Thumbelina: A True Story!

“Let me be your wings!”

Fairyology: Episode 4

Image result for thumbelinaHello! It’s been far too long since last I posted a fairyology. It’s one of my favourite series to write. So for this episode I thought I would continue on my theme from last weeks BAM and this one is also about little things. I thought I would tell you the true story of the fairy tale Thumbelina!

Now for those who might not know the tale this is the story of Thumbelina. There once was  a lonely old woman. Who was given a seed, and when the plant grew it flowered and out comes Thumbelina. A very small girl the size of a thumb who slept in a walnut shell. She became lonely because she was the only person her size. She then gets stolen by a mother toad to become one of her sons wife. She’s rescued by a fairy prince who just so happens to be the same size as her and then they fall madly in love. When they get married she sprouts wings and then they live happily ever after (1). This one is an ultra cute story. I used to watch the movie a lot when I was a kid.

So as for Thumbelina, unfortunately there aren’t any cases of little people growing wings and becoming fairy’s. Believe me I checked! However there are many cases of very little people. So for this round of fairyology I thought I could tell you about three little people.

Person 1 = Caroline Crachami – The Sicilian Fairy

Caroline is on record as being one of the smallest humans ever. She only lived to the age of 9 and died in 1824. She was recorded as being around 50cm at death but when she was born she was only 20 cm tall. It is presumed she had primordial dwarfism. Unfortunatly during her life she was a source of entertainment and spent most of her life in different exhibits being shown off by a man who pretended to be her father. When she died her real father tried to stop her autopsy and to bring her back to be burried at home but by the time he arrived her body had already been moved (2). Now her skeleton is in the Hunterian Museum in the Royal College of Surgeons in London (3).

Person 2 – Chandra Bahadur Dangi

Another primordial dwarf, Dangi grew to 54.6cm. He was considered the shortest man in recorded history and earned his place in the Guiness World Records in 2012. He unlike Caroline lived to the ripe old age of 75 and died just last year. Prior to 2012 he had never left his home village in Nepal but his world record led him to travel all over the world which was a dream of his (4).

Person 3 – Pauline Musters – Princess Pauline

Musters is the smallest adult woman ever recorded. She was recorded as 58 cm tall and lived to the age of 19. She died in 1895 from pneumonia in New York. Although during those 19 years she packed in a lot constantly on tours and exhibitions, she earned the title of Princess Pauline. She stole the hearts of the people she saw and was known for wearing extravagant gowns (5).

Although these three aren’t quite as small as thumbelina, they all certainly made their mark on the world. Hope you’ve enjoyed this little blog! If you have any future suggestions for more fairyology feel free to drop me a comment or tell me on my social medias, I’m all over the internet!

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Sources

(1) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111419/synopsis?ref_=ttpl_pl_syn

(2) – http://www.thehumanmarvels.com/caroline-crachami-the-sicilian-fairy/

(3) – http://thelondondead.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/caroline-crachami-sicilian-fairy.html

(4) – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/11228351/Worlds-tallest-man-comes-eye-to-eye-with-worlds-smallest-man-for-Guinness-World-Records-Day.html

(5) – http://www.thehumanmarvels.com/pauline-musters-the-little-princess/

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