A few weeks ago I helped reveal the completely epic cover for Author Hope Ann’s collection of fairy tale retellings. And today as part of launch week, I have her over to share some fun facts about Rapunzel!
Burning Rose and Rapunzel
A girl trapped in a tower attracts a prince with her singing, then is shorn of her hair and cast into the wild when she’s discovered. Her prince throws himself from the tower at the discovery of her absence and thorns blind him until he finds her through her singing and her tears restore his sight.
Yes, fairy tales are weird. The original story of Rapunzel is even stranger, but the strangeness is what makes the retelling of them so much fun.
Rapunzel fun facts:
Rapunzel was named after the rampion stolen from the neighboring garden to satisfy her mother’s cravings.
Rapunzel was twelve when she was locked in the tower. The prince showed up a year or two later.
The witch discovered the existence of the prince in the original story because Rapunzel became pregnant and wondered why her clothes didn’t fit right. The Grimm brothers changed this later on when they were making the stories more acceptable for a wider audience. After being thrown from the tower, Rapunzel had a child, or twins (depending on which version you read) and lived alone while her prince wandered blind for several years until he found her again.
Rapunzel’s hair was around 30 feet long.
I chose the fairy tale Rapunzel for my Song of the Sword novella because it just fit. The singing fit perfectly with the theme of joy and it snapped in place. Song of the Sword is the second novella in my new paperback book, Burning Rose.
About the Book!
A war, founded in ancient legends, changes the lives of those it touches forever.
Elissa, a villager from the northern mountains, attempts to save her brother and ends up trapped in a hidden valley with a strange host and a treacherous enemy.
Evrard, the Wingmaster of the Prince’s army, races against his own weakening powers to discover the location of his twin and save her from deadly mistbenders.
Haydn, a pardoned rebel from Tauscher’s army, confronts shadows of myth and former comrades in his struggle to keep his sister safe and find the stolen Stormestone.
Before the war, before the legends, before the Separation, there was a man who started it all. There was a curse, a promise, and a sacrifice. There was the Oathkeeper.
Fairy tales retold as you have never heard them before.
ROSE OF THE OATH: Beauty and the Beast
SONG OF THE SWORD: Rapunzel
SHADOWS OF THE HERSWEALD: Hansel and Gretel
ROSE OF THE NIGHT: a Rose of the Oath prequel
I’ve read all the individual novellas as they were released, and I absolutely loved them! They’re probably some of my favorite retellings. Hope Ann has a great writing style that completely draws you in. I highly recommend them.
About the Author
Hope Ann is a Christian wordsmith, avid reader, and dedicated author. Her time is taken up with writing, reading, playing with inspirational photos, blogging, helping care for the house and eight younger siblings, and generally enjoying the adventures of life on a small farm at the crossroads of America. She is the author of Legends of Light is currently working on several projects including a fantasy novel and futuristic trilogy. You can find out more about her at authorhopeann.com