The Bremen Town Musicians is one of the most famous fairy tales not only in Russia, but all over the world. In Russia, this story has become especially popular thanks to the animated film adaptation. The brothers Grimm, world famous authors of children's books, who have other achievements, wrote the tale.
The Brothers Grimm are Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, who lived in Germany in the 18th and 19th centuries. Jacob Grimm was born on January 4, 1785 and lived until September 20, 1863. Wilhelm Grimm was born on February 24, 1786 and died on December 16, 1859. The birthplace of the brothers Grimm is established as the city of Hanau, but then they moved to the city of Kassel and lived there for a long time.
The brothers were almost the same age. Weather, they were very friendly since childhood. Jacob and Wilhelm were keenly interested in folklore and linguistics, they collected fairy tales from all over the country. Among their most famous stories are processed folk tales, but most of what the brothers wrote is their own composition, including the tale of the Bremen Town Musicians.
As soon as Jacob and Wilhelm accumulated a decent amount of stories, they published a collection, each time calling it "The Tales of the Brothers Grimm." It is under this name that collections of their fairy tales are published now, books have this name all over the world. The brothers were interested not only in fairy tales, but also in linguistics. Together with two other major German philologists of their time, they were the founders of Germanic studies and the philology of the German language.
Closer to their advanced years, Jacob and Wilhelm began compiling a German dictionary: at that time no one in Germany had done anything like this. The brothers worked on the dictionary until their death. Wilhelm managed to finish the letter D, and Jacob, who lived 4 years longer than him, finished a few more letters. He worked until his death, which overtook him, sitting at his desk and describing the word Frucht, which means fruit.
The contribution of the Brothers Grimm to the development of Germanic philology is so significant that it was decided to depict them on the 1,000-mark banknote that existed in the FRG in the past. And in honor of the heroine of the fairy tale "About the fisherman and his wife", whose name is Ilsebill, an asteroid was named in 1919.
The fairy tale "The Bremen Town Musicians" itself tells about animals that found a home during their adventure. The main characters are several beasts who were offended and driven out by their past owners. This is a donkey, a dog, a rooster and a cat. They decided to try their luck in the city of Bremen, hoping to become musicians there. But the road turned out to be long, and they stopped for the night in the forest. Here a company of animals stumbles upon the robbers' house. The animals climbed on top of each other, and each sang his own music. The donkey roared, the dog barked, the cat meowed, and the rooster began to crow. The robbers were taken aback by such a howl and fled in fear.
A little later, the robbers sent their scout to check what kind of terrible gang drove them out of their beloved house. But the animals amicably attack the representative of the gang, and he says that the house was seized by terrible bandits. The robbers abandoned attempts to return their house, and the Bremen Town musicians themselves, following the tale, never made it to Bremen, but successfully arranged their future life.