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500 fairytales found in Germany after 150 years

1 of 1 The Grimm Brothers - Jacob Grimm hailed his fellow collector, von Schönwerth, whose 500 tales were recently discovered in Germany
The Grimm Brothers - Jacob Grimm hailed his fellow collector, von Schönwerth, whose 500 tales were recently discovered in Germany

500 newly discovered fairy-tales were hidden in an archive in Regensburg, Germany for over 150 years.

The tales are part of a collection of myths compiled by local historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810–1886) in the Bavarian region of Oberpfalz. The brothers Grimm were collecting their time-honoured fairytales around the same time in Germany.

Oberpfalz’s cultural curator Erika Eichenseer published a few of the fairytales from Von Schönwerth's collection in 2013. Eichenseer argues that fairytales hold ancient knowledge and wisdom relating to human development, testing our limits and salvation.

The fairy-tales are not for just for children, explains Eichenseer: "Their main purpose was to help young adults on their path to adulthood, showing them that dangers and challenges can be overcome through virtue, prudence and courage."

The stories - including one dealing with a miserly farmer and a money-mill - are currently being translated into English from German.

Von Schönwerth spent many years travelling around meeting labourers and servants, and transcribing what he heard. "Nowhere in the whole of Germany is anyone collecting [folklore] so accurately, thoroughly and with such a sensitive ear," declared Jacob Grimm of his fellow folklorist In 1885.

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