The Brothers Grimm are possibly the most well known names in association with fairytales.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born a year apart (1785 & 1786 repectively) in Germany. As academics, they compiled a collection of local folk tales which became the basis of the modern fairytales we know today. By perserving the stories, they ensured that they were not lost to the ages.
The tales they compiled are much darker than the Disney versions we know. For example, the Evil Queen in Snow White has a much more fitting ending where she is made to wear a pair of red hot iron shoes! Forced to dance, they eventually kill her. Obviously, this is not suitable for children and the story was altered for Disney. If you notice, many villains in Disney die by falling to their death, rather than being murdered. Think Gaston, Madam Gothel etc.
The Grimm name and their work has endured through the centuries. The brothers have been featured in multiple works of fiction, including the 2005 film starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger. More recently, the TV show Grimm features the creatures from the tales hiding in plain sight and the brothers were early Grimms, meant to keep the peace.
What is your favorite Grimm collected work?
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