Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, the Brothers Grimm, were German academics, cultural researchers and authors who lived in the XVIII and XIX century. During their lifetime they collected folklore and in 1812 published a collection of German origin fairy tales called Children’s and Household Tales commonly known today as Grimms’ Fairy Tales (German: Grimms Märchen).
The first collection of fairy tales contained more than 200 fairy tales. Some collections of the stories had been previously written by Charles Perrault in the late 1600s. In the original published forms, the Grimm’s fairy tales were dark and violent, in contrast to the lighter, modern “Disney versions” of those tales.
They are among the best-known story tellers of European folk tales, and their work popularized such stories as “Cinderella” , “Hansel and Gretel”, “Sleeping Beauty”, ”Rapunzel”, “Snow White”, ”The Frog Prince”, and “Rumpelstiltskin”.