Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

It was in the middle of winter, when snow was falling around, that a certain queen sat working at her window, the frame of which was made of fine black ebony; and, as she was looking out upon the snow, she pricked her finger, and three drops of blood fell upon it. Then she gazed thoughtfully down on the red drops which sprinkled the white snow and

Little Brother and Sister

There was once a little brother who took his Sister by the hand, and said, “Since our own dear mother’s death we have not had one happy hour; our stepmother mistreats us every day, and, when we come near her, kicks us away with her foot. Come, let us go away into the wide world.” So all day long they travelled over meadows, fields, and stony

Dummling and the Three Feathers

Once upon a time there lived a King who had three sons; the two elder were learned and bright, but the youngest said very little and appeared somewhat foolish, so he was always known as Dummling. When the King grew old and feeble, feeling that he was nearing his end, he wished to leave the crown to one of his three sons, but could not decide to wh

Little Red Cap

Many years ago there lived a dear little girl who was loved by every one who knew her; but her grand-mother was so very fond of her that she never felt she could think and do enough to please this dear grand-daughter, and she presented the little girl with a red silk cap, which suited her so well, that she would never wear anything else, and so was

Bearskin

There was once upon a time a young fellow who enlisted for a soldier, and became so brave and courageous that he was always in the front ranks when there was danger. As long as the war lasted all went well, but when peace was concluded he received his release, and the captain told him he might go where he liked. His parents meanwhile had died, and

Cinderella (The Original)

The wife of a rich man fell sick: and when she felt that her end coming, she called her only daughter to her bedside, and said, “Always be a good girl, and I will look down from heaven and watch over you.” Soon afterwards she shut her eyes and died, and was buried in the garden; and the little girl went every day to her grave and wept, and was

Faithful John

Once upon a time there lived an old King, who fell very sick, and thought he was lying upon his death-bed; so he said, “Let faithful John come to me.” This faithful John was his affectionate servant, and was so called because he had been true to him all his lifetime. As soon as John came to the bedside, the King said, “My faithful John, I fe

The Water of Life

Once upon a time there was a King who was so ill that everybody thought he would die, and his three sons were very sorry, and went out into the palace gardens to cry. There they met an old man, who asked the cause of their grief, and they told him their Father was so ill that he must die, for nothing could save him. The old Man said, “I know a me

Thumbling

There was once a poor peasant who sat in the evening by the hearth and poked the fire, and his wife sat and span. Then said he, “How sad it is that we have no children! With us all is so quiet, and in other houses it is noisy and lively.” “Yes,” replied the wife, and sighed, “even if we had only one, and it were quite small, and only as

Briar Rose

Once upon a time there lived a king and queen who had no children; and this made them very unhappy. But one day, as the queen was walking by the side of the river, a little fish lifted its head out of the water, and said, “Your wish shall come true, and you shall soon have a daughter.” What the little fish had foretold soon came to pass; and t