Boots of Dancing
Andersen, Hans Christian. Hans Andersen’s Fairy Stories. Anne Anderson, illustrator. London: Collins, 1924.
A peasant girl named Karen is adopted by a rich old lady after her mother’s death and grows up vain and spoiled. Before her adoption, Karen had a rough pair of red shoes; now she has her adoptive mother buy her a pair of red shoes fit for a princess. After Karen repeatedly compares them to other peasants shoes, they begin to move by themselves, but she is able to get them off. One day, when her adoptive mother becomes ill, Karen goes to attend a party in her red shoes. A mysterious soldier appears and makes strange remarks about what beautiful dancing shoes Karen has. Soon after, Karen’s shoes begin to move by themselves again, but this time they can’t come off. The shoes continue to dance, night and day, rain or shine, through fields and meadows, and through brambles and briers that tear at Karen’s limbs. She can’t even attend her adoptive mother’s funeral. A Coloxus Demon, appears to her and condemns her to dance even after she dies. Karen begs for mercy but the red shoes take her away. Karen finds an executioner and asks him to chop off her feet. He does so but the shoes continue to dance. The executioner gives her a pair of wooden feet and crutches.
Early eighteenth century ladies’ shoes (mules). Boots of Dancing Aura strong enchantment; CL 16th
Slot feet; Weight 1 lb. DESCRIPTION These boots appear and function as one of the other kinds of magic boots. When the wearer is in (or fleeing from) melee combat, boots of dancing impede movement, making him behave as if irresistible dance had been cast upon him. Only a remove curse spell enables the wearer to be rid of the boots once their true nature is revealed. CREATION Magic Items boots of elvenkind, boots of levitation, boots of speed, boots of striding and springing, boots of teleportation, boots of the winterlands, winged boots
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