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The True Inspirations For Snow White

With two Snow White movies coming out in theaters next year, it seems like an appropriate time to explore the original story itself. As it turns out, there are two true inspirations for the tale, both covered in detail over on Mental Floss. A lot of the details you recognize are included, for example:

Born in 1729, Maria grew up in a castle in Lohr, Germany. The castle is a museum today, and if you visit, you’ll be able to look into a certain famous mirror. It’s believed that Maria’s father, Prince Philipp Christoph von Erthal, gave the looking glass to his second wife as a gift.

That’s right, the mirror, the dwarves and the poison (although not served in an apple) are all here in these two fascinating stories.


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November 10th, 2011

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