“The Half-Hitch”


A girl pretends to refuse her fiance. Finally he gives up, promising to marry the first girl he sees. She disguises herself as the ugliest woman possible and makes sure he sees her. He asks her to marry; she consents. She reveals herself after they wed


This text is associated by some editors (e.g. notably Flanders) with Child 31, "The Marriage of Sir Gawain." It should be noted, however, that the only themes the two have in common are a marriage made for honour rather than love and an ugly woman who turns out to be beautiful (themes also found in "King Henry," Child 32). - RBW

Cross references


  1. Bronson (31), 1 version
  2. Laws N23, "The Half-Hitch"
  3. BarryEckstormSmyth pp. 382-389, "The Loathly Bride" (1 text plus a version reprinted from Sturgis)
  4. Flanders/Brown, pp. 236-239, "The Half-Hitch" (1 text)
  5. Flanders/Olney, pp. 33-37, "The Half-Hitch" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's (#1) in the appendix to #31}
  6. Flanders-Ancient1, pp. 265-275, "The Half-Hitch" (2 texts plus a fragment, 1 tune) {Bronson's (#1) in the appendix to #31}
  7. DT 453, HALFHITC
  8. Roud #1887
  9. BI, LN23


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1919 (Sturgis and Hughes)
Found in: US(MA,NE)