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Shocking, R-Rated Details Found In The Original Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales

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Fairytales are supposed to end happily ever after.

But fantasy aficionados the Brothers Grimm sure seemed to hate neat and tidy endings. One might even say they hated happiness and good tidings even more, as the majority of their fairytales are horrifyingly gruesome. Their version of Beauty and the Beast, for example, was dark and haunting much like the lives of the real couple who were forced into marriage and studied like animals.

The original Brothers Grimm stories were scary, violent, sex-obsessed, and incredibly ill-suited for children. Some of their tales are better known than others but they're all cleverly crafted. If you're into brutal and provocative fiction, you'll love reading about these decidedly not-happy endings.

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    Snow White Was Only Seven Years Old When The Queen Tried To Have Her Killed

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    When Snow White's beauty exceeds that of the queen's, she has to die. The Brothers Grimm title character is only seven-years-old when the queen orders a hunter to "take Snow White out into the woods... kill her... and bring her lungs and her liver back."

    The huntsman can't bring himself to commit the deed and tells Snow White to run away, although he believes that wild animals will devour her anyway. He shows the helpless child mercy, relatively speaking, but only after kidnapping and almost killing her. 

    After many attempts, the queen successfully kills Snow White with a poisoned apple. When the prince finds the cursed beauty, his servant (enraged by royal servitude) strikes her so violently that the apple chunk she ate is dislodged from her throat.

    Snow White and her prince fall in love, marry, and invite the jealous queen to witness their nuptials. When the queen arrives, she is forced to wear burning hot iron shoes and dance until she falls dead upon the ground. 

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    "Fitcher's Bird" Is Full Of Murdered Wives

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    The sorcerer in Grimms' "Fitcher's Bird" collects women in order to find the perfect bride. He sets his sights on three sisters and takes the first one home with him, promising her everything she desires as long as she doesn't enter one specific room in his house.  Of course, curiosity overwhelms the girl and she enters the room to find severed body parts and a bloody basin.

    The sorcerer kills her for nosiness and marries one of her sisters. He then takes the second sister to his house but she too looks into the chamber and is killed.

    When he takes the third sister to their marital house, she enters the forbidden chamber and finds her dear sisters slaughtered but she is able to reassemble their mangled bodies and coax them back to life without being caught. The sisters rejoice together and it seems that the sorcerer is pleased. He tells the third sister that she's passed his test and can now be his equal.

    The ensuing wedding that the smartest sister plans is, in fact, a ruse. She traps the sorcerer and all of his friends in his house of murder and then burns them all down in a well-deserved blaze.

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    Everyone Dies In "The Death Of The Little Hen"

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    "The Death of the Little Hen" by the Brothers Grimm is particularly disturbing because cute little animals suffer so tragically. A little hen and little rooster live together on Nut Mountain. They agree to share all of their food as friends but when the hen finds a large kernel, she selfishly tries to eat it all by herself. Ironically, she chokes to death because the morsel is too big to eat alone. Her devastated rooster pal plans a funeral procession but in bleak succession, all of the other little forest animals die on the way to the burial site.

    The rooster survives but is "all alone with the dead little hen." He dies of sadness atop his friend's casket.

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    The Dwarf In "The Blue Light" Is A Mass-Murderer

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    The Grimm brothers certainly seemed to enjoy writing about dwarves and in this tale, an old soldier happens upon a dwarf who he's able to command. 

    The dwarf gives the soldier riches, prestige, and a king's daughter in the middle of the night. The soldier forces the princess to clean for him against her will. Eventually she is able to prove that man is capturing her every night and her father arrests the soldier for his crimes.

    The soldier calls upon the dwarf once again to help him escape punishment and the dwarf rampages, killing everyone in his path. Conniving man that he is, the soldier spares the king's life in exchange for the kingdom and the princess's hand in marriage. She certainly does not get a happily ever after with a charming prince.

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