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

461: Three Hairs of the Devil

ATU > 300-749: TALES OF MAGIC > 460-499: Supernatural Tasks > 461: Three Hairs of the Devil


Prophecy, Urias letter, and resultant marriage; cf. Type 930. I. Introduction. Prophecy that a youth is to become the king's son-in-law. Vain attempts to prevent the marriage. II. Quest for Devil's Hairs. (a) The hero is sent on a quest to hell to…


461A. The Journey to the Deity for Advice or Repayment

Cf. Type 460A. I. The Quest. A poor man sets out to seek a deity to recover lost gold, to seek advice, or for other reasons. II. The questions. On his way, various questions are given to which he is asked to find the answers: (a) Persons with various…


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Text titleATULanguageAuthorOriginPublication Date
Rike Per Kremmer461NorwegianAsbjørnsen & MoeNorway_
Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren461GermanJacob & Wilhelm GrimmGermany1812
L'orco con le penne461ItalianItalo CalvinoItaly1956
Марко Богатый и Василий Бессчастный930,461RussianАлександр АфанасьевRussia1855
The Story Of Three Wonderful Beggars461EnglishAndrew LangSerbia1901
Tři zlaté péra461CzechBožena NěmcováCzech Republic1845

External Examples

Feathered Ogre 461 Italian Internet Archive
Feathers from the Bird Venus 461 German Internet Archive
Magic Box 461 Armenian Internet Archive
Marco the rich and Vasily the luckless 461 Russian Internet Archive
Queen of the Planets 461 Irish Internet Archive
Rich Peter the Pedlar 461 Norse Internet Archive
The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs 461 German Internet Archive
The Mason Wins the Prize 461 Chinese Internet Archive
The Three Gold Hairs from the Devil 461 French Internet Archive

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