Fairy Tales are books with magical stories within them. The prince saves the princess by fighting a dragon. Little Red Riding Hood is on her way to grandma’s. The three little bears find Goldie Locks in their homes. The wolf blows the little piggy’s house down. We know what happens in different Fairy Tales. However, do we know how they began?
In honor of today, National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, let’s take a voyage into the origins of Fairy Tales. Fairy Tales are stories told in ancient times and they still exist in present day. These stories aren’t like legends and aren’t like folklore. They’re not based on religions and don’t references to anything realistic (All About Fairies). They are stories with goblins, dragons, witches, giants, princes, princesses, and even talking animals and so much more. “Once upon a time” the most common opening in Fairy Tales shows they don’t have to do with an actual reference of date or place or time (All About Fairies). They are a world within words on a paper, they tell a magical story to be discovered.
One of the oldest tales is The Smith and the Devel which was first made before the Bronze age (3000 BC- 1200 BC) (All About Fairies). To be more exact, fairy tales originate from Egypt and the origin story of fairy tales began in 1300 BC. Even Rumpelstiltskin and Beauty and the Beast are ancient Fairy Tales (All About Fairies).
Did you know that the original Fairy Tales were actually intentionally made for adults? It wasn’t until the 19th and 20th Century that Fairy Tales became to be more directed towards children (All About Fairies). They were so disturbing, that fairy tales began to be made more family friendly and this is how it began to be directed towards children, and everyone of all ages. For example, in one of the English originals, in The Three little pigs, the wolf actually eats the first two piggies after he blows the straw and stick house down (Original Versions of Fairy Tales).
It is a good thing they changed up the story to make it more family friendly!
Happy National Tell a Fairy Tale Day!