Dapplegrim (Grimsborken) is a Norwegian fairy tale collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in their Norske Folkeeventyr. Andrew Lang included it in The Red Fairy Book.

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Boots, the knight, chooses the best horse in the harras. Illustration by Henry Justice Ford for Andrew Lang's The Red Fairy Book (1890).
Folk tale
Also known asGrimsborken
Aarne-Thompson groupingATU 531 (The Clever Horse)
Published inNorske Folkeeventyr, by Asbjørnsen and Moe


The tale was published in a compilation of world folktales, by illustrator Katharine Pyle.[1] The tale was also translated and published by George Webbe Dasent.[2]

The tale was translated into French with the title Le Cheval Prodige ("The Prodigious Horse").[3]

Joseph Jacobs inserted the horse Dapplegrim as the giant's mount in his reconstructed protoform of the Norwegian tale The Master Maid, published in Europa's Fairy Book.[4]


George Webbe Dasent stated that the character of Dapplegrim is reminiscent of sagas and tales where hero and steed share a bond of trust.[5]

The Aarne-Thompson-Uther tales types ATU 530, 531 (The Clever Horse) and 533 (The Speaking Horsehead) fall under the umbrella of Supernatural Helper in the folk/fairy tale index and pertain to a cycle of stories in which a magical horse helps the hero or heroine by giving advice and/or instructing him/her.[6]

Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe collected a second Norwegian variant of the ATU 531 tale type, titled Gullslottet som hang i luften (English: "The Golden Castle that Hung in the Air").

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Pyle, Katharine. Wonder tales from many lands. London: G.G. Harrap. 1920. pp. 126-145.
  2. ^ Dasent, George Webbe. Popular tales from the Norse. Edinburgh: David Douglas. 1903. pp. 272-285.
  3. ^ Guerber, Hélène Adeline. Contes et légendes. IIme partie. New York, Cincinnati [etc.] American book company. 1895. pp. 30-37. [1]
  4. ^ Jacobs, Joseph. European Folk and Fairy Tales. New York, London: G. P. Putnam's sons. 1916. pp. 142-158.
  5. ^ Dasent, George Webbe. Popular tales from the Norse. Edinburgh: David Douglas. 1903. p. cxxiii.
  6. ^ Thompson, Stith. The Folktale. University of California Press. 1977. pp. 61-65. ISBN 0-520-03537-2

Further readingEdit

  • Asbjørnsen, Peter Christen, Jørgen Moe, Tiina Nunnally, and Neil Gaiman. "Dappleband." In The Complete and Original Norwegian Folktales of Asbjørnsen and Moe, 163-71. Minneapolis; London: University of Minnesota Press, 2019. Accessed November 17, 2020. doi:10.5749/j.ctvrxk3w0.41.

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