Beam (German: Der Hahnenbalken) is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm as tale 149.It is Aarne-Thompson type 987, False Magician Exposed by Clever Girl, with an episode like type 1290, A Fool Mistakes a Flax Field for a Lake.
A magician shows a rooster carrying a beam. A girl carrying a four-leafed clover realizes and declares that it is just a straw, not a beam. When she marries, the magician enchants her to think she sees a stream, and then breaks it after she has hiked up her skirts to cross.
- Jacob and Wilheim Grimm. "The Beam". Household Tales. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
- D. L. Ashliman, "The Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household Tales"
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