Thursday, January 04, 2007

Happy Three-and-a-Half Dwarves Day!

Jacob Grimm would've been 222 years old today. Although Heath Ledger played him as the younger Grimm brother in the Terry Gilliam movie, Jacob was actually a year older than his brother Wilhelm. The two of them collected and published Grimm's Fairy Tales in 1812. The book included classics like Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Tom Thumb, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Rumpelstiltskin.

Slightly different versions of some of their stories had already been collected and adapted by Charles Perrault over a hundred years earlier.

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