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In Jack and the Beanstalk, is it a goose or a hen that lays the golden egg?

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Best Answer:  Of course it's a goose! In the oldest versions, there weren't any chickens in Europe yet, since those birds came from Southeast Asia. Besides that, waterbirds were sacred to various deities and their tales lie at the root of these old folktales. There aren't any chickens in old Greek myths or Roman myths, after all. That's because they didn't have any chickens! In addition to that, the earliest poetry in the Germanic-speaking countries (where this story comes from) didn't have rhyme, either, but depended on alliteration, where the poet would string a lot of words together that all started with the same sound. "Goose" and "golden" both start with the same letter, obviously, so those were the original words. Chicken has the wrong sound altogether. So does hen (not to mention rooster, which couldn't lay an egg, anyway, in case you don't know about farm critters).

And anyway, you've got your stories mixed up. Because the goose that laid that golden egg was in a story all by its lonesome. Somebody got greedy and killed the birdie, thinking to cut it open and get to the source of the gold. Instead, he only ended the continuous stream of it. And that was the moral of that story. Old Jack got his beanstalk by trading the family cow for some magic BEANS, which his wife or mother (depending on the version) tossed out the window in her pique, and which sprouted, thus growing into yon magical beanstalk.

It was only in a very late, American version of the tale that Jack found the goosey up there at the top of beanstalk. Originally, he only stole a noisy harp, which hollered back at the giant who lived up there at the top of stalk, the same fellow who had threatened to grind Jack's bones to make his (the giant's) bread.

You see, I'm an old lady and I know all these stories forwards, backwards, sideways, and inside out. Old Brother Grimm had nothin' on me!
Source(s): Old lady who's heard 'em all! (Besides they're all on my shelf, in German, Russian, and a number of other languages to boot)
RAZNA · 9 years ago
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  • Butterfly
    It's "the hen that lays the golden eggs".
    Butterfly · 9 years ago
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  • Trofim L
    A goose, the holy bird of Juno.
    Trofim L · 9 years ago
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  • Saraphina Blue
    Goose.
    Saraphina Blue · 9 years ago
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    I'm pretty sure it's a goose. =] a golden goose.
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  • leespaner
    hen
    leespaner · 9 years ago
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  • hoomannazarian
    hen. google
    hoomannazarian · 9 years ago
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  • rottenapples
    i think its the hen if i am not mistaken
    rottenapples · 9 years ago
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  • Look in the real world.
    Decode this lyrics " Heart of golds"
    The goose.
    Luke 6.39-40,41-45,46-49
    What do you think?
    Source(s): decoded from the missing x-files.
    Anonymous · 9 years ago
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  • Totem
    'Twas a goose.
    Totem · 9 years ago
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