Animals and Injustice: Exploring The Motif of the Faithful Hound

13 Nov

Under the influence!

Gelert – en:Charles Burton Barber – Public Domain

Motif of the Faithful Hound

In the study of folktales and folklore there is a classification system known as the Aarne–Thompson–Uther Index (ATU Index) which catalogues folktale types. It is not a perfect system and not not all folklorists recognise it but it can provide some useful insights. Presented here is a discussion of the folkloric motif of The Faithful Hound, classified as Aarne–Thompson-Uther type 178A, that is found in a number of folktales from many different parts of the world.

In this work we will briefly discuss human relationships with animals followed by a look at the main structure of the tale tale type of The Faithful Hound. Three examples of such tales from different countries will be retold before concluding with a few reflections that may offer a deeper insight into the story.

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One response to “Animals and Injustice: Exploring The Motif of the Faithful Hound

  1. dorannrule

    November 16, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    I am surprised at how each of the stories still kept me reading. It is a fairytale repeated through the ages, always with the same outcome and lessons. I love this post!

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