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The brothers spent their formative years in the German town of Hanau.
Their father's death in 1796 impoverished the family and affected the brothers for many years after.
in Kassel, which had been arranged and paid for by their aunt.
By then, they were without a male provider (their grandfather died that year), forcing them to rely entirely on each other, and they became exceptionally close.
Diese Sammlung ist als die Märchen der Gebrüder Grimm weltbekannt geworden und umfaßt so berühmte Geschichten wie Rapunzel, Hänsel und Gretel, Rumpelstilzchen, Rotkäppchen, Aschenputtel und viele andere.
The two brothers differed in temperament; Jacob was introspective and Wilhelm was outgoing (although he often suffered from ill-health).
Sharing a strong work ethic, they excelled in their studies.
In 1796, Philipp Grimm died of pneumonia, plunging his family into poverty, and they were forced to relinquish their servants and large house.
Dorothea depended on financial support from her father and sister, first lady-in-waiting at the court of William I, Elector of Hesse.