The Pied Piper and Drummer of Hameln

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Well, then we’re in agreement. Then I have another question concerning the saga ‘The Pied Piper of Hameln’. Mariann and I have discussed this recently, but we could not make sense of what is really behind this legend. And since I am also personally interested in this saga story, I would like to ask you if you know anything about this saga, and if so, what is its origin? For my part, I assume that there must be a true little word in this saga somewhere, as is the case with many sagas and legends, but also with many fairy tales. Many actual events, happenings and situations have been used since time immemorial to use them imaginatively in legends, fairy tales and legends.
11. This is absolutely true, because as a rule some fairy-tale stories are based on certain actual causes, just as legends and legends are based on certain actual causes.
12. I know the story, or rather the Pied Piper saga, because my father Sfath also dealt with it and got to the bottom of it all, whereby he was able to reveal through a review of the past that this saga in relation to the Pied Piper saga is nothing more than a fairy tale which was put together from two different sagas.
13. So here’s what I can say:
14. The origin and the core of this pied piper saga has nothing to do with a flute player or anything like that, who first removed rats from Hameln and then was cheated of his wages.
15. It is also a fact that there was no ‘child exodus from Hameln’, because the effective truth is different:
16. On June 26th, 1284, young people were led away from Hameln because they had committed themselves some time before through an advertising process to emigrate to distant and sparsely populated areas.
17. So the recruitment did not take place on the same day as the young people moved away, but two weeks earlier, when they were all able to tie up their bundles and take their belongings with them when they left on the 26th of June 1284.
18. At that time, as well as earlier and even later, it was customary for men hired by rulers, emperors, kings or aristocratic territorial rulers to cross the country with drums and flutes and to ‘drum up’ the people, with the participation of foreign flute players.
19. The purpose – which these envoys of the country nobles etc. had to fulfil, who went along in very noticeable, colourful clothes and from village to village and from city to city travelled – was, with their flute playing and the drumming, to gather the people around themselves and to promise the interested ones much more, besides, often much more, than it corresponded in the end to the reality.
20. As a rule, young people were recruited and promised a good life.
21. The purpose of recruiting young people was different in each case, e.g. to recruit for military service and for war purposes, but also to carry out certain work or front-line duties.
22. Also to the settlement of certain areas, the ruling powerful sent out advertising drummers and advertising flute players to recruit emigrants for the purpose of settling in only sparsely populated foreign areas.
23. And indeed at that time was the time of the high medieval colonization of the eastern territories of Germany, which is why landed nobles in many villages and towns were looking for emigrating young settlers for their distant possessions.
24. This was also the case in Hamelin, where 130 young, adult people, women and men – i.e. no children – went out with a drummer and a flute player through a drummer and a flute player, in order to make their fortune elsewhere, just in the way of settling distant areas in the east of the country.
25. So on 12 June 1284 130 young people were recruited in Hameln, who then left their hometown, set off and settled in a distant and sparsely populated area, mainly in today’s Brandenburg, and created a new home for themselves.
26. At that time, a man with a drum and a man with a flute actually led the young people away from Hameln, but in a different way than the Pied Piper saga reports.
27. The departure of the young but already adult people took place on 26 June 1284, whereby this event was held on a house beam in Hameln, on which approximately the following can be read:
28. “Anno 1284 at the Dage Johannis et Pauli, was the 26th of June.”
29. Furthermore, in an old city book of Hameln, there is a handwritten dating addition which reads as follows: ‘after our children’s departure in 1284’.
30. In no way is there any mention of underage children, nor of rats or a rat catcher who has removed these animals from Hameln and then been cheated of his wages.
31. So the Pied Piper saga, ‘The Pied Piper of Hameln’, has a completely different origin than the fact that a man with a flute expelled the rats from Hameln, because in fact two men were significantly involved in this matter, such as an advertising drummer and an advertising flute player, who together with their drumming and flute playing recruited young adults who then emigrated and settled new areas in the east of the country.
32. The false saga ‘The Pied Piper of Hameln’ did not come into being until the end of the 16th century, when two different and originally independent sagas were linked together.

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