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15 Little-Known Facts About the Brothers Grimm

Society & Culture  (tags: Brothers Grimm, History, fairy tales, stories )

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Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are best known for their collection of fairy tales, but there's so much more to their story. From getting kicked out of work at a college, and writing a dictionary, there are so many interesting, but little known facts about the...

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Sharon Balloch (127)
Friday January 14, 2011, 3:39 am
So they were signing petitions even back then eh..but they had a lot to lose and lost it by doing thanks

Carol H (229)
Friday January 14, 2011, 4:50 am
thanks Anna, noted

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Friday January 14, 2011, 5:31 am
Interesting! Noted with thanks.

linda b (186)
Friday January 14, 2011, 6:17 am
I remember having a collection of their books when i was a child, thanks for the interesting info on them Anna.

Mary L (132)
Friday January 14, 2011, 11:31 am
I knew they were actually linguists but a lot of the information is new. Thanks!

Dianne Lien (77)
Friday January 14, 2011, 12:29 pm
Thank you for sharing this with us, Anna. In truth, I had a hard time reading "Grimm's" to my kids when they were young...I thought the tails were to rough to read children... interesting.

Alicia V (181)
Friday January 14, 2011, 12:38 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Nancy sands (448)
Friday January 14, 2011, 1:08 pm

Christine A (57)
Friday January 14, 2011, 2:17 pm
Thank you Anna for this interesting article. As a child I was given a book of 'Grimm's Fairy Tales', but found them 'scary' and didn't enjoy them much.

Ken L (28)
Friday January 14, 2011, 2:34 pm
Very interesting ...... all but , the part that mentions that their stories may be purified .? No idea what that means . !

Sonny Honrado (5)
Friday January 14, 2011, 3:21 pm
great information on their talents!

Judith H (27)
Friday January 14, 2011, 5:25 pm

Susan S (187)
Friday January 14, 2011, 5:51 pm
They lost their jobs by signing a protest against the King. Interesting.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 14, 2011, 6:18 pm
Thank you.

Yvonne White (229)
Friday January 14, 2011, 8:53 pm
I wish the author had explained what exactly is meant by "purified": "The Brothers Grimm began collecting folk tales[9] around 1806, in response to a wave of awakened interest in German folklore that followed the publication of Ludwig Achim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano's folksong collection Des Knaben Wunderhorn ("The Youth's Magic Horn"), 180508. By 1810 the Grimms produced a manuscript collection of several dozen tales, which they had recorded by inviting storytellers to their home and transcribing what they heard. Although they were said to have collected tales from peasants, many of their informants were middle-class or aristocratic, recounting tales they had heard from their servants. Several of the informants were of Huguenot ancestry and told tales that were French in origin.[10] Some scholars have theorized that certain elements of the stories were "purified" for the brothers, who were devout Christians.[11]"


Debbie Hogan (115)
Friday January 14, 2011, 9:03 pm
11.They lived in poverty: The year their fairy tales were published, they were surviving on 1 meal a day.

Sad how that so often went for the brilliant writers of ages past...Never became "rich and famous" till decades...centuries...after their deaths...Love their work...So visual and dark at the same time...


Debbie Hogan (115)
Friday January 14, 2011, 9:07 pm
Purified...? Can faierie tales be christened..? Interesting...

Eva O (60)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:29 am
Wow, those were some very interesting facts about two of my favorite childbook writers :)

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 5:10 am
How I miss my young days now. Still have some of their books thoug.

Justin R (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 7:38 am
I grew up with Grimm's fairy tales and still remember many stories; when very young my grandfather had to read them over again and again; when I was older I still read them in spite knowing them in my sleep.

Then like a fool I gave the book away in a purge; this is one of the two item I am sorry that I gave away.
The book was around in the early fifties, published maybe mid or late 40's. It was called: Die Maerchen der Gebrueder Grimm. It was quite thick and started off (I believe) Der gestiefelte Kater.

I looked for it for years not only because I loved the stories but also for sentimental reasons. It was the first book my mom bought for me with the very little money we had. Sadly, only when I was older I truly appreciated it.

If anyone would have this book and willing to part with it I would love to buy it if $$$$ would be not outrages.
Or if anyone would have an idea where to get it please let me know.

Thank you.

Robert O (12)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 10:51 am
Very interesting. I love their works!

. (0)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 12:28 pm
All I know is, they were the first writers who wrote about putting children into ovens, abandoning children to survive or die on their own - interestingly enough these German tales became a reality in Germany.....

Susan Pernot (75)
Saturday January 15, 2011, 1:21 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday January 17, 2011, 2:07 pm
noted and thanks...
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