sub-divided into 32 parts. And the project is still fully relevant today, even after its

completion. While the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Academy of

Sciences in Göttingen have been revising the dictionary since 1957, the University of Trier

has completed the comprehensive digitisation of the work.

Works by Jacob Grimm

German Grammar (Deutsche Grammatik, 1819-1837)

How do the Germanic languages fit together and what developments have they passed

through? Jacob Grimm examined these questions in his German Grammar, the four volumes

of which stretch to several thousand pages, and in doing so he created an important

philological work. It was here that he first elaborated his law of the Germanic sound shift

which is today universally known among philologists in English as Grimm’s Law. The law

describes the process through which Indo-Germanic consonants developed into the

Germanic system of consonants.

German Legal Antiquities (Deutsche Rechtsalterthümer, 1828)

In this work of about a thousand pages, Jacob Grimm the lawyer collected together, for the

first time, local German legal traditions and legal rulings. He had already started to gather

material for this book as early as 1813. In his own words, of all his works, this was the one

that gave him “the most pleasure to write”. In recognition of the Deutsche

Rechtsalterthümer, Jacob received doctorates from the Universities of Berlin and Breslau.

Reynard the Fox (Reinhart Fuchs, 1834)

The epic poem about Reinhart, Reineke or Reynard the Fox has been familiar in several

European countries since the Middle Ages. Jacob Grimm edited the different versions of the

story and researched the relationships and traditions. He assumed that the tale of the fox

must be a common factor to all Indo-Germanic peoples – an idea which later research failed

to corroborate.

German Mythology (Deutsche Mythologie, 1835)

Following the German Legal Antiquities, Jacob compiled yet another wide-ranging

compendium in the shape of this German Mythology. His aim was to describe the religious

beliefs held by the German tribes before their conversion to Christianity. The product of just


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