The Brothers Grimm Lunch Break: The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, a few times a week

About the show

A few times a week, over my lunch break, I will record, edit, and publish one of the original 250 fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm and translated to English by Dr. Jack Zipes.


  • Episode 117: 116. The Blue Light

    April 9th, 2013  |  11 mins 12 secs

    The Blue Light: A wounded soldier is dismissed by an uncaring king. He finds a magical friend and gets revenge.

  • Episode 116: 115. The Bright Sun Will Bring it to Light

    March 27th, 2013  |  4 mins 57 secs

    The Bright Sun Will Bring it to Light: A poor wandering tailer robs and kills a fellow traveller.The victim's last words were "the bright sun will bring it to light". It took many years, but eventually, with the help of the bright sun, the tailor's crime

  • Episode 115: 114. The Clever Little Tailor

    January 9th, 2013  |  7 mins 55 secs

    The Clever Little Tailor: An unassuming little tailor correctly answers a princess's riddle and is then entitled to marry her, but he must first spend a night with a bear.

  • Episode 114: 113. The Two Kings' Children

    January 7th, 2013  |  18 mins 27 secs

    The Two Kings' Children: A young prince is kidnapped by foreign king and must pass a series of challenges. If he fails, he will be put to death, but if he succeeds, he will win one of the king's daughters for his bride.

  • Episode 113: 112. The Fleshing Flail from Heaven

    December 20th, 2012  |  3 mins 42 secs

    The Fleshing Flail from Heaven: A farmer drops a turnip seed and it grows into a tree that reaches all the way up into heaven. So, naturally, he climbs it.

  • Episode 112: 111. The Expert Marksman

    December 6th, 2012  |  13 mins 47 secs

    The Expert Huntsman: With the aid of a magical gun, a huntsman tricks and kills three evil giants. In doing so, he wins the hand of a princess.

  • Episode 111: 110. The Jew in the Thornbush

    November 16th, 2012  |  11 mins 42 secs

    The Jew in the Thornbush: Warning! This story contains offensive racial stereotypes from another era, and is not suitable for all audiences. A journeyman apprentice is granted magical items and powers after being kind to a dwarf, but he later uses them to

  • Episode 110: 109. The Little Shroud

    October 26th, 2012  |  3 mins 7 secs

    The Little Shroud: A beloved boy dies, and returns to tell his mother to stop crying.

  • Episode 109: 108. Hans My Hedgehog

    October 24th, 2012  |  13 mins 11 secs

    Hans My Hedgehog: A farmer and his wife give birth to a son who is half boy, and hedgehog. He grows up to play the bagpipes, ride a rooster, and inherit a kingdom.

  • Episode 108: 107. The Two Travelers

    October 23rd, 2012  |  24 mins 55 secs

    The Two Travelers: Two craftsmen, one a tailor and the other a shoemaker, one good and the other bad, travel together through the country.

  • Episode 107: 106. The Poor Miller's Apprentice and the Cat

    October 2nd, 2012  |  9 mins 42 secs

    The Poor Miller's Apprentice and the Cat: A miller is nearing retirement age and has no family to pass his mill down to. He tells his three hired men that whichever goes out into the world and brings back the best horse can have the mill. One of them, a v

  • Episode 106: 105. Tales About Toads

    September 21st, 2012  |  4 mins 55 secs

    Tales About Toads: Three very short and sad tales (fragments, really) about toads.

  • Episode 105: 104. The Clever People

    September 19th, 2012  |  9 mins 37 secs

    The Clever People: Good-hearted but dim-witted people get taken advantage of by greedy people.

  • Episode 104: 103. The Sweet Porridge

    September 17th, 2012  |  3 mins 7 secs

    The Sweet Porridge: A cautionary tale about having a magic item but forgetting how to use it.

  • Episode 103: 102. The Wren and the Bear

    September 14th, 2012  |  7 mins 2 secs

    The Wren and the Bear: A chronicle of the short war between the animals that walk and the animals that fly.

  • Episode 102: 101. Bearskin

    September 13th, 2012  |  12 mins 38 secs

    Bearskin: A desolate soldier is given a proposition by the devil: live for seven years like a beast and be set for life, or forfeit his soul. The soldier passes the challenge and finds a wife in the process, but the devil also comes out a winner.