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The term “fairy tale” was coined in the late 17th century by Madame D’Aulnoy (1650-1705). Fairy tales weren’t published yet during the 16t...

8 Interesting Facts About Fairy Tales

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The term “fairy tale” was coined in the late 17th century by Madame D’Aulnoy (1650-1705). Fairy tales weren’t published yet during the 16th and 7th century. They are passed on to generation to generation orally. Then at the end of the 17th century, the first books of fairy tales were published. Well thanks to Google for commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. And up until now, their fairy tales still capture the hearts and imagination of the children and even adults. Like any other fairy tales, we love that it all ends “happily ever after” but there are quite intriguing facts behind those happy endings that you’ve probably never heard of. Here’s a list of some interesting and perhaps intriguing facts of our favorite fairy tales.


1. Did you know that the girl in Little Red Riding Hood got the red color of her cap during the 17th century? The color of the cap was not specified long before it became red. It was Charles Perrault, famous fairy tale collector, who invented the color to be red which signifies “sin” during his time.

2. Did you know that in an oral tale version of the Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf (who was dressed as the grandma he has just eaten) is actually a werewolf? He gets the little girl to strip off all her clothing before inviting her to join him in bed. When the little girl was naked, she requested if she can use the lavatory. But the girl used the moment to go outside and escape.

3. Did you know that Goldilocks didn’t originally have a golden hair? Yes. It was silver until 1868 and her name was then changed to Goldilocks in 1904.

4. Did you know that in the Grimms version of Snow White in 1812, the huntsman was sent by Snow White’s mother and not her stepmother as we all know? Snow White’s mother instructed the huntsman to bring back Snow White’s lungs and liver which she plans to salt, cook and eat.

5. Did you know that in an Italian version of Snow White, the seven funny dwarfs are seven robbers? In this version, the stepmother convinced her husband to leave Snow White in the woods and there she reaches a hut with seven robbers.

6. Did you know that in the seventh edition of the Grimm collection in 1857, Cinderella’s stepmother presented her beautiful but evil stepsisters with a knife? The wicked stepmother told her daughters to cut their feet until the golden slipper fits in. The freshly cut feet are only discovered when a pigeon sees blood pouring out of the slippers.

7. Did you know that in a Magyar folk tale, which is the oldest version of The Frog Prince, it was not a kiss that turned the frog to a prince? It was more than a kiss. The frog is guarding a well and won’t allow the girl to draw water from it for her family. The frog has lots of demands in exchange of the water from the well. Until he demanded to the girl’s father that he let her go to bed with him. The father agrees and the next day they saw a handsome young man lying next in his daughter’s arms. And to prove it was more than a kiss, the tale ends with “both hastened to celebrate their wedding, so that the christening might not follow it too soon.”

8. Did you know that a version of the Sleeping Beauty indicates her giving birth to twins while still asleep? Sleeping Beauty gets a piece of flax under her fingernail causing her to sleep for a longer time. Then a king found her, fell for her and eventually ravishes her even if she’s sleeping like dead. Then after nine months, she gave birth to twins while still asleep. When one of the twins searches for a nipple, the baby suck her finger instead which removes the flax and wake her up.


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