The Dark Truth Behind Humpty Dumpty’s Nursery Rhyme
A TikToker explained the dark meaning behind the well-known ‘Humpty Dumpty ‘ nursery rhyme, revealing it it may not just be the story of an egg being sold to you. Watch her explain below:
TIC Tac user and actor Mackenzie Barmen (@mackenziebarmen) often posts comedy videos about popular nursery rhymes and fairy tales, breaking down each story to reveal its darker elements.
Including ‘Humpty Dumpty ‘, which many of you will remember from your childhood like a simple rhyme about an anthropomorphic egg falling from a wall at random.
Humpty Dumpty was sitting on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a nice fall
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Impossible to put Humpty Dumpty together again
In his video, Barmen asks, “Do you have any idea what you’re singing?”
Pretend to be another character, she then says: “Who doesn’t know Humpty Dumpty? It was an egg and it fell off a wall. And he broke into so many pieces that they couldn’t put him together, so that was the end of him.“
bartenders introduces a little history in the mix – in particular, the life of Richard III, whose horse was supposeddly nicknamed ‘Wall’.
In a legend, she explains that Richard III was King of England and Lord of Ireland from 1483 until his death in 1485.
“King Richard III’s horse was supposedly called ‘Wall’, from which he fell during battle,” she writes.
“He was clubbed so severely that his men were unable to save him, becoming the last king to die in battle.”
Incomprehensible on this point, his alter-ego says in the video: “So Richard III was an egg?
That last part was, of course, just a punchline, but the idea that ‘Humpty Dumpty’ has been inspired by Rich’s tragic real-life eventsard III is a possibility widely regarded as real.
His video has since racked up 1.6 million likes and thousands of comments of people who have just lost their minds and their childhoods ruined.
One user wrote: “This explains the children’s book depiction of an egg disguised as a king on a wall that I saw as a child. “
Another said: “Learn more about the story at TIC Tac than I did in school. “
A third added: “Fun fact: the rhyme never says he’s an egg.”
Many others said there was even another theory that the rhyme is about a cannon in Colchester, UK.
Responding to a comment, Barmen said: “The story and the multiple interpretations are so much fun. Everything is up for debate. “