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7 Brothers Grimm Tales to Celebrate Wilhelm Grimm’s Birthday

We all remember reading our favorite fairy tales as children. However, we often forget about the two brothers responsible for recording and publishing these surprisingly dark tales. On this day, over 200 years ago, Wilhelm Grimm was born. Wilhelm Grimm was the younger brother of Jacob Grimm and the other half of the famous Brothers Grimm duo. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look at seven classic Brothers Grimm tales.

 

1. Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel is a classic Brothers Grimm tale and tells the story of young Hansel and Gretel who are kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch after being abandoned in the woods by their rotten stepmother. Hansel and Gretel is a well-known German fairy tale and was recorded by the Brothers Grimm and published in 1812. It remains popular to this day and has been adapted into an opera and several films.

 

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2. Rumpelstiltskin

Rumpelstiltskin is another German fairy tale collected by the Grimm Brothers and published in 1812. It tells the tale of a poor miller’s daughter, locked in a room until she is able to spin straw into gold. When a tricky goblin-like creature comes to her rescue and offers her a deal she cannot resist, she happily obliges without considering the consequences. When push comes to shove, the goblin makes another deal and the miller’s daughter is able to outsmart him in the end. This tale has been adapted into films, television shows, and comics.

 

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3. death’s Messengers

A lesser known tale of the Brothers Grimm is Death’s Messengers. In this tale, after Death is badly beaten by a giant, a young man comes and helps him back up. In a gesture of gratitude, Death tells the young man that he will send messengers before Death comes for him one day. Years later, the man is surprised when Death comes for him as he did not see his messengers. However, Death tells him the messengers were, in fact, illness, aging, and sleep. Death’s Messengers is tale 177 by the Grimm Brothers.

 

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4. The Frog Prince

A classic Grimm Brothers’ tale is The Frog Prince, which is traditionally the first story of their collection published in 1812. In this classic story, a mere frog turns into a handsome prince upon receiving a kiss from the princess. This tale has been adapted into several modern day films, most notably Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

 

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5. Snow White

Snow White (and the Seven Dwarfs) is a classic tale originally published in 1812 and later revised and published in 1854. This tale features a beautiful maiden, seven rugged dwarfs, a magic mirror, and a jealous, evil queen. This classic tale has most notably been made into a Disney film among many other films, television shows, and plays.

 

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6. Rapunzel

Rapunzel (and her long hair) is another German fairy tale collected by the brothers and published in 1812. After her father was caught stealing from a sorceress’ garden, Rapunzel is promised to the sorceress at birth in reparation for her father’s theft. When the time comes, the sorceress takes Rapunzel and raises her as her own. When she turns twelve, the sorceress locks her up in a tower until one day she is rescued by a prince after he hears her singing from the tower. This classic tale has been made into many films, most notably the Disney adaptation, Tangled.

 

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7. The Elves and The Shoemaker

The Elves and the Shoemaker was originally the first of three stories published under entry thirty-nine by the Brothers Grimm. It tells the story of a poor shoemaker, struggling to make ends meet, who receives help from magical elves who mysteriously work in the night by making shoes from the extra leather he leaves out. The tale has since been adapted into a musical and has provided inspiration for numerous television shows and films.    

 

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Two Hugo Finalists Trying to Turn Silver to Gold

The Hugo Awards, the annual award for science fiction, will announce their winner later in the week, but for now, there are two finalists which are the first in their series—so you can start reading right now, and be ready for the winner this weekend.

 

Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse

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Maggie is a post-apocalyptic Navajo monster hunter, and that’s just the beginning. When a girl goes missing in a small town, she’s forced to team up with a medicine man to travel the reservation, uncovering secrets and coming closer and closer to a monster more terrible than either can imagine. An immersive flooded world, filled with gods and monsters, and characters with enough sarcasm and attitude to bear the weight of a dark plot and devastated world.

This has already swept a few awards, and is sure to be a good pick for anyone who likes any supernatural or speculative genres.

 

 

Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik

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You may have noticed by now I’m A LITTLE OBSESSED with Naomi Novik, but hey, the experts back me up. This is sort of a fairy tale, related to Rumpelstiltskin, but you always get much more than you can possibly foresee with Novik.

Since her father is running the family business into the ground, Miryim takes matters into her own hands. For better or worse, she’s very good at debt collecting, and ends up catching the attention of the supernatural—the icy Staryk—and it only gets more dire from there. You can expect gloriously lush world building and characters who feel like real people.

 

 

 

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10 Quirky Folklore Facts for #FolkloreThursday

Evil mummified hands, dental hygiene, and dirty, disembodied Japanese foot spirits. Here are ten tweets about folklore around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a reminder that zero out of ten dentists recommend kissing a donkey for strong teeth. Happy Folklore Thursday!

 

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Love Stories

A Royal Engagement: 6 Stories to Help You Live Out Your Princess Fantasies

I always love some news about the British royal family and its been mere hours since Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement! It’s the fairytale story we all dream about: the handsome prince falls for a  beautiful girl. And nine out of ten times this girl is a commoner, lacking any title (a.k.a a regular person). It’s classic yet contemporary, old school yet a crowd favorite. What’s not to love about two humans who can drop everything and take hold of love rather than the negativity that may surround them? 

 

Sadly, no matter how hard we may wish, we will most likely not get to marry Prince Harry. I know; I, too, am devastated by it. Yet these stories still win our hearts with their timeless tales of love and ever afters. The female character is usually a good person, inside and out. She’s strong, believes in herself, and stands her ground. Marrying the handsome prince is her choice. Now, isn’t that fantastic? Plus literary husbands just seem a bit better than the real thing. 

 

I’ve compiled a list of some magical Cinderella-style fairytales and stories. Some you may know, others may be in the history books. Either way you may fall in love with them… The stories that is.

 

 

1. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

 

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This is the one we all loved when it first came out in book form in 2000, then in film in 2001. I remember going to the theaters to see The Princess Diaries and I knew then that Garry Marshall did something really awesome. The story of the awkward Mia Thermopolis unknowingly falling into a life of royalty at the peak of her teen years is hilarious, heartwarming, and full of valuable (and royal) lessons. Follow the ten book novel series as Mia finds her true self, princess and all. And if you haven’t seen the movie then get on that quick, so you can know that ‘shut up’ just means wow, gee whiz, or golly wolly.

 

2. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters : An African Tale by John Steptoe

 

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This beautiful African tale is one of both morality and virtue. Mufaro’s two daughters are both beautiful, attractive girls, however beauty only runs below the skin of one of them. Maynara is arrogant and rude while Nyasha is humble and selfless. When the Great King requests to meet with the women of the village to pick the perfect wife, the sisters set out on a journey to get to their possible future husband. On the way to the King, they encounter several obstacles, all set up by the King to test their characters. Needless to say, these tests decide who he will marry. Who do you think he’ll choose?

 

3. Unexpectedly Royal by Jennifer Domenico

 

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Here, we meet a relatable narrator who lives life within the safe borders of her comfort zone. It takes one New Year’s Eve resolution to bring her to the man who will change her life forever. From being steady on the ground to falling hard, the heroine knows her life will change once her relationship begins with the charming Lathan. So, can this happen to me already?

 

4. Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China

 

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This Cinderella-like fairytale takes place in ancient China and is one of the oldest versions of the classic story dating back to the 9th century! It follows a young girl whose family was turned out onto the street after her mother and father both died. She was forced to become a servant for her evil stepmother and cruel stepsister. Upon the visit of a spirit that resembled an old man, Ye Xian is given the chance take part in the New Year Festival where women in town meet eligible husbands. Needless to say, a fish guardian, a pair of golden slippers, and a possible happy ending are all involved. History definitely repeats itself, ladies. 

 

5. Becoming Mrs. Lockwood by K.I. Lynn

 

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This novel is about a small town Indiana girl suddenly getting married to Hollywood royalty; the Hollywood part being that he’s an award-winning movie producer and actor. When the two characters suddenly wake up to find they were married after they met on a trip to Vegas, the happily-ever-after story suddenly gets a huge twist. How do you fall for someone in the eye of millions? If you’re a romance buff, give this one a try and you just may want to be Mrs. Lockwood.

 

6. The Egyptian Cinderella

 

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This tale is said to be the earliest version of a Cinderella story. It beats out Ye Shen by dating back to the 1st century when it was first recorded by a Greek historian. It’s quite an amusing yet lovely tale in which a beautiful woman had undressed to bath when an eagle landed swiftly and snatched up one of her leather sandals. The bird flew it to the capital city and dropped it right in the lap of the King as it flew over him. The King was taken aback by the occurrence and sent out all his men to search for the woman it belonged to. I don’t want to give away the happy ending, but c’mon, you know it’s a happy.

 

These stories and tales trace out some of the best and most classic storylines in history. The Cinderella story never seems to age no matter how many people may call it predictable or over-used. Personally I love to see the old and new come together. They’re stories that give the heroine strength and teach us to be kind and virtuous. Whoever you desire to end up with, may we all have the happy ending.

 

 

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'Santa's Husband'

Goodbye Mrs. Claus, Says New Kids Book, and Hello Mr. Claus

It’s a sad time with Halloween over; endings are tough when it comes to fun celebrations. But there’s no need to grovel. With the holiday season around the corner there’s much fun to be had! Stuff your face with tasty sweets and meals, watch old movies, and read seasonal books!

 

'Santa's Husband'

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Speaking of seasonal books, it was just last month that a Christmas book for kids was released and based on the big ol’ man, Santa himself! However, this little book turned a lot of heads, gained a lot of support, and quite a bit of negativity. Author Daniel Kibblesmith and illustrator A.P. Quach put together a picture book called Santa’s Husband.

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It tells the story of a black Santa and his white husband and their everyday lives and adventures in the North Pole. But it’s not all silly; the couple shows what they do in the face of negativity and even with work dilemmas for the elves. Kibblesmith makes sure to tie in real issues and serve it to a younger audience. Upon the release of the book, the negative uproar was big according to the author, but so was the positivity.

'Santa's Husband'

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We all know that Santa’s image varies from culture to culture, so why not switch it up a bit? Everyone has their own idea of jolly old Nick. This book doesn’t take away from it, it merely adds more Santa Clauses that people can relate to.

 

Check it out, find your Clause, and stay jolly. 

 

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