Saturday, July 19, 2014

Myth-Folklore Unit: Brothers Grimm (Hunt)

Overview. There are four different Grimm units taken from four different English-language sources. This selection (from Margaret Hunt's Household Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm) features some longer stories, including some very famous ones, such as Hansel and Grethel and the story of the two sisters Snow-White and Rose-Red. There are also other classic fairy tales like Allerleirauh, which is about a Cinderella-like heroine, and Bearskin, the marvelous tale of a man who makes a bizarre bargain with the Devil involving a bearskin and fabulous wealth. You will also find stories here about unusual heroes, like little Thumbling who, true to his name, is no bigger than your thumb, or Hans the Hedgehog, one of my favorite Grimm characters of all time: Hans is half-hedgehog and half-boy, plays the bagpipes, and is a seriously dangerous character!

Language. This is a contemporary English prose translation of the Brothers Grimm, so it should not pose any real difficulties.

Story Length. This unit consists of longer stories that are two, three or four pages in length.

Choosing Between Units. There are four different Grimm units: the Ashliman and LibriVox units contain shorter, less familiar stories (and the LibriVox one has audio recordings), while the Crane and Hunt units contain longer, more familiar stories.

Navigation. You will find the table of contents below, and you can also use this link to see the story posts displayed on two pages total: Brothers Grimm (Hunt). Click "Older Posts" at the bottom of that page to see the second page.

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