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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 1/11/2014
From the English word "snow" referring to "the frozen, crystalline state of water that falls as precipitation or a shade of the color white". 'Snow White' (original title: 'SCHNEEWITTCHEN') is a German fairytale made popular by the Brothers Grimm after they first published it in 1812. The name of the story is the name of the protagonist, a young princess whose father, when her mother dies, marries a witch. Her step-mother, jealous of Snow White's beauty, uses her magic and wiles to attempt to kill her, but in the end only manages to put her in a deep slumber. Eventually a prince comes across the sleeping princess and wakes her with a kiss, and then marries her. The story was made into a popular Disney film, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' (1937), which then influenced the character of Snow White on the Disney-ABC television series 'Once Upon a Time', where she is portrayed by American actress Ginnifer Goodwin.There is a lesser known fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red' (original title: 'SCHNEEWEIßCHEN und ROSENROT') also published by Brothers Grimm.