Aarne-Thompson-Uther (ATU) - Types of Folktales

312: The Bluebeard

ATU > 300-749: TALES OF MAGIC > 300-399: Supernatural Adversaries > 312: The Bluebeard


The brother rescues his sisters. See analysis of Type 311 (I a, b, c; II; III a) for introduction.The youngest sister threatened with death for disobedience asks respite for prayer. Her brother with the aid of animals kills the ogre (cf. Type 300)…


312A. The Brother Rescues His Sister from the Tiger.

I. A Man Promises his Daughter to a Tiger. (a) Rash vow spoken in anger. (b) Tiger carries load of wood for man in forest and demands his daughter in payment. (c) Tiger comes in guise of man and marries girl. Or (d) Tiger threatens the man. II. The…

312B. Two Sisters Carried off by a Diabolic Being

Two Sisters Carried off by a Diabolic Being and condemned to perish, are rescued through the intervention of divine beings.

312C. Devil's Bride Rescued by Brother.

Devil's Bride Rescued by Brother. Frequently with his dogs. Cf.Type 425*

312D. Brother Saves his Sister and Brothers from the Dragon.

The sister has been carried off by the dragon (raven, etc.). The elder brothers look for her and perish; the youngest saves his sister and revives his brothers. Cf. Type 550.


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Text titleATULanguageAuthorOriginPublication Date
Blaubart312GermanJacob & Wilhelm GrimmGermany1812
ასფურცელა312Georgianვლადიმერ აღნიაშვილიGeorgia_
Don Firriulieddu312SicilianGiuseppe PitrèItaly1870
La Barbe bleue312FrenchCharles PerraultFrance1697

External Examples

't Moord-Kasteel 312 Netherlands 1801 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank
[Blauwbaard ging op reis] 312 Netherlands 1964 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank
Blauwbaard ging op reis (fragment) 312 Netherlands 1963 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank
Blauwbaard ging op reis 312 Netherlands 1957 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank
Born of his Mother's Tears 312D Greek Internet Archive
Child Rowland 312D British Internet Archive
Childe Rowland 312D English Internet Archive
De man mei it blaubonte burd 312 Netherlands 1975 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank
De man mei it blaubonte burd 312 Netherlands 1976 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank
El asesino de mujeres (Barbazul) 312 España Cristina Martínez de la Cruz 2008 Corpus de Literatura Oral
Girl who Married the Devil 312 German Internet Archive
In Turkije's schone dreven 312 Netherlands 1966 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank
Van Blouwboard. (fragment) 312 Netherlands 1800 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank
Van den ijzeren ridder. 312 Netherlands 1902 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank
Zestiende vertelling 312 Netherlands 1804 Nederlandse VolksverhalenBank

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