Born February 24 1786, Wilhem Carl Grimm was the younger of the two Grimm brothers, famous for collecting and publishing fair tales – for prior to their first book, “Children’s and Household Tales” published 1812, the tales were simply passed down through speech. They continued publishing editions of their book under “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” until the book contained over 200 stories.
Even if you have not heard of Wilhem Grimm, you should have certainly heard of a least a couple of their fairy tales. Well known ones include:
– Hansel and Gretel
– Little Red Cap (Red Riding Hood)
– The Elves and the Shoemaker
– Little Biar-Rose (Sleeping Beauty)
– Little Snow White
And to celebrate, a fairy-tale that I have never heard of, The Sea-Hare.
A princess had a magical tower with twelve windows, and whenever she looked from a window, she saw more clearly from it than the one before. Being haughty, she had no wish to marry, and decreed that any suitor must hide from her to win her, but if she found him, he was to lose his head. After ninety-seven lost their lives, three brothers presented themselves, and the first two lost. The youngest son asked for three tries. He went hunting and spared a raven, a fish, and a fox. The raven tried to hide him in an egg, where he could be seen only from the eleventh window. The fish swallowed him, where he could be seen only from the twelfth. The fox turned him into a pretty sea-hare and sold him, to the princess. When she went to the windows, he hid in her hair. She could not see him and angrily threw the sea-hare out of her hair. He sneaked off, the fox restored him, and he went to claim her, and they married. – Wikipedia Synopsis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sea-Hare
The most amusing thing about this story is that, according to Google images, this is what he was turned into:
Behold, the majestic sea hare! source: http://www.seaslugforum.net/find/seahares
~ Darcie Rae