365 days + 279 tales = 1 Grimm Year
Roughly 200 years ago a collection of folk tales was published by two brothers: Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Their collection, Kinder-und Hausmärchen (Children’s and Household Tales), went on to inspire countless stories and has become ingrained in Western society as one of the most notable sources of fairy tales. In celebration of the publication’s 200th Anniversary, Philip Pullman, author of the best-selling His Dark Materials series among many other fantastical reads, revisited the Grimms’ stories in his work Fairy Tales from the Grimm Brothers (Viking). This work and the multitude of Grimm related articles that have appeared over the last year got me thinking about the Grimm stories that I have read, which sadly doesn’t even put a dent into the lengthy list of tales the brothers have published. So I set myself a goal for 2013: I will read my way through the Grimm tales over the year until I can say I have successfully read every one.
Now, I don’t pretend to be a Grimm expert—I will leave that title for those holding PhDs in Grimmology—but I am a lover of fairy tales and folklore and isn’t that what really counts anyway?
The Recipe for “A Grimm Year”
- The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 3rd Edition translated by Jack Zipes (Bantam, 2003)
- Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman (Viking)
- Read and post about every Grimm tale I read so that by the end of 2013 I will have read all of the Grimm tales.
- Compare thoughts with Pullman’s notes when applicable.
11. Brother and Sister*
17. The White Snake
*Tales that also appear in Pullman’s collection