As a child, this was one of my favorite stories. I mean what's not to like. Talking animals, off on an adventure. I still love it! They all ran away because their owners no longer wanted them. And now I've spent the last twenty years rescuing farm animals!
The story, first published in Grimms' Fairy Tales in 1819, tells the story of four aging domestic animals, who after a lifetime of hard work are neglected and mistreated by their former masters. Eventually, they decide to run away and become town musicians in the city of Bremen. Contrary to the story's title the characters never arrive in Bremen, as they succeed in tricking and scaring off a band of robbers, capturing their spoils, and moving into their house.
I guess the moral of the story is supposed to be that separately they were old and weak and their future looked Grimm (tee hee). But together, as a team, they were unbeatable and happy. We all need our friends and family, and we all need to take care of one another.
Now my donkey, Rosie, wants music lessons!
The Medieval town of Bremen in Germany goes back before 787 and the rule of Charlemagne. Many beautiful buildings still stand as well as a statue commemorating the Bremen Town Musicians.
A bronze statue by Gerhard Marcks.
Erected in 1953.
The animals are also memorialized
in statues, stamps, pictures and toys