The Pied Piper of Hamelin

  • Published 2017


The German dramatist Carl Zuckmayer once claimed for the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin a preeminent position among legends that have been influential in both folklore and literature.1 Even those who question Zuckmayer's view might find good grounds for reviewing the legend's history in folkloric and literary tradition. In 1984 the town of Hameln (Hamelin) in Germany celebrated the seven hundredth anniversary of the Pied Piper's appearance in Hamelin (The figure is referred to in German as ''the Ratcatcher of Hamelin", "der Rattenfänger von Hameln"). On one of the walls of the so-called Rattenfängerhaus in the town, an inscription states that on the 26th day of June 1284, the Day of Saint John and Saint Paul, a piper dressed in many colours led one hundred and thirty Hamelin children to Calvary near Koppen, where they were all lost.2

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@inproceedings{2017ThePP, title={The Pied Piper of Hamelin}, author={}, year={2017} }