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Group No. 212


R. Captive and fugitives

Group No.

R300 – R399

Group name

Refuges and recapture


R300. Refuges and recapture.
R310. Refuges. *Encyc. Rel. & Ethics s.v. “Asylum”.
R311. Tree refuge. Type 162*; *Fb “træ” III 865a; *Hdwb. d. Märchens I 199a; BP I 429, II 195f. – Breton: Sébillot Incidents s.v. “arbres”; Missouri French: Carrière; India: *Thompson-Balys; Chinese: Graham; Japanese: Ikeda; N. A. Indian: *Thompson Tales 341 n. 230; S. A. Indian (Toba): Métraux MAFLS XL 62; Africa (Zulu): Callaway 145, 346.
R311.1. Trees magically hide a fugitive. Dh II 40ff.; N. A. Indian: Kroeber JAFL XXI 225.
R311.1.1. Thorn-brake as refuge. Irish myth: Cross.
R311.2. King escapes pursuers through hollow tree in his hall. Icelandic: Boberg.
R311.3. Stolen child found in hollow tree. India: Thompson-Balys.
R311.4. Stretching tree refuge for fugitive. (Cf. D482.1.) India: *Thompson-Balys.
R312. Forest as refuge.
R312.1. Forest as refuge of eloping lovers. (Cf. R225.) Schoepperle 391ff.; Irish myth: *Cross.
R313. Princess hides in straw. *Fb “halmstrå” I 540.
R314. Negro takes refuge under princess’s throne. Malone PMLA XLIII 407.
R315. Cave as refuge. Irish myth: *Cross; Jewish: *Neuman; India: Thompson-Balys; Eskimo, (Greenland): Rasmussen I 150.
R315.1. Cave as eloping lovers‘ refuge. (Cf. R225, T35.) Schoepperle 391ff.; Irish myth: Cross.
R315.2. Christians crushed in cave where they take refuge from heathen. Icelandic: Boberg.
R316. Refuge on rock in sea. Finnish: Kalevala rune 4.
R316.1. Refuge on island. Icelandic: Boberg.
R317. Well (spring) as refuge. Fb “kilde” II 118b; Irish myth: Cross; Africa (Benga): Nassau 225 No. 33, (Kaffir): Theal 129, (Basuto): Jacottet 160 No. 23.
R318. Girl hidden in skin of her dead mother. Köhler-Bolte I 346.
R318.1. Boy hidden under skin in order not to be seen and prophesied about. Icelandic: Örvar-Odds saga 12 – 13.
R321. Escape to the stars. Fugitives rise in the air and become stars. (Cf. R324.) Greek: Fox 250; Hindu: Keith 76; Japanese: Ikeda; Korean: Zong in-Sob 218 No. 98; Eskimo (West Hudson Bay): Boas BAM XV 360; N. A. Indian: Thompson Tales 291f. nn. 71, 71a; S. A. Indian (Chiriguano): Métraux RMLP XXXIII 158, 164, (Jivaro): ibid. 149.
R321.1. Sister escapes to the stars to avoid marrying brother. He is the thunder and her face is Lightning. India: Thompson-Balys.
R321.2. Escape to moon. Pursued hero escapes to moon. India: Thompson-Balys.
R322. Eagle’s nest as refuge. Scottish: Campbell-McKay 1 n., 25; N. A. Indian (California): Gayton and Newman 95.
R323. Refuge in upper world.
R323.1. Murderer escapes to sky on sky rope. (Cf. F51.) India: Thompson-Balys.
R323.2. Murderer escapes to sky in magic chariot. Greek: Euripides‘ Medea.
R324. Refuge in air. Fugitive supernaturally rises in air to escape. (Cf. R321.) India: Thompson-Balys.
R324.1. Escape from battle by flying in air. Irish myth: *Cross; Eskimo (Mackenzie Area): Jenness 81, 86, (West Hudson Bay): Boas BAM XV 315, 541f., (Labrador): Hawkes GSCan XIV 151, (Greenland): Rasmussen III 99f., Rink 320, 455, 460.
R325. Church (altar) as refuge. Fb “kirke” II 125b; Irish myth: *Cross; Greek: Frazer Apollodorus I 276 n. 4; Jewish: *Neuman; Gaster Thespis 303f.; Japanese: Ikeda.
R325.1. Devil chases ghost of wicked man until he puts his head into chapel window. (Cf. E754.) England: *Baughman.
R325.2. Idol cracks open to grant refuge to fugitive in answer to prayer; then closes again. India: Thompson-Balys.
R325.3. Saint offers murderer refuge. Irish myth: Cross.
R326. Escape to fairyland. (Cf. F210.) Irish myth: *Cross.
R327. Earth opens to rescue fugitive. India: *Thompson-Balys.
R331. Hero takes refuge at king’s court. *Dickson 143 nn. 140 – 42; Deutschbein 34; *Boje 74ff.
R335. Roof as refuge for pursued animals. West Indies: *Flowers 573 – 75, Parsons MAFLS XVIII (3) 26 No. 6.
R336. Refuge under kettle. Icelandic: Boberg.
R341. Escape by intervention of Providence. (Cf. F942.1.)
R341.1. Lightning strikes branch on which man is being hanged. Delay gives him chance to prove his innocence. (Cf. R175.) U.S.: *Baughman.
R345. Cities of refuge. Jewish: *Neuman.
R350. Recapture of fugitive.
R351. Fugitive discovered by reflection in water. *Type 408; *Cox 503; *Cosquin Contes indiens 85ff.; *Köhler-Bolte I 281; Köhler-Bolte Zs. f. Vksk. VI 64 to Gonzenbach No. 14; Malone PMLA XLIII 399. – India: *Thompson-Balys; Chinese: Graham; Japanese: Ikeda; Indonesia: DeVries‘s list No. 212, Dixon 140 n. 21, 226 n. 33; New Hebrides, Torres Straits, New Guinea: ibid. 140 n. 21; Melanesia: ibid. 226 n. 33; N. A. Indian: *Thompson Tales 352 n. 270.
R351.1. Milk drops from woman’s breast on tiger‘s leg and reveals her hiding place in tree. S. A. Indian (Chiriguano): Métraux RMLP XXXIII 156, 161.
R352. Lovers fleeing from slavery are recaptured. (Cf. R211.4.) Italian Novella: *Rotunda.
R355. Eloping girl recaptured by parents. (Cf. R225.) Type 516; Rösch FFC LXXVII 111.

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