Popular Stories collected by the Brothers Grimm

Popular stories collected by the Brothers Grimm (Oxford edition, 1910)

This is a reprint of first translation of Grimms’ Fairy Tales in English with original illustrations by George Cruikshank (1792-1878). Original was published in two books, first volume in 1823, containing 31 tales and second volume (based on success of the first one) in 1826 with 24 tales, what led to 55 stories altogether.

It’s interesting to note, all of the today most popular fairy tales by Grimm brothers found a way into selection from original 156 fairy tales published by brothers Grimm in 1812 and 1815, also in two volumes, but almost all of them are today known by other titles (small translation follows). Here is a list of stories, which were stripped of majority of religious parts (a devil in the story The Devil and the three golden hairs, for instance, is changed into giant) inserted by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, but otherwise pretty faithfully translated:

  1. HANS IN LUCK
  2. THE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS
  3. THE GOLDEN BIRD
  4. THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE
  5. THE TOM-TIT AND THE BEAR
  6. THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES
  7. ROSE BUD
  8. TOM THUMB
  9. THE GRATEFUL BEASTS
  10. JORINDA AND JORINDEL
  11. THE WONDERFUL MUSICIAN
  12. THE QUEEN BEE
  13. THE DOG AND THE SPARROW
  14. FREDERICK AND CATHERINE
  15. THE THREE CHILDREN OF FORTUNE
  16. KING GRISLY-BEARD
  17. THE ADVENTURES OF CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET
  18. SNOW-DROP
  19. THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER
  20. THE TURNIP
  21. OLD SULTAN
  22. THE LADY AND THE LION
  23. THE JEW IN THE BUSH
  24. THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN
  25. THE GOLDEN GOOSE
  26. MRS. FOX
  27. HANSEL AND GRETEL
  28. THE GIANT WITH THE THREE GOLDEN HAIRS
  29. THE FROG PRINCE
  30. THE FOX AND THE HORSE
  31. RUMPEL-STILTS-KIN
  32. THE GOOSE-GIRL
  33. FAITHFUL JOHN
  34. THE BLUE LIGHT
  35. ASHPUTTEL
  36. THE YOUNG GIANT AND THE TAILOR
  37. THE CROWS AND THE SOLDIER
  38. PEE-WIT
  39. HANS AND HIS WIFE GRETTEL
  40. CHERRY, OR THE FROG BRIDE
  41. MOTHER HOLLE
  42. THE WATER OF LIFE
  43. PETER THE GOATHERD
  44. THE FOUR CLEVER BROTHERS
  45. THE ELFIN-GROVE
  46. THE SALAD
  47. THE NOSE
  48. THE FIVE SERVANTS
  49. CAT-SKIN
  50. THE ROBBER-BRIDEGROOM
  51. THE THREE SLUGGARDS
  52. THE SEVEN RAVENS
  53. ROLAND AND MAY-BIRD
  54. THE MOUSE, THE BIRD, AND THE SAUSAGE
  55. THE JUNIPER TREE

Here is a list of ‘translated’ titles

19th century ………………………………………………….. Today

The Travelling Musicians ……………………………… Town Musicians of Bremen

Rose Bud ………………………………………………………… The Sleeping Beauty

King Grealsy-beard ……………………………………….. _King Thrushbeard

Snow-Drop ……………………………………………………… Snow White and Seven Dwarfs

The Frog Prince ……………………………………………… The Frog King

Rumpel-stits-kin …………………………………………….. Rumpelstiltskin

Ashputtel ………………………………………………………… Cinderella

Yes, the grammar changed a bit too. Let’s go to illustrations:

tom-thumb-the-little-george-cruikshank

This illustration was the first in the first volume of the first edition (1823), from the so-called title-page. It belongs to the story of Tom The Thumb. next twenty pictures are presented in the order as they appeared with the stories.

Hans in Luck

hans-in-luck-george-cruikshank

The Travelling Musicians

 

the-travelling-musicians-george-cruikshank

The Golden Bird

the-golden-bird-george-cruikshank

Jorinda and Jorindel

jorinda-and-jorindel-george-cruikshank

The Wonderful Musician

the-wonderful-musician-george-cruikshank

The Elves and the Shoemaker

the-elves-and-the-shoemaker-george-cruikshank

The Turnip

the-turnip-george-cruikshank

The Jew in the Bush

the-jew-in-the-bush-george-cruikshank

The King of the Golden Mountain

the-king-of-the-golden-mountain-george-cruikshank

The Golden Goose

the-golden-goose-george-cruikshank

Rumpel-stilts-kin

rumpel-stilts-kind-george-cruikshank

The Goose-Girl

the-goose-girl-george-cruikshank

The Blue Light

the-blue-light-george-cruikshank

The Young Giant and the Tailor (three illustrations)

the-young-giant-and-the-tailor-george-cruikshank-1

the-young-giant-and-the-tailor-george-cruikshank-2

the-young-giant-and-the-tailor-george-cruikshank-3

Pee-wit

pee-wit-george-cruikshank

Cherry, or the Frog-Bride

cherry-or-the-frog-bride-george-cruikshank

The Elfin-Grove

the-elfin-grove-george-cruikshank

The Nose

the-nose-george-cruikshank

This is the last ‘regular’ illustration in the first edition of Fairy Tales by brothers Grimm in English language, published in two volumes. We still have an illustration made for title page of volume two, otherwise an illustration from Valentine and Orson, the story, which eventually didn’t make into the selection.

valentine-and-orson-george-cruikshank

Some of the fairy tales in this book survived until today and are among the most famous stories in the world. Others are almost forgotten, known only to scholars. The reasons for this are different. Some are simply too grimm (pun intended), others too racist, others too similar to other tales in slightly different versions …

But all in all – this book belongs to history and if you found it interested, share this post with your friends. They might find a pinch of magic in it. I know i certainly had.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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