Fairytales are a huge part of world history and represents different cultures, and most of them have hidden meanings that reach everyone, not only children.
At the beginning the fairytales were part of an ancient oral tradition, passed down from generation to generation.
Today, I’ll focus on two of the most famous storytellers in the world, men that tells us more about European cultural traditions, the Grimm Brothers.
The Germans Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were specialized in collecting and publishing folklore, but, even if many thinks they wrote several nowadays very known fairytales, they actually are known for preserving the fairytales from extinction; in fact, they did a great and hard work, collecting as many fairytales as they could (Cinderella, the Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzel, among others). But we have to say that they worked extensively during the years to expand and add details to the fairytales, adding spiritual and cultural motifs from other cultures and traditions, as Norse Mythology, Roman and Greek Mythology and bits from old Germanic tales.
Also, as strange as it seems, in ancient times, fairytales were absolutely not for children; many times they had grotesque and scary elements, fitting only to adults. They removed many scenes from fairytales like Cinderella or Rapunzel, once the stories became popular among children.
During the 19th century, with the rise of Romanticism, the Grimm brothers with their collected fairytales represented German national literature and culture.
It’s really worth remembering these two Brothers, because they really “saved” many beautiful stores from extinction and dedicated their life to research, collect and preserve culture.