We all know the Disneyfied version of these famous stories but did you know they were originally very dark stories?
With a gruesome ending, the Brothers Grimm’s Rumpelstiltskin tells the story of an imp who makes a deal with a miller’s daughter. Her father tells the king she can weave straw into gold (she can’t) so he puts her to it, saying he’ll kill her if she doesn’t do it by morning. The girl meets an imp and they make a deal: he’ll weave the straw into gold if she gives him her firstborn. When the child is born, she can’t give it up. He agrees to relent if she can guess his real name. The girl snoops at his house and overhears him singing it. Next day, she tells him his true name and, in a fit of rage, he drives his right foot into the ground then grabs his left foot and tears himself in two.
|The Pied Piper|
In The Pied Piper, a village is overrun with rats. A man is hired to rid the town of the vermin, and once he does, the villagers won’t pay up. For payback, the Piper takes it upon himself to rid the town of another nuisance: the villagers’ children. In modern versions, he leads the kids to a cave, where they hang out until he gets his money and then he releases them. In the original, he drowns them all in a river.
|Little Red Riding Hood|
|Hansel And Gretel|
|The Frog Prince|
In some versions, it’s not a kiss from the princess’s goodness that transforms the frog into a prince but chopping off his head, there's also a version that he transforms after being burnt. In the original Brothers Grimm version, the princess slams the frog into the wall as hard as she can to turn him back into a prince.
|The Three Bears|
|Beauty & The Beast|
|The Little Mermaid|
|The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame|