The Pied Piper of Hamelin


The Pied Piper of Hamelin 

Today, we tell the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin to our children to teach them a lesson in morality, that lesson being don't make promises you don't intend to keep and don't back out on a deal. And today we usually tack on a happy ending with the children of Hamelin all being released from the cave they were being held in when their parents finally decided to keep their part of the bargain. 
A number of theories suggest that children died of some natural causes such as disease or accident and that the Piper was a symbolic figure of Death.