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The Ditmarsh Tale Of Lies by The Brother’s Grimm

brosgrimThe Brother’s Grimm were a sibling pair of German authors who penned a collection of fantastical feats and extraordinary human magic known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales (or Grimms Marchen in their native tongue.) The stories, adventures, and myth captured by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm have inspired, stunned, and even scared children and adults since first published in 1812. Despite tremendous controversy and criticism for the content of some of the tales, the collection of over 200 highly acclaimed, prize winning stories has entertained generations for over two hundred years.

“I’M GOING TO TELL YOU something. I saw two roast chickens flying, they flew swiftly with their breasts turned heavenward and their backs hellward. An anvil and a milestone swam across the Rhine, as slowly and quietly as you please, and a frog was sitting on the ice at Whitsuntide, eating a plowshare. Three young fellows on crutches and stilts were trying to catch a hare. The first was deaf, the second was blind, the third was dubm, and the fourth couldn’t move his feet. Do you want to know what happened? The blind one saw the hare running across the fields, the dumb one shouted to the lame one, and the lame on caught the hare by the collar. Some men wanted to sail on dry land. They set their sails in the wind and sailed across great fields. In the end they sailed over a high mountain and were miserably drowned. A crab was chasing a hare, and high up on the roof lay a cow, which had got there by climbing. In that country the flies are as big as the goats in this country. Open the window and let the lies out.”