To his horror, he found himself staring at the witch instead of Rapunzel, who was nowhere to be found.
In anger, Dame Gothel cut short Rapunzel's braided hair and cast her out into the wilderness to fend for herself.
One day, a prince rode through the forest and heard Rapunzel singing from the tower.
An influence on Grimm's Rapunzel was Petrosinella or Parsley, written by Giambattista Basile in his collection of fairy tales in 1634, Lo cunto de li cunti (The Story of Stories), or "Pentamerone."
When she told him in anger that he would never see Rapunzel again, he leapt from the tower in despair and was blinded by the thorns below.
When Rapunzel reached her twelfth year, the enchantress shut her away into a tower in the middle of the woods, with neither stairs nor door, and only one room and one window.
Together they planned a means of escape, wherein he would come each night (thus avoiding the enchantress who visited her by day), and bring her silk, which Rapunzel would gradually weave into a ladder.
One day, while Rapunzel sang as she fetched water, the prince heard Rapunzel's voice again, and they were reunited.
When a girl was born, the enchantress took her and raised her as a ward, naming her Rapunzel.
Like many of Grimm's Fairy Tales, Rapunzel is a permanent part of Western culture and has been the subject of books, films, television programs and virtually every form of media.
When Dame Gothel was gone, he bade Rapunzel let her hair down.
Before the plan came to fruition, however, Rapunzel foolishly gave the prince away.