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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Had Low Self-Esteem

Updated on November 28, 2012

Everyone knows that Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer had a very shiny nose, but few realize he also had extremely low self-esteem. It is evident in the song.

Not only did these other reindeer keep Rudolph from joining in any reindeer games, they also bullied him, by calling him names. Most likely he was physically assaulted as well. And there is no mention, in the song, of Santa stepping in and stopping the bullying. He must have known.

It must have been hell for Rudolph up there in the North Pole, enduring all the bitter ostracism and bullying. And he could not even get any support at home, because of ignorant reindeer parents who shunned him because they felt he was a freak. The reindeer father actually became angry at Rudolph for having been born with such an abnormal nose, as if Rudolph had any control over his predicament.

At some point Rudolph probably wanted to commit suicide or become a homicidal maniac, but he suffered in silence, as most kids who are bullied do. That was until one foggy Christmas Eve when Santa came to say, "Rudolph with your nose so bright won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" Rudolph literally jumped at the chance to serve this man who had allowed him to be bullied. And those other eight nasty rotten reindeer, all of a sudden, just loved Rudolph. Why? Because he could be used to suit their purpose. If they loved him so much, why didn't they just apologize for their horrible treatment of him in the past? There is not one mention of an apology in the song, yet Rudolph goes right on and pulls Santa's sleigh, and gets these menaces through the worst Christmas storm ever.

What in the world was wrong with Rudolph that caused him to be such a doormat.? Why did he not stand up for himself? Why did he find it appropriate to seek the favor of a community that showed such disrespect and hate toward him? Low self-esteem! Yes, Rudolph had low self-esteem. He never stood up for himself, and, slavishly, sought the acceptance of the very people who tormented him. If Rudolph had had any feeling of self-worth when Santa asked,"Won't you guide my sleigh tonight...?"

Rudolph would have promptly responded, "Hell no! Take your eight tiny despicable reindeer and stick them up your a$$!"

Rudolph the Bullied Reindeer


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    • pennyofheaven profile image


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      This made me laugh big time!

      In all fairness to the creator of the song though, it was aimed at kids. Kids can be cruel just like the reindeer in the song. Adults (Santa) can easily dismiss a child's complaining about the bullies at school. The moral of the story then, seems to be... even if you are bullied or laughed at because you are different (Like Rudolph's nose was) you are still special and one day that specialness will shine.

      Not a bad creation from a marketing executive.

    • getitrite profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks gm

      I always question everything that was force fed to me as a child, because sometimes the story tellers were condoning things that they were not even aware of...

    • gmwilliams profile image

      Grace Marguerite Williams 

      7 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      You are a great and imaginative writer. I just loved your synopsis on this hub. An on target, extremely sharp(ouch!), psychologically analytical hub! NO ONE could have done it better!

    • getitrite profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      tnderhrt23 & craigb182 Thanks for reading and commenting. It is funny how a new view of an old story sounds so bizarre.

    • craigb182 profile image


      9 years ago from Glasgow, Scotland

      I enjoyed this hub it was a great and light hearted read. Rudolph will be very pleased someone is thinking of him/her!

    • tnderhrt23 profile image


      9 years ago

      I am still truly have a point here...I always loved Rudolph, he was my favorite, still is! Thanks!

    • DarkDisOrder profile image


      9 years ago from B.A.D. (Beyond All Dimensions)

      This is by far the best Rudolph the red nose reindeer story i ever read, i get your morale to the story, but still it was hilarious...

    • getitrite profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      @ Merlin

      I didn't know that.

    • Merlin Fraser profile image

      Merlin Fraser 

      10 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      Great Hub with a new twist on an old tale, however, of course you do know that Rudolph was a girl ?

      As depicted in all the story books and Christmas cards with the shiny nose and a full set of altlers....

      Trouble is the male shed their altlers in the winter only the female of the species retain them.

    • getitrite profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thank you agvulpes,

      It's a humorous, yet real take on the classic.

      Who knows, maybe his great-great grandfather had a very shiny nose.

    • agvulpes profile image


      10 years ago from Australia

      Although I do commend you for supporting Rudolph, should we not perhaps go back a little in time and find out just how Rudolph happened to get his shiny red nose. Did he do something so bad that he was sent to Coventry?

      btw: Nicely written Hub I enjoyed the read very much!

    • getitrite profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thanks RK, I decided to point out something that was very obvious yet ignored.

    • RKHenry profile image


      10 years ago from Neighborhood museum in Somewhere, USA

      Now this was a fun hub to read. Good job.


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