In a small town in Germany in the 19th century, two brothers, Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, feared that the Germanic folklore tales that women regaled to each other to pass the time during their daily chores would be forgotten by history.

Swiping parchment and a quill they interviewed the town to record tales like Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, once and for all. The brothers published Nursery and Household Tales in 1812 – known today as Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Though the pair have engrossed themselves in these enchanting stories, their real life was no fairy tale. After encountering academic censorship from an evil King, exile from their home city and bankruptcy, Wilhelm died in 1859 and the younger of the two, Jacob, lived just four more heartbreak filled years.