Fairy tales from around the world are stories that typically feature folkloric characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, dwarves, giants, mermaids, dragons or witches, and usually magic or enchantments. They may be distinguished from other folk narratives such as legends and fables by the presence of a magic wand or some other item that has the power to transform the course of events.
The history of the fairy tale is difficult to trace, but it is believed that they originated in oral traditions and were later written down. Many of the most famous stories were first recorded in the late 18th and early 19th centuries by folklorists such as the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. Fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and of Hans Christian Andersen are still popular till this day.
These stories typically have a happy ending, in which the protagonists triumph over adversity and are rewarded for their bravery or intelligence. However, there are also many dark and grim fairy tales to read which end in tragedy.
These tales are a beloved genre of literature which appeals to both children and adults. Fairy tales are often used as bedtime stories or read aloud to young children. However, they can also be enjoyed by adults, either in their original form or in more modern adaptations.
Fairy tales with morals often deal with universal themes such as love.
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