The story of Pied Piper is a German folktale that has been narrated in literature by several authors such as Goethe, Bertolt Brecht, Robert Browning. According to legend, a stranger appeared in Hamelin about 725 years ago, who has since made the town famous throughout the entire world. Everyone, even in America and Asia, knows of the Pied Piper, who first ridded Hamelin of the plague of rats using the sinister power of his music, but did not receive the promised payment and who ultimately enticed all the children away from the town, never to be see again. The ancient legend makes Hamelin unique on Germany's Fairytale Route, because the story of the Pied Piper is not a nice, cheerful fairytale, but a dark story of lies, revenge and kidnapping, without a happy ending, but a moral of loyalty and promise-keeping. The question of where the children of Hamelin disappeared to, on 26 June 1284, remains unsolved to this day; a mystery that lends the legend, and thus the town, a special, mysterious air.
This glazed classic porcelain is in the purest Lladro style. This piece is stylized as old models of clowns and harlequins, and full of little details such as the mice or the porcelain flowers at his feet. The flute is a wooden accessory glued to the hands giving better realism.