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originally posted by: sidhedarkness
Hmmm, the part of this I am noticing most people not digging up or mentioning is really important; the Pied Piper wasn't even a part of the story until later. It's actually fairly occult knowledge that he wasn't even a part of the original narrative. The original narrative (seen in the church window from the 1300's) read, roughly, "On the day of John and Paul 130 children in Hameln went to Calvary and were brought through all kinds of danger to the Koppen mountain and lost". Not a single mentioning of a piper. Calvary has a couple meanings. It can be an experience involving great suffering, or it is specifically an open air depiction of the crucifixion of Christ. Loosely put into modern terms: On the 26th of June, 130 children from Hameln took a harrowing journey to the (mountains around Hameln) and were lost.
Now, to me that sounds less like a mysterious event and more like a natural tragedy. Something like, for example, a landslide. Given the town's location near the Weserbergland Mountains and it isn't too far fetched to look into something as mundane as a landslide (mountain opening and swallowing kids), flash flood (not likely, but it happens), or even something as simple as a bunch of kids going on a crusade (which was a thing that happened a couple times) and simply dying in the mountains or being last seen there.
It's the lack of a piper in the first account that is telling. Add to that the entry in the town chronicles a century later which reads "It is 100 years since our children left," and I am more inclined to believe the children were not led away or taken, but did leave of their own volition. 130 children dying lost in the mountains does seem more realistic, and more tragic, than a tale of a magic rat-catcher in funny clothes leading them away with music.
If there is a grain of truth to the Piper himself, I think it would be a lot closer to some jackass convincing the local youth of Hameln that he had a real good idea and getting them all killed through sheer stupidity and lack of experience once they left town and couldn't navigate the mountain terrain.
****THIS PART WAS ADDED AFTER THE FACT****