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 69: 68. The Thief and His Master

    April 12th, 2012  |  6 mins 17 secs

    The Thief and His Master: A man prays for guidance on a career for his son, receives a sign that he should become a thief, and so apprentices him out to a master thief.

  • Episode 68: 67. The Twelve Huntsmen

    April 9th, 2012  |  8 mins 7 secs

    The Twelve Huntsmen: A prince fails to keep his promise to marry a princess, instead becoming engaged to another. The spurned princess and eleven lookalikes disguise themselves as huntsmen and try to win him back.

  • Episode 67: 66. The Hare's Bride

    April 5th, 2012  |  4 mins 30 secs

    The Hare's Bride: A short tale where a hare kidnaps a maiden so he can marry her, she escapes, and he becomes sad.

  • Episode 66: 65. All Fur

    April 3rd, 2012  |  13 mins 12 secs

    All Fur: In his grief over losing his beautiful wife, a king sets to marry his beautiful daughter, who reminds him of the wife he lost. She escapes, disguises herself, and hides in another king's castle. Before long, she is discovered by that king, who ma

  • Episode 65: 64. The Golden Goose

    March 28th, 2012  |  10 mins 31 secs

    The Golden Goose: Unlike his clever brothers, a simple fellow is nice to a dwarf. His kindness gets repaid many times over, and he eventually becomes a king.

  • Episode 64: 63. The Three Feathers

    March 27th, 2012  |  8 mins 17 secs

    The Three Feathers: Three princes, the youngest a simpleton, are given a contest by their father to see who would become the next king. The two older brothers dismiss the youngest, but with the help of a magical toad, he wins the contest.

  • Episode 63: 62. The Queen Bee

    March 23rd, 2012  |  6 mins 33 secs

    The Queen Bee: After a simple prince keeps his two older brothers from harming ants, ducks, and bees, the animals re-pay his kindness when they find a kingdom where everyone has been turned to stone.

  • Episode 62: 61. Little Farmer

    March 22nd, 2012  |  13 mins 37 secs

    Little Farmer: The poorest farmer in the village becomes the town's richest, and only, resident.

  • Episode 61: 60. The Two Brothers

    March 20th, 2012  |  48 mins 49 secs

    The Two Brothers: This is the longest fairy tale in the collection. Two young twin brothers eat the magical heart and liver of a golden bird, which bestows upon them the gift of a gold coin under their pillow each monring. Their father believes it to be t

  • Episode 60: 59. Freddy and Katy

    March 14th, 2012  |  16 mins 6 secs

    Freddy and Katy: A young groom is vexed by the not-so-bright actions of his wife. This is essentially a longer version of the tale presented in Episode 34: Clever Else.

  • Episode 59: 58. The Dog and the Sparrow

    March 7th, 2012  |  8 mins 40 secs

    The Dog and the Sparrow: A merchant runs over a dog in the road, and the dog's friend, a sparrow, gets revenge.

  • Episode 58: 57. The Golden Bird

    March 6th, 2012  |  18 mins 51 secs

    The Golden Bird: A young prince manages to, despite ignoring almost all of the consistently correct advice given by a talking fox, obtain a golden bird, a golden horse, a beautiful princess, and a kingdom.

  • Episode 57: 56. Sweetheart Roland

    March 1st, 2012  |  10 mins 13 secs

    Sweetheart Roland: A beutiful maiden barely escapes with her life and her sweetheart from her stepmother, who is a real witch. They must outwit her several times thereafter, but along the way the maiden nearly loses everything she holds dear.

  • Episode 56: 55. Rumplestiltskin

    February 29th, 2012  |  7 mins 59 secs

    Rumplestiltskin: A miller's daughter is locked in rooms full of straw by a greedy king after her father brags that she can spin straw into gold. She can't, of course, but along comes a strangely named little man who can.

  • Episode 55: 54. The Knapsack, the Hat, and the Horn

    February 28th, 2012  |  14 mins 48 secs

    The Knapsack, the Hat, and the Horn: A down on his luck traveller finds a magical tablecloth. He uses that to trick three others and steal a knapsack, a hat, and a horn. All three have magical military powers. He uses them to overthrow a king and seize th

  • Episode 54: 53. Snow White

    February 22nd, 2012  |  21 mins 2 secs

    Snow White: The classic story of a witch queen's jeolousy of her beautiful step daughter princess. Also, seven dwarfs.