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Divine Bovine, The

About the Story

Divine Bovine, The

The story of “Jack and the Beanstalk” is derived from a folktale that existed prior to the first printed fairy tale version in 1734, “The Story of Jack Spriggins and the Enchanted Bean,” included in book Round About Our Coal-Fire. Many versions of the story exist in which the giant is sometimes referred to as Bluderbore or Gogmagog but is often unnamed. In the original tale, the Giant was a victim of Jack, who hid in the Giant’s house, robbed him, and then killed him. In numerous later versions, the Giant appears as a villain who terrorizes and/or steals from villagers, including Jack’s father.