We all grew up with fairytales, whether it was as bedtime stories or watching the Disney versions, we are all familiar with the classics. Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, each story comes from a different source dating back centuries. You may be familiar with the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, but did you know that the oldest fairytale in the world, The Smith and the Devil, is said to be nearly 7000 years old! In that time it was been translated into 35 different languages, travelling from Asia Minor to across Europe.
The story tells of a Smith who makes a bargain with the devil, but when the time comes to pay up, he traps the devil in an immovable object and is freed from his bargain.
Stories have the power to connect us and fairytales are ingrained in us from a young age. Over time, fairytales have changed, parts have been added, some have been removed, but ultimately they contain a message for the audience - be careful what you wish for, don't stray from the path.
This month we will be looking at the classics, the writers of fairytales and we will hear from authors who have written fairytale retellings. What is your favourite fairytale? Let us know by commenting below.
About the Author:
S. K. Gregory is an author, editor and blogger. She currently resides in Northern Ireland.
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”