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The Seven Dwarves
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Real Name

Blick, Flick, Glick, Snick, Plick, Whick, Quee

First Appearance

Unknown

Original Publisher

German Folklore

Created by

Unknown

Origin

The Seven Dwarves are a group dwarfs that live in a tiny cottage and work in the nearby mines. Snow White happened upon their house after being told by the Huntsman to flee from the Wicked Queen's kingdom.

When the Seven Dwarfs return home, they immediately become aware that someone snuck in secretly, because everything in their home is in disorder. During their loud discussion about who snuck in, they discover the sleeping Snow White. The girl wakes up and explains to them what happened and the Dwarfs take pity on her, saying: "If you will keep house for us, and cook, make beds, wash, sew, and knit, and keep everything clean and orderly, then you can stay with us, and you shall have everything that you want." They warn her to be careful when alone at home and to let no one in when they are away delving in the mountains.

When the Queen, disguised as an old peddler, ties colorful, silky stay-laces onto Snow White which causes her to faint, the Seven Dwarfs return just in time and Snow White revives when the Dwarfs loosen the lace. When the Queen dresses as a comb seller and gives Snow White a poisoned comb, the Seven Dwarfs save her again. The Queen then appears disguised as a farmer's wife and gives Snow White a poisoned apple. This time, the Seven Dwarfs are unable to revive the girl, because they can't find the source of Snow White's poor health and, assuming that she is dead, they place her in a glass coffin. After some time has passed, a Prince traveling through the land sees Snow White and strides to her coffin, where he instantly falls in love with her upon being enchanted by her beauty. The Seven Dwarfs succumb to his entreaties to let him have the coffin, and as his servants carry the coffin away, they stumble on some roots and the apple comes out of Snow White's throat.

In the original story, the dwarves were not given names, but in the public domain 1912 musical, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the 1916 film Snow White, the dwarves names were given as:

  • Blick: The oldest of the seven.
  • Flick
  • Glick
  • Snick
  • Plick
  • Whick
  • Quee: The youngest of the seven at ninety-nine years old. This "boy" apparently had a chronic case of kleptomania.

Notes

  • The 1937 Disney version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and other contemporary versions are not in the public domain.

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