Fun Facts about Hansel and Gretel:
– The Grimm Brothers didn’t actually call this story Hansel and Gretel. Their original title was Roland and May-Bird.
– The Brothers Grimm heard the story from Dortchen Wild in Cassel and published it in their Children’s and Household Tales in 1812.
– In the 1810 the first manuscript titled Little Brother and Little Sister was written.
– In fifth edition, published in 1857, additional background (famine) was added, to further justifies father’s weakness and inability to protect the kids.
– Hansel and Gretel (sometimes Grethel) is a famous fairy tale from the collection of brothers Grimm.
– Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm didn’t intend their collection of fairy tales to be for children at all.
– The collection of fairy tales was part of a scholarly project to identify and preserve the true spirit of the Germanic people.
– Edgar Taylor, an Englishman, translated and published the Grimm’s stories in England in 1823, where kids loved them.
– English translation called ‘German Popular Stories’ was so popular it inspired the Grimms to edit their collection for family reading.
– The Grimms kept adding to and editing the collection, publishing a final, seventh edition in 1857.
– The cruel stepmothers in Snow White and Hansel and Gretel were natural mothers in Grimms’ early editions.
– It’s a happy coincidence of name that the brothers Grimm tell “grim” tales.
– Almost all the Grimm’s tales celebrate wits, courage and resilience.
– Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a 2013 dark fantasy action horror comedy film and it is a continuation to the German folklore fairy tale ‘Hansel and Gretel’.
– The Brothers Grimm also created a German dictionary.
– Most fairy tales begin with the words ‘Once upon a time…’. In German, this is ‘Es war einmal…’.
– The title Hansel and Gretel originally belonged to a different plot, in which Hansel was turned into a deer and Gretel eventually married the prince who saved them.
– The fairy tale that inspired the Grimm brothers’ Hansel and Gretel is a French story called ‘The Lost Children’.
– The tale has been adapted to various media, most notably the opera Hänsel und Gretel (1893) by Engelbert Humperdinck.
– The opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is one of the most renowned operas, and is considered one of the most important German operas.