Google honors books of Brothers Grimm


honors Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the German brothers who sought out folk tales and published them in collections that included many of our most popular "fairy tales." You won't find many fairies in the stories -- but plenty of



The brothers, who were trained as lawyers, published hundreds of folk tales in

Kinder- und Hausmärchen


Children's and Household Tales

) and

Deutsche Sagen

, a collection of German legends, in the early 19th Century,

Google is marking the 200th anniversary of the first publication.

The timeless tales live on in Disney-sized, popular versions, including Little Red Riding Hood,


, Rumpelstiltskin, the Tortoise and the Hare, and Snow White.

The Grimm's tales sometimes had a very grim side, as well.

for example, was based on many of the

that spread around Christian-dominated countries such as


and Austria. It's a sad, and often overlooked, part of the folklore the brothers preserved for posterity.