Grimms' Fairytales - A Book That Inspired Tolkien: With Original Illustrations

Grimms' Fairytales - A Book That Inspired Tolkien: With Original Illustrations

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Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, made specific mention of the brothers Grimm In his essay ‘On Fairy Stories’. In his essay he mentioned his love of a tale by the name of ‘The Juniper Tree’ in the Red Fairy Book, renamed ‘The Almond Tree’ for British audiences.

Tolkien mined the folklore of the Grimm brothers for literary gems. Cecilia Dart-Thornton’s new introduction quotes Tolkien’s own words on the effect of fairy stories on the human mind.

In “J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment” by Michael D. C. Drout, Maria Raffaella Benvenuto writes, “A number of motifs from the Grimms' fairy tales can be recognized in Tolkien's work, especially in ‘The Hobbit’. As both Shippey and Anderson (‘The Annotated Hobbit’) point out, part of the episode of the three trolls in chapter 2 was inspired by ‘Der tapfere Schneiderlein’ [‘The Brave Little Tailor’], which appeared in the 1812 edition of ‘Kinder- und Hausmarchen’. Besides, Tolkien probably derived some elements of the Dwarves's character and behavior from the tales of ‘Schneewittchen’ [‘Snow-white,’ also from 1812] and ‘Schneeweisscheo und Rosenrot’ [‘Snow-white and Rose-red,’ from the 1837 edition]. The influence of the Grimms' tales can even be seen in The Silmarillion, with the episode of Luthien growing her hair in order to effect her escape, echoing the well known tale of ‘Rapunzel’.”

The 1882 English translation of Grimms’ Fairy Tales was beautifully illustrated by Walter Crane. Like William Morris, another of Tolkien’s favourite fantasy authors, Crane was an influential member of the Arts and Crafts movement. This new edition by The Professor’s Bpokshelf, a close replica of the original, contains more than 180 of Crane’s pictures, embellishments and ornate initials. ‘Certain artists did provide visual sources for Tolkien’s writing, particularly in their illustrations for the fairy tales that so appealed to him.’ So writes Mary Podles in her article ‘Tolkien and the New Art: Visual Sources for “The Lord of the Rings”’. ‘Crane illustrated a version of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” that may in several instances have inspired specific scenes and incidents in “The Lord of the Rings”. Often Crane added details to his black-and-white illustrations that were not in Grimm, but proved to be the very ones that stuck in Tolkien’s memory and resurfaced in his novel.' Crane’s illustrations for the fairy tales that Tolkien read as a boy do justice to the richness, strangeness and beauty of the folklore which fired the imagination of the author of ‘The Lord of the Rings’.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781925110166
Publisher: Quillpen Pty Ltd t/a Leaves of Gold Press
Publication date: 10/01/2018
Series: Professor's Bookshelf , #10
Edition description: Revised, ed.
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 820,770
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Two centuries ago Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm travelled through rural Germany together, collecting and publishing old, traditional folktales. They are now among the most well-known storytellers of German folklore. Their first collection, 'Children's and Household Tales', otherwise known as 'Grimms' Fairy Tales', was published in 1812. During the nineteenth century Europe, Britain and the British colonies experienced a flowering of Romanticism in the form of art, architecture, poetry, literature, folklore and folk tales. The latter, in particular, played a major role in the development of Tolkien's Middle-earth mythology.

Lucy Crane (1842-1882) was an English writer, art critic and translator. She worked on children's stories and nursery rhymes and lectured in England on fine art.
Crane worked on children's nursery rhymes and stories, and she translated the Brothers Grimm's "Household Stories" collection from German to English in 1882.
Walter Crane (1845-1915) was Lucy's brother, an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered to be the most prolific and influential children's book creator of his generation and, along with Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway, one of the strongest contributors to the child's nursery motif that the genre of English children's illustrated literature would exhibit in its developmental stages in the latter 19th century. His work featured some of the more colourful and detailed beginnings of the child-in-the-garden motifs that would characterize many nursery rhymes and children's stories for decades to come. He was part of the Arts and Crafts movement and produced an array of paintings, illustrations, children's books, ceramic tiles and other decorative arts.

Cecilia Dart-Thornton is a highly acclaimed fantasy author whose books are popular across the globe and translated into several languages. Notable works include The Bitterbynde Trilogy.

Table of Contents

The Rabbit’s Bride 1

Six Soldiers of Fortune 3

Clever Grethel 9

The Death of the Hen 13

Hans in Luck 15

The Goose Girl 21

The Raven 29

The Frog Prince 35

Cat and Mouse in Partnership. 41

The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats. 45

Faithful John 49

The Wonderful Musician 59

The Twelve Brothers 63

The Vagabonds 69

The Brother and Sister 73

Rapunzel 81

The Three Little Men in the Wood 85

The Three Spinsters 91

Hansel and Grethel 95

The White Snake 105

The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean 110

The Fisherman and his Wife 112

The Gallant Tailor 122

Aschenputtel 132

The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage 140

Mother Hulda 142

Little Red-cap 148

The Bremen Town Musicians 152

Prudent Hans 156

Clever Else 162

The Table, the Ass, and the Stick. 166

Tom Thumb 178

How Mrs. Fox Married again 186

The Elves 190

The Robber Bridegroom 194

Mr. Korbes 200

Tom Thumb’s Travels 202

The Almond Tree 208

Old Sultan 218

The Six Swans 222

The Sleeping Beauty 228

King Thrushbeard 232

Snow-white 238

The Knapsack, the Hat, and the Horn 248

Rumpelstiltskin 254

Roland 258

The Golden Bird 262

The Dog and the Sparrow 272

Fred and Kate 276

The Little Farmer 284

The Queen Bee 290

The Golden Goose 294

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