There was once a poor widow who lived in a lonely cottage. In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose-trees, one of which bore white and the other red roses. She had two children who were like the two rose-trees, and one was called Snow-white, and the other Rose- red. They were as good and happy, as busy and cheerful as ever two children in the world were, only Snow-white was more quiet and gentle than Rose-red. Rose-red liked better to run about in the meadows and fields seeking flowers and catching butterflies; but Snow-white sat at home with her mother, and helped her with her housework, or read to her when there was nothing to do.
Snow White and Rose Red by the Grimm Brothers

The Youngest Daughter by DimitriKJr (East of the Sun concept art)


I love this image beyond words. Her ragged skirt, the golden apple (and the other two gifts), the compass, the eyes that say “I’m coming for my bear, come hell or high water”……….and she has a sweetheart ribbon in her hair.

Okay, it’s really just an ordinary red ribbon, I’m sure, but give her black hair and olive skin and tell me this couldn’t be Katniss! (Or for that matter, Snow White!Prim, who also has a bear to protect. ;D)

Sisters in fairy tales

Inspired by a quote from the Frozen artbook, I wanted to make a list of the fairy tales I know that feature sisters and stepsisters with good relationships.

And a couple of honourable mentions:

  • Kisa the Cat (content note for mutilation). In Lang’s version the main characters aren’t sisters, but it appears that they are in this Icelandic version (although I’ve only been able to read it with google translate). The story bears some resemblance to Biancabella and the Snake. ETA: I’ve found several more Icelandic versions that are easier to Google Translate; they’re all about sisters.
  • Fairer than a Fairy (Four and Twenty Fairy Tales page 183). The two princesses aren’t sisters but they become great friends, and do become family by the end.

fairy tales » snow white & rose red: snow white and rose red were sisters living in the woods.  one cold night, a bear came to stay with them.  they loved him and cared for him.  they played with him every night, wrestling with him until he cried, “snow white and rose red, will you beat your lover dead?” one day, the sisters were attacked one day by a vicious dwarf.  the bear killed the dwarf, who was very evil.  the bear turned into his true form- a handsome prince.  he had been cursed by the dwarf and his death broke the spell.  snow white married the bear and rose red married his brother.