Wilhelm Grimm makes a very interesting handwritten comment in the book: "It seems in all Märchen of Blubeard, wherein his Blutrunst [flowing of
blood] has not rightly explained, the idea to be the basis of himself through bathing in blood to cure of the blue beard; as the lepers. That is also why it is written that the blood is collected in basins."
Fascinating! Most discuss the symbolism of the wife's curiosity, but in light of this, might Bluebeard be a victim himself? Might he be deliberately setting the women up to fail so that he has a "good
excuse" to kill them and therby cure himself by bathing in their blood?
He also makes a separate handwritten note: "Bluebeard actually means Blackbeard, as Blátand blacktooth."
Blutrunst Info/Definitionhttp://www.rzuser.uni-heidelberg.de/~cd2/drw/e/bl/utru/blutr unst.htm
Other Bluebeard Linkshttp://talesoffaerie.blogspot.com/2010/04/historical-bluebeard. html
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