The Juniper Tree
The brothers Grimm collected stories like this. They collected folklore and legends. However, many of their stories have been cleansed of the paranormal, morbid, haunting, and ghostly for modern audiences. My favorite Grimm stories are the ones that haven't been cleansed. They're the ones that remain haunting and filled with ghosts and dark magic. This is one of my favorite Grimm stories. It is haunting and ghostly and tells an unforgettable story.
The Juniper Tree
Once there was a rich man who had a beautiful wife, but they couldn't have any children. Everyday they prayed for a babe but none came. Finally, one night the wife crept into the garden and into the shadow of the juniper tree. There, she pricked her finger and spilled her blood into the snow beneath the tree. She asked the tree to give her a son. The tree gave her a son and his hair was red as blood and his skin was as white as snow. Sadly, the wife died a few days after his birth and the rich man was left alone with his boy.
The widower remarried in time and his new wife had a sweet little girl. The little girl's name was Marlinchen. The woman doted on her Marlinchen, but was cruel to her step son. She hated him with a rare fury. One day Marlinchen wanted to save an apple for the boy and this made her mother even more furious. The woman put the apple in an old trunk and told the boy to fetch it. He leaned over to get the apple and the woman slammed the trunk shut cutting his head from his body. She then blamed the "accident" on Marlinchen and forced her daughter to hide the boy's body by cutting him up and baking him into a stew for his father.
Marlinchen wept as she helped her mother and secretly stole away with his bones and gave the boy a proper burial beneath the jjuniper tree. Soon after, a phantom bird emerged from the boy's bone and went about the village singing:
"It was my mother who slaughtered me
It was my father who ate me
But sweet Marlinchen found my bones
And buried me beneath the Juniper Tree."
With his song, the phantom bird gathered objects from the village to help him and was able to drop them on his cruel step mother until she died beneath the juniper tree. He was reborn from her blood and everyone lived happily ever after