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Origin

Appendiv VI

Possible Times of Story Origin.

In his 1912 anniversary edition "Kinder und Hausmärchen der Brüder Grimm" published in Jena in 1912, Friederich von der Leyden divided the Märchen into 9 categories based upon possible time of origin.

 

1. Age Old Belief.

2. Heroic Legend of the (German) migration period(365-568 AD).

3. Minstrel Tales from the 10th Century.

4. Knightly Tales from the Middle Ages (5th - 15th century).

5. Oriental Influences.

6. Animal Stories.

7. Tales by Commoners from the 14th-16th Century.

8. From the 17th and 18th Century.

9. "Scherzmärchen" (funny, joke, jest, hoax, etc.) Märchen.

These classifications are only applied here to the stories listed in Vol I of the 1812 KHM.

New English Title in the First Edition of 1812

Story Number

Regarding the Stolen Heller

7

Singing Bone, The

28

Regarding the Wichtelmännern

39

Rumpelstilzchen

55

Goldchildren

63

New English Title in the First Edition of 1812

Story Number

Regarding The Juniper Tree

47

König Drosselbart

52

New English Title in the First Edition of 1812

Story Number

Strawstem Ember and Bean on Travels

18

Regarding a Brave Taylor

20

Taylors Daumerlings Wanderings, The

45

New English Title in the First Edition of 1812

Story Number

Frog King or The Iron Heinrich, The

1

Marienkind

3

Nine-Pins and Card Game

4

Brüderchen und Schwesterchen

11

Rapunzel

12

Three Manlings in the Forest

13

Hänsel und Gretel

15

Regarding the Fisherman and His Wife

19

Aschenputtel

21

Frau Holle

24

Three Ravens, The

25

Maiden without Hands

31

Herr Gefatter, The

42

Fitchers Vogel

46

Six Swans, The

49

Sneewittchen (Schneeweisschen)

53

Regarding Golden Bird

57

Allerleirauh

65

Carnation, The

76

New English Title in the First Edition of 1812

Story Number

Of The Devil with Three Golden Hairs

29

Regarding the Tablechen

36

Regarding Foundling-Bird

51

Dearest Roland, The

56

New English Title in the First Edition of 1812

Story Number

Catz and Maus in Company

2

White Snake, The

17

Regarding the Mouselet, Birdlet and the Bratwurst

23

Sparrow and His Four Children, The

35

Old Sultan, The

48

Regarding the Loyal Godfather Sparrow

58

New English Title in the First Edition of 1812

Story Number

Regarding the Cruel Flaxspinning

14

Clever Hans, The

32

Gefatter Death, The

44

New English Title in the First Edition of 1812

Story Number

Wolf and the Seven Young Dam-lings, The

5

Rothkäppchen

26

Robber Bridegroom, The

40

Dornröschen

50

Jorinde and Joringel

69

Old Grandfather and the Grandson, The

78

New English Title in the First Edition of 1812

Story Number

Lumpengesindel, Das

10

Louse-let and Flea-let

30

Regarding Frau Füchsin

38

Herr Korbes

41

Regarding the Death of the Hen-let

80

Fox and The Geese, The

86

From: Anmerkungen zu den Kinder- U. Hausmärchen der Brüder Grimm. Neu Bearbeitet von Johannes Bolte und Georg Polívka unter mitwirkung von Elizabeth Kutzer und Bernhard Heller, Vierter Band (Zur Geschichte Der Märchen, I-VIII), 1930, Leipzig. Pg 463-466.

All 5 volumes of the "new" Bolte Annotations comprise over 2500 pages. Alas, only in German, but available on the web at: archive.org. See link above. Since this classification is also over 100 years old, current thinking of the origins of the stories may be different.