"Once upon a time"
Even though only about 40 percent of all fairy tales begin with this much quoted introductory formula, it reminds us of the comforting feeling from childhood that we felt when reading the famous fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm together. Free of time and place, probably the most famous collection of fairy tales in the history of literature conveys a basic understanding of the interrelationships of this world: good triumphs over evil, rich and poor do not necessarily share the same fate, but both find their happiness.
The stories of royal children, magical figures and brave heroes such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella or Hansel and Gretel, collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, are over 200 years old. If the brothers from Hanau in Hesse had not written down these stories, which were initially passed on orally, in a first edition in 1812, they might have been forgotten long ago.
From Kassel out into the world
Sooner or later, every child encounters the fairy tale characters to whom the Brothers Grimm set a literary monument with their children's and domestic fairy tales published in 1812 and 1819. Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm collected around 200 stories during their first years of work in Kassel. A total of 50 of them made it into the lovingly illustrated Small Edition published in 1924, which has had a decisive influence on our understanding of Grimm's fairy tales today. The classics included here, such as Snow White, Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin, are equally inspiring to children and adults alike and are still suitable for reading aloud and experiencing together even two centuries after their first publication.
For a better understanding, the fantastic stories were repeatedly revised by Wilhelm Grimm and his brother, adapted to the language and reading habits of the bourgeoisie and, according to a preface from 1815, even titled as an educational book. Of course, we are far from that nowadays, as the Grimm brothers' fairy tales are more for entertainment and a pleasant horror before going to bed. We have compiled the most popular and perhaps most beautiful fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm for you.