”The Elves and The Shoemaker” is a set of fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm about a poor shoemaker who receives much-needed help from three young helpful elves.
The original story is the first of three fairy tales contained as entry 39 in the German Grimm's Fairy Tales under the common title ”Die Wichtelmänner”. In her translation of 1884 Margaret Hunt chose The Elves as title for these three stories.
The Brothers Grimm, Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm (1785–1863) and Wilhelm Carl Grimm (1786–1859), were German academics, philologists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors who together collected and published folklore during the 19th century. They were among the first and best-known collectors of German and European folk tales, and popularized traditional oral tale types such as ”Cinderella” (”Aschenputtel”), ”The Frog Prince” (”Der Froschkönig”), ”The Goose-Girl” (”Die Gänsemagd”), ”Hansel and Gretel” (”Hänsel und Gretel”), ”Rapunzel”, ”Beauty and the Beast”, ”Little Red Riding Hood”, ”The Wolf and the Seven Young Goats”, ”Rumpelstiltskin” (”Rumpelstilzchen”), ”Sleeping Beauty” (”Dornröschen”), and ”Snow White” (”Schneewittchen”). Their classic collection, Children's and Household Tales (Kinder- und Hausmärchen), was published in two volumes—the first in 1812 and the second in 1815.