Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

German linguists and authors

Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) Grimm were two German brothers who took a great interest in all aspects of Germanic culture. They were fascinated by the German language (as shown in their German Grammar, 1819-1837 and German Dictionary, 1838-1861), its myths, legends and folklore (German Sagas, 1816-1818), and the origins of German law, among other elements.

The Brothers Grimm immortalised Germanic oral folklore in popular culture by creating written accounts of tales like “The Gallant Tailor”, “The Bremen Town Musicians”, “Hansel and Grethel” and “Rapunzel”. They also produced new versions of fairy tales previously made famous by the French author Charles Perrault (1628-1703), such as “Cinderella”, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Little Red Riding Hood”.

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Seven of the brothers’ most famous tales

The seven tales discussed in this guide form part of the collection Children’s and Household Tales, also known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, published between 1812 and 1815.