Day 354 Mile 354: It’s Grimm In The Forest At Night. On this day in 1812 the first edition of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s book Kinder- und Hausmärchen was published becoming known in English as Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Their affect on culture cant be understated, exerting influence on fields as varied as film, ethnography, pantomime, psychology and the kissing of frogs.
The brothers documented over 200 folk tales from across the social spectrum from the region around Hannover. They are wonderful, dark, medieval tales, which have become somewhat sanitized over the years, with only the friendlier stories regularly seeing the light of day and then often in a watered down form.
They exert an odd hold on the collective imagination, with characters that almost everyone knows and narratives that diverge and twist and yet most people agree on some core element “Same story, different versions. And all are true”. In an odd way as someone who was born in 1980 Rumpelstiltskin exists in a similar narrative reality to John F. Kennedy for instance. These are an existence outside of our own, a retelling of stories from people in other places, both to fascinate and caution, something at which to marvel at and at the same time slightly dread.
So to commemorate this I took myself for a run through the forest at night. It is starless and windy, which gives a rather oppressive feel as the tress concuss and bend in over the path. The light of my head-torch only illuminates a small disk of light in front of me and it would be quite easy to go imagining gingerbread houses peopled by witches around any corner; so I didn’t.
The fact I am now back indoors in the light at a computer is testament to the fact I came back in one piece… provided that you believe that I am the one typing.
I’m running a mile each day everyday for 2017. If you feel you can sponsor me please do, as all the money raised will go to the Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) who provide services all across the UK to support people affected by it.
Distance: 1794.0 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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Thanks as ever for all the support!
Wonderfully dark earworm for today 🙂