That was NOT a kiss.

For some time there have been two collections of fairy and folk tales that have endured. Hans Christian Andersen’s and Grimms. One at a time let’s meet the two, or rather three. For Grimm, there were two brothers. Jacob and Wilhelm.

Grimm Brothers

Between the two they were quite the skilled pair. To their credit, they were academics, philologists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors (curious, can you tell me what a Philologist is?).  They actually established a methodology for collecting and recording folk stories that established folklore studies in its own right.

They were only a year apart and were the second and third eldest surviving siblings in a family of nine. Born in Hanau, in the Landgraviate of Hesse-Kassel


within what is now Germany. They moved to the town of Steinau when their father was appointed District Magistrate. Following their fathers’ death and their grandmothers’ insistence that they be industrious, they moved to Kassel to attend Freidrichsgymnasium, a school of secondary education.


For now, we will leave you there with them and go on to tell the story they have at the forefront of their collections as now printed, the Frog King, or Iron Henry.


It has been over the years and retellings that some pieces of these stories have changed. After listening to this, can anyone tell me how the Frog became King again, and in what way it may differ from what you may have heard before?

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