Childhood Stories Used To Be A Whole Lot Grimmer

Grimm brothers
Today is the birthday of Wilhelm Karl Grimm, the younger of the two Brothers Grimm. He was born in Hanau, Germany in 1786.

The Grimm Brothers are known for their collection of folk stories, known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, which were published in several volumes between 1812 and 1822. Tales in the Grimm collection include Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Rumpelstiltskin. The brothers weren’t the original authors of any of these stories, many of which existed in one form or another in the oral tradition in various countries for hundreds of years before these tales were put to paper.

The Grimm version of these stories were actually more along the line of somewhat gruesome morality tales for adults, rather than the white-washed Disney version of modern-day cartoon characters. The stories routinely included sex, violence, and incest, sort of like the Bible. And not coincidentally, the Grimm brothers were devout Christians.

Those of us who read the original version know that Rapunzel got pregnant by the prince after a casual fling and Cinderella’s stepsisters cut off their toes and heels to try to fit into the slipper. But at least one of was more mesmerized by the message of gore and mayhem, rather than the message of moral redemption of the long-suffering good.

Perhaps that’s because gore and mayhem is more likely than redemption?

Or maybe that’s just the Pinot Noir talking.

One of those.

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