jack and jill stories
Jack and Jill story – The French (history) connection!
The roots of the story, or poem, of Jack and Jill are in France. Jack and Jill referred to are said to be King Louis XVI – Jack -who was beheaded (lost his crown) followed by his Queen Marie Antoinette – Jill – (who came tumbling after). The words and lyrics to the Jack and Jill poem were made more acceptable as a story for children by providing a happy ending! The actual beheadings occurred in during the Reign of Terror in 1793. The first publication date for the lyrics of Jack and Jill rhyme is 1795 – which ties-in with the history and origins. The Jack and Jill poem is also known as Jack and Gill – the mis-spelling of Gill is not uncommon in nursery rhymes as they are usually passed from generation to generation by word of mouth.
The guillotine is associated with the French but the English were the first to use this device as described in our section containing Mary Mary Quite Contrary Rhyme.
They didn’t give Twinkle Twinkle a chance. They opened fire, slowly backing away to the hilly forest at their backs. That’s when an unsuspected plan began to form in Jack’s mind:
However, unbeknownst to the pair, what they had clearly not counted on, was that the Black Sheep crime family had hired a mercenary to track them and at that very moment, he lay in wait on the top of Nursery Rhyme Peak ––he had his gun aimed and ready.
One day, he jumped over a candle stick. He was so happy he did it. But his mother saw this and called after him. Jack started to run away.
Jack was hurt but Jill was alright. She got up and helped Jack up to his feet. They went home as fast as they could. Jill helped Jack to mend his broken head using vinegar and brown paper. With the help of Jill, Jack was normalized and became mobile.
The first verse is the most popular and familiar one. However, there are versions of the Jack and Jill poem that have 15 stanzas dating back to the 19th century. As someone clearly felt the need to tell ‘Jack and Jill : the full untold story.’
Hjuki in Norse is pronounced Juki which could’ve eventually become Jack. Jill may have replaced Bil for the sake of alliteration. It was suggested by S Baring Gould (in his book about myths and legends) that this story may have eventually birthed the rhyme of Jack and Jill. It still doesn’t account for the tumbling down and the broken crown.
A clever animation of the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill with accompanying activities. The spelling game uses letter names rather than letter sounds.
Explore animated stories from six different religions: Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam. They use images from the British Library.