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1871, "German fairy or folk tale," from German Märchen, "a story or tale," from Middle High German merechyn "short verse narrative," from Old High German mari "news, tale," from Proto-Germanic *mærjo- "renowned, famous, illustrious" (cf. Old English mære) + diminutive suffix -chen.

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  • These common facts are the threads (as we have said) in the cloth of myth and marchen.

    Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)

    Andrew Lang

  • But the question of the relations of marchen to myths, and of both to romance, may be left unanswered for the moment.

  • By this means, without further research, we may account for the similarity of the stuff of heroic myths and marchen.

  • Marchen certainly did set out from mediaeval India, and reached mediaeval Europe and Asia in abundance.

  • Thus each "peculiarly Indian" idea supposed to be found in marchen proves to be practically universal.