In the book Rump, by Liesl Shurtliff, the a supposed backstory of Rumpelstiltskin is told. Rump, is a boy of 12 years old,who lives in poor village with his Grandmother. The village's main source of income is gold from the large mountain nearby, but the gold supply has been dwindling and the village miller, Oswald, has been withholding rations. In this universe, your name controls your destiny. Rump is teased for his name, it what nobody in the village except him and his grandmother know is that Rump's mother, only managed to tell his grandmother the first part of her name before she died. One day, Rump finds his mother's old spinning wheel in the woodpile, and makes an astonishing discovery. He can spin straw in to gold! Soon after he makes this discovery, Rump's grandmother dies, and he is forced to trade his gold for rations. After months of trading his gold for less than fair deals, the king of the entire land, King Bartholomew Archibald Reginald Fife comes to the village and demands to know who has been making the fine threads of gold. Rump knows that if the king finds out he is the one who's been making the gold thread, he'll be forced to spin for the rest of his life, so he gathers all his gold and goes to hide it. He almost succeeds, but he trips, and and a skein of gold falls out. The Miller sees the gold fall out of Rump's bundle, and tells the king it is his daughter, Opal, who is has spun the gold. The king takes Opal to the castle, and Rump follows, knowing that if Opal is gets caught she will be in big trouble. The author did a very nice job writing this book and I do recommend reading it.