Publication of "Kinder- und HausmÃ¤rchen" / "Children's and Household Tale
Publication of "Kinder- und HausmÃ¤rchen" / "Children's and Household Tales" (more commonly known as "Grimm's Fairy Tales") by the Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm.
Published for the first time on this day in 1812 in Germany, the first edition of the first volume contained 86 stories, the most famous of which include: "Hansel and Gretel", "Rumpelstiltskin", and "Little Red Riding Hood".
True to their name, the brothers had a knack for horror and gruesome developments. In order to make some of the more popular tales appropriate for children, the Walt Disney Company had to severely tone down "Snow White" (1937), "The Frog Prince" (2009), and "Rapunzel" (2010).
A few stories were also merged with Charles Perrault's variations, such as "Cinderella" (1950), and "Briar Rose" (1959).
The Grimm brothers were librarians, scholars, and philologists, which inspired them to set out to preserve the stories of their time which were traditionally passed on orally. The intention was to provide a rich and accurate depiction of their community's culture at that moment in time.