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Over their lifetimes they dedicated much of their time to collecting and revised traditional folk stories which they published in several different editions. They both worked as librarians and collected fairy tales not only from Germany but also from Danish, Irish and Norse mythology.

Towards the end of their lives they also published a definitive German dictionary and books on the history of the German language.

Jacob (1785-1859) and Wilhelm Grimm(1786-1859) were German authors and academics who had a keen interest in traditional tales and folklore.


Their most famous publication, ‘Kinder und Hausmaerchen’ (Children’s and Household Tales), first in print in 1812, has been published in over 100 languages.

Some of the most famous fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm include; ‘Snow White and the Seven  Dwarfs’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Hansel and Gretel', ‘Rapunzel’, ‘Rumplestiltskin’, ‘Tom Thumb, ‘The Musicians of Bremen’, ‘The Golden Goose’,  ‘Puss in Boots’and ‘The Frog Prince’, although in the largest volumes of their books there are over 200 stories collected.

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Grimm by name and grim by nature. The baddies in their stories often met a grisly end!