The Brothers Grimm collected and published numerous classic folk tales in their original German language, such as "Snow White," "Rapunzel," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Hansel and Gretel," "Sleeping Beauty," "Cinderella" and many others. Although the Brothers Grimm were not responsible for creating many of the stories themselves, they rewrote them to make them stylistically similar, added dialog and embellished the stories with additional details.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were linguists, cultural researchers and academics born during the 18th century who are credited with popularizing German folk tales. The rise of Romanticism led to a heightened interest in folk tales, so the Brothers Grimm began their academic work recording and revising these stories throughout the early to mid-1800s, eventually building a collection of more than 200 tales. In 1812, the brothers published their first collection, called "Children's and Household Tales." The collection was not an immediate success, but its popularity grew with every new edition released.
The folk tales collected by the Brothers Grimm have been translated into more than 100 languages. The tales have become popular through Hollywood animations like those adapted by Disney. Although the original tales include cruel and often tragic elements, Disney's adaptations are more sanitized, with family-friendly plot lines and happy endings.