If you want to visit the land where it all began, it’s easy…just follow the Fairy Tale Road!
Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Little Red Riding Hood, and Snow White—these are perhaps the most famous and beloved of the fairy tales that we grew up with thanks to the two German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Their “once upon a time” remains with us from our infancy, when our parents read us the tales, through to our own retirement when we read them to our grandchildren. Moreover, the fairy tales accompany our everyday lives like no other literary genre: in television, movies, advertisements, and on the internet. The educational message behind all of the Grimms’ fairy tales is clear: cruelty is always punished while goodness is rewarded, and the world is returned to its natural order again. Even as adults, we are still fascinated by this truth and tend to keep it in mind, believing that a better world can be created if we perform good deeds. Although the Brothers Grimm were certainly neither the inventors of the tales nor the first to collect and publish folk and fairy tales, their stories—which are commonly known as a collection of Children’s and Household Tales—brought them enormous success. Today the Grimms’ folk and fairy tales are an approved UNESCO World Heritage document and the second most read book after the Bible, having been translated into more than 100 languages. But who were the two brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm?
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