Tags: brothers | grimm | restored | fairy | tales | darker

Brothers Grimm Restored: Fairy Tales Darker in New Translation

By    |   Friday, 14 Nov 2014 08:04 AM

Now that the Brothers Grimm original German bedtime children tales have been restored and translated by scholar Jack Zipes, the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel and others turn out to be darker than what most people have grown up with.

Zipes said "The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition of Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm," features many stories the Grimms never translated from German to English, according The Guardian.

"Though the Grimms kept about 100 of the tales from the first edition, they changed them a good deal," Zipes told The Guardian. "So, the versions with which most English-speaking (and German-speaking) readers are familiar are quite different from the tales in the first edition."

Princeton University Press, which is releasing the volumes, said in a news release that people who grew up with the tales only know a fraction of the stories written about the characters.

"When Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their 'Children’s and Household Tales' in 1812, followed by a second volume in 1815, they had no idea that such stories as 'Rapunzel,' 'Hansel and Gretel,' and 'Cinderella' would become the most celebrated in the world," Princeton said.

"Yet few people today are familiar with the majority of tales from the two early volumes, since in the next four decades the Grimms would publish six other editions, each extensively revised in content and style," the release said.

Zipes told The Guardian that he believed the Grimms changed the stories to reflect conflicts between blended families to "reflecting sociologically a condition that existed during their lifetime – jealousy between a young stepmother and stepdaughter," because "many women died from childbirth in the 18th and 19th centuries, and there were numerous instances in which the father remarried a young woman, perhaps close in age to the father's eldest daughter."

He told The Guardian of one example of a version of the original "Cinderella" story that was changed when it was translated to English when the stepsister sliced off parts of their feet to fit the golden slipper at the urging of the stepmother. The plot was foiled when the prince saw blood spilling from the shoe.

Zipes told The Guardian that he believe Wilhelm Grimm wanted to delete tales that might offend middle-class religious sensitivities and "added many Christian expressions and proverbs" to embellish the tales.

Related Stories:

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
Now that the Brothers Grimm original German bedtime children tales have been restored and translated by scholar Jack Zipes, the stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel and others turn out to be darker than what most people have grown up with.
brothers, grimm, restored, fairy, tales, darker
415
2014-04-14
Friday, 14 Nov 2014 08:04 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved