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Old 26 June 2014, 07:46 PM
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Royalty Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany

A whole new world of magic animals, brave young princes and evil witches has come to light with the discovery of 500 new fairytales, which were locked away in an archive in Regensburg, Germany for over 150 years.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...overed-germany
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Old 26 June 2014, 08:55 PM
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I saw that yesterday and I'm really looking forward to reading these tales. I've been on a fairy tale kick of late and would like to see how they read without the "literary gloss" as the author of the article put it.
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Old 26 June 2014, 09:02 PM
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I neeeeeeeed English translations like, yesterday. I want to know what they were like before the Grimms Catholiced them up!
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Old 26 June 2014, 09:06 PM
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Were the Brothers Grimm Catholic? I would have guessed Protestant (and probably serious Protestants, not your wishy-washy Anglican types).
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Old 26 June 2014, 09:13 PM
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According to Wikipedia they were Calvinists. Regardless, they sure spent a lot of time adding a bunch of fear of women's sexuality and agency into their versions of the fairy tales, as I understand it.
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Old 26 June 2014, 09:14 PM
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Well, Catholics don't have the market cornered on that! But they sure beat Perrault. Think of Red Riding Hood, for instance. And Cinderella vs. Aschenputtel.
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Old 26 June 2014, 09:17 PM
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beat me to it.

I was particularly interested in Red Riding Hood because there is a 11th century version where she is a little girl and the red hood is from her christening. Very religious but not nearly so sexual.
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This sounds promising, but... having read the (English translation) unabridged complete Grimm's years ago, it was a little disheartening to realize that a significant chunk of them were simply regional variations of the same story. I suspect that we're not really going to get five hundred previously unknown stories, although I do understand regional variations are important, in a historical sense at least.

Still, looking forward to reading them.
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Did anyone read "The Turnip Princess" available in the OP article? It is different from other tales I've read, but sort of incomprehensible. Perhaps, you had to be from the area it was collected from to really understand some of it? Or maybe some mis-translation? I don't know quite what to think about it.
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