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Monday, February 18, 2013 | This article is listed in the sections Amusement parks and Magazine.

Efteling bows to The Brothers Grimm in 2013

Mother Hulda at Efteling
It should be adequately known that the Dutch theme park Efteling stands for keeping fairy tales alive. What might have been less spread however, is that the fantasy-themed park will celebrate this year remembering The Brothers Grimm on the occasion of the 200th birthday of the storytellers' first volume "Children's and Household Tales”.

Jacob Grimm (1785 – 1863), by the way, this year marks the 150th anniversary of his death, and Wilhelm Grimm (1786 – 1859) were not only one of the leading linguists of the 19th century, but also authors who became famous, above all, for collecting folklore. Back in those days, people used to tell such stories and fables from one generation to the next. The Brothers Grimm took credit for collecting and publishing these tales from a wide variety of sources; they wrote them down and turned them into an oeuvre which has survived to the present day.

An important cultural heritage

They are often erroneously mentioned as the authors of their published tales under their names. In truth, though, the vast majority of the stories' and fables' origins date far back. An example worth mentioning would be "La belle au bois dormant", the literary model of "The Sleeping Beauty”, published in a book in the 17th century by the French author Charles Perrault. Yet the significance of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, including their Children's and Household Tales, as German and European cultural heritage are undisputed. Against this background it is hardly surprising that Efteling is going to uncover a statue of the brothers on 14th March – a ceremony were the German ambassador will be attending, too. This sculpture is a sign of esteem for The Brothers Grimm Society, an international scientific association that promotes and protects the cultural heritage of The Brothers Grimm, whereas Efteling sees itself as preserver of those tales that have been told for the past 200 years from generation to generation.

The only pity is that the fairy tale "The Emperor's New Clothes”, opened in the Fairy Tale Forest last year, cannot be assigned to Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm since it was published by the Danish author and poet Hans-Christian Andersen in 1837. Perhaps Efteling's Fairy Tale Forest will be enriched by a little surprise in the course of this year ...

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