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Brothers Grimm

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, often referred to as the Brothers Grimm, were German academics, philologists, cultural researchers, lexicographers, and authors who together collected and published folklore during the 19th century. Born in Hanau, in the Landgraviate of Hesse-Kassel within the Holy Roman Empire, they were part of a large family, and their bond would significantly influence cultural studies and literature.

The Grimms are best known for their collection "Grimm's Fairy Tales," a compilation that includes famous stories like "Cinderella," "The Frog Prince," "Hansel and Gretel," "Rapunzel," and "Snow White." These tales were not originally intended for children but were part of a larger project to preserve Germanic folklore from the tide of modernization and the Napoleonic wars that were reshaping Europe.

Their work in linguistics is also remarkable, notably the "Deutsches W├Ârterbuch," a comprehensive dictionary of the German language. Their methods were innovative and laid the groundwork for modern disciplines like folklore and linguistics, and they were among the key figures in the development of German studies as an academic field.

While the original versions of their tales were often dark and filled with macabre elements, later editions were revised to fit the mores and sensibilities of the intended younger audiences. The legacy of the Brothers Grimm is enduring, and their fairy tales continue to be read and adapted, influencing countless facets of popular culture and the fantasy genre worldwide.

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