Fairy Tales: Rumpelstiltskin


On this page you can find out more about the story of Rumpelstiltskin.

Resources in the Library

The Story of Rumpelstiltskin

Click on the links below to read the story of Rumplestiltskin.

Rumpelstiltskin in Shrek

See how the creators of Shrek have adapted the character of Rumpelstiltskin for their 2010 Shrek film.

History of Rumpelstiltskin

The Sur La Lune website includes lots of information about Rumpelstiltskin, including details of the history of the story.

Tales similar to Rumpelstiltskin

Click below to find a list of stories which are similar to the tale of Rumpelstiltskin.

There are links to some of the stories so you can read them online.

Elements of the Story

As explained in the 'conventions of fairy tales' section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements.

In Rumpelstiltskin, these include: 


In the Rumpelstiltskin story a good character is the miller's daughter.


Rumpelstiltskin is definitely the baddy in this story!


One of the main features of this story is the straw magically being spun into gold.


A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending.  Can you think of the obstacles and tasks which feature in the Rumpelstiltskin story?


The queen guesses Rumpelstiltskin's name so she can keep her baby and live happily ever after...


What do you think is the moral message of the Rumpelstiltskin story? 

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