Do you like fairy tales? Did you know that fairy tales are often influenced by different cultures and times, and that’s why there are different versions around the world?

Here are eleven interesting facts about fairy tales:

snow white1. A pair of brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, created a compilation of traditional German folktales. It was published in 1812 and often referred to as Grimm’s Fairy Tales. This book contains many of the fairy tales we have come to know and love, like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Snow White”.

2. The original versions of fairy tales can be gruesome, so they are often rewritten and toned down to appeal to the masses. For example, in the Disney movie Snow White, the evil queen sought Snow White’s heart. But in the Grimm brothers’ original tale, the evil queen wanted to consume her lungs and liver. What a huge appetite she had!

rapunzel3. In the French version of Rapunzel, the story does not have a happy ending. Rapunzel is turned into a frog and the prince is cursed with a pig’s snout.

4. The very first tale of Cinderella was recorded in China at around AD 850. That Cinderella is Yeh-hsien. She wears a dress made of kingfisher feathers and her shoes are made of gold.

red riding hood15. In the early centuries, the story of the Little Red Riding Hood was used to warn children of the dangerous wild animals in the woods. People were really afraid of wolves back then!


6. Fairy tales have been reinvented by various cultures over the years. Hollywood has created popular movie versions of Cinderella, Snow White and Alice in Wonderland. Johnny Depp also starred as the Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (2010).


sleeping beauty7. In Roald Dahl’s version of the Little Red Riding Hood, Red Riding Hood is not as helpless as she was in the story we grew up with. She actually strikes back against the wolf!


8. The original title of Sleeping Beauty is La Belle Au Bois Dormant in French, which means The Beauty in the Sleeping Wood. The Grimm brothers titled it “Little Briar Rose” in their collection.


snow white and rose red9. “Snow White and Rose Red” is another story found in Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It is rather different from the Snow White tale mentioned earlier, as there isn’t an evil queen or huntsman in the story. There’s a vicious bear instead though!


10. Fairy tales are well-liked by famous authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and C.S. Lewis. Charles Dickens also said that fairy tales helped to keep him ever young!


11. In Grimm’s Fairy Tales, there’s a whimsical verse at the end of “Hansel and Gretel” that goes, “My tale is done, there runs a mouse, whosoever catches it, may make himself a big fur cap out of it.”

hansel and gretel

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