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Introduction

Now, this is all based on the research I have made and I'm 280% sure that it's thorough information. Disney is kind of my life. So is writing and research. Plus, I adore sharing my knowledge and wisdom to all. Perhaps, one day, I might be part of Disney. Now, I have to warn you, there will be spoilers so if you haven't watched the movies, don't read this. You have been warned. Although, some of these movies you already have seen such as Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, even Frozen. So, I don't think you'll have to worry about that. If you don't want to watch the movies and would like to know about it without watching it, you've come to the right place; and in case you are wondering, my sources come from Disney Wikia and Wikipedia only.

Snow White

We all know the story of Snow White and that it takes place in Germany, but we don't know when they happened and where at in Germany it took place. People say the story is set in Bavarian Germany but, it's not. The Kingdom of Bavaria wasn't formed until the early 19th century by Napoleon Bonaparte. Another thing that hints the story's chronological setting is the type of clothes the characters wear. The sleeves on Snow White's shirt have a sort of teardrop-shaped slashing design which was very popular in Tudor times. However, the story isn't set in Tudor times which lasted from the late 15th century to the mid 16th century. Then, there is Snow White's signature red hair bow. Hair bows were invented in 1783 which would place Snow White's story sometime in the early 1790's. Most women wear hair bows after birth when they have a lot of hair on their head. According to Disneystrology, Snow White was born on March 6. But according to the fairy tale her conception was in midwinter (December 21) and if that was the case, she was born in September 10. That would make sense since Snow White wakes up from suspended animation in the spring. However, I understand why Walt Disney would want to make Snow White a Pisces because he wanted the sweet and lovable girl. That, and in Snow White's song "Someday My Prince Will Come", she says someday when spring is here, she and her prince will be together. The Spring Equinox in Germany is March 22. According to Adriana Caselotti, the actress who played as Snow White, Snow White was intended to be 14, but she never told Walt Disney about it. She would have to have been 14 to 15 because that was the average marriage limit for girls in Germany back then. Now that we have Snow White's case, we'll go with the Prince. According to the French, his name is Prince Florian. The German name Florian comes from the Roman name Florianus which means "flower". That would mean that the story takes place before the end of the Holy Roman Empire (962-1806). The one important thing to know about Prince Florian is his Medieval-style cap with a feather in it, hinting that the story takes place in a time where people wore Medieval clothing in the 18th century, specifically the Romanticism era. His horse, Astor, which is a German name which in turn was originally French, meaning "hawk", seems to be as Romantic looking as the Prince. Then, there's Queen Grimhilde, Snow White's wicked stepmother. People keep say that black thing covering everything but her face is a balaclava; well, it's not. The Battle of Balaclava (which the famed ski mask was named after) was in 1854 in the state of Crimea, Russia and lest we forget, this is a German Fairytale, plus this story is set during the Holy Roman Empire (962-1806) and the Romanticism era (1770-1840) in which Medieval clothing could be worn. The style would have been over by then. What the Queen is wearing is also not a wimple. Wimple's didn't even remotely look like that; and P. S., they went out of style for monarchs in like the 16th century and is now worn by nuns. No, what Queen Grimhilde is wearing is a loose Gothic style hood according to Disney. By the way, her name Grimhilde is a Norse name which means Mother of Gudrun and Gudrun means God's secret lore. That would hint that the story takes place in Northern Germany where you can see people of Norse descent. Anyway, Queen Grimhilde is of Norse descent and if that's the case, she lives in and during the time of the Kingdom of Prussia (1701-1918). What is interesting about the Queen is that she has a Peacock Throne to show off her vanity. The Peacock Throne would remind you of the one in the Linderhof Palace which wasn't built until early in the 19th century. Her huntsman, Humbert, whose name means bright warrior or bear cub, has a hairstyle similar to Prince Derek's from the Swan Princess, and he is, of course, German. Given the history of the hair bows, the date of the Romanticism era, the end of the Holy Roman Empire and the Napoleonic Wars (1801-1815), I would say that Snow White was born before hair bows were invented but still in 1783. The gap from the hair bow invention and the start of the Napoleonic Wars was 18 years and know we know that Snow White was born on September 10, 1783 in the Kingdom of Prussia in Northern Germany. It would make since because Snow White would have to have had children at 14 and she was 14-15 in the beginning and end of the movie. If so, then the story takes place in 1797-98. Now that we know when the story takes place, it's time we knew where. We know the story takes place in Germany but where at in Germany. We know from the last chapter that it takes place in Northern Germany and there are some clues that will help. Based on what the Magic Mirror said, the Cottage of the Seven Dwarfs are "over the seven jeweled hills and beyond the seventh fall." I have no idea what the Brothers Grimm meant by "jeweled" but I have a hunch that it means "important" or "beautiful". Come to think of it, it could be a play on crown jewel which is in fact "important." There are a group of hills southeast of Bonn and east of the Rhine and that's the Siebengebirge, which is German for "seven hills." The names of those seven jeweled hills are Grober Olberg, Lowenburg, Lohrberg, Nonnenstromberg, Petersberg, Wolkenburg, and Drachenfel. These hills might also help with the location of the Queen's Castle. Like I said, it's in Northern Germany, but somewhere near the aforementioned Seibengebirge. The Queen's Castle according to some sources, was based on the Segovia Castle in Spain and Piranesi's Carceri Illustration by Gustave Dore. If a German castle was based on Spanish and Italian architectural designs, then Germany must have some interesting ties to Spain and Italy. As for the seventh fall, that would be the Triberg Waterfalls. There are seven waterfalls in Germany but the Triberg Waterfalls is the highest waterfall in Germany. The Triberg Waterfalls is located in the midst of the Black Forest. That must have been the forest Queen Grimhilde was talking about when she ordered Humbert to kill Snow White. If so, he must have travelled with her to the secluded glade of the forest by horse. He couldn't have walked there. It would've taken forever. Instead, he took her there by horse and it must've taken 3 hrs 17 min to get there. That's almost 210 miles. As for the Triberg Waterfalls, the Dwarfs' Cottage is just beyond the stream flowing away from them. Now, Prince Florian's castle was the hardest to make out. The castle is similar to and is a fancier and stylized version of the Hohenzollern Castle. Like the Prince's Castle, it can be seen in the clouds and it was built in 1061 and fell to ruin from 1798 all the way to the early 19th century. Prince Florian's castle is not Hohenzollern Castle for the story is set in 1797-98. That castle would have been uninhabited. Now, Hohenzollern Castle is just west of the Black Forest and rests on a high hill, hence it's placement in the clouds. In the movie, after waking Snow White, she is taken out of the Black Forest to the Prince's castle in the clouds far off in the distance but closer to the eye. The castle is made of yellowish white stone with purple roofs like Hohenzollern Castle, two narrow arch bridges connecting two of each of four towers, and if you look closely, you'll see there are spiral staircases around some of the towers. So, the Prince's castle must be near the Black Forest as well. Also, Snow White is just the translation of her real name Schneewitchen which is a German name meaning "little snow white" and honestly, I don't know why they make that mistake.

Informative

Snow White March 6, 1783- Age: 14-15

Prince Florian August 10, 1781- Age: 17-18

Setting: 1797-98, Northern Germany