Approximately 500 new fairy tales have reportedly been found in the town of Regensburg in Germany.

The Guardian was quoted as saying the new stories represented a whole new world of magic animals, brave young princes and evil witches had come to light, with this discovery. The report also said the fairy tales were part of a larger collection, gathered by Regensburg's local historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810-1886), who lived in the Bavarian region of Oberpfalz and was a contemporary of the Grimms Brothers.

According to the report, Von Schönwerth spent decades asking country folk, labourers and servants about local habits, traditions, customs and history and putting down on paper what had earlier only been passed on by word of mouth.

In 1885, the report continued, Jacob Grimm said this about him: Nowhere in the whole of Germany is anyone collecting [folklore] so accurately, thoroughly and with such a sensitive ear. In fact, Grimm even told King Maximilian II, the Bavarian monarch of Von Schönwerth and the fact that, in their opinion, the latter was a perfect replacement for the Grimms.