November 30, 2008

What about the Pied Piper

You Tell me is this worth a book?

The flute of the Pied Piper still calls us to follow him to Transylvania. At least this is what some versions say. The Robert Browning poem, based on this story, ends with the verse that the children went to Transylvania from the German town of Hamelin. Even the folk storytellers the Brothers Grimm have their own version of what happened. As with Vlad the Impaler, this makes for a great story.
The village of Hamelin is where the story of the Pied Piper starts. From there, the pied piper was a person who took the children away from their parent. Because what happened to the children remains a mystery, many people have their own theories. According to some, the Pied Piper led the children out of the village into the hills to kill them. According to others, children left on a crusade. According to the last group, the children left their parents for Eastern Europe

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