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Enchanted Forest Character
Biographical Information
Status: Deceased
Affiliation: Hero
Occupation: Farm Owner
Physical Description
Species: Human
Gender: Female
Hair color: Graying brown
Eye color: Brown
Current Allies:
Current Enemies:
Show Information
Portrayed by: Gabrielle Rose
First mentioned: "Snow Falls"
First appearance: "The Shepherd"
Latest appearance: "Lady of the Lake"
Latest mention: "Snow Drifts"
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For your happiness, I would gladly give my life.

—Ruth to her son src

Ruth is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the sixth episode of the first season. She is portrayed by guest star Gabrielle Rose, and does not have a Storybrooke counterpart.


Before First Curse

Ruth falls deeply in love with a farmer and has twin sons with him. However, their short-lived joy is crushed by the family's poverty. They are starving when Rumplestiltskin comes along and offers them a large amount of money for one of their sons, James, who he wants to give to the barren king and queen. Ruth and her husband agree to his terms; something her husband would regret until his untimely death. Years later, David, the remaining twin Ruth and her husband raised, has reached adulthood and become a simple shepherd. Ruth discusses the prospect of marriage to a wealthy grain merchant's daughter since the farm is in debt. However, David doesn't want to marry anyone except his true love. She insists that he cannot have everything, but suddenly, Rumplestiltskin appears to strike a deal with David. He promises if David takes the place of his deceased twin brother, Prince James, and slays a dragon in the kingdom of King Midas, the farm can be saved. After defeating the dragon, King Midas offers him his daughter's hand in marriage. Meanwhile, Ruth receives many riches due to David's success, but her son returns home with a heavy heart. She learns King George threatened to destroy her and the farm if David does not marry King Midas' daughter, Abigail. As a parting farewell gift, Ruth gives him a ring to bestow to the woman he loves. ("The Shepherd")

David, now assuming the name Prince Charming, goes to find his mother again after he awakens his true love, Snow White, from a Sleeping Curse. Previously, he and Snow White agreed to meet at a cottage where his mother is staying. While Ruth is excited to meet the woman her son is going to marry, King George's soldiers arrive first to try and capture Prince Charming. On her son's orders, Ruth locks herself in the cottage, but fearing he has been hurt in battle, she rushes out to help only to be hit by a poisoned arrow. Snow White and a new ally, Sir Lancelot, arrive late, and the foursome head to Lake Nostos to seek out the magical healing powers of the water. During the journey, Ruth shows Snow White an amulet her own mother gave her while she was pregnant and claims it has the power to predict the gender of a woman's child even before conception. She tests it out by suspending the amulet over Snow White's hand, but nothing happens. Miserably, Snow White eventually confesses King George cursed her to be barren forever. Arriving at their destination, the lake is completely dried up, but Lancelot finds a few remaining droplets in a seashell. Ruth offers the water to Snow White so her curse may be undone, which she declines. Despite her future daughter-in-law's refusal, Ruth pretends to drink the water and secretly switches the actual healing substance into Sir Lancelot's hands. On the verge of death, her last wish is to see her son marry. Snow White decides to fulfill it by having Sir Lancelot perform the marriage ceremony. During the union, Snow White drinks from a chalice containing the lake's magical liquid, though she believes it is only ordinary water. By the end of the ceremony, Ruth has passed away peacefully. To honor her death, Prince Charming burns a candle in remembrance. Only after all this, Snow White realizes the sacrifice Ruth made when Prince Charming tests the amulet on her, which miraculously works. ("Lady of the Lake")


  • The name "Ruth" is of Hebrew origin derived from the word "re'ut" that means "friend".[1]


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  • Ruth

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    • I've studied Ruth, and I don't see the correlation between the Ruth of the Bible and David's Mom.  (other than both Ruth's were Ancesters o...
    • I take it back. Ruth's personslity wasn't based off of Ruth from the bible. But I believe her name is Ruth because as your said, Ruth was one...
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