Weekly Writing Prompt #31

The Brothers Grimm are probably the best known storytellers in the world. The first Volume of Grimms' fairy tales was released in 1812, and the second in 1814. By the seventh edition in 1857, 211 stories were included.

But it was actually on this day, in 1838, that the Brothers Grimm announced that they would write a German Dictionary. And 123 years later, it was published!

During their lifetime though, the fairytale collection that they are known for was translated into almost all European languages, while the German version boasted six editions. Stories were added and subtracted from one edition to the next, as the first volumes were criticised as not being suitable for children. Some of these such tales included 'The Children who played Slaughtering' and 'The Smith and The Devil'. I can see why. But the Brothers' collection of old folk tales has seen the popularity of other, more well-known, stories such as 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs', 'Rapunzel' and 'Rumpelstiltskin'.

Today's writing prompt comes from one of their first tales, 'The Frog King, or Iron Heinrich'.

Ashley Knedler