Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were German academics, linguists, cultural researchers, and authors. Their accomplishments were many, including a German dictionary published in 1852. What they are most remembered for, however, is the work Kinder- and Hausmärchen (now known as Grimm's Fairy Tales), first published in 1812. This compendium of folk tales was the result of research conducted while at the University of Marburg. (A fairy tale town in itself, I might add!) Later editions were expanded to include over 200 stories, and today, Grimm's Fairy Tales has become a standard introduction to fantasy for children the world over.
As an author, I'm accustomed to hearing voices in my head, and so I wasn't surprised in the least last week when Jacob and Wilhelm decided to contact me on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of their most famous publication.
Well, of course, I couldn't resist this opportunity. After all, how many bloggers get to have famous -- no, legendary -- guests, especially guests who have been dead for 150 years?
So I invited the Brothers Grimm to lead our holiday build-a-story event, and they graciously agreed to do so. Now all of us get to write a story with the Brothers Grimm!
Each contributor MUST build on the previous five lines, so that the story is a cohesive thread woven by all of us together. Please pay attention to what the previous person wrote, and go from there. Don't try to invent the story all over again, or Jacob and Wilhelm will, in the best tradition of 19th century German professors, strike your fingers with a phantom ruler!
You may add to the story as often as you like, but again, no more than five lines at a time, and you must allow at least one other person to add their part before contributing another piece of your own.
This build-a-story event is extra extra special, not only because you will be rubbing shoulders with the spirits of the Brothers Grimm, but also because every addition you make to the story earns you a chance to win the Heroines of Fantasy Holiday Giveaway, a FREE ebook bundle of four great novels by HoF authors! So let your imaginations run wild, write away, and enter the giveaway to boot. Giveaway winners will be announced on January 1. Good luck!
Now, here are our first five lines, courtesy of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm:
There once lived a princess so very haughty that, when a suitor came, she would have nothing to do with him unless he could solve one of her riddles; and if he tried, and did not succeed, he was dismissed with mockery and contempt. She allowed it to be generally known, however, that the man who could find out her riddle should be her husband.
Now, it happened that three tailors came to the town in which the princess lived. The two eldest, who had done so many fine stitches and guessed all sorts of puzzling riddles, were sure of being able to guess what the princess propounded; it was not possible such clever people could fail.
The third tailor, however, was a useless little fellow, who knew scarcely anything of is trade; yet he fancied he might be lucky as well as any of them and wished to try. . .
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