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It is possible, but doubtful. Tolkien based his dwarves on Norse mythology (the names are taken from the Edda), whereas the dwarves of the Brothers Grimm seem to be based on Germanic tales. The number 7 is probably a coincidence, seeing as 3, 7, and 9 are magical numbers in mythology, and Tolkien uses all three in the Ring verse. However, the Germanic tales ...


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The Annotated Brothers Grimm book, in the introduction, states very clearly that the Grimm Fairy Tales were originally meant to be a cultural repository of tales - with the destined audience meant to be scholars. Over time, people complained the text wasn't great and kids were actually beginning to read those, so the texts were fleshed out further, polished, ...


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They were bloody. They were violent. There was rape. One particular story called "How Some Children Played At Murdering," is not one you generally see anthologized because the children commit murder. Sleeping Beauty is pretty much a story about sexual assault- she's comatose, he ahem takes advantage, then she gives birth. Pretty sure she doesn't wake up ...


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No, in the original Grimm's fairy tale (which is very short; a full English translation is here), Rapunzel never asks about her father. Nor, for that matter, does she ask about her mother in the story, since it appears that Rapunzel is aware that Gothel is not her mother. (She addresses her by name, and rather formally, not by a familial term of affection.)...


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An excerpt from the "1810 Grimm Manuscripts" by Oliver Loo pg 285: "For the Brothers Grimm, the Runge Märchen were the theoretical and practical ideals after which they tried to model their collection. Rölleke goes on to list several interesting quotes for Brentano, the Grimms and Arnim. He starts with a quote from Jacob: It would be good, to start in the ...


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