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The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Chilling True Stories for Kids

Are you bored with the same old fairy tales? Here we have a thrilling story for you. In this story, a Pied Piper helped the people of the town, but later he took revenge on them. This story teaches us an important lesson. Let us read the story and know why he helped the people and then took revenge.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin

A long time ago, there was a very prosperous town called Hamelin. It was located on the bank of river Weser. Once upon a time rats attacked this town. The rats were very dangerous and dirty. They were in large numbers and entered every place in the town. They destroyed the silos, bakeries, and shops badly. They entered houses and destroyed everything. They nibbled people's clothes, and the ears of the little children too. The people of Hamelin got very scared. They made all efforts to get rid of the rats. However, the rats were wild and violent and they were not even scared of cats.

At Lord Mayor’s House

This became a huge problem for the people of Hamelin. They sought help and went to the Lord Mayor's house. The Mayor came out to his balcony and assured the people of Hamelin that he would save them from the wild rats. He made all efforts but could not control the spread of rats in town. People were angry with the Mayor. He announced that he would give one thousand gold guilders to the one who would be able to free the town of the rats.

The Pied Piper Came

On the next day of this announcement, a stranger came to Hamelin. He wore very different clothes and a hat made of feathers, shells, and bones. He had a silver flute. He claimed that he would send the rats away. The people of Hamelin became very happy. They took him to the house of the Mayor. The Mayor and his councillors agreed to give him a chance. They promised to reward him once the said work would be done.

Rats Followed the Pied Piper

The Pied Piper came out of the town. Pied Piper took his flute and started playing it. As he started to play, all the rats came out of the town. He went to the riverside, and all the rats followed him. He took a step into the river and the rats followed him and drowned.

Rats drowned in the lake

Rats drowned in the lake

At last, when he was certain that no rat was left, he went back to the town and asked for his reward. The Mayor refused to reward him and even ridiculed him. He offered forty guilders instead. The people of Hamelin agreed with their Mayor and laughed at Pied Piper.

The Pied Piper Took Revenge

The Pied Piper got very angry. On the very next day, there was a religious fest. A fair was organised by the people of Hamelin. The elderly people went to the church to pray and all the children played outside. The Pied Piper came to that place and started playing his flute. This time he made a very different note from his silver pipe. All the children started dancing and following him. He took them near the mountain.

Children Enter into the Cave

Children Enter into the Cave

Soon, the children’s parents come out of the church. They did not find their kids. They were worried. They ran after the Pied Paper towards the mountains, but it was too late. They could not save either of their children. All children entered the cave near the mountain with Pied Piper and never came back.

All parents were saddened and realised their mistake. But the children never returned to their homes. There was a deep silence and mourning in the city of Hamelin. Thus the Pied Piper took revenge on the people of Hamelin.

Moral of the Story

The story teaches us an important lesson. It tells us that we should never deceive people. We should always keep our promises and never laugh at someone’s art. 


‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ is a very thrilling story. Pied Piper felt cheated by the people of Hamelin. In return, he took revenge on them and took away their children.

The stories that your child reads or listens to make an impact on their young minds. And, a thrilling story like ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ will help them mature and learn many life lessons.

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FAQs on The Pied Piper of Hamelin

1. Why were the people of Hamelin worried for the rats?

The people of Hamelin got worried about the wild and dangerous rats in their town. The rats were so noisy. They entered into the houses, shops, silos, and all other places. They destroyed all the food, clothes, and even cut the wires. They even nibbled the ears of tots. Despite making all efforts, the people of Hamelin could not get rid of the rats, which made them sad and worried.

2. Who helped the people of Hamelin and how?

The Pied Piper, who wore a very different type of clothes, helped the people of Hamelin. When he entered this town, he ensured the people that he could help them if they were ready to reward him. As they agreed, the Pied Piper played his silver flute. When he started playing his flute, all the rats came out. He went out of the town, and all the rats went behind him following the tune of his flute. As he took a step into the river, all rats drowned in it. Thus, he helped the people of Hamelin to get rid of the wild rats.