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Erin Smith

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A Thousand Furs

A Thousand Furs a German fairytale aka donkeyskin, catskin, or Allerleirauh.

One of my favs growing up!

After some research there are many different versions of the story.The one I remember is shown her in a wikipedia synopsis: 

A king promised his dying wife that he would not marry unless to a woman as beautiful as she was, and when he looked for a new wife, he realized that the only woman that would not break the promise was his own daughter.

The daughter tried to make the wedding impossible by asking for three dresses, one as golden as the sun, one as silver as moon, and one as dazzling as the stars, and a mantle made from the fur of every kind of bird and animal in the kingdom. When her father provided them, she took them, with a gold ring, a gold spindle, and a gold reel, and ran from the castle the night before the wedding.

She slept in a forest of a neighboring land where the local prince hunted and his dogs found her. She asked them to have pity on her and received a place in the kitchen, where she worked, and because she gave no name she was called "All-Kinds-of-Fur."

When the prince held a ball, she sneaked out and went to it in her silver dress, and the prince fell in love with her. The next morning, the cook set her to make soup for the prince, and she put her golden ring in it. The prince found it and questioned the cook and then All-Kinds-of-Fur, but she revealed nothing.

The next ball, she went dressed in her dress of stars and put the golden spindle in the soup, and the prince again could discover nothing.

The third ball, she went in the golden dress, and the prince slipped a golden ring on her finger without her noticing it and ordered that the last dance go longer than usual. She was not able to get away in time to change; she was able only to throw her fur mantle over her clothing before she had to cook the soup. When the prince questioned her, he caught her hand, seeing the ring, and when she tried to pull it away, her mantle slipped, revealing the golden dress. The prince pulled off the mantle, revealing her, and they married. They lived happily ever after.


After brainstorming I decided on the theme of marriage throughout the story was very strong. I was thinking the letter to be losely based off of the wedding type script that is prevelant rightnow. The use of gold is also a very strong theme throughout so I think I will go with a gold outline or gold color palette. I really enjoy the themes of the three dresses and the pelt of different animals. The first A is based off the dresses of sun, moon, and stars and would have a gradient effect. The second A is based off the pelt and the acorns more of the nature themed items. I think at this point im going to keep going with both ideas and keep developing them. 

Any feedback is apperciated! 


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