Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, otherwise known collectively has the Brothers Grimm, were German academics and authors who became famous for their published folklore. Born in 1785 and 1786, respectively, the Brothers Grimm popularized literature through the art of storytelling that captured both cultural aspects and mythological influences in a series of folk tales.
Surprisingly, the Brothers Grimm’s stories have endured throughout the centuries since they first debuted. To date their stores are available in more than 100 translations and adapted into a variety of media forms, including film, television, music and other fictional creations.
Despite their stronghold within pop culture today many would be shocked to learn that most of the Brothers Grimm’s original tales were dark, frightening and altogether macabre. Some of the lesser-known details from their fairy tales are shared below, as well as links to several Brothers Grimm book torrents for reading (with a light on). Books shared below are believed to be in the public domain.
Brothers Grimm & other fairy tale book torrents
Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1800)
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales (1900)
English Fairy Tales, Joseph Jacobs (1902)
Old English Fairy Tales, S. Baring Gould (1895)
Norse Fairy Tales, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen (1865)
Brothers Grimm infographic
Have you read any other fairy tales that you found disturbing? What did you like or didn’t like about them? Let us know in the comments below.
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