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The Tale of Cockaigne
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The Tale of Cockaigne - Fairy Tale by the Brothers Grimm

Reading time for children: 3 min

In the time of Cockaigne I went there, and saw Rome and the Lateran hanging by a small silken thread, and a man without feet who outran a swift horse, and a keen sharp sword that cut through a bridge. There I saw a young ass with a silver nose which pursued two fleet hares, and a lime-tree that was very large, on which hot cakes were growing.

The Tale of Cockaigne Fairy Tale

There I saw a lean old goat which carried about a hundred cart-loads of fat on his body, and sixty loads of salt. Have I not told enough lies? There I saw a plough ploughing without horse or cow, and a child of one year threw four millstones from Ratisbon to Treves, and from Treves to Strasburg, and a hawk swam over the Rhine, which he had a perfect right to do.

The Tale of Cockaigne Fairy Tale

There I heard some fishes begin to make such a disturbance with each other, that it resounded as far as heaven, and sweet honey flowed like water from a deep valley at the top of a high mountain, and these were strange things.

The Tale of Cockaigne Fairy Tale

There were two crows which were mowing a meadow, and I saw two gnats building a bridge, and two doves tore a wolf to pieces; two children brought forth two kids, and two frogs threshed corn together. There I saw two mice consecrating a bishop, and two cats scratching out a bear’s tongue.

The Tale of Cockaigne Fairy Tale

Then a snail came running up and killed two furious lions. There stood a barber and shaved a woman’s beard off; and two sucking-children bade their mother hold her tongue. There I saw two greyhounds which brought a mill out of the water; and a sorry old horse was beside it, and said it was right.

The Tale of Cockaigne Fairy Tale

And four horses were standing in the yard threshing corn with all their might, and two goats were heating the stove, and a red cow shot the bread into the oven. Then a cock crowed, Cock-a-doodle-doo! The story is all told, Cock-a-doodle-doo!

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Informations for scientific analysis

Fairy tale statistics
NumberKHM 158
Aarne-Thompson-Uther-IndexATU Typ 1930
Translations deutsch
Readability Index by Björnsson34.7
Flesch-Reading-Ease Index78.4
Flesch–Kincaid Grade-Level8.4
Gunning Fog Index10.5
Coleman–Liau Index7.9
SMOG Index7.6
Automated Readability Index9.8
Character Count1.765
Letter Count1.382
Sentence Count14
Word Count343
Average Words per Sentence24,50
Words with more than 6 letters35
Percentage of long words10.2%
Number of Syllables420
Average Syllables per Word1,22
Words with three Syllables8
Percentage Words with three Syllables2.3%
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