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This article focuses on the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. For the Fairytale Land character, see Princess Aurora.

Template:Fairytale "The Sleeping Beauty" (also know as "Little Briar Rose") is a fairytale that will be adapted for the second season of Once Upon a Time.


Traditional Plot

In a faraway kingdom that was both peaceful and prosperous, the reigning King and his Queen long to have a child but several of their attempts fail. Time passes and finally their wish is granted with the birth of a daughter. A great holiday is then organized for all of high or low estate to pay homage, with seven fairies being selected as godmothers to the infant princess.

During the banquet held at the Royal Palace, the fairies are seated before a golden casket filled with bejeweled utensils. Suddenly a Wicked Fairy enters the Great Hall - enraged that she did not receive an invitation - and is given a seating, but not a golden casket since only seven were made. The Good Fairies one by one bestow their gifts: the Gift of Beauty, the Gift of Wit, the Gift of Grace, the Gift of Dance, the Gift of Song and the Gift of Music. Suddenly the Wicked Fairy announces to the assemblage that she too has a gift for the child. She curses the princess to prick her finger on a spindle and die on her sixteenth year. However, one last fairy has yet to give her gift and uses it to partially reverse the wicked fairy's curse, proclaiming that the princess will instead fall into a deep sleep for 100 years and be awoken by a king's son.

The king forbids spinning on spinning-wheels or spindles, or the possession of one, throughout the kingdom, upon pain of death. When the princess is fifteen or sixteen and her parents are away on pleasure bent, she wanders through the palace rooms going up and down and then chances upon an old woman who is spinning with her distaff in the garret of a tower and had not heard of the king's decree against spinning wheels. The princess asks to try the unfamiliar task and the inevitable happens: the curse is fulfilled. The old woman cries for help and attempts are made to revive her, but to no avail. The king attributes this to fate and has the princess carried to the finest room in the palace and placed upon a bed of gold-and-silver-embroidered fabric. The good fairy who altered the evil prophecy is summoned by a dwarf wearing seven-league boots and returns in a chariot of fire drawn by dragons. Having great powers of foresight, the good fairy sees that the princess will be distressed to find herself alone and so puts everyone in the castle to sleep. The king and queen kiss their daughter goodbye and depart, proclaiming the entrance to be forbidden. The good fairy's magic also summons a forest of trees, brambles and thorns that spring up around the castle, shielding it from the outside world and preventing anyone from disturbing the princess.

A hundred years pass and a prince from another family spies the hidden castle during a hunting expedition. His attendants tell him differing stories regarding the happenings in the castle until an old man recounts his father's words: within the castle lies a beautiful princess who is doomed to sleep for a hundred years, whereupon a king's son is to come and awaken her. The prince then braves the tall tress, brambles and thorns which part at his approach, and enters the castle. He passes the sleeping castle folk and comes across the chamber where the princess lies asleep on the bed. Trembling at the radiant beauty before him, he falls on his knees before her. The enchantment comes to an end and the princess awakens and converses with the prince for a long time. Meanwhile, the rest of the castle awakes and go about their business. The prince and princess head over to the hall of mirrors to dine and are later married by the chaplain in the castle chapel.

Show Adaptation

  • Prince Phillip traveled with Mulan to find Princess Aurora - the original Sleeping Beauty's daughter, who slept for 28 years (dark curse) , not a hundred.
  • The character Maleficent, the villain of the 1959 Disney animated film based on the story, has made an appearance. The Evil Queen alluded to the original Sleeping Beauty.
  • Some way ironically, Sleeping Beauty isn't exactly the famous Sleeping Beauty... In the show , all the previus versions of the tale are in a strange way combining by having: The Sleeping beauty who waked up by her prince because of the spell of an evil witch (Maleficent, -element of the Disney story-) with the famous spindle way,  gave birth to Aurora (Up to here, the story is alomost following every part of the first version of the tale which  the ogre stepmother of the prince chased Sleeping Beauty and her daughter Aurora ), but Aurora is cursed exactly like her mother by Maleficent, (Spindle...Deep sleep.... True Love's kiss...) making finally an other Sleeping Beauty) In people minds the Disney version has influenced the tale so much, that Aurora can't exactly take just the role of the daughter, (In modern culture Aurora is the original Sleeping Beauty so:) so probably Aurora as in the most of today's versions takes  the entire role of Sleeping Beauty herself ... At the end it is  hard  to name the original Sleeping Beauty character (If it is mother or daughter), both of them share things of different versions of the classical tale (including, the Disney one, the Ballet one, the one with the evil ogre stepmother), the one it's based on the iconic one and a stange version but the other it's based on disney which is a very important version...  So, Again at a stange way, mother and daughter share the same fairytale character , so we have to admit that the  show has two Sleeping Beauties...

Characters Featured

  • The Wicked Fairy (named Maleficent after the Disney film)
  • The Prince (named Phillip after the Disney film)
  • "Sleeping Beauty" (named Aurora after the Disney film)

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    • I don't know about Charles Perraults' original version, but in the version published by the Grimm Brothers in 1812, they are just cal...
    • The fairy godmothers are usually nameless, in many retellings of ''Sleeping Beauty.'' While Flora was named after W...
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