Top Five… Grimm Tales

This was going to be a post about my Top Five fairy tales in general, but as I wrote I realised they were all Grimm tales so I changed it to that. I am crawling my way through a massive (and beautiful) Grimm tales anthology at the moment – there’s so many and some are very weird, but I’m really loving it. I like how many different versions you get of these stories, and how some are more child friendly and others are rather gruesome.

So, here are my Top Five Grimm Tales.

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Rumpelstiltskin
Brothers Grimm 

Who doesn’t love a good name game? And that’s basically what Rumpelstiltskin is. I love stories with spinning wheels (Sleeping Beauty is another favourite) and spinning straw into gold was a lovely image. In some versions, when he is thwarted Rumpelstiltskin runs away,  but I know in one he tears himself in two, a fittingly gory ending.

4

Rapunzel
Brothers Grimm
I’ll admit, a large part of my love for Rapunzel was her hair. I’ve always wanted longer hair – however long mine got, it was never long enough! But I remember loving the husband stealing cabbages for his pregnant wife, and that in my copy the Prince was cruelly blinded by the witch. And I do adore the Disney Tangled version as well – it’s one of my feel-good films.
3


The Twelve Dancing Princesses
Brothers Grimm
This one always felt truly magical to me. I loved the rebellion of the Princesses all secretly dancing at night, and was always a bit disappointed when the soldier thwarts their night time plans. I really enjoyed the little mishaps of the soldier when he was invisible, like the way he weighed the boats down, or stepped on a Princess’ dress. 


2



The Elves and the Shoemaker
Brothers Grimm
I remember explaining this story to a friend who had never heard it and insisted I must have made it up. Well, I recently read it in my Brothers Grimm anthology, so joke’s on him! I loved the part where the shoemaker made tiny clothes for the little elves, and how happy they were about it.
1

Snow White and Rose Red
Brothers Grimm

This has been my favourite fairy tale for about as long as I can remember. My mother had a lovely copy that I read constantly (I just asked where it is and she says she’s given it away – I’m hoping it was to me and I have it packed somewhere because I want it so much!) I also performed as Rose Red in a little stage version once (with bright red hair to match) and I feel it’s a story I can never grow tired of.

Are there any Grimm Tales or other fairy tales that you love to read?