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
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
- Puss in
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, dragons, mermaids,
, 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
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.
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