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. As you will see in the following pages, we have injected our interpretations and opinions about most of these topics.

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

Fairy Tale Authors

Here are a few of the older and more famous authors.

The Brothers Grimm 1785–1863 
The duo were German authors that specialized in collecting and publishing folklore during the 19th century. Their stories are some of the most beloved fairy tales known all over the world.

Charles Perrault - 1628-1723
Called the father of Fairy Tales, he was born in Paris, France.  "Stories of Mother  Goose" (French: "Les Contes de ma Mère l’Oye") was probably the book that made him famous. He wrote many more tales that were taken from folklore and folktales.

Giambattista Basile 1586-1632
He was an Italian author and poet that wrote some of the oldest tales ever recorded.  He too used folklore and oral folktales as the basis for his stories.  In Europe, his Fairy Tales are very well known.

Origin of Fairy Tales

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.

Folklore -  Is the study of stories, myths and people's beliefs passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. Every country and culture has it's own folklore and legends and they are not alway founded in truth. Most start with a reference to time and place such as  "Once upon a time in a place far away".

Fantasy Creatures - Our Site, "Fairy Tale Info", discusses many different kinds of stories and almost all contain fantasy creatures such as fairies, faeries, fey, pixies, goblins, elves, dragons, mermaids, dwarves, trolls, witches, giants, and  talking animals. Enchantments and far-fetched events are also usually part of the these tales.


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