Foto: perpetualplum on flickr. But who exactly were these famous German brothers, and what is it like reading their fairy tales in German? In fact, when they were first published, these tales were intended for adults, not children!
To demonstrate how different the Grimm stories are to the Disney adaptations, here is the last sentence or two of Rumpelstilzchen, Schneewittchen and Aschenputtel in my edition of the book which is apparently very true to the originals : Rumpelstilzchen Rumpelstilzkin :. Own photo. Then, in his anger, he grabbed his left foot with both hands and ripped himself in half. But there were iron-clad slippers readily placed over a coal fire, and these were brought in with tongs and placed in front of her.
She had to put on the burning-hot shoes and dance in them until she fell down dead. Afterwards, when they went outside, the older sister was on the left and the younger sister on rhe right: The doves pecked out their other eyes. And so they were punished for their wickedness and deceitfulness with eternal blindness.
What do you think — too scary for kids? Do you prefer these or the Disney versions? Related vocabulary — What words might you see in a German Grimm fairy tale? I'm Constanze and I live in the UK. I'm half English and half German, and love writing about German language and culture.
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