Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in Hesse in the state of Hanover in what would later become Germany. Their parents had nine children, only six of whom survived the first year of life and Jacob and Wilhelm were left the eldest of five brothers and a sister.
A year apart in age, the brothers lived an astonishingly close life.
They started to collect folk tales around 1807 after an increased interest in German folklore. Their collection of tales includes the classics Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel.