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Grimm's Household Tales (1912)
by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm, illustrated by R. Anning Bell, translated by Edgar Taylor, David Jardine and Marian Edwardes
3776Grimm's Household Tales







There is no need of many words in introducing the old familiar friends of fairy-land, who never fail of a welcome from those, not yet too old to feel the power of their fascination. The following collection of tales has been made in the assurance that, among the younger readers for whom they are intended, the genuine fairy tale is still without a rival, as a source of interest and amusement; as a source of instruction also, might with truth be added, for, apart from the homely wisdom which underlies most fairy tales, there is in several of them a touch of the fable, which, of all forms, is the most acceptable and convincing for the transmittance of moral teaching. The tales from the "Gammer Grethel" series, are given in the version, published in the "Bohn Library" from the admirable translation by Mr Edgar Taylor, which has, for many years past, delighted its readers; the tales from the "Kinder und Haus-Märchen" have been newly translated.

As much variety as possible has been put into the choice of tales, selection for the most part falling on those which are known to be universally acknowledged as favourites; and as such, it is the hope of the Editor, they may continue, under the new garb in which he now presents them to his young friends.



The Golden Goose 1
The Wishing Table, The Gold Ass, and The Cudgel 8
The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage 24
The Fox's Brush 27
The Fisherman and his Wife 39
The Twelve Brothers 47
Briar Rose 56
The Raven 65
Fritz and his Friends 73
The Elfin Grove 79
Bearskin 87
The Jew in the Bush 95
The Robber Bridegroom 101
Ashputtel 107
The Three Spinning Fairies 118
Rumpel-Stilts-Ken 122
Madam Holle 126
The Nose-Tree 131
The Goose Girl 141
King Grizzle-Beard 151
The Man in the Bag 158
The Forbidden Room 163
Karl Katz 169
The Changeling 177
Hans in Luck 178
The Bear and the Skrattel 186
Tom Thumb 198
Snow-Drop 206
The Four Crafts-Men 216
Cat-skin 224
Jorinda and Jorindel 233
Thumbling the Dwarf and Thumbling the Giant 238
The Juniper Tree 246
The Water of Life 258
The Blue Light 267
The Water Fairy 273
The Three Crows 283
The Frog-Prince 288
The Elves and the Cobbler 292
Cherry the Frog-Bride 295
The Dancing Shoes 305
The Brave Little Tailor 311
Giant Golden-Beard 319
Pee-Wit 327
Hansel and Grethel 333
Lily and the Lion 345
Donkey-Wort 355
The King of the Golden Mountain 364
The Two Brothers 373

List of Illustrations

Lily and the Lion Frontispiece
Headpiece—Preface vii
Tailpiece—Preface viii
Headpiece—Contents ix
Tailpiece—Contents xi
Headpiece—List of Illustrations xiii
Headpiece—The Golden Goose 1
The Golden Goose 3
Tailpiece—The Golden Goose 7
Headpiece—The Wishing Table, the Gold Ass, and The Cudgel 8
The Wishing Table, the Gold Ass, and the Cudgel 15
Headpiece—The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage 24
Headpiece—The Fox's Brush 27
The Princess going to the Bath 33
Tailpiece—The Fox's Brush 38
Headpiece—The Fisherman and his Wife 39
Tailpiece—The Fisherman and his Wife 46
Headpiece—The Twelve Brothers 47
The Princess on the branches of a tree 53
Tailpiece—The Twelve Brothers 55
Headpiece—Briar Rose 56
Briar Rose 60
The Prince 61
Headpiece—The Raven 65
The Princess in the Castle 72
Headpiece—Fritz and his Friends 73
Tailpiece—Fritz and his Friends 78
Headpiece—The Elfin Grove 79
Headpiece—Bearskin 87
Bearskin and the Devil 92
Headpiece—The Jew in the Bush 95
The Jew in the Bush 97
Headpiece—The Robber Bridegroom 101
Tailpiece—The Robber Bridegroom 106
Headpiece—Ashputtel 107
Ashputtel 113
Headpiece—The Three Spinning Fairies 118
Headpiece—Rumpel-Stilts-Ken 122
Headpiece—Madam Holle 126
Tailpiece—Madam Holle 130
Headpiece—The Nose Tree 131
The Princess and the Soldier 135
Headpiece—The Goose Girl 141
The true Princess and Curdken 147
Headpiece—King Grizzle-Beard 151
The Princess and the Fiddler 155
Headpiece—The Man in the Bag 158
Tailpiece—The Man in the Bag 162
Headpiece—The Forbidden Room 163
The Princess in the feathers 167
Headpiece—Karl Katz 169
Tailpiece—Karl Katz 176
Headpiece—The Changeling 177
Headpiece—Hans in Luck 178
Headpiece—The Bear and the Skrattel 186
Tailpiece—The Bear and the Skrattel 197
Headpiece—Tom Thumb 198
Headpiece—Snowdrop 206
The Queen and her Glass 210
Headpiece—The Four Crafts-men 216
Princess and the Dragon 220
Tailpiece—The Four Crafts-men 223
Headpiece—Cat-skin 224
The King danced with her 229
Tailpiece—Cat-skin 232
Headpiece—Jorinda and Jorindel 233
The Old Fairy 235
Tailpiece—Jorinda and Jorindel 237
Headpiece—Thumbling the Dwarf and Thumbling the Giant 238
Headpiece—The Juniper Tree 246
Tailpiece—The Juniper Tree 257
Headpiece—The Water of Life 258
Tailpiece—The Water of Life 266
Headpiece—The Blue Light 267
Tailpiece—The Blue Light 272
Headpiece—The Water Fairy 273
The Huntsman and the Fairy 277
Headpiece—The Three Crows 283
Headpiece—The Frog-Prince 288
Headpiece—The Elves and the Cobbler 292
Headpiece—Cherry The Frog-Bride 295
The Princes fighting for Cherry 297
Tailpiece—Cherry the Frog-Bride 304
Headpiece—The Dancing Shoes 305
Headpiece—The Brave Little Tailor 311
The Brave Little Tailor 315
Headpiece—Giant Golden-Beard 319
Tailpiece—Giant Golden-Beard 326
Headpiece—Pee-Wit 327
Tailpiece—Pee-Wit 332
Headpiece—Hansel and Grethel 333
Headpiece—Lily and the Lion 345
The Princess carrying the Prince away 351
Lily and the Prince 354
Headpiece—Donkey-Wort 355
Peter and Meta picking up the Diamonds 358
Tailpiece—Donkey-Wort 363
Headpiece—The King of the Golden Mountain 364
The Merchant taking his evening walk 365
Tailpiece—The King of the Golden Mountain 372
Headpiece—The Two Brothers 373
Tailpiece—The Two Brothers 400

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