Updated: Sep 17
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Grimms’ Fairy Tales is a familiar name in Germany. The brothers Jacob and Wilhelm
Grimm were born in the German city of Hanau. While both of them studied law, they
soon developed an interest in collecting old folktales. They spent six years travelling
from village to village, talking to people and writing down fairy tales, which were handed
down through the generations. These were popular both among children and adults.
In 1812, they published their first collection of tales. Subsequently, both the brothers
became active in liberal politics, especially the movement for freedom of the press. In
the meantime, they also published a 33-volume dictionary of the German language.
The Grimm brothers also saw French domination as a threat to German culture and
believed that the folktales they had collected were expressions of a pure and authentic
German spirit. They considered their projects of collecting folktales and developing the
German language as part of the wider effort to oppose French domination and create a
German national identity.