Tuesday, May 7, 2013


'Grimm' played with a variant of the Rumpelstiltskin legend in the episode "Nameless".  I like to think they were thumbing their nose at rival fairy tale show 'Once Upon A Time' in which old Rumpy is the main character.  Even if that was not so, there was no Zonk involved here - Mr. Gold, as the goblin is known in the ABC series, is a fictionalized version of the fairy tale character come to life.  Like most of the citizens of Storybrook, Maine, he is an escapee from the Land of Fiction from 'Doctor Who'.  As for Trinket Lipslums, as he was known in the 'Grimm' episode seen on NBC, he is a descendant of the original beastie.

From Wikipedia:
Rumpelstiltskin is the title character and antagonist of a fairy tale that originated in Germany (where he is known as Rumpelstilzchen). The tale was collected by the Brothers Grimm in the 1812 edition of Children's and Household Tales. It was subsequently revised in later editions.

Wikipedia has the details of the plot, which should be familiar to one and all by now.....
As I said, Rumpelstiltskin Jr. is descended from the original.  As to which version of the character should be the official portrayal for Toobworld, I was surprsised to find that the 1982 episode of Shelley Duvall's 'Fairy Tale Theater' is the only one which adheres to the original tale.  And that would mean that Herve Villechaize is the televersion of Rumpelstiltskin.  (But that does not mean that every story from that series is Toobworld canon.  As an anthology series, we would consider their inclusion into Earth Prime-Time on an episode by episode basis.)


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