Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New Fairy Tales

One last thing: researchers recently discovered a cache of new fairy tales compiled by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth.  Like the Brothers Grimm, Schönwerth scoured the countryside looking for folk tales and weird legends; unlike the Grimms, he left the tales without his own commentary or editing.  (The Grimms apparently told King Maximilian II of Bavaria that Schönwerth was the man to continue their work if they were unable.)

Apparently, 500 previously undiscovered fairy tales were left languishing in an archive.  Some of them are just adaptations of well-known stories like "Cinderella" and "Rumpelstiltskin," but some are brand new.

(In case you missed it, here's the article again.)

If you want an example of one of the lesser-known tales, here's "The Turnip Princess."

1 comment:

  1. I hope they publish these soon. "The Turnip Princess" was lovely, and I want to read more!


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