Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Frog or Prince?

On Friday the 13th a frog climbed my balcony, reminding me of an old saying...
You'll have to kiss a lot of frogs before you meet your prince.

How many times have you heard that comment? I don't know about you, but it never encouraged me in my pursuit of true love.

Frogs are amphibians, not very prince like, and many people find them disgusting. In contrast, in Scotland, the frog is an item of luck and decorative items portraying frogs are often given as house warming gifts. I actually find frogs kind of cute. A frog scat rug lays on the floor in my kitchen and little frogs sit atop the drain baskets in the double sinks.

Most frogs have squat bodies, webbed digits, protruding eyes, bifid tongue and no tail. I wonder what it is about the small creatures that garner them fame through folklore and faerie tales.

In the Brothers Grimm original version of the tale The Frog Prince, a spoiled princess meets a frog. When she throws it at the wall in disgust, the spell is broken and the frog transforms into a handsome prince. A more violent means of undoing transformation magic is told in The Well of the World's End where the frog must be beheaded to transform into a prince. In our vanilla world, later versions of The Frog Prince has the princess kissing the frog to transform him into a prince.

In medieval Europe, frogs were seen as the symbol of the devil due to their association with witchcraft and potions. In one episode of the BBC's popular series Merlin, a man is thought to be a sorcerer when a woman claims to have seen frogs jumping from his mouth.

What is your take on frogs? Have you read stories with frogs? Used them in stories?

~ Dawn Marie Hamilton

5 comments:

  1. Cute post.
    Haven't read any recent books featuring frogs, but my DIL is all about the frogs in any form. Whenever I'm at a loss for a present to give her, I hunt down something, ceramic, stuffed, glass, whatever. She seems to appreciate them. Or maybe she's just being polite ;-) Either way, she has quite the collection.

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    1. Collecting is fun, Judi. Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Interesting take on frogs, Dawn. I always considered the Frog Prince as another take on the Ugly Duckling in reverse. Personally, I'm not big on 'em. Too slimy.

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    1. Hey, Darcy. I like them in my garden. They're a sign it's healty. Thanks for dropping in.

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  3. Hi Dawn. Love your post. I've always liked frogs myself. When my boys and I go hiking, I'm on the lookout for the elusive little creatures. It's amazing how secretive they are. :) In stories, I agree that frogs seem to get the bad end of the deal. Kind of a shame, but I can see why. They aren't popular. Now as for writing about frogs, funny you asked. I just wrote an erotic version of The Frog Prince. Hope to see this one out by late summer. Oh, and I wonder about seeing a frog on a Friday the 13th. Good luck or bad? I guess it all depends on your like/dislike of frogs. lol

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