Fairy Tale Info

Fairy Tale Info

Fairy Tale Info is an exploration of Fairy Tales and other fantasy stories.  As part of this exploration, We will look at the different characters that inhabit these stories. In addition we discuss the authors that have  written these tales and the artists that have illustrated the fantasy creatures and situations that are depicted in these many tales. As you will see in the following pages, we have injected our interpretations and opinions about most of these topics.

Fairy Tale Authors

The Brothers Grimm - Most tales were oral at this time. One of the first authors to try and capture these oral tales on paper were The Brothers Grimm(Pictured). These oral stories had to undergo many changes to be written

Charles Perrault was a French writer who lived in the 1600s and wrote stories inspired by folk tales. He is sometimes dubbed the father of fairy tales, and his collection Les Contes de ma Mère l’Oye (Stories of Mother Goose) was very influential  – his version of Cinderella, for example, is the one English speakers are most familiar with (with the fairy godmother and the pumpkin carriage etc.) and it is very different from the Brothers Grimm version.

Some tales he is best known for include:

  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Cinderella
  • Bluebeard
  • Puss in Boots

Origin of fairytales

A single Fairy Tale can have many, many versions.  It has been said that Cinderella alone has over 1000.

The origin of fairy tales dates back thousands of years.  Everyone knows that.  

So if they are so old, where do they come from? 

There are many different names for these tales.  They contain a large variety of creatures some that have magical abilities.  They come from every country both ancient and new.  They come from different cultures in the same country and they each have their own tales.

So...... can an oral folklore tale be called a fairy tale?  Do all fairy fairy tales come from oral folklore?  When does an oral story become a fairy tale?  Is it when a person writes down an oral folk tale that he heard?  Were these first tales for children or adults?   Then there are original stories written that are meant to be fairy tales that seem to have no basis in folklore.

Fairy Tale Creatures

When you discuss Fairy Tale Info, these Fairy tales, or fairy stories, have fantasy creatures such as fairies, faeries, fey, pixies, goblins, elves, dragonsmermaids

dwarves, trolls, witches, giants, and  talking animals. Enchantments and far-fetched events are also usually part of the these tales.  Most start with a reference to time and place such as  "Once upon a time in a place far away".

What's in The Fairy Attic

Christmas Stuff - 

Folklore and Fairy Tale cultures

Two Theories -Two different theories exist on how similarities can exist between a fairytales story from different cultures and even different continents. One theory is that a particular tale started from one point and then over hundreds of years spread across cultures and continents. The second theory is that fairy stories are from similar experiences that humans have in most all cultures across all continents.