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Join two amateur Grimmologists by the fireside as we read and review the Brothers Grimm, tale by twisted tale.

Grimm Reading Adam Field & Matt Hughes

    • Society & Culture

Join two amateur Grimmologists by the fireside as we read and review the Brothers Grimm, tale by twisted tale.

    42. Gambling Hansel

    42. Gambling Hansel

    In Gambling Hansel, an anti-hero with a chronic gambling addiction has dangerous run ins with Luficier, God, St. Peter, and our old friend Death.
    In what we’re calling 'Hansel and Gretel Part II', Hansel threatens to destabilize heaven itself with the aid of loaded dice, a troupe of demons, and a magical tree. Will he win his battle against celestial deities? Or will his dark-side prove his downfall.
    After the story, we interrogate the surprising conclusions of a linguistic paper on emotional text analysis, before checking back in with Death and hearing the world’s oldest tale about cheating the afterlife.
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    Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko
    Other Music: Beethoven's Piano Trio No7 in B-flat Major Op97 // Chopin’s Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9 no. 1.2

    • 32 min
    41. The Death Of The Little Hen (aka "The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet Part 3: How Partlet died and was buried, and how Chanitcleer died of grief")

    41. The Death Of The Little Hen (aka "The Adventures of Chanticleer and Partlet Part 3: How Partlet died and was buried, and how Chanitcleer died of grief")

     

    In our final adventure of the cock and hen trilogy, things go south fast for the incurable rascals and Chanticleer is soon faced with a life without Partlet. Can he ever move on? And will the beasts of the forest ever make it to the funeral? Meet some old friends, find out the true meaning behind the trilogy, and discover what two murderous chickens have to do with The 12 days of Christmas, in this week's episode: The Death of the Little Hen.
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    Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko
    Other Music: Johannes Brahms' Clarinet Quintet Op. 115 Performed by William McColl and the Oxford String Quartet

    • 37 min
    40. The Devil With The Three Golden Hairs

    40. The Devil With The Three Golden Hairs

    Despite the machinations of an evil king, a prophecy sees a cocky luck child marry the princess. But his happily ever after is cut short when he is forced to embark on an epic quest that will take him to the very depths of hell, and into the dress of the devil’s grandma…
    In our first ever Patron chosen story, we embark on one of our biggest adventures yet, where we meet confused city guards, soft-hearted robbers and even some good millers.
    We then try to pick apart this extremely dense tale and find ourselves chatting about everything from ancient Greek funerary rites to Jack and the Bean Stalk and Star Wars.
    Happy new year Grimm Readers! We hope you enjoy The Devil With The Three Golden Hairs as much as we did.


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    Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko
    Other Music: Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor 'Lento con gran espressione', B. 49 performed by Aaron Dunn // Chopin’s Étude Op. 10, no. 5 in G flat major - 'Black Keys' performed by Martha Goldstein.

    • 54 min
    Christmas Special 2019

    Christmas Special 2019

    Join us for the second annual Grimm Reading Christmas Party! We get into the festive spirit once more with port, mince pies and crackers! We also exchange gifts, enjoy an epic Christmas story, and have a bit of a round up of the year's scores.
    Thank you once again to everyone who has messaged us, supported us on Patreon and social media, and listened to the podcast throughout the year - it's been a really fun one and we're both excited for the year to come!
    Keep it Grimm.
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    Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko (+ sleigh bells)Other Music: Tchaikovsky's "Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker Suite Performed by Gabriel Antonio Hernandez Romero on Piano // Tchaikovsky's "The Magical Castle in the Kingdom of Sweets" and "The Christmas Tree" from The Nutcracker Suite - from the music.org European Archive

    • 1 hr 3 min
    39. The Seven Ravens

    39. The Seven Ravens

    In this week’s episode, a young girl embarks on a psychedelic quest to rescue her brothers. after their father accidentally turns them into ravens.
    Glass mountains, dwarf butlers and helpful stars all make an appearance in the strange, gothic tale The Seven Ravens.
    We discuss the significance of the motifs, learn about ravens in folklore, and contemplate a popular socio-historical approach to the meaning of the story.
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    Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko
    Other Music: Schubert's Serenade // Schubert's Impromptu No. 4, op. 90.2
     

    • 37 min
    38. Sweetheart Roland

    38. Sweetheart Roland

     

    After escaping her murderous witchy step-mother, a girl and her sweetheart take flight on a magical journey of heartbreak and betrayal.
    In this week’s epic, lovelorn story, meet a lonely Shepard, a house-keeping flower, talking drops of blood, a complicated couple, and some pushy village girls.
    After the tale, we discuss the thorny issue of sexism in fairy tales, consider the peculiar Hansel and Gretel connection, and recount the incredible french story Hop o’ My Thumb. 
    This episode is Certified Grimm and may not be suitable for all listeners. 

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    Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye KumikoOther Music: Ravel's Sonatine: I. Modere, performed by Francois-Joel Thiollier, piano // Chopin's Etude in G flat major, Op. 25, No. 9.1, performerd by Martha Goldstein 

    • 42 min

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