Weekly thingy and the Five of Swords/The Robber Bridegroom
I was casting around for what to do with this one and sort of thinking about whether it would fit for Bluebeard, which led to me rereading variants and then remembering The Robber Bridegroom. It’s not one of my favorite stories – none of the Bluebeard types are – but I do like that for once we get a clever, helpful old woman who’s not secretly a fairy or anything special. I do sort of have to wonder why she’s not helping any of the other girls this band of robbers apparently brings home to EAT, but I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she doesn’t usually get the chance. Anyway, in story terms we need the (urk) severed finger with the gold ring on it that our surprisingly chill bride takes with her to prove what’s going on.
It’s very much worth a read if you have the stomach for dark and bloody fairytales; there’s some very vivid and intriguing imagery and I really did want to work in the three glasses of wine – one white, one red, and one yellow – that kill the last victim, but I was already juggling a lot of elements and adding anything else just got too crowded.