Rumpelstiltskin: Villain or Victim?
Being asked to illustrate a series of fairy tales, I did a test image of the wicked villain “Rumpelstiltskin”. Yet upon reflection, I have to conclude that he was the only character who didn’t lie and cheat his way through the whole story. He offered a bargain, stuck to the terms, and then even offered a way out of that bargain when the going got tough.
The miller’s daughter on the other hand took credit for Rumpelstiltskin’s work, used it to get a king to marry her, backed out of her agreement, and then got a servant to find an easier way out for her. What a lazy heroine!
This test image was completed in one afternoon and was very well received by the author. Now for the real thing.