New-old stories

According to the Guardian, 500 "new" fairytales were recently discovered in an archive in Regensburg, Germany, where they had been stored for over 150 years. The stories are part of the collection of folklore gathered during the mid-19th century by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth in the Bavarian region of Oberpfalz.

Oberpfalz cultural curator Erika Eichenseer published a selection of fairytales from Von Schönwerth's collection last year. According to the article:
[Eichenseer called] the book Prinz Roßzwifl. This is local dialect for "scarab beetle". The scarab, also known as the "dung beetle", buries its most valuable possession, its eggs, in dung, which it then rolls into a ball using its back legs.
Yeeeeah... I don't know if that's the direction I would have gone, but I look forward to reading these stories even if they are named after a dung beetle.
Posted by: Julianka


Franz Dernbach
Franz Dernbach
13 Aug, 2012 07:03 PM


I would like to contact Erika Eichenseer and talk to her about the old 500 Fairy Tales. Is it possible that she has an email that I can reach her for discussion about these stories?

Thank You

Herr Dernbach

13 Aug, 2012 08:18 PM

I have no idea, I'm sorry. She appears to be the founder of the Franz Xaver Von Schönwerth Society, though, so perhaps you could contact her via that organization?

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