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

    70. The Little Peasant

    70. The Little Peasant

    In a village full of rich peasants, one little peasant alone remains destitute. But through a series of cunning and devious tricks, this little guy is going to turn the tables on everyone in quite spectacular fashion. Join us for The Little Peasant by the Brothers Grimm, where we meet a fatally gullible Shepard, a soothsaying squeezable raven and - shocker - a nice miller!


    After the story we uncover other tales that use similar motifs of trickery, including in works by legendary fairy tale authors Straparola, Basile (of course), and even Hans Christian Andersen.


     


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    Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko


    Other Music: Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 5  performed by Kassia & Arthur Nickisch // Brahms' 4 Piano Pieces Performed by Peter Bradley-Fulgoni


     

    • 1 hr 4 min
    69. The Good Bargain

    69. The Good Bargain

    In The Good Bargain, a peasant loses all his money and possessions to some animals. Angered, he goes to the king for justice. But instead of helping him, the king has other ideas. 


    This 'humorous' tale is the first one we've come across that is anti-Semitic. So, once we've finally deciphered the convoluted story, we then explore antisemitism in the Grimm's collection, putting the Grimm brothers on trial. We also look into how the Nazis co-opted the Grimms to spread propaganda in Nazi Germany. 

    Finally, we play a clip from a chat Matt had with Rachel O'Brien - who's recently written her thesis on the Grimms and the holocaust - where she shares her thoughts on the hidden side of anti-semitism in the Grimms. 


     

    • 1 hr 15 min
    68. The Three Feathers

    68. The Three Feathers

    In The Three Feathers, an old king tests his three sons to see who will inherit the kingdom after his death. When the youngest brother emerges triumphant - thanks to an overweight toad - the older brothers demand satisfaction, and plot a jump to the death to settle the succession once and for all.


    Join us on the final adventure of The Simpleton Trilogy, where we find magical turnips, a popcorn-munching monarch, and a secret underground world.


    After the story we discuss fatalism, pub names, and take a deep-dive into the taboo world of animal-human love - a surprisingly popular and potent part of folklore.


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    Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko


    Other Music: Bach's Harpsichord Concerto No.3 in D major, BWV 1054 performed by the Paillard Chamber Orchestra & Robert-Veyron-Lacroix // Bach's Harpsichord Concerto no. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052 - III. Allegro - European Archive // Debussy's Arabesque No. 1. Andantino con moto performed by Gerluz


     

    • 52 min
    67. Our Lady‘s Child

    67. Our Lady‘s Child

    We’re back for series 4! We open the series with a poor family starving to death and the Virgin Mary abducting their daughter. Years later, the Virgin goes off on a work trip and forbids the girl from opening a certain door. When the inevitable happens, the child is banished from heaven and things get weirder from there.


    Join us once more round the fire for “Our Lady’s Child” (aka “Mary’s Child”), where we meet an unlikely assortment of characters including the 12 Apostles, James Bond, Cousin Itt, and Nelly Furtado.


    After the tale, we discuss Pandora’s Box and explore the earliest stories of ‘curious women’. Finally we reveal the results of our last story poll, launch a new one, and put to rest some lingering Puss In Boots business.


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    Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Kumiko


    Other Music: Ravel's string Quartet in F major - II. Assez vif, très rythmé // Dvořák's serenade for Strings Op.22 3 Scherzo (Piano arr.)

    • 58 min
    Patreon Special Ft. The Tortoise And The Hare

    Patreon Special Ft. The Tortoise And The Hare

    Another mini-special before the new series. This time we shamelessly plug our Patreon!


    We explain how you can support the podcast through our Patreon platform, then we announce some exciting new things we've got coming up for our patrons - including a Q&A episode and the release of The Pied-Piper.


    We then play a clip from our patron-only podcast Grimm Fables, before finally giving some patron shout-outs.

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    Buy our episode The Pied-Piper at payhip.com (available from 26th September 2021)

    And do give a listen to our pod-friend Tudoriferous.

    • 35 min
    Series 3 Scoreboard Roundup + Snow White & Troy + Spotify Playlist

    Series 3 Scoreboard Roundup + Snow White & Troy + Spotify Playlist

    Greetings from a grim meadow! Massive constitutional changes are afoot in this special episode as we share our roundup of the winners and losers of series 3 for the first time for non-Patrons.


    We then share a piece of deleted audio from our Little Snow White recording - the incredible connection between Snow White and the siege of Troy.


    Finally we're pleased to announce our new Grimm Reading Spotify playlists:
    Series 1 Grimm Reading Soundtrack
    Series 2 Grimm Reading Soundtrack
    Series 3 Grimm Reading Soundtrack

    And please do check out the excellent Stories From Lore podcast.


    Theme music: Bicycle Waltz by Goodbye Komiko.

    • 43 min

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